May
15
6:00 pm18:00

May Awards Night

  • Firestone Country Club

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

April Meeting - Industry and Education
Apr
10
5:30 pm17:30

April Meeting - Industry and Education

  • Hilton Fairlawn

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.

March Tour - Valtris
Mar
13
5:30 pm17:30

March Tour - Valtris

  • 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.

February Meeting - Economy and Energy Deregulation
Feb
13
5:30 pm17:30

February Meeting - Economy and Energy Deregulation

  • Hilton Fairlawn

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.

January Meeting with ACESS - Jeff Hoffman of ColorJar
Jan
9
5:30 pm17:30

January Meeting with ACESS - Jeff Hoffman of ColorJar

  • Hilton Fairlawn

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.

Nov
14
5:00 pm17:00

November Tour - Reuther Mold

  • 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.

October Meeting - Vadxx
Oct
10
6:00 pm18:00

October Meeting - Vadxx

  • Hilton Fairlawn

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.

September Tour - The Technology House
Sep
12
6:00 pm18:00

September Tour - The Technology House

  • The Technology House

OPENING EVENT OF SPE CLEVELAND & AKRON SECTIONS 2016-2017 PROGRAM

The Technology House (TTH)
Carbon CLIP technology for 3D Printing  (See http://www.tth.com/ for preview.)
Presentation and tour
Presenter: Mark Horner, Business Development Manager, TTH

Monday Sep. 12, 2016 evening
4:00-5:00 SPE-C Board meeting (board members any volunteers interested in joining) 5:00-5:30 Check-in, socialize
5:30-6:15 Presentation about CLIP
6:15-7:00 Tour
7:00 Dinner and Q&A

Location:
The Technology House
10036 Aurora-Hudson Rd
Streetsboro, OH 44241

I-480 exit 41 towards Streetsboro.  Right on Aurora-Hudson Rd.  Building on the left.

Please reserve by sending an e-mail to Dan Crist mail@cmd-tip.com by September 10. Provide your name and company or affiliation.  The Technology House reserves the right to refuse admission to competitors and their employees.

Price: $20.  Retired SPE members: $15.  Students: $5.  Pay at door.

Aug
29
5:30 pm17:30

BOD Meeting

  • UA PEAC

Akron Section Board of Directors Meeting, anyone interested in helping is welcome to attend.

April Meeting - Industry and Academics
Apr
11
5:30 pm17:30

April Meeting - Industry and Academics

  • Akron OH

POLYMER EDUCATION IN THE AKRON AREA

The April meeting of the Akron SPE will focus on polymers in education. We have a great slate of speakers who will talk about their current efforts to teach about polymers, give their perspective on how polymers can be used to advance science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, and the opportunities for industry to engage in these activities.

Speakers

John Fellenstein – Content Specialist, Akron Global Polymer Academy
Dori Hess – Science Instructor, Glenn Oak High School and Stark State College
Missi Zender-Sakach – Science Content Consultant, Summit County Educational Service Center

Please submit your reservation by noon on Friday, April 8 to akronspe1@gmail.com.  Please be sure to include the company affiliation of each attendee, including dietary restrictions.

March Tour - Solar Power
Mar
14
4:30 pm16:30

March Tour - Solar Power

  • Case Western Reserve University

The Solar Durability and Lifetime Extension (SDLE) Center at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is a world-class research center dedicated to lifetime and degradation science. Established in 2011 by Professor Roger French, the SDLE Center focuses on the durability and degradation of solar photovoltaic (PV) materials, and other environmentally exposed, long lived technologies. This is of interest to plastics engineers because most of the research focuses on understanding and improving the long-term (10 years or longer) outdoor durability of polymeric materials continuously exposed to maximum sunlight.

Our visit will include tours of the “Sun Farm” (an outdoor array of instrumented and versatile solar panel mounts) and SDLE’s labs (indoor), a presentation by Prof. French and a dinner, all on the CWRU campus in Cleveland.

Costs, Reservations
Regular member: $25
Retired member: $20
Student: $5
Reservation and payment must be received in the mail no later than Thursday March 10, 2016.
Please send a check made out to SPE Cleveland Section to
Dan Crist
PO Box 845
Brunswick, OH 44212.
Reservations can also be made by e-mail at mail@cmd-tip.com or by phone at 440-227-5424, but there will be a $5 surcharge for payment not received by the March 10 deadline. Because of limited capacity, attendance cannot be guaranteed for late reservations.

4:30-5:00 Registration. Please be ready to start the tours promptly at 5:00. It may not be possible to accommodate late arrivals. Please allow for rush hour traffic.
5:00-7:00 Guided tours of SDLE labs and Sun Farm. A shuttle bus from Nord Hall to the Sun Farm will be provided. The attendees will be split into groups alternating between the two tours. Please do not drive to the Sun Farm because there is no public parking there.
7:00-8:00 Self-serve dinner buffet in Nord 356.
7:30-8:30 Presentation in Nord 356

February Meeting - Material Advancements
Feb
8
5:30 pm17:30

February Meeting - Material Advancements

  • hilton fairlawn

Very Long Fibers - Metal to Plastic Replacement by Frank Flavin

Bio - Frank Flavin is a plastics professional with 30 years of industrial experience. Areas of expertise include injection molding, mold filling analysis, structural analysis, part design, tooling and materials. Frank is a graduate of the University Lowell, Plastics Engineering program. His work experience includes Dow Chemical, GM, Celanese and RTP as their Central Region Applications Development Engineer.

Reservations must be in by noon on Friday, Feb. 5 and can be made to Dan Crist at mail@cmd-tip.com or 330-225-8080

January Meeting - Extreme Engineering
Jan
11
5:30 pm17:30

January Meeting - Extreme Engineering

  • Akron, OH

This is a joint meeting with ACESS.

To Mars and Back - Extreme Engineering by Janet Kavandi

Bio - Janet Kavandi earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry at Missouri Southern State College-Joplin, a master's in that subject from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of Washington-Seattle. In 1995, Kavandi became an astronaut. She flew on the Space Shuttle three times and spent more than 33 days in space. She currently serves as director of flight crew operations at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Janet will report to Glenn in early March.