SPE News - May 19, 2023

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Plastics Engineering

The May/June issue of Plastics Engineering is focused on plastics used in building and construction, sustainability challenges, waste plastics and more.

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Mass Appeal

Mass Appeal

3Dnatives, SPE’s new acquisition, has its finger on the pulse of the booming additive manufacturing industry.

when the rain comes

When the Rains Come

An innovative paving system from recycled plastic solves flooding problems in urban areas.

What's Happening Around SPE

Upcoming SPE Workshop Troubleshoots Single-Screw Extruders

Are you responsible for end-product or working to solve problems that might not be the process or material's fault? Need to better understand troubleshooting single-screw extruders? Don’t miss this upcoming 4-part SPE Workshop, presented by Mark Spalding, Fellow, Dow, and taking place online June 12, June 14, June 19, and June 22. Mark has solved some of the most complicated extrusion problems at Dow customer’s plants by developing and applying sophisticated troubleshooting methods. Check out all of SPE’s upcoming workshops!

First SPE Workshop in Spanish: Extrusion of Thermoplastics

The first workshop presented by SPE entirely in Spanish will be Extrusion of Thermoplastics. This 6-part series, presented online by Omar Estrada, Ph.D., CEO, sospol s.a.s., will focus on the single screw extrusion process used in plastic products. The workshop will focus on the detailed operation of the extruder, the causes and solutions of typical problems, the fundamental role that screw design plays, and the operating conditions to produce a high-quality cast. June 26, June 27, June 28, June 29, July 5, and July 6.


Essentials of Management & Leadership in Plastics

If you’re considering moving into a leadership role, either to manage people or projects, now is the perfect time. SPE can help maximize your leadership potential through its Essentials of Management & Leadership in Plastics program. Essentials of Management & Leadership in Plastics is a six-month, cohort-based, online program, with upcoming sessions running from Fall 2023 through Spring 2024. The program is open to early to mid-level career professionals (with varying titles and roles within specific organizations) who are looking to become leaders or strengthen their leadership skills at their companies and in the plastics industry. No other Leadership Certificate program exists that is specifically designed for those in the plastics industry. The program is facilitated by Dr. Sarah Skidmore, a leadership doctor and experience strategic consultant.

FlexPackCon® 2023 Adds Two More Keynotes

Two new keynote speakers have been added to the agenda for FlexPackCon® 2023, presented by the SPE Flexible Packaging Division and taking place October 10-12 at the Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel in Quebec. Additional keynotes include Tom Dunn, Managing Director, FlexPacknology™, and Mike Levy, Market Area Director, Sustainability and GHG Consulting CLE, First Environment. Dunn will focus on the future of sustainable flexible packaging and Levy will look at bioplastics from a US policy perspective.

SPE Foundation

Mark Wolverton, SPE Foundation PlastiVan® Educator

Mark Wolverton Named SPE Milwaukee Chapter Educator of the Year

Mark Wolverton, SPE Foundation PlastiVan® Educator, was recently named the SPE Milwaukee Chapter’s 2023 Educator of the Year. Mark was recognized for his outstanding and continuous contributions in plastics education. He has been a PlastiVan educator in Wisconsin schools since 2019. He has also been a strong advocate for education at a range of SPE Chapter events and meetings.

SPE Chapter Newsletters

Composites Division Composites Connection

The Composite Division’s Spring/Summer 2023 Composites Connection focuses on the SPE Foundation's recently released 2022 Impact Report, Dr. Uday Vaidya’s recognition as an SPE Fellow of the Society, awards opportunities, and more.

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Polymer Modifiers & Additives Spring 2023 Newsletter

The Spring edition of Polymer Modifiers & Additives News highlights industry and Polymer Modifiers & Additive (PMAD) division news, IPOC 2023 recap, 2023 PMAD scholarship information, and the polymer additives learning forum.

Color and Appearance Division CAD News®

Spring edition of CAD News® includes the technical article, “UVC Durability Testing of Colored Coatings and Plastics,” and Division Member Spotlight is focused on Christine Gehres.

Akron Chapter’s Polymer Valley News

Akron’s May newsletter dives into a recent student poster session at the University of Akron, volunteering for the Akron board of directors, the Western Reserve District’s Science Day, and upcoming events and programs.

SPE News Story Ideas?

Know a member who is doing outstanding things in plastics or in SPE? Have you heard about or are part of a chapter that is making an impact or a difference in the industry? Let us know if you have any story ideas for SPE News! Feel free to contact Chris Barry at cbarry@4spe.org.

Upcoming Events

  • SPE WEBINAR: Real-Time Process Optimization with In-Mold Sensors and Machine Learning
    May 25 | Online
  • SPE WEBINAR: Build a Strong Business Case for Bringing 3D Printing Into Your Plastic Injection Operations
    June 1 | Online
  • SPE WORKSHOP: Troubleshooting Single-Screw Extruders Pt. I
    Begins June 12 | Online
  • SPE WEBINAR: Understanding Wear of Plastics
    June 13 | Online

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