SPE News — June 16, 2023

Plastics Engineering Highlights

The May/June issue of Plastics Engineering is focused on plastics used in building and construction, sustainability challenges, waste plastics and more.

Read the May/June Issue

Building Blocks

Paved With Good Intentions

Plastics waste gets new life and positive reviews as an asphalt additive for roads and other hard surfaces.

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Sustainability Challenges

Each batch of recycled plastic is different, so testing and analysis are critical for processing quality.

What's Happening Around SPE

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Long-time SPE Member Clare Leon Milton Jr., Dies at 104

Clare Leon Milton Jr., a chemical engineer and inventor who was among the founders of classical music programming on WBJC-FM in Baltimore, recently died at his home in Baltimore, MD. He was 104. Mr. Milton was active in SPE and had many roles in the Society including that of treasurer.

Next SPE Workshop Focused on AI for Polymer Development

Are you looking to integrate AI into your processes? SPE’s next online workshop, Artificial Intelligence for Polymer Development and Processing, presented by Maryam Emami, Ph.D., CEO and Founder of Ai Materia, will introduce participants to applications of AI for materials and product development and manufacturing processes. This 4-part workshop will take place online from September 11-14.

Dennis Hagan Named SPE Thermoforming Division 'Thermoformer of the Year'

First SPE Workshop in Spanish: Extrusion of Thermoplastics

The first workshop presented by SPE entirely in Spanish will be Extrusion of Thermoplastics. This 6-part series, presented online by Omar Estrada, Ph.D., CEO, sospol s.a.s., will focus on the single screw extrusion process used in plastic products such as films, sheets, tubes, and fibers. The workshop will contribute to the understanding of the detailed operation of the extruder, the causes and solutions of typical problems, the fundamental role that screw design plays and the operating conditions to have a high-quality cast. June 26, June 27, June 28, June 29, July 5, and July 6.

Dennis Hagan Named SPE Thermoforming Division 'Thermoformer of the Year'

Expand Your Knowledge of Additive Manufacturing

Are you a plastics professional looking to implement additive manufacturing/3D printing into your company’s processes? Are you in or near the Boston area? Join your plastics peers and additive manufacturing professionals at ImplementAM – taking place at the Mighty Squirrel Brewing Company on June 22 in Waltham, MA – for a day of learning, collaboration, and networking. Keynote speaker is John Hart, MIT Professor & Co-Founder of Desktop Metal and VulcanForms. Also expect educational presentations from EOS, TRUMPF, Xometry, HP, and others. Lunch and Happy Hour are included in your registration!

Dennis Hagan Named SPE Thermoforming Division 'Thermoformer of the Year'

SPE Preferred Partner Covia Looks at Additive Package Materials

In an exclusive article for SPE, preferred partner Covia looks at how manufacturers of LLDPE blown films can evaluate their current additive package to determine if, by changing their current AB, they can potentially reduce the quantity of other, more expensive additives and reduce overall costs.

SPE Foundation

Celanese Partnership Boosts Student Outreach

SPE Foundation Expands Board and Strengthens Commitment to Plastics Education

The SPE Foundation, a leading organization dedicated to the growth of plastics professionals and the advancement of plastics education, is pleased to announce the election of four new Board members. Albert McGovern, Steve Zamprelli, Matt Urfali, and Greg Adams have been elected to serve on the Board for a three-year term.

Celanese Partnership Boosts Student Outreach

SPE Joins ‘Molding Workforce Inclusion’ Program as Partner

SPE recently announced its partnership with the groundbreaking initiative, "Molding Workforce Inclusion," funded by the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF). This strategic collaboration aims to revolutionize the plastics industry and foster disability inclusivity across the United States. Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are core to SPE's mission, aligning with the values of its members, companies, and academic institutions.

SPE Chapter News

SPE Mold Technologies Division Summer Newsletter

The SPE Mold Technologies Division Summer Newsletter includes an open letter to Glenn Beall, who recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award; PTXPO 2023 wrap-up; and more.

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Upcoming Events

  • SPE WORKSHOP: Troubleshooting Single-Screw Extruders - 4 Part Series
    Begins June 12 | Online
  • SPE WEBINAR: A Tiered Approach for Studying Polymers in the Marine Environment – Criteria, Best Practices and Test Methods
    June 21 | Online

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