The Plastics Engineering Technology program at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan., has moved into new quarters in the school's recently opened, 240,000-square-foot Kansas Technology Center.
The program occupies 11,200 square feet of space in the $27.7 million center, built on a 20-acre campus site, according to George Graham, coordinating professor for the Department of Engineering Technology/Plastics. The plastics program previously operated from 8,000 square feet in another university building.
Founded in 1971 by Graham, the program has 158 students majoring in plastics engineering technology.
The school has received, on consignment, several major equipment items in conjunction with the move to larger quarters, including a 120-ton Van Dorn Demag injection machine, a 175-ton Sandretto and a 44-ton Battenfeld, Graham said in a telephone interview.
``We're in the process of working with Toyo for another injection molding machine,'' Graham said.
The school also is working to obtain a new thermoforming machine through Winfield Consumer Products Inc. in Winfield, Kan. Graham estimated the cost of the machine at about $18,000.
The program also operates a 75-ton Van Dorn, a Killion extruder with accessory equipment, several Brabender Plasticorder extruders, a Vega rotational molding machine and a range of other thermoplastic and thermoset equipment.