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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.

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.

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.

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

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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?!

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.

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.

The 2018 Scholarship Recipients have been announced.

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.

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.

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

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! 

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

We are excited to announce the launch of our new brand identity and relaunch of the SPE website.
SPE's 2018 regular election of the Executive Board was completed this past week.
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.
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.
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.