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09/19/2019

SPE’s Latest Webinar Now Available in the SPE Library


Introduction to Design for Rotational Molding, presented on September 18th by Michael Paloian, President, Integrated Design Systems, is focused on the rotational molding process, applications and basic design guidelines. Webinar highlights include the distinctions between rotational molding and other processes (i.e. injection molding) and touches on gaining technical knowledge and learning basic skills necessary to understanding rotational molding. Introduction to Design for Rotational Molding and dozens of recorded webinars are currently available to SPE members in the SPE Library


09/19/2019

Why Presenting at ANTEC® 2020 is Important


ANTEC® 2020, taking place March 30-April 2 in San Antonio, TX, is the largest, most respected and well-known technical conference in the plastics industry. SPE is now accepting paper submissions for publication and presentation. Present the latest topics in industrial, national laboratory and academic work. Raise awareness and share your findings in polymer research or new and improved products and technologies. 


09/04/2019

2019 ACCE Best Paper Award Winners Announced


The organizing committee for the SPE® Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) announced the Best Paper Award winners of the group’s nineteenth-annual show, Sept. 4 – 6, 2019. Three authors, who received the highest average ratings by conference peer reviewers out of a field of close to 100 contenders, will be honored for excellence in technical writing with a commemorative plaque during the SPE ACCE opening ceremonies on September 4th.


09/04/2019

Winners of ACCE & REHKOPF Scholarships to be honored at ACCE 2019


The organizing committee for the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) announced the winners of the group’s annual SPE ACCE scholarships and the Dr. Jackie Rehkopf scholarships from an endowed fund that has been set up to honor the long-time SPE ACCE committee member, SPE Automotive Division board member, and automotive composites researcher.


08/29/2019

SPE Foundation 2019 Scholarship Award Recipients Announced


Over 40 SPE Foundation Scholarship recipients for 2019 were announced on August 29. The SPE Foundation offers numerous scholarships to students who have demonstrated or expressed interest in the plastics industry.


08/28/2019

SPE Color and Appearance Division RETEC® early registration rates still available


The 57th Annual SPE Color and Appearance Division RETEC® will be held in Cleveland, OH September 23 – 25, 2019. Take advantage of early rates and register by 9/6/2019 to save $100. Event includes two full days of technical sessions, 60+ exhibitors showcasing products and services as well as multiple networking opportunities. 


08/27/2019

SPE Announces ANTEC® 2020 Call for Papers


ANTEC® 2020 is the largest, most respected and well-known technical conference in the plastics industry. SPE is now accepting paper submissions for publication and presentation. Present the latest in industrial, national laboratory and academic work. Share your findings in polymer research or new and improved products and technologies.


08/27/2019

Third Keynote Announced for SPE ACCE 2019 - Composites on the New Chevrolet Corvette


The executive planning committee for the SPE® Automotive Composites Conference & Expo (ACCE) is announcing the third keynote speaker for their 19th annual event September 4 – 6, 2019 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich. in the Detroit suburbs. 


08/20/2019

SPE Automotive Division Announces Lifetime Achievement Award Winner


Michael J. Whitens, retired former Global Director for Ford’s Vehicle and Enterprise Sciences at Ford’s Research and Innovation Center, has been named the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award winner by the Automotive Division of the SPE.


07/31/2019

Keynote Announced for SPE ACCE 2019


The executive planning committee for the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Expo (ACCE) is announcing the second keynote speaker for their 19th annual event September 4 – 6, 2019 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich. Gulay Serhatkulu, Senior Vice President, Performance Materials North America, BASF Corp. will present “Chemistry-Driven Composite Innovation – the Future is Now.” The presentation will outline the challenges facing composites solutions in the automotive industry and what needs to happen to increase the adoption.


07/10/2019

ACCEDE Announced as SPE Preferred Partner


SPE recently announced Accede Mold & Tool Co., Inc. as an SPE Preferred Partner. An SPE Preferred Partner is a converter, manufacturer, solutions provider or product distributor that has been recognized by SPE for demonstrated leadership and innovation in the plastics industry.


07/03/2019

Honored Service Member and Fellow-of-the-Society Applications Available


Nominations are now open for SPE Honored Service Members and Fellow-of-the-Society. Fellows are honored for their contributions in the fields of plastics engineering, science or technology, or in the management of such activities and Honored Service Members are recognized for their outstanding service to the Society and its objectives. For more information, please visit SPE's Awards and Recognition area on our website.


