TPE Topcon
Sep
18
to Sep 20

TPE Topcon

he Akron Section of Society of Plastics Engineers, along with the TPE Special Interest Group of the SPE will be hosting the 13th Thermoplastic Elastomers Conference. The conference will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Akron, OH, September 18-20.

This conference is highly oriented to the theme "innovation" as it will feature presentations that involve use of Bio-Renewable Materials, Wearable Technology, and of course, Materials, Modification and Development. Processing and scale-up will also be addressed.

A half-day primer on TPE basics, taught by industry experts, will take place on the afternoon of September 18 as a prequel to the main conference. Click here for more information.

There will be 2 keynote addresses. Quizar Hassonjee (President, Hass Tech Associates) will share information about Smart Textiles. Christine Hockman (Co-Director, Great Lakes Biomimicry) will address the subject of Biomimicry.

There will be exhibitor booths and two evening networking socials. 

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May Awards Night
May
21
5:30 PM17:30

May Awards Night

It's the final gathering of the season - a time to reminisce and honor those deserving of various awards and scholarships.  Please join us at Firestone Country Club on Monday, May 21 to celebrate.  Dr. Eric J. Amis, Dean of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron, will be the keynote speaker.  More information can be found in the newsletter.

Social/networking/bar will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:00 p.m. and the program following dinner.  Pricing for this session will be $30 for member/guest, $25 for retiree and $10 for students.  New members will enjoy their first meeting at no charge.

Please submit your reservation by noon on Friday, May 18 akronspe1@gmail.com or call Gary Taylor at 330-419-4380.  Please be sure to include the company affiliation of each attendee including dietary restrictions.

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Apr
9
5:30 PM17:30

April Meeting - Plastics Education

SPE Member Meeting Hosted By the Akron Section

SPE Foundation’s Educational Initiatives, Including the PlastiVan Program
Eve Vitale, Director of the SPE Foundation

Meeting Information
Member and/or guest $25, Retired $20, Student $5
New Member - first meeting Free
Networking / Bar 5:30 p.m. , Dinner 6:00 p.m., Program Following Dinner
Reservations must be in by noon on Friday, April 6 and can be made to Gary Taylor at 330-419-4380 or akronspe1@gmail.com. Please be sure to include the company affiliation of each attendee including dietary restrictions.

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Mar
12
5:30 PM17:30

March Meeting - Additive Tooling

SPE Member Meeting Hosted By the Akron Section

Additive Tooling for Injection Molding and Vacuum Forming Processes
Presented by Darrell Stafford
Manufacturing tooling through conventional ways can be costly and time consuming if changes need to be done. Most of the time all of these parameters delay the production schedule resulting in a time crunch to meet the deadlines. Based on this general observation, catalysis developed a complete solution to reduce the cost and delivery time of tooling for injection molding and vacuum forming using additive manufacturing techniques as opposed to conventional subtractive methods. In this presentation, you will learn why additive tooling is a competitive option. Different types of tooling will be presented ranging from polymer to 3D printed metal and in the last part of the presentation we will explain the benefit of conformal cooling/heating for tooling in
thermoplastic and thermoset plastic injection.

Meeting Information
Member and/or guest $25, Retired $20, Student $5
New Member - first meeting free
Networking / Bar 5:30 p.m. , Dinner 6:00 p.m., Program Following Dinner
Reservations must be in by noon on Friday, March 9th and can be made to Gary Taylor at 330-419-4380 or akronspe1@gmail.com. Please be sure to include the company affiliation of each attendee including dietary restrictions.

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Feb
12
5:30 PM17:30

February Meeting - Plastics in the Medical Field

SPE Member Meeting Hosted By the Cleveland Section

Dr. Shengqiang Gao, Manager of Polymer Core, Medical Device Solutions, Cleveland Clinic will present "A Case Study of Plastic Material Selection for Medical Device Design, Prototype and Manufacture".  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

 Social/networking/bar will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:00 p.m. and the program following dinner.  Pricing for this session will be $25 for member/guest/retiree, $35 for non-member and $10 for students.  New members will enjoy their first meeting at no charge.

 Please submit your reservation by noon on Wednesday, February 7 to mail@cmd-tip.com or call Dan Crist at 440-227-5424.  Please be sure to include the company affiliation of each attendee including dietary restrictions.

 

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January ACESS Meeting - Baerlocher Expansion
Jan
8
5:30 PM17:30

January ACESS Meeting - Baerlocher Expansion

SPE and ACESS Joint Meeting Hosted By the Akron Section

Expanding capacity in a challenging environment

With the continued growth in plastic resin production and conversion in North America, Baerlocher is continuing to invest in additive technology, production capacity and people to meet the increasing demand, higher quality requirements and lower costs needs of the industry.  In 2017, Baerlocher announced an investment to bring a 50% increase in reaction capacity for production of metals soaps for plastic lubricants and stabilizers.  Though followed with other investments in other Baerlocher production lines in the US in 2017, the installation and commissioning of the announced reactor has been the most challenging project since the plant was built in 2001. 

