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2017 Polyurethanes Technical Conference

 
 
This schedule is TENTATIVE and may be subject to change.

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  • Sunday, October 1, 2017
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    2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
    EH&S Workshop
  • Monday, October 2, 2017
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    9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Opening Session
    • Welcome Address
    • Keynote Address
    • Innovation Award Finalists Presentations

    Sponsored by:

    PUMagazine_logo
     
    Keynote Sponsor:
     
    BASF_logo

     

    Breakout Session 1

    2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    EH&S
    This EH&S session will highlight key ongoing research into correlating industrial hygiene monitoring with laboratory testing to predict exposure. The first paper will discuss how spray polyurethane foam components were monitored using unique techniques to lower the limits of detection and compared against laboratory chamber tests with interesting results. The second paper will discuss the status of research, method development, and validation of the current ASTM D22.05 on Indoor Air to measure SPF emissions using a chamber test method. The next paper answers some frequently asked questions about PPE resistance to spray polyurethane foam and particles. The final paper will include a presentation from NIOSH / ACC Diisocyanates Panel research in TDI producer’s plants, indicating medical surveillance of new and existing employees can be a key factor in reducing the incidence of occupational asthma.

    Sponsored by:

    Huntsman_logo

    2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Energy Efficient Rigid Foams
    The session will begin with a discussion on technological advancements for improving energy efficiency in rigid foams. This session will start with several papers discussing the use of 4th generation blowing agents to achieve energy efficiency in cold chain and construction applications. The final two papers will discuss additives that optimize the performance of 4th generation blowing agents.

    Sponsored by:

    Chemours_logo

    2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Flexible Foams
    The session will begin with a discussion on innovations in the flexible foam industry. The first speaker will showcase new developments in flame retardants, with a focus on automotive applications. The next presenter will highlight advances in sustainable fillers to enhance acoustical properties. After the break, attendees will learn about new developments using CO2 based polyols. The next paper will discuss formulation and processing improvements to reduce emissions in viscoelastic foam. The session will conclude with a presentation on an additive which stabilizes particle dispersions in polyols providing multiple benefits to the manufacturing process.

    Sponsored by:

    Covestro_logo

     

    Conference Activities

    6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM
    Industry Reception

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    Industry Reception

  • Tuesday, October 3, 2017
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    Breakout Session 2

    9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    CASE
    The session will begin with a discussion on novel aliphatic carbodiimides. This will be followed by information on solid thin film polyurea systems. After the break, attendees will learn about two-component polyurethane coating systems for automotive and electronic applications. This will be followed by a presentation on TPU formulations with polypheneylene ether polyols. The next paper will discuss an update on critical and necessary regulatory changes in the realm of blowing agents / propellants. The session will conclude with a presentation about spidersilk fibers and the mechanical characteristics of their versatility.

    Sponsored by:

    Evonik_logo

    9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Chemistry I
    The session will begin with a discussion on highlighting simulations of urethane reactions and modeling of additives. In contrast to urethane formation, the second paper will discuss long term studies into urethane deformulation. The third paper will cover ACOMP, an automated system used to measure the macromolecular properties of polymers during urethane polymerization. After the break the next presentation will demonstrate predictive modelling related to filling complex cavities with urethane foam. The session will conclude with a description of high throughput methodology on rigid urethane formulations.

    Sponsored by:

    ShepherdChemical_logo

    9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Construction
    The session will begin with a discussion on formulation components and techniques to improve the performance of rigid PU and PIR foam used in a variety of construction applications. The first paper will discuss innovative wood binder technology that combine physical property and insulation benefits. Two papers will discuss novel renewable polyester polyols for use in rigid foam construction applications. The next paper will discuss additives to enhance the quality of PIR foams. The final paper will discuss formulation techniques to improve low temperature insulation performance of PIR boards.

    Sponsored by:

    BASF_logo

    9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Global VOC Panel I
    The challenges facing the global automotive industry towards achieving harmonized global (Volatile Organic Compounds) VOC standards that allow for accuracy, speed, consistency of analysis continue to challenge the industry.

    In this Global Industry Issue session, a panel of internationally active experts from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), academia, and Euro-Moulders will discuss recent advances towards the global harmonization of the automotive interior VOC standards, present new legislative changes, provide an overview of the many conferences and efforts organized to address this important issue. The expert panel will also participate in meaningful discussions with the attendees to answer questions.