06/20/2019

SPE Announces Call for Nominations for Innovative Parts Competition at 2019 ACCE


The organizing committee for the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) issued a call for nominations for its annual parts competition at the group's 2019 conference, September 4-6 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan.


06/17/2019

SPE Milwaukee Chapter Celebrates 75th Anniversary


This year, the SPE Milwaukee Section is celebrating its 75th anniversary as a chapter in the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). Since 1944, SPE Milwaukee has focused on spreading knowledge, strengthening skills and promoting plastics throughout the state of Wisconsin. 


06/03/2019

Webinar: An Introduction to Dynamic Mechanical Analysis


Dynamic Mechanical Analysis(DMA) is a thermoanalytical technique that measures the stiffness (modulus) and damping (tan delta) of polymeric materials to assess the viscoelastic properties as a function of time, temperature, and frequency. Polymeric materials display both elastic and viscous behavior simultaneously, and DMA can separate these responses. Polymers, composed of long molecular chains, have unique viscoelastic properties, which combine the characteristics of elastic solidsand Newtonian fluids.


05/22/2019

ANTEC® 2020 Quickly Taking Shape


Taking place March 30- April 2 at the Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, TX, ANTEC® 2020 will host managers, engineers, R&D scientists, technicians, sales & marketing associates, executives, academics and students through this networking and knowledge sharing event. Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are now available.


05/01/2019

SPE 2019 Salary Survey Points to Strong Plastics Industry Work Trends


Compensation of professionals in the plastics industry made a healthy gain last year according to the recently released 2019 Plastics Salary Survey, conducted jointly by SPE and MBS Advisors.


04/29/2019

Webinar: Sandwich Panel Design and Thermoplastic Honeycomb Technology Overview


The seminar aims at review of available sandwich panel technologies, with the focus on configuration with thermoplastic honeycomb core being accepted in more and more applications today. The principles and benefits of sandwich panel design will be presented, along to post-processing techniques and examples of applications starting from a lower end of industrial packaging, through building and transportation, including but not limited to automotive.


04/15/2019

Webinar: Design = Emotion + Function


What makes a product successful? It’s always a blend of both functional and emotional attributes that together create beauty in a product. This webinar will focus on these attributes and their proper application in the entire spectrum of the product design and development process.


04/01/2019

Webinar: Basic Rubber Technology


This webinar will introduce the attendees to the basics and most important topics related to thermoset rubber compounds. About 15 billion kilograms of rubber are produced ever year. Rubber finds its way into wide range of applications in the automotive, medical, appliance, electrical, and chemical industries. As a class of materials, rubber has many useful properties because of its unique molecular structure. These include being soft and relatively flexible, high ultimate elongation coupled with good elastic recovery, useful over a wide temperature range, and good chemical resistance.


04/01/2019

Webinar: Resume 101-You've Written Your Resume-Now What?


This webinar, presented by David Peterson, Managing Partner for Direct Recruiters, will focus on resume development, looking for job opportunities, networking, interview types and tips, getting offers and more. Peterson manages and oversees DRI search and recruitment teams in the Plastics and Flexible Packaging industries.


03/27/2019

SPE Announces the 6th Annual Plastics for Life™ Competition Winners


During the ANTEC® 2019 plastics technical conference in Detroit, MI, SPE-Inspiring Plastics Professionals honored plastic products that meet the ultimate test of value by making our lives better in some way.


03/26/2019

SPE Announces ANTEC® 2021 Dates/Location


BETHEL, CTMarch 18, 2019: SPE-Inspiring Plastics Professionals announced today that its ANTEC® 2021 program will take place on March 22-26 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown in Denver, Colorado. ANTEC® 2020 was previously announced for March 30-April 2 at the Marriott River Center in San Antonio, Texas.


03/26/2019

SPE Offers Members This Is Plastics® Program in Collaboration with Plastics Industry Association


BETHEL,CT—SPE-Inspiring Plastics Professionals announced today a licensing agreement with PLASTICS Industry Association’s for its This is Plastics® program.


03/26/2019

SPE-Inspiring Plastics Professionals Joins the Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM


BETHEL, CT—SPE-Inspiring Plastics Professionals announced today that its partnering with more than fifty-three other leading societies to form the Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine).


02/20/2019

Volunteers Will Be Recognized As Honored Service Members During SPE's ANTEC® 2019


BETHEL, CT—Feb 20, 2019: At SPE’s ANTEC® 2019 in March, the SPE-Inspiring Plastics Professionals will introduce two new Honored Service Members who are being recognized for their contributions to the Society.