Ed Hall will highlight some of the challenges faced by the Baerlocher team to install this new line in a plant running 24/7 to meet increasing customer demand with strong capacity constraint in an environment lending itself to the creation of explosive dust.  The team will use this experience to tackle an even greater project challenge in the plant and in the administration building in 2018.

Meeting Information

Member and/or guest $30, Retired $25, Student $10
New Member - first meeting Free
Networking / Bar 5:30 p.m. , Dinner 6:00 p.m., Program Following Dinner
Reservations must be in by noon on Friday the 5th and can be made to Gary Taylor at 330-419-4380 or akronspe1@gmail.com. Please be sure to include the company affiliation of each attendee including dietary restrictions.

Bio - Ed Hall

In 1995 Ed graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Kentucky.  He started his career with Hitachi as an automotive design engineer.  Ed then spent time with Toyota-Denso as the North American Warranty Quality Manager before being offered an opportunity to serve in various commercial roles at GE Plastics. 

In 2007 Ed came on board with Baerlocher as the Sales and Customer Service Manager and since has held different roles within the company.  Beginning January 2016 Ed took over as President and CEO for Baerlocher North America.

Ed is continuing his education as a student at the Universidad de Navarra, Barcelona Business College graduate school and will graduate in 2018.

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Dec
4
5:30 PM17:30

December Holiday Party

SPE Member Meeting Hosted By the Akron Section

We will have the Madrigals again this year. We will also have our standard Wine Drawing. 

The Holiday Inn next door is offering special overnight accommodations at a price of $99. For reservations phone the hotel direct at 330 334 7666 and request the Galaxy Event Rate.

Enter the Banquet area using the east side entrance nearest the Holiday Inn. 

Meeting Information
Member and/or guest $30, Retired $25, Student $10
New Member - first meeting Free
Networking / Bar 5:30 p.m. , Dinner 6:00 p.m., Program Following Dinner
Reservations must be in by noon on Friday, 1st and can be made to Gary Taylor at 330-419-4380 or akronspe1@gmail.com. Please be sure to include the company affiliation of each attendee including dietary restrictions.

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November Meeting - The Madison Group
Nov
13
5:30 PM17:30

November Meeting - The Madison Group

Prevent Failures by Understanding Why Plastics Parts Crack

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.

Meeting Information
Member and/or guest $30, Non-member $35, Retired $25, Student $10
New Member - first meeting Free
Social / Networking 5:30 p.m., Dinner 6:00 p.m., Presentation 7:00 p.m.
Reservations must be in by noon on Wed, Nov. 8 to Dan Crist at mail@cmd-tip.com or 440-227-5424
Please be sure to include the company affiliation of each attendee including dietary restrictions.

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October Tour - Lubrizol
Oct
9
5:30 PM17:30

October Tour - Lubrizol

SPE Member Meeting Hosted By the Cleveland Section

Our October 9 session will be hosted by the Cleveland Section and held at Lubrizol in Brecksville.  A presentation on plastic resin development will be provided.  A plant tour will be included with dinner following at the Burntwood Tavern. Details and directions can be found in the October newsletter.

 Social/networking will begin at 5:30 p.m., with and presentation and tour at 6:00 p.m. and dinner following.

 Pricing for this gathering will be $30 for member/guest, $35 for non-members, $25 for retirees and $10 for students.  New members will enjoy their first meeting at no charge. 

 Please submit your reservation by noon on Wednesday, October 4 to mail@cmd-tip.com or call Dan Crist at 440-227-5424.  Please be sure to include the company affiliation of each attendee including dietary restrictions.

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September Meeting - PVC
Sep
11
5:30 PM17:30

September Meeting - PVC

SPE Member Meeting Hosted By the Akron Section

PVC Overview and Applications
Richard Krock, Vice President, Regulatory and Technical Affairs for the Vinyl Institute
The Vinyl Institute will provide an update on opportunities and challenges facing U.S. vinyl resin, compound and product manufacturers. Resin and compound producers are subject to significant new regulations from EPA and OSHA. Production statistics, key safety and environmental performance metrics, and recycling surveys will provide insights as to the growth of the industry. Highlights from major markets will be augmented with results of VI’s most recent AIA architect opinion survey. Programs and responses with respect to vinyl’s continued viability will be reported. VI’s new sustainability initiatives including outreach with
some major brands will be presented that demonstrate how successes can result from collaborative interactions.

