SPE News - Oct. 22, 2021

Digital October Edition of Plastics Engineering Now Available
The October issue of Plastics Engineering focused on medical applications. Below are highlights from the issue.

Plastics Engineering Highlights

Perfect Alignment

3DP composite surgical aiming arm is made with greater properties and at less cost than aluminum alloy or composite black.

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A Circle of Life

Greg DeKunder of NOVA chemicals sees a circular future for plastics.

A Dream Come True

Predictive healthcare via point-of-care diagnostics will reshape medicine by improving outcomes and slashing healthcare costs.

Plastics Engineering to Commemorate SPE’s 80th Anniversary in 2022

As part of SPE’s 80th Anniversary, one of the many activities planned throughout 2022 is a special commemorative issue of Plastics Engineering (PE) magazine, which will be published in July/August. This keepsake issue will act as a major reference for plastics industry history and outlook. For those who want to be part of this special issue that will be read, referenced, and reviewed for years to come, please take a few minutes to provide your ideas by going to https://www.4spe.org/Celebrate80.

What's Happening Around SPE

Jay L. Gardiner, SPE Past President and Tireless Volunteer, Dies at 70
The past president of SPE and 2012 Plastics Hall of Fame inductee died of cancer on Oct. 15. Gardiner had a stellar career in plastics. In addition to serving on SPE Executive Committees for a decade and as president from 1996-1997, he was president of the Plastics Academy, chair of the Plastics Institute of America and Plastics Pioneers Association, and board member of the National Plastics Center and Museum.

Plastics in Aerospace Agenda Focused on Innovations and Applications
This year’s Plastics in Aerospace conference will focus on aircraft interiors and emerging technologies including UAV/UAM. The growing trends of lightweighting, sustainability, connectivity, and electrification for the next generation of aircraft create a tremendous amount of opportunity for the growth of plastics, composites, and adhesives in this specialized field. Learn what is being done and which materials are emerging as the prime candidates to revolutionize an industry from the thought leaders in this space. Agenda highlights include:

  • Keynote: Bonding Thermoplastics: Aerospace’s Unseen Challenge - Michelle Woods, Thermoplastic Specs Engineer, Interior Materials, Boeing
  • Advanced Materials and Application Development for Aircraft Interiors Provided by Sabic’s Specialties Business - Ed Kung, Senior Manager, Technology & New Offerings: Specialties - LNP Compounds & Copolymers, Sabic
  • Economy of Scale - John Geriguis, Advanced Development Lead, Joby Aviation & Nobuya Kawamura, Senior Executive Engineer, Toyota Motor North America
  • Overview of Flammability Requirements Current and Future - Keith Couillard, Designated Expert, Fire Safety, Boeing
  • Additive Manufacturing with PEKK: From Fused Filament Fabrication to Advance Multi-Axis Automated Fiber Placement - Roderick Reber, Staff Technical Service Engineer, Arkema
  • And More!

SPE Membership Packs Encourage Professional Development for Company Employees
SPE Membership Packs are a cost-effective way to demonstrate the value your organization places on professional development and shared participation while streamlining the process with a single membership payment. Employees participate collectively while receiving full, individual member benefits. 3M, Huber Engineered Materials and Brown Machine Group have all participated in SPE’s Membership Pack option. Jeremy Dworshak, Molding Specialist at 3M, emphasized the importance membership in SPE has for professional development. “Over 100 employees from 3M have joined SPE through its Membership Pack option,” said Dworshak. “SPE is a recognized leader in providing plastics related content and for creating opportunities to network with industry experts. Having the option to join live events or to view on-demand also allows for company members to increase their knowledge. This program is a great opportunity for company employees to engage and learn.”

Don’t Miss Out! Showcase Your Work at ANTEC® 2022
You’re invited to submit a technical paper for ANTEC® 2022. Highlight the latest advances in industrial, national laboratory and academic work. Papers will share findings in polymer research and/or new and improved products and technologies. Paper submission deadline is November 15, 2021.

SPE’s First Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Manufacturing Event Taking Place in December
SPE’s series of four DEI events kicks off with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Manufacturing taking place during Advanced Manufacturing East from December 6-7, 2021 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Co-located with Informa Markets–Engineering advanced manufacturing regional trade shows and hosted by the SPE Foundation and the SPE DEI Advisory Board, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Manufacturing will be an engaging mix of keynotes, panel discussions, “TED Talk” style sessions, with audience interaction and Q&A. As of now, confirmed speakers include:

  • Christine Barnhart, Senior Director of Industry and Solution Strategy, Infor
  • Wendy Garcia, Chief Diversity Officer, Office of New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer
  • Mandy McCain, Vice President of Healthcare North America, Berry Global
  • Eve A. Riskin, Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Washington
  • Nancy P. Walsh, President of North America, Informa Markets

SPE DEI Advisory Board Looking for Volunteer Support
The SPE DEI Advisory Board has several initiatives underway, which need additional support. Those include the launch of four in-person roundtable events, a new DEI podcast, development of education programs, communications activities and more. If you're interested in knowing more about our work, and potentially volunteering if the fit is right, please take a few minutes to fill out and submit our DEI Volunteer questionnaire.

New Member Corner
Our new members since October 1st are: Bryce Anzelmo, Matt Branscomb, Steve Brinkman, Elizabeth Cadogan, Frank Campos, Grant Cleavenger, Amanda Cunningham, Shannon de Souza, Ted Fisher, Robert Group, Mitch Halpert, Ryan Impelman, Jim Ingram, Todd Keit, Sean Kim, Robert Kleckauskas, Derek Klinedinst, Ravi Kolakaluri, Chad Koss, Thomas Kvinge, Stephen Levy, Lucy Li, Mark Malloy, Samuel Marcotte, Peter Maroulis, Michael McLenaghan, Edward (Ned) Moore, Russell Muller, Michael Munson, Omar Mureebe, Bill Murphy, Isabela Oliveira, Umashankar Prabhakar, Olga Saldarriaga, Matthew Tiza, Sam Touroonjian, Hung Tran, Karine Venne, Michael Weiss, Keith White, Austin Wilson, Mike Witer, Ian Xing, Ryan Zakszeski, Roy Zeh. Welcome to SPE!

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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.

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    November 2-4 | Novi, MI
  • WEBINAR: How to Implement a Purge Program and Stop Wasting Money

    November 3 | Virtual Event

  • WEBINAR: Acrylic Processing Aids for PVC Foam

    November 9 | Virtual Event

  • 50th Annual SPE Automotive Division Innovation Awards Gala

    November 10 | Livonia, MI


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