CHICAGO — The Plastics USA '98 conference program includes eight sessions on new plastics technologies and industry trends ranging from advancements in manufacturing technologies to work force development and retention.
The two-day conference program will feature leading authorities reporting on the latest advances in injection molding, rotational molding, extrusion, auxiliary equipment, robotics, the Internet, strategic partnering and work force retention.
Tuesday, Oct. 6
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Trends, Developments, and Design in Auxiliary Equipment
Chairman: Karen Lindsay, Plastics Auxiliaries
Auxiliary equipment can be a primary way to improve your process because an investment in new primary equipment cannot always be justified. This session will look at trends, developments, and designs in auxiliary equipment for processors. Six speakers will focus their presentations primarily on blending, drying, materials handling, robotics, size reduction, tooling and chilling.
Dynamic Feed — A New Technology for Injection Molding Quality — Mark D. Moss, vice president, research and development, Dynisco Kona hot runners
Robots — Part Removal Is Not What It Used To Be — Norton Kaplan, sales manager, Automated Assemblies Corp.
An Unconventional Approach to Beside-the-Press Granulation — Kevin Cabana, general manager, U.S. Granulator Division, Maguire Products
Developments in Rotational Molding
Chairman: Barry Aubrey, Equistar Chemicals LP
This session is designed to provide an overview of rotational molding and the new and innovative applications. Topics presented will include machinery, molds, resins, secondary operations, and a molder's perspective on this versatile process. The information provided will reinforce the advantages of rotational molding over other processes, which include the ability to design complex shapes without size limitations, lower machine costs, and lower mold costs.
Process Capabilities — John Cali Jr., maintenance supervisor, Bonar Plastics Inc.
Resins Used in Rotational Molding — Phil Dodge, research associate, Equistar Chemicals LP
The Rapid Prototyping Capability of Rotational Molding — Julie Stout, sales and marketing director, Wheeler Boyce Co.
Machine History and Improvements — Dennis J. Brazelton, sales manager, Ferry Industries Inc.
Design Considerations — Ken Bather, rotomold department, Alto U.S.
New Technology Developments in Flat Film and Sheet
Chairman: Jim Callari, Plastics Technology
This session will include discussions on technological breakthroughs in cast film and sheet extrusion. Specific presentations will focus on new materials for these applications, as well as recent developments in primary equipment, dies and tooling, downstream components, auxiliary equipment and processing.
The Economic Outlook for Flat Film and Sheet Extrusion — Bill Wood, president, Mountaintop Economics
Combining Twin-Screw Compounding, Devolatilizing and Reactive Processing with Direct Film/Sheet Extrusion — Charlie Martin, national sales manager, American Leistritz Extruder
Update on Polymer Filtration Options for Film and Sheet — Aline Alroy, vice president, sales, High-Technology Corp.
Advances in Sheet Cooling and Screw Design Technologies — Tom Cleland, process engineering manager, HPM Corp.; Himanshu Sheth, research and development manager, extrusion, HPM Corp.
Using Simulation to Troubleshoot Flat Film and Sheet — John Perdikoulias, vice president, Compuplast
Sheet Extrusion for Packaging Applications — Hayes Stripling, sheet product manager, Cincinnati Milacron/HPM alliance
Tuesday, Oct. 6
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Strategic Partnering to Grow Internationally
Chairman: Lori Anderson, Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.
Strategic partnering in international markets has quickly become a vital way of conducting business internationally. As the global marketplace becomes even closer, companies must utilize every available opportunity to gain new customers, or stay close to old ones, throughout the world. To do that, many companies are turning to international partners. In this session, international company executives will discuss their experiences with strategic partnering and how to find the right partners to grow their business internationally.
Joint Venture Partnering to Grow Internationally — David J. Skala, vice president, marketing, D-M-E Co.
Creating Global Synergy with Domestic Partners — Jim Meinert, director, international marketing, Snider Mold Co. Inc.
Utilizing Association Resources to Grow Your Business Internationally — Lori Anderson, director, economic and international trade issues, Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.
U.S. Government Programs to Help Create International Partners — David Genovese, international trade specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce.
Strategic Partnering: Forming International Relationships to Grow Your Business — Joseph A. Bostater, vice president-international operations, Blue Water Plastics Inc.