Meeting Information
Member and/or guest $25, Retired $20, Student $5
New Member - first meeting Free
Networking / Bar 5:30 p.m. , Dinner 6:00 p.m., Program Following Dinner
Reservations must be in by noon on Friday, Sept. 8 and can be made to Gary Taylor at 330-419-4380 or akronspe1@gmail.com. Please be sure to include the company affiliation of each attendee including dietary restrictions.

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May
15
6:00 PM18:00

May Awards Night

The final meeting of the season will be held May 15 and is the annual Awards Night for the Akron Section.  It will be held at Firestone Country Club, 452 East Warner Road, Akron, OH 44319, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Our Keynote Speaker is Sadhan C. Jana, Department of Polymer Engineering, The University of Akron.  He will speak on "Changing Landscape in Polymer Research: Challenges and Opportunities".

Please submit your reservation by noon on Friday, May 12 to akronspe1@gmail.com or call Gary Taylor at 330-419-4380.  Please be sure to include the company affiliation of each attendee, including dietary restrictions.

Costs, Schedules, Reservations
Member and/or guest $30, Retired $25, Student $10
Social / Networking / Bar 5:30 p.m.
Dinner 6:00 p.m.
Program Following Dinner

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April Meeting - Industry and Education
Apr
10
5:30 PM17:30

April Meeting - Industry and Education

Plastics in Education

This month Akron/Cleveland SPE will present Educator’s Night. One of our primary goals as SPE is to spread our knowledge of plastics to young engineers and students. Dr. Missi Zender‐ Sakach is a Science Consultant to over fifty school districts in the state of Ohio. Dr. Zender‐Sakach will fill us in on some of the joys and challenges associated with improving student knowledge of science, including plastics. We will also have several high school students from GlenOak High School to demonstrate a plastics recycling project they developed in class. It is wonderful to watch high school students get excited by the concepts of plastics engineering.

Costs, Schedules, Reservations
Member and/or guest $25, Retired $20, Student $5, New Member - first meeting Free
Social Time 5:30 p.m., Dinner 6:00 p.m., Program Following dinner
Reservations must be in by noon on Friday, Apr. 7 and can be made to Gary Taylor at 330-419-4380 or akronspe1@gmail.com
Please be sure to include the company affiliation of each attendee including dietary restrictions.

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March Tour - Valtris
Mar
13
5:30 PM17:30

March Tour - Valtris

Join us for a tour of Valtris Specialty Chemicals, suppliers of polymer additives, followed by a presentation on “Regulatory Changes as a Driver for Innovation” by their CEO Paul Angus, with dinner following at the Burntwood Tavern.

Valtris has inherited a rich 75-year history starting in 1940 with Ferro’s purchase of the Walton Hills, Ohio facility to our formation as a standalone company in December, 2014. Formerly the Polymer Additives Division of Ferro Corporation, Valtris continues to be a leading provider of specialty chemicals, serving industries as diverse as building and construction, packaging, consumer goods, transportation and oilfield additives. Headquartered in Independence, Ohio, and with seven facilities operating globally, Valtris offers a range of complimentary products for the specific needs of our diverse customer base.

Paul Angus is the CEO of Valtris Specialty Chemicals, a global supplier of additives to the plastics, coatings and chemical markets. Paul has 30 years of experience in the specialty chemical and coatings industries. He has led Valtris since its inception in December, 2014, following a 28 year career at Ferro Corporation.

Costs, Schedules, Reservations
Member $25, Non-member $30, Retired $20, Student $10
New Member - first meeting Free
Registration 5:30 p.m., Tour 5:45 p.m., Presentation 6:30 p.m., Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Reservations must be in by noon on Friday, Mar. 10 via email to Dan Crist at mail@cmd-tip.com or 440-227-5424
Please be sure to include the company affiliation of each attendee including dietary restrictions.

Burntwood Tavern, 8188 Brecksville Road, Brecksville, OH 44141
West side of Ohio Route 21, north of Brecksville Village
http://www.burntwoodtavern.com/burntwood-tavern-brecksville/
The distance between the two venues is 1.9 mi; transportation will not be provided.

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February Meeting - Economy and Energy Deregulation
Feb
13
5:30 PM17:30

February Meeting - Economy and Energy Deregulation

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Dr. Joel Elvery, Economist in Research Department

Dr. Elvery’s primary fields of interest are labor, public, urban economics, and applied econometrics. He will discuss the current state of the economy, future trends, and how the Federal Reserve determines monetary policy.

Joel Elvery is an economist in the External Outreach and Regional Analytics Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Dr. Elvery’s primary fields of interest are labor, public, and urban economics. He also specializes in applied econometrics, which involves studying economic models and using statistical trials to calculate future trends. His current work focuses on the regional economy in the Fourth Federal Reserve District, which includes Ohio, western Pennsylvania, eastern Kentucky, and the northern panhandle
of West Virginia.

