The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. has released its most-recent U.S. plastics statistics and updated its membership directory. Offered annually, ``Facts & Figures of the U.S. Plastics Industry'' provides statistics on both plastics processors and suppliers. The 130-page report, which uses data collected by SPI's Committee on Resin Statistics and other sources, looks at such areas as resin production, sales, capacity, utilization and end uses; financial and operating ratios of plastic processing companies; general economic statistics; shipments of plastic products and equipment; and recycling.
For Report No. BA-150, SPI members pay $95, and nonmembers $190, plus postage.
The ``1996-97 Membership Directory and Buyer's Guide'' offers information on SPI's 2,000 members, including mailing addresses, telephone numbers, customer contacts, products, services and sales offices.
The book costs SPI members $90, and nonmembers $270, plus postage.
For more information, contact SPI in Washington at (202) 371-5332; to order by credit card, call (800) 541-0736.
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is offering two new books on injection molding.
SME calls Plastic Injection Molding (Item No. 2457-2631) a practical guide for technicians, engineers and managers involved in the manufacture of injection molded plastic parts.
The 296-page book covers equipment, processing parameters and controls, cost factors, and troubleshooting for common molding defects. It also includes basic background information on materials. Cost is $61 for SME members, $72 for nonmembers.
The ``Injection Molding Problem-Solving Slide Guide'' (Item No. 2455) offers an eight-step troubleshooting process and 12 helpful hints for solving molding problems. Cost is $5 for SME members, $7 for nonmembers.
To order either book, call SME in Dearborn, Mich., at tel. (313) 271-1500.
``ShiftWork Alert,'' a monthly newsletter from Circadian Information, is designed to help managers improve the safety and output of their 24-hour operations, by developing and implementing policies and practices that improve worker alertness.
A one-year subscription to the newsletter costs $377, or $417 outside North America. For more information or a free sample copy, contact Circadian of Cambridge, Mass., at tel. (617) 661-2577, fax (800) 661-2877 or e-mail [email protected]
Plastic Component Design, from Industrial Press Inc. of New York, is a practical book for industrial designers interested in plastics applications. The 272-page hardbound book reviews major molding processes and secondary operations, explains how to choose the best processing method and material for an application and addresses other related topics, such as tooling and surface finish. Cost is $38.95. Tel. (212) 889-6330 or fax (212) 545-8327.