University of Akron receives equipment AKRON, OHIO — Huntsman Packaging Corp. has donated three extruders, a co-extrusion block and a die to the University of Akron's Institute of Polymer Engineering.
The university in Akron will use the equipment for research and to train students. Huntsman Packaging is based in Salt Lake City.
ECS invites class to use idle machine
MILWAUKEE — Last fall, John Bozzelli was teaching in a classroom at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee when he made a point, then added, "If I only had a molding machine ..."
That offhand comment led to an impromptu visit for the 30-student seminar to a factory down the street, where Bozzelli worked an actual press.
Three of the students were working at Electronic Cable Specialist, a company in nearby Franklin, Wis. They told Bozzelli the company had an idle machine, available because the mold technician was enrolled in the seminar.
ECS management invited the entire class down to the factory, and soon Bozzelli, a noted plastics educator from Midland, Mich., was running the machine.
"That class was just electrified over it," said Roger Hirons, program coordinator for the university's Center for Continuing Engineering Education.
Bozzelli teaches plastics seminars at the university several times a year.
Illinois Tool Works donates 75-ton press
STREATOR, ILL. — Illinois Tool Works Inc. of Glenview, Ill., has donated a 75-ton Newbury injection molding press from its Tech Center to Streator High School.
Tom Hallam started the plastics program at Streator High School in 1973.
Each year, about 170 students take the courses, where they receive training to work at a plastics plant or go to Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, Ill.
Hallam estimated the Newbury press would have cost more than $40,000 if the high school had to purchase it.