Prior to joining the Bank in 2013, Dr. Elvery was an assistant professor in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. Before that, he held the position of research economist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, DC. He also worked as a social science analyst at the US Census Bureau’s Center for Economic Studies. Dr. Elvery holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He earned his MA and PhD in economics from the University of Maryland.

Costs, Schedules, Reservations
Member $30, Non-member $35, Retired $25, Student $10
New Member - first meeting Free

Social / Networking / Bar 5:30 p.m., Dinner 6:00 p.m., Program after dinner - 6:45 p.m.
Reservations must be in by noon on Friday, Feb. 10 and can be made to Dan Crist at mail@cmd-tip.com or 440-227-5424. Please be sure to include the company affiliation of each attendee including dietary restrictions.

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January Meeting with ACESS - Jeff Hoffman of ColorJar
Jan
9
5:30 PM17:30

January Meeting with ACESS - Jeff Hoffman of ColorJar

Joint meeting with ACESS

Jeff Hoffman is a successful entrepreneur, proven CEO, worldwide motivational speaker, published author, executive producer, and a producer of a Grammy winning jazz album in 2015. In his career, he has been the founder of multiple startups, he has been the CEO of both public and private companies, and he has served as a senior executive in many capacities. Jeff has been part of a number of well-known companies, including Priceline.com

He will speak on: “The Habits and Tools of the World’s Most Innovative People”

Social and networking begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:00 p.m. and the presentation following.

Member and/or guest pricing is $25, with retired at $20 and student at $10.  New members attending their first meeting receive a complimentary evening at no charge.

 Please submit your reservation by noon on Friday, January 6 to akronspe1@gmail.com or call Gary Taylor at 330-419-4380.  Please be sure to include the company affiliation of each attendee including dietary restrictions.

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Nov
14
5:00 PM17:00

November Tour - Reuther Mold

Reuther, founded in 1950, designs and builds molds for all black rubber, silicone and TPE/TPR compounds. They also design and build molds for graphite fiber composites, prepregs, crush core, SMC and BMC. They have extensive experience with Invar 36, resin transfer molds, coffin boxes, preform tools, lay-up tools, drill fixtures and more.
With its solid block design and other proprietary features, the performance of the Reuther Cold Runner is claimed to be superior to that of other cold runners.
Reuther’s engineers, designers and programmers offer complete mold design services from concept to finished detail mold drawings. Their designers use Solidworks and CATIA V4 & V5 to supply optimum data to CNC machines.

Member and/or guest $25, New Member - first meeting Free
Retired $20
Student $5

Sign In, Socializing 5:00 p.m.
Tours in groups of 10 5:30 p.m.
Dinner – Royal Buffet 7:00 p.m.

Reservations must be in by Wednesday, Nov. 9 via email to Dan Crist at mail@cmd-tip.com

Note: Attendees must be US Citizens (due to Reuther Mold’s defense contracts) and not employees of competitors of Reuther Mold. Reuther reserves the right to deny entrance to anyone on this basis. Please bring a passport in case any question arises.

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October Meeting - Vadxx
Oct
10
6:00 PM18:00

October Meeting - Vadxx

Scrap Plastic to Oil

Vadxx recycles waste plastic and produces high value EcoFuels and petrochemicals (diesel, naphtha, etc.). The company has built the first continuous, commercial waste plastic to fuel facility in the nation in Akron, OH. Commissioning runs were successful in July 2016. There is enough waste plastic feedstock being disposed of in landfill at cost, just in the US, for 1500 Vadxx plants (each plant takes in 25,000 tons/yr plastic and produces 125,000 bbls/yr). Vadxx’s business plan is to achieve operating break-even of $20/bbl. This is a lower all in oil production cost than almost all traditional "drill bit and refining" fuel production. Assuming $50 long-term oil prices, the returns for future Vadxx units are expected to be exceptional. Vadxx provides far more economically attractive EcoFuel production with better environmental attributes than most traditional oil production. The Vadxx solution helps minimize a growing world concern of waste plastic polluting our oceans and waterways. The company is presently in discussions with large international Corporations and financial institutions to implement Vadxx waste plastic to EcoFuel units worldwide.

Costs, Schedules, Reservations
Member and/or guest $25
Retired $20
Student $5
New Member - first meeting Free

Social Time 5:30 p.m.
Dinner 6:00 p.m.
Program Following dinner

Reservations must be in by noon on Friday, Oct. 7 and can be made to
Gary Taylor at 330-419-4380 or akronspe1@gmail.com
Please be sure to include the company affiliation of each attendee including dietary restrictions.

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