SPE News - April 1, 2022

April Plastics Engineering Focused on Sustainability, Wearables and Molding Technologies

The digital version of the April 2022 issue of Plastics Engineering is now available.

Plastics Engineering Highlights

Dial ‘S’ for Sustainable

Novel eco-friendly designs challenge smartphone norms and promote circularity.

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Feel the Power

Plastics spur growth in wearable diagnostics including self-healing electronic skin and self-powered devices.

Mass Appeal

SPE overachiever Donna Davis shares her take on critical plastics issues.

Looking Back 80 Years While Shaping the Future

Highlight your company’s history, innovations, products, services and more! Our upcoming July/August issue of Plastics Engineering magazine will be a celebration of SPE’s 80th Anniversary and a look at the future of the industry. You are invited to be an important part of this must-read issue. With a reach of over 30,000 global industry leaders in more than 84 countries, Plastics Engineering readers are your potential new customers. 90% of our readers are decision-makers for new plastics technologies — tell them about your company, your roadmap for the future, and how your success is their success. Don’t miss out. Be included in this historical SPE milestone! For Plastics Engineering advertising opportunities contact: Michael Greskiewicz or Desiray Young.

80th Anniversary Fun Fact!

In 2012, ANTEC® Mumbai was the largest plastics technical conference ever held in India, with more than 450 delegates attending 178 technical presentations over two days.

What's Happening Around SPE

SPE's Trends and Innovations in Plastics Processing and Recycling Conference Taking Place April 20

SPE and the SPE Palisades-MidAtlantic Section are presenting the Trends and Innovations in Plastics Processing and Recycling Conference — taking place virtually on Wednesday, April 20 — with a focus on 3D Printing, Compounding Technology, Sustainability and Mechanical Recycling, Additive Manufacturing, Injection Molding, Composite Materials, and more. This conference is a part of SPE’s National Week of Plastics Processing taking place from April 17-21. This week-long event is for those interested in pursuing a career in plastics processing or just wanting to learn more about plastics processing. You can register for the whole week or for Wednesday’s conference only!

ANTEC® to Launch First Live Event Since 2019

SPE is thrilled to announce that ANTEC® 2022 is taking place in-person, co-located with PLASTEC® South, an Informa event, at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC, from June 14-16, 2022. Not only will ANTEC® 2022 host the highest level of technical papers and presentations that you’ve come to expect but you will FINALLY (!) be able to connect with your plastics peers and friends face-to-face. At ANTEC® 2022 you will have multiple opportunities to spend time with your colleagues at SPE-hosted meetings, receptions, an Honors and Awards Luncheon, and additional SPE Chapter networking events. Registration and more details will be announced in the coming weeks.

METTLER TOLEDO Announced as SPE Preferred Partner

SPE recently announced METTLER TOLEDO as a SPE Preferred Partner. METTLER TOLEDO is a leading global manufacturer of precision instruments. The company is the world’s largest manufacturer and marketer of weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial and food retailing applications.

SPE Mold Technologies Division to Recognize Mold Repair/Maintenance Technicians

To recognize a group of otherwise unsung heroes in the plastics industry, SPE’s Mold Technologies Division is seeking nominations for the Mold Repair/Maintenance Technician of the Year. This award is based on the performance of a team member in your organization who exemplifies one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Superior understanding of the fit, function, and operation of tooling as it relates to plastic processing and a keen ability to manage multiple tasks and ever-changing priorities.
  • Able to convert his/her technical knowledge into a training opportunity for the next generation of Maintenance/Repair Team members within the marketplace.
  • Contributes in some manner to the community around us, either within the industry or outside the business.

For more information about this recognition, please contact Scott Peters, SPE Mold Technologies Division Chair-Elect 2020-2022, at scott.peters@moldedmarketing.com.

SPE Foundation

Sixth-Graders, Slime and STEM: MISD and SPE Partner to Promote Interest in Engineering

You’d be hard-pressed to find a middle schooler who doesn’t appreciate the curious properties of slime. So, on March 1, when sixth graders at Faubion Middle School in McKinney, Texas, discovered that the “polymer chains” they were combining in science class by mixing a couple of liquids in petri dishes turned out to be what they all colloquially know as “slime,” it was no surprise that they were on board to learn more. Leading the discussion was Eve Vitale, Executive Director of the SPE Foundation. She’s also an SPE PlastiVan® educator who—along with fellow PlastiVan® teachers Evan Morton and Elizabeth Egan—had been invited to Faubion to talk about the world of plastics engineering and to spark student interest in their own field and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in general.

DEI Dialogue

Pronouns Are Icing On the Cake When it Comes to Diversity

Written by Cathy Nestrick (she/her), DEI Leader / Co-Host, Parity Podcast
Former VP and General Counsel, Berry Global Group, Inc.

For those of us in the U.S., we learned about pronouns in middle school, or if you’re like me, in junior high. English pronouns are either tied to a gender (i.e., she, her, him, his) or not (i.e., they, them, we, us). We haven’t had to think about pronouns over the years, but recently, they are making a comeback for very good reason.

DEI Dialogue

On this episode of the 2022 TRENDY Award winning, PlastChicks – The Voices of Resin – Lynzie Nebel and Mercedes Landazuri host Dr. Erin Keaney, Research Scientist, Adjunct Faculty, University of Massachusetts Lowell and COO and Co-Founder of Nonspec. Nonspec is committed to providing affordable and adjustable prosthetic limb systems to all amputees. They discuss Erin's plastics research, her challenges in developing Nonspec, lessons learned when building a great team, and overcoming roadblocks as women in STEM. Listen at 4spe.org/Podcasts.

SPE News Story Ideas?

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Upcoming Events

  • WEBINAR: Density Determination for Consistent Plastic Quality (Part One of the Earth Day Sustainability Series)
    April 7 | Virtual Event
  • WEBINAR: An Overview of Nylon Resins
    April 14 | Virtual Event
  • 12th SPE European Thermoforming Conference
    April 18 - 22 | Vienna, Austria

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