RPMC Industrial Extrusion Seminar: 12-13 Sept


Once again RMIT in co-operation with SPE Australa/NZ is running a 2 day seminar on Extrusion by Dr Chris Rauwendaal of Rauwendaal Extrusion engineering, USA.   Chris Rauwendaal, President of Rauwendaal Extrusion Engineering, Inc has over 30 years experience in the plastic extrusion industry.  He worked for four years in the man-made fiber industry for American Enka Corp. (now BASF Fibers), and twelve years for Raychem Corporation, a producer of specialty plastic products, as manager of Process Development.  Chris has experience in a wide range of extrusion operations, including fiber spinning, film, sheet, tubing, and profile extrusion, coextrusion, and reactive extrusion.  Chris has worked on both practical and theoretical problems such as screw and die design, troubleshooting, modelling and computer simulation, material analysis and failure analysis.  He has received several awards and is a Fellow of the SPE.  Chris has several patents to his name and has written more than 200 articles on extrusion, seven books, two video training seminars, and two interactive CD-ROM courses ITX and SPCIM


  • Operating personnel such as extruder operators, technicians, setup people, supervisors, etc.
  • People involved in extruder maintenance and repair
  • Process engineers and manufacturing engineers involved in extrusion.
  • People responsible for buying new extrusion equipment and upgrading existing extrusion equipment
  • People responsible for extrusion operations such as manufacturing managers, plant managers, operation managers etc.
  • Engineers responsible for the design of extrusion equipment or components
  • Technical service personnel from resin producers and extruder manufacturers.
  • Students and recent graduates who want to learn practical information on extrusion.


Places are limited so be quick and secure your place in this seminar.

please use the registration information in the attached flyer.

30 November 2011:  tour and seminar

On the 30th of November 2011 a tour of selected facilities at CSIRO's Clayton site will be held, in conjunction with a continuation of our seminar series, which will comprise lectures from Dr. Ofer Manor and Dr. Andrew Chryss.

RSVP to Dr. David Verrelli.  Contact Dr. Rahul Gupta for general questions.

See attached PDF for details.

AIP Congress 2012

The ASR has coordinated with the Australian Institute of Physics for a "Rheology" themed session to be run at the AIP's annual conference.  If you are interested in attending, please make sure you submit your abstract in this theme.

Abstracts are open till 09 July 2012, so its time to move now. It is in the ASR's interest to get as many quality abstracts submitted as possible. It is recommended that papers do involve a discussion of the physics of flow, as this is a physics conference (to appeal to the audience).

For more information see the Conferences page.

24 January 2012:  special seminar

On the 24th of January 2012 the ASR's seminar series kicked off for the New Year with a special lecture from Prof. Gareth McKinley, visiting from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA, in conjunction his colleagues Randy H. Ewoldt and Christopher Dimitriou.

Following the seminar, Prof. McKinley, the ASR Committee, and a few other ASR members went to dinner on Lygon Street, in Carlton, which is well known for its Italian restaurants.

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ASR's AGM 2012

The ASR's annual general meeting (AGM) will be held in Melbourne on 26 July 2012.

The event will commence at 18:30, running until approx. 21:30.


Shark Fin Inn
(03) 9662 2681 / 9662 2552
50 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
(Melways Ref: Map 1B, U4)

The 'original' Shark Fin Restaurant was established in 1980 at the top end of the little Bourke Street, close to Parliament Station.  A Cantonese banquet will be served. Vegetarian selections will be available on request.

Cost to members will be
•   $40 per head for full members or accompanying partners
•   $35 per head for full-time student members and partners.    
inclusive of drinks.

See attachment below for further details.

As part of the AGM, council is seeking nominations (refer below).

1. Nominations for council membership are open for all the positions expect Past President. This year we will limit council membership to 12 (new amended constitution, approved last year). These positions (12) will include President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Past President and seven other council members. I am seeking either new nominations or expressions of interest from existing council members.

Please refer below procedure for nominations.

"5(b) The Council of The Society shall be elected every year at The Annual General Meeting from amongst members of The Society to serve from that Annual General Meeting to the next. Candidates shall be proposed and seconded by members of The Society before The Annual General Meeting.Provide a summary of nomination procedure (cut and paste from constitution suffices)"
— from ASR constitution

Nominations must be seconded by one other person (communicate with the current Secretary, Rahul Gupta).

Members who have served on council for 4 years and have not held an office bearer position are, via constitution, not eligible for re-election for 5th consecutive year.

Council members are finally elected at AGM.

Deadline for receiving nominations:  Monday, 23 July 2012.

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