January 2022 issue of Plastics Engineering is now available.
Blow molded bumpers outperform metal in weight, design freedom, damage tolerance and cost. Rear blow molded bumpers, however, have not incorporated popular park-aid sensors due to process-related limitations.
If you think 2021 is behind us, think again. The plastics industry will continue dealing with issues in 2022 that are so 2021—supply chain disruptions, inflation (the lingering sort, not the “transitory” type predicted by government) and, of course, sustainability.
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You may know what DEI stands for but do you know what it really means? Are you and your company struggling to understand why DEI makes good business sense? Through presentations and interactive dialogue, SPE's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Manufacturing, taking place virtually January 27-28. Presenters will show you how to raise awareness, recognize bias, change your company culture, embrace diversity, and more.
The SPE Foundation offers numerous scholarships to students who have demonstrated or expressed an interest in the plastics industry. Students must be majoring in or taking courses that would be beneficial to a career in the plastics industry. This would include, but is not limited to, plastics engineering, polymer science, chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, journalism, or communications. All applicants must be in good standing with their colleges. Scholarships range from $1,000-$5,000.
SPE's Mold Technologies Division is seeking nominees for the Mold Maker and Mold Designer of the Year 2022. Following a 2-year COVID induced hiatus, the prestigious awards will be presented during PT XPO taking place March 29 — 31, 2022 in Rosemont, Illinois.
DEI Dialogue is a new feature that addresses topics, issues, and professional/personal advice regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion. The aim of this dialogue is to educate and provide tools to help people and organizations understand the inherent value of adopting DEI values.
Written by Cathy Nestrick (she/her)
DEI Leader / Co-Host, Parity Podcast
Former VP and General Counsel, Berry Global Group, Inc.
Diversity is about the differences in all people. Any two people are different - and diverse - from each other. There are many characteristics to consider when evaluating diversity: gender, race, ethnicity, age, educational background, and travel experience are a few. The general idea around diversity is that more is better!
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On this episode of PlastChicks — The Voices of Resin — Lynzie Nebel and Mercedes Landazuri host David White, Founder and Lead Consultant at ExtruPharm. They discuss extrusion-based manufacturing for the pharmaceutical market.
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