Mastering solings and adhesives
Members are booking onto SATRA’s footwear solings and adhesives courses.
SATRA will be holding two closely-associated training events in July, entitled ‘Overview of solings’ and ‘Overview of sole adhesion’, both of which are only open to SATRA members. Lunch and morning/afternoon refreshments will be provided, as will full supporting notes.
The ‘Overview of solings’ course will be held at SATRA’s head office in Kettering on Wednesday 24th July 2019, and attendees will require little or no previous knowledge of sole materials. An introduction to the main sole materials in use today will be provided, and delegates will learn how these materials are produced and best used to their various strengths.
Topics under discussion will include sole design, the use of bottom stock and principal test methods. Laboratory tests for slip resistance, hardness, abrasion, flexing, tensile strength and density will also be demonstrated.
On Thursday 25th July 2019, the ‘Overview of sole adhesion’ event will also be held in Kettering. As with the previous event, a knowledge of sole adhesion is not essential for delegates to this one-day course. Attendees are introduced to simple bonding theory and will learn about essential material preparation, the main sole bonding adhesives and the adhesion process.
Test methods used for pre-production bond testing in the laboratory and proving-testing of finished shoes will be considered, and assessments will be demonstrated with some hands-on involvement where practicable. Other issues affecting sole adhesion will also be considered, such as green strength, heat resistance and ageing resistance.
To enable everyone to fully benefit from the practical demonstrations during each day, numbers will be limited. Therefore, priority and a discount will be given to delegates who also book a place on the other training event.
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This article was originally published on page 6 of the May 2019 issue of SATRA Bulletin.