The U.S. plastics industry outpaces most other manufacturing industries in job creation and economic growth, according to a report from the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. Contribution of Plastics to the U.S. Economy concludes that custom plastics processing operations in the United States accounted for 872,700 jobs and $176.7 billion in shipments of plastic goods in 1994; captive operations boost those totals to 1.23 million jobs and $225.2 billion in shipments. From 1991-94, U.S. plastics industry employment increased 16 percent.
The report, prepared by Probe Economics Inc. of Millwood, N.Y., also covers economic contributions of suppliers of plastic machinery, molds and materials. It updates a similar Probe report issued in 1992.
In addition to employment and shipments, the report looks at the geographic distribution of plastics businesses, world consumption and foreign trade.
SPI members pay $95, and nonmembers $195, plus shipping, for the full report (AB-138).Tel. (202) 371-5332.
Also available are one-page fact sheets that break out 1994 data by state on jobs, sales, plants, wages and capital expenditures.
Contact Washington-based SPI at (202) 371-5221.
Plastics Design Library of Norwich, N.Y., is offering Handbook of Plastics Joining, a Practical Guide.
More than 25 techniques to join plastics to plastics and to other materials are reviewed, including discussions of methods and applications and advantages and disadvantages.
Specific materials information covers thermoplastics, thermo-sets, elastomers, blends and alloys, and data relating to plastic-to-plastic and plastic-to-metal bonds, strength of mechanical fastening techniques, and weld strength vs. bulk strength.
The text shows how different joining techniques and operating parameters affect weld strength and other criteria.
The 485-page hardbound guide costs $285.
Tel. (607) 377-5080 or e-mail [email protected] Society of Manufacturing Engineers of Dearborn, Mich., has published an interactive CD-ROM on rapid prototyping, including a history, various processes now in use, case studies and cost information.
The CD-ROM, published in conjunction with SME's Rapid Prototyping Association, incorporates video, audio, animation, text and graphics in a 60-minute presentation.
The program also includes a 10-page installation manual, an online help and reference system and a 24-hour technical hotline.
To order a copy of ``Fundamentals of Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing,'' contact Dearborn-based SME Customer Service at (313) 271-1500 and use order code 2520R.
The cost of the CD-ROM is $245 for SME members and $295 for nonmembers.
A video and workbook training program from the National Association of Chemical Distributors Educational Foundation of Arlington, Va., is designed to help companies prevent and respond to small-quantity chemical releases. The package costs members of NACDEF $129, nonmembers $149. Tel. (703) 527-6223.
Troubleshooting Injection Molded Parts, from WJT Associates Ltd. of Louisville, Colo., explains how the variables of heat, pressure, time and speed affect 28 different defects, and offers experiments that will prove the principles. The book is $25. Tel. (303) 499-3350.
The Waste Policy Center in Leesburg, Va., offers three 1996 reports. ``Trash Facts III,'' priced at $2.50, is a pocket guidebook that looks at the municipal solid waste stream, key regulations and major waste management systems. Recycling in America, at $25, describes the U.S. recycling system and discusses the 25 percent recycling goal; and Environmental and Public Health Aspects of Reusable and Disposable Foodservice Packaging, at $15, reviews more than 30 studies on the subject. Tel. (703) 777-9800 or e-mail [email protected]
Environmental Compliance Information Guidebook (No. 2400) offers information on environmental trends and factors related to finishing processes. The book, from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in Dearborn, Mich., costs SME members $30, nonmembers $35. Also from SME: the ``Waterborne Coating Problem-Solving Slide Guide'' (No. 2453) and the ``Plastic Painting Problem-Solving Slide Guide'' (No. 2454), priced at $5 apiece for SME members and $7 for nonmembers. Tel. (313) 271-1500.
Choosing and Using Plastics in Packaging, from Applied Market Information of Bristol, England, includes information on the properties and applications of various plastics used in packaging, their processing and recycling, with an update on systems and regulations in Europe. The cost is 150 (about $233). Tel. +44 (117) 924 94 42 or fax +44 (117) 989 21 28.