I hope that your New Year is off to a good start and that you and your families are staying healthy and safe.
The Cleveland SPE Section Board has been jointly planning and organizing some very interesting technical events with the Akron SPE Section. The following virtual events are scheduled for February, March and April 2021. Further information regarding the topics and registration is presented in this newsletter.
February 22 – Michael Durina, Md Plastics, Inc MELT DELIVERY SOLUTIONS FOR INJECTION MOLDING PROCESS IMPROVEMENT AND TRANSPARENCY
March 8 – Jeff Hoffman, famous for developing and launching Priceline.com
April 19 – Conor Carlin, Managing Director; Intl SPE- VP of Sustainability ONE MAN’S RUBBISH: Rethinking Plastics
The Cleveland SPE Board of Directors has some open board positions for the 2021-2022 year:
Please consider joining our board as we plan some exciting programs and events for next year! If you have some interest, please contact me.
We are pleased to announce our next three virtual meetings.
Michael Durina, Md Plastics, Inc. Hosted by Cleveland
In order to make improvements to any process one must fully understand the deficiencies of the existing state of the art,
in our case there are major deficiencies of the 70 year old reciprocating screw process used on 95% of Injection Molding
machines utilized in the world. Melt Monitoring includes reading plastic melt temperature measured directly from the
nozzle, applying advanced models to calculate the thermodynamic (P-V) work for development of a thermal viscosity
template. Melt Preparation includes advanced plasticating screw designs to replace the aging GP screw and Melt
Delivery includes modern innovative screw tip designs and shutoff nozzles to quickly/precisely displace the polymer melt.
Better melt homogenization from optimized melt preparation
Better melt delivery from controlling the melt pool
Better process transparency and control from melt temperature sensor measurements
Check In : 5:30 p.m. Presentation : 6:45 p.m.
All attendees: $10
Reservations must be in bynoon on Thursday, Feb. 18 and can be made clicking this link or scanning the QR Code. You will receive a receipt directly from Square and an email with the Zoom link.
Jeff Hoffman, famous from developing and launching Priceline.com
Hosted by Akron
Conor Carlin, Managing Director; Intl SPE- VP of Sustainability Hosted by Akron
Topic: Addressing the Plastics Problem
Michael Durina has an AAS in Plastic Engineering from Ferris State University and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Kent State University. From 1978 to January 1984, he worked under several capacities for three separate injection molding firms. In February of 1984, he began a career at Spirex that lasted 16 years. It is here that Michael came to fully understand and appreciate how important the plasticating unit is to the injection molding process. Under his leadership as VP of Sales & Service, Michael grew Spirex sales from $1.8 million and 18 employees to $22 million and 180 employees. In 1999, Michael founded Md Plastics, Inc. as a designer and manufacturer of plasticating unit components. Throughout the years, Michael developed several new products that add value to the injection molding and extrusion industry. His latest invention, the Melt ProfilerTM, measures inline melt temperature in real time and calculates metrics based on thermodynamic work that can predict and document part quality. It’s the only system of its kind and a much needed innovation for the injection molding world. Michael has been awarded eleven patents with one pending.
Jeff Hoffman is a successful entrepreneur, proven CEO, worldwide motivational speaker, published author, film producer, and a producer of a Grammy-winning jazz album in 2015. In addition to founding multiple startups, Jeff has served as CEO of both public and private companies, as well as as a senior executive in many capacities. Jeff has been part of a number of well-known companies, including Priceline.com. uBid.com, ColorJar, and more. Jeff is a frequent keynote speaker, having been invited to speak in over 50 countries, on the topics of innovation, entrepreneurship, and business leadership. He is the co-author of the book SCALE, and a featured business expert seen on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, CNN International, Bloomberg News, CNBC, ABC, and NPR, and in publications including Forbes, Inc., Time, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, and more.
Conor Carlin got his start in the plastics industry working for Sencorp Inc., an original equipment manufacturer for thermoforming and packaging machinery. Carlin’s bachelor’s degree was in French, so Sencorp had asked him to manage its European business. Carlin also has become involved with the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), Danbury, Connecticut. He currently serves as the society’s Vice President of Sustainability.
MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
January 12, 2020 – MS Teams videoconference
D. Meade (Councilor), S. Montgomery (President), T. Waddle (Membership), J. Sovis (Treasurer), Opalko (Secretary), D. Crist (House), R. Keeley (Programs), R. Raleigh (Education)
Treasurer – T. Waddle submitted a report before the meeting. We have 161 members. T. Waddle will reach out to S. Balogh, President of Mar-Bal, about having the technical staff joining the CLE section. J. Sovis will do the same about ad placement
Communications / Newsletter – Members noted that the website needs to be updated. D. Meade will contact G. Zhang
Education – The CLE Section has traditionally given NE Ohio Science Fair awards of $300, $200, and $100. Given our finances, R. Raleigh proposed 3 awards of $100 each, which the Board approved. There was some discussion about Engineers Week, sponsored by the Professional Engineers Society, and our relationship to this event.
House – no report.
Councilor – Although there was no Councilor’s meeting since the last CLE Board Meeting, D. Meade did update the Board on several topics. The SPE CEO Pat Ferry was given a 4 yr. contract extension, and he has been a good advocate for the sections. In addition, ANTEC 2021 will be all virtual: Industry Insights beginning 3-23-21, Technical Sessions beginning 3-29-21, ANTEC International TBD.
Technical Programs – We will have a joint meeting with the Akron Section on 2-22-21. The topic will be “Advances in Plasticization Technology for Injection Molding”. S. Montgomery will provide G. Zhang with the speaker biography for the Newsletter. The Akron Section will handle the promotion (via social media, LinkedIn) and the payment method for this event. The revenue sharing details are TBD. R. Keeley will coordinate the schedule of future meetings with the Akron Section. D. Crist will talk to G. Taylor of the Akron Section about the CLE Section choosing a virtual payment system—we need to have it in place by May 2021.
New Business – The Injection Molding Div. of SPE is having a meeting concerning the in-person event in Cleveland, OH for the fall of 2021.
Montgomery will contact J. Feherety about advertising the open positions on the CLE Section Board of Directors.