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April 9, 2018

SPE Foundation
Educational Initiatives & Plastivan Program

Presented by Eve Vitale, Director of SPE Foundations

Ms. Vitale’s experience includes six years of corporate and foundation fundraising experience in the automotive and plastics industries and ten years of curriculum development and teaching.

She holds a B.S.M.E. from Oakland University and an M.S.E. with a concentration in manufacturing from Kettering University, where she is currently also the SPE Detroit Section liaison for Kettering students.

Location:
Hilton Akron/Fairlawn
3180 West Market Street
Akron, Ohio 44333

Agenda:
4:30 Board Meeting
5:30 Social / Networking
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Presentation following dinner

Reservations:
Reservations must be in by noon on Friday April 6 to Gary Taylor at 330-419-4380 or to akronspe1@gmail.com.   Please be sure to include company affiliation and any dietary restrictions of each attendee.

About the Program:
The PlastiVan™ Program is a great way to WOW and excite young people about the science and the vast opportunities the plastics industry has to offer.  The PlastiVan program travels to schools and companies throughout North America, educating people of all ages about plastics chemistry, history, processing, manufacturing, sustainability and applications.

For more information about the PlastiVan™ Program, please contact Eve Vitale at evitale@4spe.org or (810) 814-6412.


March 12, 2018

Additive tooling for injection molding and vacuum forming processes

Presented by Darrell Stafford, President/CEO of Catalysis Additive Tooling

Location:
The Galaxy Restaurant
Hilton Akron/Fairlawn
3180 West Market Street
Akron, Ohio 44333

Agenda:
4:30 Board Meeting
5:30 Social / Networking
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Presentation following dinner

About the Speaker:
Mr. Darrell Stafford worked for Honda North America in the R&D department for over 31 years and retired in 2016. For the last 5 years, he led the Additive Manufacturing effort across the board from conception and styling all the way to servicing end user parts.

Since he retired from Honda, he has been the President/CEO of Catalysis Additive Tooling which offers 3D printed tooling solutions. Using additive manufacturing tooling to produce functional parts (with customer’s material) offers a significant cost reduction as well as a short delivery time. Catalysis is using an agnostic approach to select the best option to manufacture tooling for low to medium volume production for injection molding and vacuum forming process.

About the Program:

Manufacturing tooling through conventional ways can be costly and time consuming if changes need to be done.  Most of the time all of these parameters delay the production schedule resulting in a time crunch to meet the deadlines.

Based on this general observation, Catalysis developed a complete solution to reduce the cost and delivery time of tooling for injection molding and vacuum forming using additive manufacturing techniques as opposed to conventional subtractive methods.

In this presentation, you will learn why additive tooling is a competitive option. Different types of tooling will be presented ranging from polymer to 3D printed metal and in the last part of the presentation we will explain the benefit of conformal cooling/ heating for tooling in thermoplastic and thermoset plastic injection.

Reservations:
Reservations must be in by noon on Friday March 9 to Gary Taylor at 330-419-4380 or akronspe1@gmail.com.   Please be sure to include company affiliation and any dietary restrictions of each attendee.


February 12, 2018

A Case Study of Plastic Material Selection for Medical Device Design, Prototype, and Manufacture

Presented by Dr. Shengqiang Gao, Manager of Polymer Core, Medical Device Solutions, Cleveland Clinic

Location:
Hilton Garden Inn
8971 Wilcox Dr
Twinsburg, OH

Agenda:
4:30 Board Meeting
5:30 Social / Networking
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Presentation by Dr. Shengqiang Gao

Program:

Dr. Gao, Senior Principal Research Engineer will introduce the function of the Polymer Core group at Medical Device Solutions department at the Cleveland Clinic, review the material selection process in general and provide a few specific examples of projects that were done in the past.

Reservations:
Please submit your reservation noon on Wednesday February 7 to mail@cmd-tip.com or call Dan Crist at 440-227-5424. Please be sure to include the company affiliation of each attendee and any dietary restrictions.


January 8, 2018

Joint Meeting with ACESS

Expanding Capacity in a Challenging Environment

Ed Hall, President and CEO, Baerlocher North America

Location:
The Galaxy Restaurant
Hilton Akron/Fairlawn
3180 West Market Street
Akron, Ohio 44333

Agenda:
4:30 Board Meeting
5:30 Social / Networking
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Presentation following dinner

Program:
Expanding capacity in a challenging environment

With the continued growth in plastic resin production and conversion in North America, Baerlocher is continuing to invest in additive technology, production capacity and people to meet the increasing demand, higher quality requirements and lower costs needs of the industry. In 2017, Baerlocher announced an investment to bring a 50% increase in reaction capacity for production of metals soaps for plastic lubricants and stabilizers. Though followed with other investments in other Baerlocher production lines in the US in 2017, the installation and commissioning of the announced reactor has been the most challenging project since the plant was built in 2001.

Ed Hall will highlight some of the challenges faced by the Baerlocher team to install this new line in a plant running 24/7 to meet increasing customer demand with strong capacity constraint in an environment lending itself to the creation of explosive dust. The team will use this experience to tackle an even greater project challenge in the plant and in the administration building in 2018.

Reservations:

Reservations must be in by noon on Friday Jan 5 to Gary Taylor at 330-419- 4380 or akronspe1@gmail.com. Please be sure to include company affiliation and any dietary restrictions of each attendee.


November 13, 2017

Prevent Failures by Understanding
Why Plastic Parts Crack

Presented by Mr. Jeffery Jansen, The Madison Group

Location:
Hilton Garden Inn
8971 Wilcox Dr.
Twinsburg OH

Agenda:
4:30 Board Meeting
5:30 Social / Networking
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Program

Program:
The best way to avoid plastic part failure is to understand the most common causes of failure. This discussion will cover topics essential to understanding plastic failure and present information regarding how and why plastics fail.  By avoiding common mistakes, it is possible to produce plastic parts that have a superior chance to perform successfully.  The presentation will focus on practical techniques to avoid future failures. Participants will gain a better understanding of why plastic components fail and how to avoid future failures by applying the knowledge learned.

About the Speaker:
Jeffrey A. Jansen is Senior Managing Engineer and a Partner at The Madison Group, an independent plastics engineering and consulting firm.  Jeff specializes in failure analysis, material identification and selection, as well as compatibility, aging, and lifetime prediction studies for thermoplastic materials. He has been solving polymer-related problems for 23 years. In that time, he has performed over 3,350 investigations, both for industrial clients and as a part of litigation.  Jeff is a regular presenter on the SPE webinar series, covering a wide range of topics related to plastics failure, material performance, testing, and polymer technology.  Jeff is a graduate of Carroll College and the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Reservations:
Please submit your reservation noon on Wednesday, November 8 to mail@cmd-tip.com or call Dan Crist at 440-227-5424. Please be sure to include the company affiliation of each attendee and any dietary restrictions.


Sept 11, 2017

PVC Overview and Applications

Location:
Hilton Akron/Fairlawn
3180 West Market Street
Akron, Ohio 44333

Agenda:
4:30 Board Meeting
5:30 Social / Networking
6:00 Dinner
Program immediately follows dinner

Reservations:
Please submit your reservation by noon on Friday, Sept. 8 to akronspe1@gmail.com or call Gary Taylor at 330-419-4380. Please be sure to include the company affiliation of each attendee, including dietary restrictions.