Plastics News copy editor Marvin C. Brown gathered these news items at Antec '98, held April 26-30 in Atlanta.
SPE attributes deficit to computer purchase
SPE reported a 1997 deficit of $80,000, a debt the group's executive director said was incurred mainly by the purchase of a new computer system.
The deficit was ``created with a purpose'' to bring long-term benefits, Michael R. Cappelletti said April 27 at the Society of Plastics Engineers' Annual Technical Conference in Atlanta.
SPE's antiquated computers were taking away the competitive edge of the Brookfield, Conn.-based organization, Cappelletti said, and the time was right to invest in a new system for the future.
``We chose not to fumble the ball to bring in a balanced budget,'' he said.
SPE reported total revenue of about $7.7 million for the year ended Dec. 31, an increase over last year's total of $7.3 million.
Membership dues were $2.4 million, down from $2.5 million the previous year. Expenses were about $4 million, up from $3.5 million.
Last year, Cappelletti said, SPE rid itself of aging equipment and joined forces with A. Routsis & Associates of Lowell, Mass. The company, which provides CD-ROM training, supplied SPE with what Cappelletti called ``cutting-edge'' technology.
The new system will allow SPE to provide interactive video training programs. The 18-month project cost $400,000.
SPE honors fellows at technical meeting
Twelve members of the Society of Plastics Engineers were elected fellows at Antec in Atlanta.
The honor recognizes the contributions of its members to engineering, science and technology or to management of such activities.
The new fellows and their divisions are:
Joseph Duska, Extrusion; Melvin Kohan, Engineering Properties and Structures; Leonard Krauskopf, Vinyl Plastics; Greg McKenna, Plastics Analysis; Bruce Prime, Plastics Analysis, Golden Gate Section; Charles Rohn, Plastics Analysis; Henry Schirmer, Thermoplastics Materials, Carolinas; Joseph M. Starita, Plastics Analysis; Ephraim Suhir, Injection Molding; Paul A. Tres, Product Design and Development; John R. Wagner, Extrusion; and Donald E. Witenhafer, Vinyl Plastics.