Controlling Energy Use in Plastics Processing


Controlling Energy Use in Plastics Processing

October 31—November 2, 2023 11:00 AM-1:00 PM EDT


All workshop days are from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

October 31, 2023
November 1, 2023
November 2, 2023

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SPE Members $600
Nonmembers $800

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Discover how you can lower your energy use and cut your energy bills while improving the sustainability of your company.

Join SPE at this workshop as energy expert Dr. Robin Kent walks you through all aspects of the plastics manufacturing process, showing time and energy-saving techniques at each stage.

This workshop is focused on giving you practical tools to reduce your energy bill. It is your opportunity to hear the views of one of the world’s leading experts on energy and energy management in the plastics industry. It is aimed at senior and middle managers who are responsible for energy management within their companies. The event will show you how to save energy and save money for your organization.

Learning Outcomes

  • You will learn how to manage energy efficiently in your site.
  • You will learn the basics in energy management such as how to effectively monitor and track energy use, and provides a thorough understanding of motors, the use of compressed air, cooling systems and drying polymers.


Robin Kent, Ph.D.
Managing Director
Tangram Technology Ltd.

About the Instructor

Dr. Robin Kent has a B.Eng. (Hons.) in Materials Engineering from Monash University (Australia) and a Ph.D. in Polymer Physics from the University of Surrey (UK). He has been involved with plastics processing since 1971 in a variety of sectors ranging from extrusion to injection moulding. He has wide experience in product design, having worked as Technical Director for several of the major plastics processing and window systems companies in UK and Europe. Since 1995, he has specialised in energy management for the plastics processing industry and as an independent consultant, he has carried out energy surveys and assessments on over 500 plastics processors throughout the world. His publications include over 500 technical and management articles and papers on plastics and windows and 10 books on plastics processing. He regularly lectures on cost and energy management in plastics processing and materials technology throughout the world. He has chaired 5 committees setting standards for the UK plastics and window industry and is a regular judge for major plastics industry awards.

Dr Kent is a Fellow of the Energy Institute, a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Energy Manager. Dr Kent is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Horners and Freeman of the City of London. He is a past Chairman of the Plastics Consultancy Network – the foremost grouping of plastics consultants in the world. He was awarded the Plastics Industry Awards 2010 ‘Personal Contribution’ award for his work as ‘a champion of energy efficiency and for helping numerous processors to make savings through better energy use’.

Target Audience

This course is suitable for professionals at any level with an interest in, or those responsible for, improving the way that energy is managed within their manufacturing facility and reducing overhead costs.

Questions? Contact:

For questions, contact Iván D. López.

Course Content

Day 1

Session 1 – Management Issues

  • Creating the "Energy Inefficient Organisation"
  • Getting and using management information
  • The drivers and the rising importance of energy costs
  • The efforts and integrating energy into the accounts
  • Reporting
  • Where are we now – management?
  • Action Plan for management issues

Session 2 – Monitoring and targeting

  • Energy use drivers
  • The Performance Characteristic Line
  • How to use data for monitoring and targeting
  • Performance assessment
  • Budgeting
  • Reporting
  • Action Plan for monitoring and targeting

Day 2

Session 3 – Services

  • Power supply
  • Motors
  • Compressed air
  • Chilled and cooling water
  • Materials handling and materials drying
  • Where are we now - services?
  • Action Plan for services

Session 4 – Plastics processing

  • Injection molding
  • Injection blow molding
  • Injection stretch blow molding
  • Extrusion
  • Extrusion blow molding
  • Rotational molding
  • Thermforming
  • EPS
  • Other processing technologies
  • Where are we now - processing?
  • Action Plan for processing

Day 3

Session 5 – Operations

  • Start-up, standby and shut-down
  • Setting sheets and process control
  • Where are we now - operations?
  • Action Plan for operations

Session 6 – Site Surveys

  • Time allocation
  • Reporting
  • Auditing
  • Non-conformance reports
  • Action Plan for site surveys

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Refund Policy

Full refunds, minus a $50 processing fee, will be granted until September 30. No refunds will be granted after September 30. Registration may be transferred before May 12. No transfers after August 28. Please contact for assistance in transferring a registration.

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  4. No other activity which violates anti-trust or applicable laws aimed at preventing unfair competition.

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