March Technical Presentation

Society of Plastics Engineers Carolina Section Presents

March Technical Presentation



Preventing Plastic Part Failures

Monday, March 19, 2018


Presented by:

Jeffrey Jansen

The Madison Group


The best way to avoid plastic part failure is to understand the most common causes of failure. This presentation will cover topics essential to understanding plastic failure and present information regarding how and why plastics fail. By avoiding common mistakes it is possible to produce plastic parts that have a superior chance to perform successfully.


Based on having conducted over 1550 failure investigations, a number of the most common causes of plastic failure will be review in order to illustrate this point. These include excessive sharp corners, molded-in residual stress, insufficient drying of molding resin, improper material selection, time factors, and chemical contact.


This presentation will focus on practical techniques to avoid future failures. The participants will gain a better understanding why plastic components fail, and how to avoid future failures by applying the knowledge learned.


Jeffrey A. Jansen is Senior Managing Engineer and a Partner at The Madison Group, an independent plastics engineering and consulting firm. Jeff specializes in failure analysis, material identification and selection, as well as compatibility, aging, and lifetime prediction studies for thermoplastic materials. He has been solving polymer-related problems for 23 years. In that time, he has performed over 3,775 investigations, both for industrial clients and as a part of litigation. Jeff is a regular presenter on the SPE webinar series, covering a wide range of topics related to plastics failure, material performance, testing, and polymer technology. Jeff is a graduate of Carroll College and the Milwaukee School of Engineering. 


Polymers Center

8900 Research Drive

Charlotte, NC 28262


Networking begins at 11:30am, Lunch and Presentation to follow. The event will conclude no later than 2:00pm.


$30 registration, lunch included.


Please contact Matt Piatek at 724-714-7758 or Jim Brickley 313-980-7571