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To Be Held from March 10th through the 12th 2020 at SKF in Elgin, IL


This course is organized and held every other year by the CRG Education Committee and we will again hold this course in 2020 at SKF Sealing Solutions in Elgin, IL. If you are interested in signing up for our course, you can click the link above to download the application form. Further directions on how to apply are explained on the form. Below on this page, you can read more about the course itself.

The 2018 course was a great success with 32 course participants and some 19 professionals volunteering their time to share their professional expertise. For the fourth time, we held a social night following the first day of the course. This event was again well-attended and received with some 40 people which included committee members, course speakers, sponsors and students. Special thanks goes out to SKF, their staff, speakers, sponsors, and organizers for their hard work. The CRG Education Committee looks forward to further improving this course for March of 2020.

Above Left:  Rick Webb presents on Mixing Technology, March 21st, 2012.  Above Right:  Course participants talk amongst themselves prior to the next presentation, March 21st, 2012.  Below:  2012 CRG Course Social Night at Jimmy's Charhouse, Elgin, IL

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for anyone who has an interest in learning more about RUBBER. Those who buy and use rubber parts will gain knowledge of the properties of different rubber materials. Those who sell rubber parts will be able to discuss these different materials with the manufacturer and the end-users will be able to identify the best material for the job. Supplier Customer Service employees will learn about their customers’ businesses. Moreover, those who make rubber parts will increase their ability to make rubber parts that fit today’s more demanding market.


The instructors are experts currently working in the rubber industry, with many years experience in each of the various subject areas. All instructors are chosen for their knowledge of the subjects presented.


SKF College is the training facility for SKF Sealing Solutions, the world’s leading supplier of bearings and seals. Located at 900 North State Street in Elgin, Illinois; this is approximately one mile south of I-90 on Rt-31. There are many hotels in the area.


  •  The introduction to the course includes the history of rubber and rubber applications

  • Various polymers are discussed including:

    • Natural Rubber, Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR), Polyisoprene, Polybutadiene, Nitrile (NBR), Hydrogenated Nitrile (HNBR), Polyacrylate (PA), Epichlorohydrin (ECO), Hypalon (CSM), Vamac (AEM), Neoprene (CR), EPDM, Butyl, Fluoroelastomer (FKM), Urethane, Silicone (VMQ), and Thermoplastic Elastomers.

  • Additional topics include:

    • Ingredients necessary for formulating a rubber compound such as antioxidants, antiozonants, black and non-black fillers, plasticizers, softeners, oils, accelerators and curing agents

    • The mixing process and equipment

    • Methods of handling a variety of compounds

    • Methods of forming a rubber part including molding, extrusion and calendering

    • Rubber to metal bonding

    • Test methods, test instruments, quality control and rubber specifications

    • Tours of

      • Compounding and mixing facilities

      • Physical testing laboratory

      • Analytical testing laboratory

    • Students will receive hard copies of presentations, digital media copies (Data CD or Flash Drive) and two books about rubber technology.

      • "Fundementals of Rubber Technology" Edited by R.J. Del Vecchio

      • The Vanderbilt Handbook

      • Any literature from the speakers

  • Continental breakfast and lunch is provided for all registrants as part of the registration fee.  However, on Tuesday, March, 10th and Wednesday, March 11th, after our lectures, the CRG Education Committee will sponsor two Social Get-Togethers.  Social Nights give everyone attending a chance to meet the other students, speakers, and Education Committee members outside of the classroom setting.  Food and refreshments will be included at these functions.


The class will be limited to a maximum of 35. There must be a minimum of 20 attendees in order to hold the class. If there are not enough people that signup by the deadline date (Typically Mid-February of the Course year), the course will be cancelled. In the event of cancellation, your registration fee will be promptly returned.


Accommodations in the Area

Country Inn and Suites

2270 Point Blvd, Elgin, IL 60123
(847) 426-6400 Website

Quality Inn

500 Tollgate Rd, Elgin, IL 60123
(847) 608-7300 Website

Hampton Inn
405 Airport Rd, Elgin, IL 60123
(847) 931-1940 Website

Super 8 Motel
435 Airport Rd, Elgin, IL 60123
(847) 888-0088 Website

Holiday Inn
495 Airport Rd, Elgin, IL 60123
(847) 488-9000 Website

Courtyard by Marriott
2175 Marriott Dr, West Dundee, IL 60118
(847) 429-0300 Website

TownePlace Suites
2185 Marriott Dr, West Dundee, IL 60118
(847) 608-6320 Website

General Directions to Hotels and SKF Sealing Solutions:


Exit 31 North from I 90 to reach this list of hotels.

If you are staying at one of these hotels, indicate that you are visiting SKF Sealing Solutions to determine availability of their corporate rate.

Exit 31South from I 90 to reach SKF Sealing Solutions.

Computer users can find maps of the area on your favorite map website, such as Mapquest, Yahoo Maps, and Google Maps.

CRG Education Committee

Chair:  Mark Petras -- Retired -- Chem Rep

Rich Alt -- Molded Rubber Design

Robert Klingender -- Retired -- Zeon Chemicals

Jessica Petras -- Chem Rep

Anthony Petras -- Chem Rep

Deidre Tucker -- SKF

Mark Hlinak -- RotaDyne

Mark Guzzaldo -- Harwick

Rick Webb -- SKF

Updated 03/03/2020