02/19/2019

SPE to Recognize Newly Named ‘Fellows’ At ANTEC® 2019


BETHEL, CT—Feb 19, 2019: At March’s SPE ANTEC® 2019 in Detroit, MI, SPE-Inspiring Plastics Professionals will introduce twelve new Fellows who are being recognized for their contributions to the Society.


02/18/2019

Webinar: Conversations That Matter: Managing Accountability in Others


An organization’s ability to manage accountability is key to its success. Among top-performing organizations, 77 percent of leaders reported employees of all levels are held accountable for results, according to an OnPoint Consulting survey. Only 44 percent of leaders said this was true at less successful organizations. Learn how to recognize and measure accountability, manage accountability more effectively and evaluate how well your team or organization is performing in this area.

Many leaders would say they want to create a culture of accountability, but what does this look like when it’s put into practice? How can you measure accountability within your team or organization? What are some challenges that keep you from holding others accountable? How do you respond to someone who makes excuses?


02/11/2019

Webinar: Using Your Process Data to Solve Quality, Downtime, and Production Problems


As Industry 4.0 gains momentum in the plastics industry, many are calculating the risk-reward ratio of becoming early adopters. To truly understand the urgency of starting your Industry 4.0 project, consider what you’re losing by not innovating, specifically: the cost of poor quality, downtime, and competitiveness.

In this session, you will learn why the process data and analytics provided by Industry 4.0 solutions are the most important part of industrial automation and how they can help you solve your production problems.


02/05/2019

Continued Partnering Offers Unique Membership Access for Brand Owners


BETHEL, CT—February 4, 2019: SPE-Inspiring Plastics Professionals and the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) announced the continuation of their partnered membership program for plastics industry brand owner companies. This program which started in 2017, grants employees of companies that belong to PLASTICS Brand Owners Council SPE memberships, with access to all SPE benefits. Employees of all current and newly-registered PLASTICS brand owner company members are eligible to participate.


02/04/2019

Webinar: Creep Failure of Plastics


Creep is the tendency of a polymeric material to deform permanently under the influence of constant stress, as applied through tensile, compressive, shear, or flexural loading. It occurs as a function of time through extended exposure to levels of stress that are below the yield strength of the material. Given sufficient time, this can lead to creep rupture, the failure within a material as a result of continuously applied stress at a level below the tensile strength. Plastic materials are particularly prone to creep rupture through exposure to static stresses, and a recent study indicates that 22% of plastic failures are associated with creep.


01/31/2019

Townsend Solutions Becomes SPE-Inspiring Plastics Professionals First Preferred Partner


BETHEL, CT—January 31, 2019: SPE-Inspiring Plastics Professionals announced today that Townsend Solutions is SPE's first Preferred Partner. An SPE Preferred Partner is a converter, manufacturer, solutions provider or product distributor that has been recognized by SPE for demonstrated leadership and innovation in the plastics industry.



01/14/2019

Webinar: Budgeting 101 - Can I afford that?


You’re nearing graduation; Yeah!
Cannot wait to start getting multiple job offers; double Yeah!
Now you have multiple job offers; oh Crap!
How do you choose which one to pick; double Crap!

Hopefully this webinar will help put some quantitative decision making around a very complex choice: what job offer will you choose to start your career and how do you know you’ll make enough money to thrive?!


01/07/2019

Webinar: How Cooling Line and Mold Design Influence Plastic Part Cost and Performance


Cycle time optimization is often one of the main objectives when designing and constructing the mold. However, the majority of a molding cycle is often dictated by the cooling time. Therefore, it is strange that in the mold design process the integration and design of the cooling line layout and high conductivity inserts is often left toward the end of the design process where the design envelops has been drastically reduced. It is also commonly believed that the placement of the cooling lines is the only driver for properly cooling the part, and its design only influences the manufacturability of the part.


01/07/2019

Webinar: Strengthening Your Emotional and Social Intelligence


Studies show that higher levels of emotional intelligence and social intelligence are what separates top performers from average performers. And emotional and social intelligence impacts almost everything we say and do!

When professionals build and leverage their emotional and social intelligence, they are better equipped to develop rewarding strategic partnerships, increase their influence and boost their performance.


12/12/2018

2018 Scholarship Recipients


The 2018 Scholarship Recipients have been announced.


