The Southern regional office of the Society of Plastics Industry Inc. is planning three more one-day seminars in 2004 as part of its four-part ``competitiveness series,'' which kicked off in October with a session on lean manufacturing.
The next seminar, set for Feb. 10 in Claymont/Wilmington, Del., targets manufacturing engineers, operations managers and plastics equipment specifiers, according to SPI South director Rick Sturgis. Titled ``Automation Strategies: Positioning Your Pieces for Maximum Capacity Utilization,'' it will feature Jon Yingling of the University of Kentucky's Center for Manufacturing and Ray Veno, vice president of Precise Technology Inc. Precise earned Plastics News' 2002 Processor of the Year Award, in part for its impressive application of automation technology.
Attendees also will be able to tour Precise's most-automated injection molding facility, in nearby Swedesboro, N.J.
The third seminar, May 19 in Atlanta, is designed to help sales and marketing executives develop an integrated communications strategy. Mary Scheibel, a principal in Milwaukee-based Scheibel Halaska Inc., will team with Clare Goldsberry, a contributing editor to Injection Molding Magazine, to run that session.
The final event will occur Sept. 29 at Chicago's McCormick Place during the SPI-organized Plastics USA trade show, and focus on workforce management and training. Joe Barto, president of Training Modernization Group Inc. of Chesapeake, Va., will show human resources professionals how to reduce overhead and improve employee performance.
The cost per event ranges from $249-$299 for SPI members (depending on the seminar) and from $399-$449 for nonmembers. Full program and registration information is available online at www.spisouth.org/events or call Pamela at SPI South in Greenville at (864) 239-2939, ext. 3.