Ferriss State planning new polymer center BIG RAPIDS, MICH. — Ferris State University's plastics and rubber programs are collecting donations to create a Virtual Polymer Resource Center.
FSU of Big Rapids wants to generate $50,000 to equip the center with books, periodicals, electronic databases, multimedia training courses and papers from the Society of Plastics Engineers' Annual Technical Conferences.
About 100 students graduate from FSU's plastics program yearly.
For information, contact Jill Gregory at the FSU plastics and rubber engineering technology office at (213) 591-2640.
Krauss-Maffei, Nissei put presses in school
LEXINGTON, N.C. — Davidson County Community College in Lexington has received injection presses from Krauss-Maffei Corp. and Nissei America Inc.
Krauss-Maffei of Florence, Ky., donated an 80-ton KM80 C2 injection press, valued at $110,000. It is the fourth KM press at DCCC.
Nissei, of Anaheim, Calif., placed a 40-ton, all-electric injection molding machine at the college, on consignment for one year. The ES 400 press is equipped with a Yushin 550 HOPIII robot and a granulating system from Rapid Granulator Inc.
Students can use both machines at DCCC's manufacturing technology-plastics department. The school also has a second Nissei press, and a machine from Engel North America of Guelph, Ontario.
"This equipment goes a long way in fulfilling the training needs for skilled operators in this region," said John Bartolomucci, head of the plastics department.
VI helping students, Habitat for Humanity
ARLINGTON, VA. — The Vinyl Institute and the American Institute of Architecture Students have created a competition that will allow several top architecture students to earn a trip to build alongside VI volunteers at the 2000 Habitat for Humanity International Jimmy Carter Work Project. In September, the project will build that group's 100,001st house, in Americus, Ga.
Students who wish to apply for the competition should contact Pamela Kortan, AIAS executive director, at the group's Washington headquarters at (202) 626-7472.
Arlington-based VI is part of the American Plastics Council.