WASHINGTON - The burgeoning partnership between the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.'s Structural Plastics Division and the Industrial Designers Society of America will help thrust product-design issues front and center at the division's annual meeting in Atlanta March 31-April 3. Planned conference sessions include updates on design considerations (encompassing industrial, part, and mold and tool design); secondary operations; advanced processing (such as gas-assisted injection molding, thin-wall molding, and in-mold technologies); metal conversion; and tooling productivity. Several case studies will be among the presentations.
GE Plastics' Jack Avery, division chairman, said he anticipates a 10 percent increase in attendance from the 505 people who attended last year's meeting in Boston, and also hopes to exceed the 93 entries in the division's 1995 new-product design competition.
In particular, Avery is looking for increased participation by designers, given the SPI division's greater interaction with IDSA of Great Falls, Va. IDSA's Materials and Processing Section - chaired by Bayer Inc. design engineer David Kusuma - has scheduled a meeting in Atlanta the morning of March 31, and the two groups are planning an education-related seminar that afternoon, before the division conference's start.
Plastics News Editor Robert Grace will give the awards luncheon speech April 3, and offer tips on dealing with the media.
Last spring, 57 designers attended the Structural Plastics conference, of whom 35 were IDSA members.
Last September, the SPI division participated for the first time in IDSA's national conference in Santa Fe, N.M., helping to facilitate a session on the environmental effects of product design, while Avery, with Kusuma, co-chaired another session as well.
This coming Sept. 18-21, Avery said the Structural Plastics Division again will be involved in integrated sessions with IDSA at the society's World Design '96 congress in Orlando, Fla.
For details call (800) 525-3984, or SPI at (202) 371-5309.