SPE News - September 15, 2023

What's Happening Around SPE

PFAS In the Plastics Industry

Join us Oct. 18-19, 2023, at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, MD, for SPE's event, Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) In the Plastics Industry. Experts, including the EPA and NIST, will provide comprehensive information about how PFAS are impacting the plastics industry. Register now to secure your spot and deepen your PFAS knowledge.


ANTEC® 2024 Call for Speakers

Attention professionals and industry leaders in the field of plastics technologies, polymer research, and new materials! SPE is searching for dynamic speakers to present at ANTEC® 2024, taking place from March 4-7, 2024, at the Marriott St. Louis Grand in St. Louis, MO. We are seeking presentations that delve into the latest findings in plastics technologies, polymer research, new materials, innovative processes, and more.

Take Control of Your Energy Use in Plastics Processing

Controlling Energy Use in Plastic Processing, SPE's 3-part online workshop taking place Oct. 31, Nov. 1, and Nov. 2, will help you discover how you can lower your energy use and cut your energy bills while improving the sustainability of your company. Robin Kent, Ph.D., Managing Director, Tangram Technology, Ltd., will lead the workshop focusing on the basics of energy management such as how to effectively monitor and track energy use, and provides a thorough understanding of motors, the use of compressed air, cooling systems and drying polymers.

Unlock Your Leadership Potential

If you're aspiring to move into a leadership position, whether it involves managing teams or projects, SPE's Essentials of Management & Leadership in Plastics is ideal for you to refine your leadership skills. The third cohort of this online program starts in October 2023 and runs through March 2024, and is expertly guided by Dr. Sarah Skidmore, a seasoned leadership specialist and experienced strategic consultant.

FlexPackCon® 2023 Agenda Includes Tutorials, a Multi-Track Program, and More!

FlexPackCon® 2023 Agenda Includes Tutorials, a Multi-Track Program, and More!

FlexPackCon® 2023, presented by the SPE Flexible Packaging Division and taking place October 10-12 at the Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel in Montreal, covers new developments in materials, trends, challenges, and opportunities in the double-digit growth market of flexible packaging.

ADDITIV Polymers World Focuses on 3D Printing and Polymers

ADDITIV Polymers World, taking place October 5, 2023, from 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM (EDT) is an international virtual event focusing on the role and influence of polymer additive manufacturing. This half day event is dedicated to panel discussions, workshops, and networking that will bring together the main players in polymer manufacturing looking for an approach to new technologies, looking at plastic 3D printing, material development, post-processing, sustainability and more!

New Episode of PlastChicks Podcast Out Now

PlastChicks Lynzie Nebel and Mercedes Landazuri host Mitch Rife, Engineering Manager for Additive Manufacturing, Delta TechOps. They discuss transitioning from subtractive to additive manufacturing processes; designing for 3D printing while considering injection molding requirements should production needs increase; producing 3D-printed tools, tool carriers and protectors to support aircraft mechanics; choosing materials for aerospace prototyping; use of 3D-printed parts in aircraft manufacturing; and designing wheelchair-accessible airplane seats. You can listen to the PlastChicks podcast at 4spe.org/podcasts or on YouTube!

SPE Chapter News

SPE Carolina Section's Perspective

The SPE Carolina Section’s recent Perspective covers industry events, Board of Directors August meeting minutes, and more.

Akron Section's Polymer Valley News

The SPE Akron Division’s Polymer Valley News takes a look at Vinyltec 2023, recent Board meeting minutes, and other SPE upcoming events.


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Upcoming Events

  • SPE WORKSHOP: Patent Law Fundamentals for Scientists, Engineers, and Managers
    Begins September 18 | Online
  • SPE Color and Appearance Conference
    Begins September 18 | Columbus Ohio
  • SPE WEBINAR: Creep Failure of Plastics
    Begins September 21 | Online
  • SPE WEBINAR: 3 Challenges of Testing Plastics
    Thursday, September 28 | Online
  • SPE Automotive TPO
    Begins October 1 | Troy, MI

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