    Global VOC Session I Speakers:

    • Kelly Kiszka (Dow)
    • Mark Polster (Ford Motor Company)
    • Jason Stark (Toyota)
    • Michel Baumgartner (Euromolder)
    • Professor Gavin Edwards (Eastern Michigan University)

    Sponsored by:

    PUMagazine_logo

     

    Breakout Session 3

    2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    CASE Renewables
    The session will begin with a discussion on novel aliphatic carbodiimides. This will be followed by information on solid thin film polyurea systems. After the break, attendees will learn about two-component polyurethane coating systems for automotive and electronic applications. This will be followed by a presentation on TPU formulations with polypheneylene ether polyols. The session will conclude with an update on critical and necessary regulatory changes in the realm of blowing agents / propellants.
    2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Chemistry II
    The session will begin with a discussion on tunable catalyst system for incorporating CO2 into polyether polyols. The next paper will include a discussion on polyol properties and potential applications. After the break, a bio-based route to new polyols based on trans-farnesene will be discussed. The session will conclude with a presentation on magnesium based polyether polyol purification process.
    2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Global VOC Panel II
    The relentless efforts of the polyurethane chemical suppliers continue with vigor to reduce or eliminate the presence or emission of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). In this session, international chemical manufacturers of polyols, isocyanates, surfactants, catalysts, and other additives will be presenting the advances that have been made recently by each supplier to reduce or eliminate the emission of VOC from automotive polyurethane interior parts. The brief presentations of the industry panel will followed by interactive discussion with the attendees.

    Global VOC Session 2 Speakers:

    • BASF
    • Evonik (Annegret Terhriden)
    • Tosoh (Katsumi Tokumoto)
    • Huntsman (Frank Rodrigues)
    • Milliken (Mark Ragsdale)
    • Lanxess(Heiko Tebbe)
    • Addivant (Thomas Hopfmann)
    • Dow Corning
    • Momentive
    2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Topics in Chemical Management
    This session focuses on several still unfolding areas of chemical management. The first speaker will address continuing legislation and regulatory developments at the federal and state levels regarding flame retardant chemicals. The second speaker will focus on Federal Trade Commission requirements that manufactures and producers should keep in mind when making “Green Marketing” claims. The third speaker will highlight how risk management under the reformed TSCA may affect the polyurethanes industry.
  • Wednesday, October 4, 2017
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    Breakout Session 4

    8:00 AM  -  11:00 AM
    Automotive
    The session will begin with a discussion on validating micro-scale chambers for screening emissions. This will be followed by a paper discussing non-fugitive amine additives to meet VDA 278 requirements. The next paper will illustrate amine-free and solvent free packages to help meet Vehicle Interior Air Quality (VIAQ) standards. The following paper will present a novel polyol that helps reduce aldehyde emissions. We will conclude the session with a paper on additional new polyol that helps reduce the total VOCs and aldehyde emissions while providing improved physical properties.

    Sponsored by:

    Evonik_logo

    8:00 AM  -  11:00 AM
    Regulatory Roundtable
    Polyurethanes and the raw materials that are used to manufacture them continue to be of interest to global regulators at all levels. This session will highlight some of the authorities, programs and regulatory pressures facing the industry. Speakers will cover the progress of the European REACH regulation, Canada’¬s progress under their Chemicals Management Plan (CMP), topics of interest to the California's Safer Consumer Product regulations (DTSC), and new developments in U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and how it relates to the PU industry.
    8:00 AM  -  11:00 AM
    Spray Foam
    The session will begin with a discussion on several aspects of both open and closed cell polyurethane spray foam. The first paper in this session will focus on additive technology to either reduce emissions from open cell spray foam or improve stability of closed cell spray foam formulations. The next paper will focus on optimization of the use of 4th generation blowing agents in closed cell spray foam. The final paper will discuss combining quantitative risk assessments with a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), enhancing the specificity and credibility of the analysis.

    Sponsored by:

    SOLVAY

     
    11:30 AM  -  1:00 PM
    Closing Session
    • Awards Luncheon
    • End-Use Market Survey

    Sponsored by:

    TPE_Logo

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