Following Global Customers to Unfamiliar Environments — Jim Buonomo, director, Nypro Inc.
Theory to Application: A Case Study on Setting up a Joint Venture in India — Chris Hall, international business director, Cincinnati Milacron
Wednesday, Oct. 7
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Injection Molding with Co-Injection and Multi-Shot Molding Technologies
Chairman: Merle Snyder, Modern Plastics
Presentations will address the latest technologies for simultaneous and sequential coinjection through a single nozzle or manifold, as well as multimaterial and multicolor techniques using multiple injection units and rotating molds or other transfer procedures.
Multi-Shot Molding of Large Parts — Michael Urquhart, vice president, Husky Injection Molding Systems
Co-Injection and Multi-Material Molding, Recent Developments in Technology and Applications — Thomas Betts, project manager HM Series/advanced processes, Battenfeld of America
Co-Injection Technology — Franz Strohmaier, vice president, engineering, Engel Canada Inc.
Co-Injection for Food, Beverage and Medical Packaging Applications — John N. Kermet, sales manager, Kortec Inc.
Multi-Shot Success: A Molder's Experience — Tim Reis, health-care business unit manager, GW Plastics
Co-Injection in a Competitive Environment — Joe McRoskey, Co-Mack Technology Inc.
Successfully Applying Robots in the Plastics Industry
Chairman: Jeff Burnstein, Robotic Industries Association
This session will highlight the technology and explain how robotics can increase productivity, speed time to market, and decrease manufacturing costs, worker injury and downtime while increasing product quality.
Insert Molding Area of Plastics Injection Molding Automation — David Preusse, general sales manager, Wittman Robot & Automation Systems Inc.
Planning Automated Cells — Joe Calomino, product specialist-robotics, Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd.
How to Select A Robot — John M. Mallon IV, president, Yushin America Inc.
Successfully Applying Gantry-Style Robots to the Injection Molding Process — John A. Vandenbergh, vice president-business development, Conair Group.
Application of Articulated Arm Robots with Injection Mold Machines — Unique Solutions for Injection Molders — Tyson Ross, plastics industry marketing manager, Fanuc Robotics North America.
``Robotic Terminal Loading via Sophisticated SCARA Robots — Brian Bagan, sales manager, Forte Systems Inc.
The Internet as a Resource
Chairman: Todd Hoff, GE Plastics
The Internet can be effectively used throughout the application, development, manufacturing and sale of plastics products. This session will examine the resources available on the Internet for training, material selection, design, cost estimation, manufacturing, and marketing.
Selection of Plastic Materials Using the Internet — Mike Kmetz, president, IDES
On-line Plastics Training Technology Certification — Enio Velazco, director of online education, Nypro Inc.
Marketing; Supply Base Management Using the Internet — Dave Mendez, vice president, SupplyBase Inc.
Sharing Plastic Design and Engineering Knowledge via the Internet — Peter Medina, president, C Mold Inc.
Viability of Process Monitoring and Process Control over the Internet — Nicholas J. Hunkar, vice president of sales, Hunkar Laboratories Inc.
Using Online News to Your Competitive Advantage — Robert Grace, editor, Plastics News.
Wednesday, Oct. 7
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
How to Attract, Develop, and Retain a Workforce for the 21st Century
Chairman: Drew Fleming, Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.
This session will enable you to learn from the experience of others.
Industry peers and representatives from the SPI's National Certification in Plastics and the Society of Plastics Engineers' Institute for Plastics Certification share their experiences to make their work forces more competitive.
Success Story, Retention: The Trick to Retaining a Workforce — Maureen Steinwall, president and chief executive officer, Steinwall Inc.
Success Story, Education: Guiding School Curriculum Towards Industry Needs — George Marshall, director of training, Hoffer Plastics.
Success Story, Training: Using the Internet to Train — Enio Velazco, director of online education, Nypro Inc.
Success Story, Assessment: Certifying Machine Operators to an Industry Standard with SPI's National Certification in Plastics — Jay Cude III, president, Polyten Plastics LLC.
Success Story, Assessment: Plastics Technology Certification for the Engineering Team Member — Commitment Towards Workforce Excellence — Nancy Herdegen, manager, Institute for Plastics Certification, SPE.