Three-day Seminar

Failure Analysis of Seals and Components made of Elastomers and Thermoplastic Elastomers

About the Seminar

The aim of this three-day seminar is to provide participants with sufficient expertise to be able to characterise damage patterns and initiate further measures for a reliable root cause analysis. Thanks to an improved understanding of the different damage mechanisms, they will be able to recognise weak points in their own applications in the future.

Thus, damage prevention is an essential part of this training course. The instructors Bernhard and Timo Richter impart a structured approach to analysing damage and provide participants with an intensive introduction to analytical testing methods. Practical exercises complete the course.

Upcoming Seminar date: 24 – 26 September 2024
Seminar date in 2025: 23 – 25 September 2025
Seminar fee: 1,895 Euro + VAT
Venue: Training centre Elastomer Training Richter, Reinhold-Würth-Straße 5, 74360 Ilsfeld

Your Seminar Instructors

Dipl.-Ing. Bernhard Richter and Dipl.-Ing. Timo Richter

After studying mechanical engineering at the University of Stuttgart, Bernhard Richter worked for a leading global O-ring manufacturer for over 12 years, the last 7 years of which as head of application technology, before founding the O-Ring Prüflabor Richter in 1996. Since then, he has passed on his knowledge in up to 30 seminars every year. His ability to explain even complex issues in a way that is easy to understand is particularly appreciated. Furthermore, he is not afraid to provide users with clear decision criteria. He has been an expert in the ISO working group for O-ring standardisation (ISO 3601) for more than 10 years and is well known for his numerous publications.

After studying mechanical engineering at KIT Karlsruhe, Timo Richter worked for a global manufacturer of technical elastomer products for several years. His responsibilities included coordinating the cooperation between central process development, materials development and toolmaking with several domestic and foreign production sites. For the last two years, he was responsible for implementing customer requirements as a product manager in the Life Science division. Timo Richter has been working as a consultant at O-Ring Prüfabor Richter since 2018 and was appointed Managing Director in 2020.


O-Ring Prüflabor Richter GmbH
Kleinbottwarer Str. 1, 71723 Großbottwar
TEL +49 (0) 7148 16602-0
FAX +49 (0) 7148 16602-299

The Seminar Programme

Day 1

Seminar duration on the first day 9.30 a.m. to approx. 5.00 p.m. incl. coffee breaks and lunch break, dinner from 6.00 p.m.
Sealing with elastomers – Important requirements
Introduction to failure analysis
Manufacturing defects
Industrial computed tomography on elastomers
  • Viewing of CT inspection devices and O-ring inspection machines on site
Discussion and end of day 1
Dinner and exchange of experiences

Day 2

Seminar duration on the second day 9.30 a.m. to approx. 5.00 p.m. incl. coffee breaks and lunch break, dinner from 6.00 p.m.
Failure analysis – Ageing 1
Failure analysis– Ageing 2
Analytical test methods
Failure analysis– Chemical attack
Visit to the test laboratory in Großbottwar and end of day 2
Dinner and exchange of experiences

Day 3

Seminar duration on the third day 9.30 a.m. to approx. 3.45 p.m. incl. coffee breaks and lunch break
Mechanical and physical impacts – Part 1
Mechanical and physical impacts – Part 2
Failure Analysis – Guidance for the practice
Practical exercise with performance review
End of the training course