The Plastics Blog
By Don Loepp | About The Plastics Blog

Polar vortex can't stop determined plastics engineers

By Bill Bregar | March 12, 2014 04:10 pm ET

Those compounding engineers are a hardy bunch...

Case Western Reserve University closed early March 12 as a snowstorm pounded Cleveland. But the show went on at Society of Plastics Engineers' Continuous Compounding Topcon.

After the lunch break, João Maia, director of CRWUs Center for Advanced Polymer Processing, announced the the university was closing at 1:30 p.m., but that the Topcon would be allowed to continue, in the ballroom of Thwing Hall.

The Cleveland area was under a winter snow warning. Attendees of the extrusion conference could hear high winds howling through the windows.

The day before, when the Topcon started March 11, it was 60° F outside. Then one of the worst winters in years hit once again, as temperatures were expected to drop to the single digits.

But it didn't slow down the 150 extrusion enthusiasts at the SPE conference. They heard technical presentations on co-rotating, intermeshing twin-screw extrusion; counter-rotating, non-intermeshing extrusion and long-fiber compounding.

Oh yes, Maia, the local conference organizer, did say the tour of the CWRU's polymer center was postponed until the next morning.

But good news! The wine and cheese reception WILL GO ON. Speaking to Plastics News outside of the ballroom, Maia was philosophical: "We paid for it and we're going to do it."

(Thanks to Plastics News senior reporter Bill Bregar for braving the bad weather to cover the Topcon meeting, and for contributing this item.)


Recent Blog Posts

Here's a peek behind our 2014 film & sheet ranking   September 15, 2014 1:22 pm ET
Weighing in on top plastics personalities   September 8, 2014 5:12 pm ET
How's the media treating plastics these days?   August 27, 2014 10:49 am ET
A peek behind our 2014 ranking of rotational molders   August 25, 2014 2:00 pm ET
More reshoring success stories with Wal-Mart connections   August 21, 2014 6:11 pm ET
Small country introducing plastic coins   August 20, 2014 10:48 am ET

Comments

Polar vortex can't stop determined plastics engineers

By Bill Bregar

Published: March 12, 2014 4:10 pm ET
Updated: March 12, 2014 4:16 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story

Market Reports

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Shale Gas Market - Analysis of North American Region

This report highlights the impact of shale-based natural gas on the North American plastics market and features an in-depth analysis of production trends in the United States during 2013 and a forecast for 2014 and beyond.

Learn more

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook – North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events