New magnetic mold-clamp group to meet
WASHINGTON - A group interested in creating safety standards for magnetic mold-clamping systems will hold its first meeting Feb. 17 in Columbus, Ohio, organized by the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.
Systems that use electro-permanent magnets to hold a mold half onto the platen are gaining attention in automotive and other sectors, because they allow very fast, simple mold changes. But currently, there are no SPI standards covering magnetic mold holding.
Walt Bishop, executive director of the division, said officials from magnetic system suppliers, machinery manufacturers and molders will attend the one-day inaugural meeting. Committee members will discuss aspects of the magnetic clamping devices that should be covered in a recommended guideline, Bishop said.
Typically, SPI creates guidelines before trying to create a formal standard with the American National Standards Institute, Bishop said. SPI is based in Washington.
Newell moving headquarters to Atlanta
ATLANTA - Newell Rubbermaid Inc. will move its head office to Atlanta in the second half of 2004.
Centralized corporate functions will remain at its current Freeport, Ill., headquarters.
The new headquarters initially will accommodate about 60 senior executives and support staff now spread around the United States.
Europe to get version of SPE magazine
BROOKFIELD, CONN. - The Society of Plastics Engineers is launching a magazine, Plastics Engineering-Europe, as a sister publication to its Plastics Engineering magazine.
SPE hired Patrick Stapley, a journalist based in East Sussex, England, as editor. His background includes working as a recording engineer, and as a journalist covering the optical disc recording media industry.
Brookfield-based SPE plans to publish the magazine four times a year in 2004, Stapley said.