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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Mar
12
5:30 PM17:30

March Meeting -

SPE Member Meeting Hosted By the Akron Section

 

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 onand 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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Apr
9
5:30 PM17:30

April Meeting - Plastics Education

SPE Member Meeting Hosted By the Akron Section

 

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
21
5:30 PM17:30

May Awards Night

SPE Member Meeting Hosted By the Akron Section

 

Meeting Information
Member and/or guest $XX, Retired $XX, Student $XX
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, XX 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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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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September Tour - The Technology House
Sep
12
6:00 PM18:00

September Tour - 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.

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April Meeting - Industry and Academics
Apr
11
5:30 PM17:30

April Meeting - Industry and Academics

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.

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March Tour - Solar Power
Mar
14
4:30 PM16:30

March Tour - Solar Power

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

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February Meeting - Material Advancements
Feb
8
5:30 PM17:30

February Meeting - Material Advancements

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

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January Meeting - Extreme Engineering
Jan
11
5:30 PM17:30

January Meeting - Extreme Engineering

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.

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Holiday Gathering
Dec
7
5:30 PM17:30

Holiday Gathering

Holiday Gathering

 

Member and/or guest $30
Retired $25
Student $10
New Member - first meeting Free

Social / Networking / Bar 5:30 p.m.
Dinner 6:00 p.m.
Madrigal Singers 6:30 p.m.
Speaker 7:00 p.m.

Reservations must be in by noon on Friday, Dec. 4 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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Nov
13
1:00 PM13:00

Pittsburgh SPE tour

Plant Tour of JSP
November 13th

JSP is opening their doors to show us their ~ 300,000 ft3 Butler PA plant. With roughly 200 employees and operating 24/7, this plant produces expanded polypropylene (EPP) and expanded polyethylene (EPE) particle foam products for a variety of markets including automotive, sporting goods, packaging, and building products. Newer products include TPU, TPO, PVDF, and PLA particle foams.  JSP also produces extruded polyethylene (crosslinked and non-crosslinked) and polypropylene foam products.

This tour will highlight JSP’s new landscaping products for Home Depot & Lowes, as well as their light weight structural ARPRO products.

Founded in 1962 in Japan, JSP (annual sales of $1B) is part of the Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Group (annual sales of $5B); and the world leader in production & development of ARPRO, and its many applications. JSP created a joint venture with ARCO Chemical in 1986 and later became JSP International in 1995. JSP’s plant locations include US, Mexico, Brazil, France, Germany, Czech Republic, China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand.


Date: November 13th
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: JSP 150 Eastbrook Lane, Butler, PA 16002
Price: $20 for SPE members, $25 for non-members
Registration: email
pgh.spe+RSVP@gmail.com

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November Meeting - Injection Molding
Nov
9
5:30 PM17:30

November Meeting - Injection Molding

New Method for Characterizing the Injection Moldability of Plastic Melts

This presentation reveals the first method for mapping the actual injection molding characteristics of a polymer melt.  The novel multi-variant approach captures the complex interactions between plastic materials, process and mold/part design. The accompanying software processes the data and allows the user to evaluate and graphically display the molding characteristics of a single material, or simultaneously contrast multiple competing materials. The new method bridges the gap between commonly used isothermal extrusion based test methods (MFI & rheometers) and injection molding simulation. This data can be used for material selection, to accelerate new polymer and polymer compound development, process optimization as well as plastic part design.

BIO

John Beaumont is President and CEO of Beaumont Technologies and the American Injection Molding Institute. He has authored several books on Injection Molding and is a 2015 inductee to the Plastics Hall of Fame. John is also a professor emeritus at Penn State University where he helped develop and chaired the Plastics Engineering Technology Program at Penn State Erie. His earlier industrial credits include positions as Technical Manager for Moldflow’s US operations and Engineering Manager for Ciba Vision Corp. He was also the founder and director of the Plastics CAE Center at Penn State, past Chair of the Injection Molding Division’s Board of Directors and is currently a member of the Plastics Pioneers and an SPE Fellow. Beaumont Technologies is the pioneer and world leader of in-mold rheological control technologies.

 

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Vinyltec Conference
Oct
13
to Oct 15

Vinyltec Conference

Enabling Technologies for the Future in the PVC Industry
https://www.etouches.com/ehome/122014

SPE's Vinyl Plastics Division will host Vinyltec 2015 in Akron, OH, October 13-15. This exciting 3-day event will build on the momentum of previous Vinyltec conferences and features a special, 1-day pre-conference PVC Compounding workshop to help train technical and sales professionals on the fundamental aspects of PVC compounding requirements encountered by vinyl manufacturers, formulators and end-users.

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October Meeting - Blow Molding
Oct
12
5:30 PM17:30

October Meeting - Blow Molding

Extreme and Extreme Sycnro. Sipa's Revolutionary Preform Manufacturing Technology & Design.  RSVP to Gary Taylor by noon Oct 9th at akronspe1@gmail.com.

This innovative technology based on a Rotary Injection Compression Molding System allows the manufacturing of light PET preform with outstanding characteristics in terms of Quality, Light Weight, Length to Thickness/Stretch Ratio and Top Load Performances.

Xtreme becomes Extreme Sincro when integrated with a SIPA Sincro Bloc (Blow/Fill and Cap), making it a very compact and efficient system that makes the preforms, blow the bottles also filling  and capping them all in the same platform.

Bio:

Antonio Orru is an accomplished, senior-level Sales Manager with a broad scope of experience, encompassing sales, marketing, revenue enhancement, and identifying and capturing new business opportunities in the Packaging Industry. His expertise also includes creating and implementing strategic sales goals and business development. During his career, Antonio has demonstrated his international management expertise, with notable achievements in complex product launches and aggressive market penetration, as well as fluency in four languages. 

He initially joined SIPA North America in 2012 as Sales Manager and was instrumental in achieving sales growth and new market developments in the Beverage Industry in addition of consolidating the SIPA presence in the Plastic Converting Companies Market.  In January 2015 he was promoted Key Account Director. 
Prior to his role at SIPA North America, Antonio was Director of Sales of Lanfranchi North America,  Regional and National Sales Manager at Aetna Group USA

His education includes a Sales and International Marketing Certificate; a Bachelor of Political Science and International Affairs and Diploma of Bookkeeper and Finance.

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September Meeting - Biomimicry
Sep
14
5:30 PM17:30

September Meeting - Biomimicry

Leveraging 3.8 Billion Years of Innovation - by Emily Kennedy

Bio - Emily has a BA in International Relations (Minor: Environmental Studies) from Colgate University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Integrated Biosciences at the University of Akron as a Biomimicry Fellows. Emily’s graduate studies are sponsored by GOJO Industries, Inc. She spends two days a week embedded in GOJO’s R&D department supporting bio mimicry initiatives, and has been an active contributor on innovation projects including development of energy-efficient soap and sanitizer dispensing systems and preventive treatments for pressure ulcers. For her dissertation, she is developing reliable pathways to biomimetic solutions that can be easily implemented by corporate innovation teams.

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