SPE Plastics Processing Conference 2020

Hosted by the Lehigh Valley Section



Ben Franklin Tech Ventures
116 Research Dr.
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Cost to Attend

SPE Members: $150
Nonmembers: $250
SPE Student Members: No Charge
Nonmember Students: $50
NOTE: Nonmember Students can attend the Plastics Processing Topcon 2020 free of charge by joining SPE and the Lehigh Valley Section. Click here to join SPE. After joining SPE, click here to join the Lehigh Valley Section.
Speakers: $100


Tuesday April 21, 2020 – Ben Franklin Tech Ventures
08:00–08:45 am Continental Breakfast & On-Site Registration
08:45–09:00 am Welcome and Introductions (LV BoD)
Twin Screw Compounding
09:00–09:45 am Speaker: Charlie Martin (President), Leistritz Extrusion
Compounding via Twin Screw Extrusion for 3D Filaments
09:45–10:30 am Speaker: Justyn S. Pyz (Process Engineer), Coperion Corporation
Tool Box for Quality Color Pigment Dispersions on Twin Screw Extruders
10:30–10:45 am Networking Break & Vendor Exhibit
Rheology & Polymer Modification
10:45–11:30 am Speaker: Tim Haake (General Manager), GOETTFERT Inc.
Lab / On-Line / At-Line Rheometers
11:30–12:15 pm Speaker: Qian Gou (Associate Research Scientist), Dow, Inc
Process Development for In Situ Rheology Modified Compositions in Peroxide Crosslinkable Medium Voltage Cable Insulation Application
12:15–01:30 pm Lunch & Vendor Exhibits
01:30–02:15 pm Speaker: Brett Robb (Application Chemist), Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc.
Tailoring Melt Strength of PP using an additive
02:15–03:00 pm Speaker: Bob Smith, PMC
Additive selection for PVC compounding
Injection Molding & Additive Manufacturing
03:00–03:45 pm Speaker: Matt Carnovale (Engineering Group Leader), Teleflex
Hot Runner Variability and Options for Improved Control
03:45–04:00 pm Networking Break & Vendor Exhibit
Graduate Student Presentations
04:00–04:30 pm Speaker: Peng Gao (Graduate Student), Lehigh University
Vibration Assisted Injection Molding: A Dynamic Melt Modulation Technique for Faster Production and Enhanced Properties
04:30–05:00 pm Speaker: Hussam Noor (Graduate Student), Lehigh University
Experimental Analysis of Inducing Crystallization on Polymer Melt by Altering Flow Area in Additive Manufacturing
05:00–06:00 pm Vendor Exhibit & Networking Wrap Up

Call for Papers

The SPE Lehigh Valley Section is organizing technical sessions for the inaugural SPE Plastics Processing and Compounding TopCon 2020 in the following areas:

  • Current Trends in Plastics Processing and Compounding Technology
  • Advances in Plastics Processing
  • Single and Twin Screw Extrusion
  • Reactive Extrusion
  • Injection Molding
  • Advances in Compounding
  • Polymer Blends
  • Filled Polymer Systems
  • Post compounding processes
  • Process-Property Relationships
  • Polymer Modification
  • Modelling/Simulation
  • 3D Printing
  • Sustainability & Recycling

Due Dates for Submission:

Abstracts: November 30, 2019 CLOSED
Presentations: February 29, 2020 CLOSED
Student Posters: February 29, 2020 CLOSED

To submit a paper, contact Paul Brigandi at pjbrigandi@dow.com.

To become a sponsor and/or exhibit, contact Binay Patel at binaypatel24@gmail.com.


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