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#PolyCon19: An Inside Look of This Year’s Professional Development Courses

The following blog is a segment of a five-part series regarding the Center for Polyurethanes Industry’s (CPI) 62nd Annual Polyurethanes Technical Conference.

This October, CPI will once again offer its Polyurethanes Professional Development Program (PDP) in conjunction with the Polyurethanes Technical Conference. The PDP provides unique opportunities for participants to increase industry knowledge with a variety of educational and training courses. The courses are taught by subject matter experts from the industry and are a great opportunity to learn and connect with leaders across the value chain. 

We took an inside look at two of the program’s staples that provide value to participants year after year: PU 100 and PU 101.

Professional Development Program Highlights: PU 100 and PU 101

Whether you’re an industry newcomer or looking to brush up on your polyurethane knowledge, the PU 100 and PU 101 courses are right for you.

PU 100: Introduction to the Polyurethane Industry (Sunday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)presents the discovery and progression of polyurethanes throughout the years since its creation and examines the evolution of polyurethane products throughout the value chain. This course provides an in-depth examination of the basic principles of polyurethane formulation and the process equipment involved in manufacturing polyurethanes, as well as information on basic mixing technology. PU 101:Polyurethane Chemistry (Sunday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.) provides an in-depth look into the background and technical details of polyurethane chemistry. The course begins with the history of polyurethanes, a chemistry overview and a review of important definitions and terms that will lay the foundation to get started. From there, the course will focus on polyurethane chemistry and reactions, coreactants, formulating components, testing parameters, market applications and equipment.

Insight from An Expert

We asked Lee Salamone, Senior Director of CPI, what industry professionals should know about the PDP:

“CPI is committed to advancing the industry, and education is key. That’s why we call upon the best experts in the field to share their knowledge on a wide range of polyurethane topics. Sharing ideas and learning from each other doesn’t just benefit individuals, it also increases our collective knowledge and makes our industry stronger. The program’s quality of information and excellence in instruction keeps participants coming back year after year.”

Don’t Forget…

Keep checking back for more insight like this from Lee and other conference stakeholders as we review more PDP courses. But for those who haven’t yet locked in their plans to attend this year’s conference, here are a couple of closing reminders:

To follow along with all the happenings at this year’s conference, find us on Twitter @AmChemistry and on LinkedIn. Use #PolyCon19 to join the conversation!

About the Polyurethanes Technical Conference

The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry’s annual Polyurethanes Technical Conference, the longest-running polyurethanes conference in North America, offers the unique convergence of industry expertise, professional networking, and regulatory insight. Fostering both technical and professional development, the Polyurethanes Technical Conference is the premier destination to preview the polyurethanes technology of tomorrow and key information for today. To view the agenda click here.

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