10/30/2018

SPE’s Plastics Engineering magazine-enhanced capabilities and functionality now available


SPE’s Plastics Engineering magazine is now housed in Wiley Online Library. The capabilities and functionality of the library enhance the reader experience by providing access to back-file content back to 2007, full-text search and inclusion in collections. As a benefit of membership, SPE members will continue to have full online access to the publication, along with SPE’s three journals, by logging in through SPE’s website, www.4spe.org.


10/10/2018

PLASTICS and SPE Continue Partnership to Provide Free SPE Membership to Students


WASHINGTON, D.C.—October 10, 2018: As the result of the success of their student program partnership — which assisted over 2,000 students in their pursuit of a career in plastics since 2015 — the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) and SPE: Inspiring Plastics Professionals today announced they will continue the partnership for an additional year through September 2019.


10/09/2018

New Mentorship Program launched by SPE-Inspiring Plastics Professionals


Bethel, CT. October 09, 2018 SPE-Inspiring Plastics Professionals is pleased to announce the launch of a new mentoring program for its members.


10/03/2018

New "Thermally Conductive Plastics" webinar added to SPE’s Online Technical Library.


Improving design with thermally conductive compounds. From adimensional numbers to graphite orientation driven local thermal conductivity


10/02/2018

New SPE Affinity Partner! Platinum Communications Group will design your VoIP Phone Service


Added-value should be as customizable and diverse as the people using it. SPE partners with businesses that ensure your success, wherever we go or whatever we're doing. Only as an SPE member, are you invited to share in on some of those great deals as well! 


09/26/2018

New "Wear of Plastics" webinar added to SPE’s Online Technical Library.


Goal: To address questions that arise regarding wear within plastic components: What causes plastic parts to wear? • What is friction, and how is it different than wear? • Can I test my material to predict wear?


09/19/2018

07/26/2018

SPE Launches Interactive Exhibitor Directory as the First of Many new Features at ANTEC® 2019


BETHEL, CT, U.S.A. July 24, 2018: With only eight months leading up to ANTEC® 2019 in Detroit, SPE-Inspiring Plastics Professionals (Society of Plastics Engineers) debuted a new online exhibitor directory and floor plan that benefits both exhibitors and attendees.


07/23/2018

SPE FlexPackCon® 2018 — Sunday, October 28, 2018


SPE’s Flexible Packaging Division is delighted to again join AIMCAL’s R2R event to present a must-attend event for flexible packagers and their suppliers. This year’s program includes a session on eCommerce, the double-digit growth market for packaging. Following presentations on the materials, trends, and challenges in eCommerce, there will be a workshop where participants can imagine new approaches and solutions across the variety of components and requirements.


06/04/2018

Fundamentals of Plastics Packaging Online Training Courses Offered Through SPE and IoPP Partnership


SPE has licensed 19 modules—roughly half—of the Institute of Packaging Professionals’ (IoPP’s) Fundamentals of Packaging Technology online course. The three-year license provides online training to plastics professionals through a private, co-branded online portal managed by IoPP.


05/18/2018

SPE Celebrates Innovations in Plastics with its Fifth Annual Plastics for Life Competition


During last week’s ANTEC® 2018 @NPE2018 plastics technical conference in Orlando, Fla., SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) honored plastic products that meet the ultimate test of value by making our lives better in some way.


04/18/2018

Unpackaging a Brand: A Look Inside the New SPE


We are excited to announce the launch of our new brand identity and relaunch of the SPE website.

03/30/2018

Results of SPE's Executive Board Election


SPE's 2018 regular election of the Executive Board was completed this past week.

03/08/2018

Volunteers Will Be Recognized as Honored Service Members During SPE's ANTEC® 2018 @NPE2018


BETHEL, CT, U.S.A., March 1, 2018, 2018: At SPE’s ANTEC® 2018 @NPE2018 in May, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) will introduce two new Honored Service Members who are being recognized for their contributions to the Society.

02/28/2018

SPE to Recognize Newly Named 'Fellows' at ANTEC® 2018 @NPE2018


BETHEL, CT, U.S.A., Feb 27, 2018: At May’s SPE ANTEC® 2018 @NPE2018, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) will introduce nine new Fellows who are being recognized for their contributions to the Society.

02/21/2018

SPE to Honor Achievements of Industry Leaders at ANTEC® 2018 @NPE2018


BETHEL, CT, U.S.A., Feb. 21, 2018: SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) will present its annual awards for outstanding contributions to the plastics industry to three distinguished individuals during SPE ANTEC® 2018 @NPE2018.






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