The NPE 2006 Free Conference is open to all NPE registrants. An NPE badge permits access. The conference is organized by the Washington-based Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., underwritten by Dow Chemical Co. of Midland, Mich., and sponsored by other industry leaders.
Conference sessions - topics, speakers, times and room numbers - are listed below. All free sessions, which run concurrently with the trade show, are held on the fourth floor of McCormick Place's South Building.
New Technology & Innovation
Growth Through Innovation - Jack Avery, Avery Plastics Consulting
Two Shot Molding - Self-Adhesive LSR and Plastic - Edmond Laperriere, Wacker Chemical Corp.
Manufacturing Cells - One Way to Keep Manufacturing in the USA! - Hermann Plank, TecnoKal LLC
In-Mold Assembly - TBA, Krauss Maffei
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
MultiMaterial Molding - Gary Vande Berg, Bemis Manufacturing
Award Winning Presentations
Advanced Structural Foam Molding Using a Continuous Polymer/ Gas Melt Flow Stream - Chul Park, University of Toronto; John Lee, University of Toronto
Advances for Siliceous Mineral Products with Polymer Systems - Julian Danvers, World Minerals
Surface Modification Techniques for Optimizing Adhesion to Automotive Plastics - Rory Wolf, Enercon Industries
The Effect of Combining Ultrasonic Energy With a Tie Layer When Joining Dissimilar Polymers - Barry McGraw, Battelle Memorial Institute
Structural Polymer for Improved Functionality - Karl Maurer, DuPont; Timothy Brogla, DuPont
Molding from Materials Point of View - Chris Esch, MGV Enterprises
Technical Overview of New SolarGuard of SMC Formulation - Mike Jackson, Stahlin NonMetallic Enclosure
Sponsor: MoldMaking Technology Magazine
Strategic and Tactical Supply Chain Issues for the Toolmaker - Don Tijunelis, DKT; Richard Hammond, RWH Partners
Using Staff Meetings to Improve Your Bottom Line - Jean Kroes, JH Kroes Consultants
Management from the Heart - Craig Yarde, Yarde Metals Inc.
Economic and Industry Outlook for Moldmakers - Bill Wood, Mountaintop Economics and Research Inc.
Significant Cash for Your Shop Through R&D Tax Credits - Royce Palazzo, Axiom Custom Business Solutions LLLP
The Growing Importance of Forensic Engineering in Product Litigation - Alex Sommers, University of New Haven
Plastics Drying - The Options - Daniel Saigh, Motan Inc.
New Screw Technology - Timothy Womer, Xaloy Inc.
How to Reliably Produce Quality Parts with Melt Mixing in Hot Runner Molds - Abdeslam Bouti, Husky Injection Molding Systems Inc.
In-Mold Assembly through Multishot Technologies - John Berg, MGS Mfg. Group
Nanotechnology Applications for Polymers
Moderator: Gene Kim, Cookson Electronics
Carbon Nanotube Applications - Mike Foley, Cheap Tubes
Nanocomposites for Automotive - Paula Fasulo, GM
Nanocompounding - Paula Andersen, Coperion
Wireless Communications - TBA, Motorola
Bio-Nanocomposites - TBA, Argonne National Laboratories
Active and Intelligent Packaging
Moderator: Maggie Baumann, GH Associates
Controlled Release Active Packaging - Vivek Chougule, Pliant Corp.
Co-Continuous Channel Structure - Billy Abrams, CSP Technologies
Energy Harvesting Composites - Steve LeChin, Advanced Cerametrics
Next Level Panel Discussion - Maggie Baumann, GH Associates
Plastic Recycling - An Update on Optical Sorting Technology and Equipment - James Keefe, Recycling Today Media Group; Felix Hottenstein, MSS Inc.; Scott Jable, TiTech USA; Nicolas Belanger, Machinex Technologies
Sponsor: SPI/OSHA Alliance
Injection Molding Safety - Wayne Wilson, United Southern Industries Inc.; Jim Washam, OSHA
Extrusion Safety - Wayne Wilson, United Southern Industries; Jim Washam, OSHA
Enhanced Melt Strength Ethylene/Alpha-Olefin Copolymer Elastomers for Thermoforming, Blow Molding, and Extruded Profiles - Laura Weaver, Dow Chemical Co.
Bridging Market Gaps with Propylene Based Plastomers & Elastomers - Lisa Madenjian, Dow
Novel Olefin Elastomers for the Plastics Industry - Wendy Hoenig, Dow
TPEs 101: TPEs for Dummies - Jonas Angus, TPE Solutions Inc.
Market Perspectives on TPEs & Intermarket Competition - Robert Eller, Robert Eller Associates Inc.
Case Study and Technical Perspectives on TPEs/TSRs: The Paradigm Shift - Carl McAfee
The Plastics Industry and Your Career - Dennis Gros, PlasticsJOBS by Gros Executive Search
Beyond Lean Manufacturing: Supervisor Selection - Sustainable Competitive Advantage - Mike Lavelle, University of Minnesota
Personality Profiles: How to Understand Yourself & Others - Sam M. McCord, McCord Consulting Group Inc.
Room 401d, 9:45-11:45 a.m.
Health Savings Accounts - TBA
Grant and Employer Services Workshop
Moderator: Barbara Darby, SPI
High Growth Job Initiative - John Scott, Department of Labor
Accessing State Resources - Patrick Cassidy, National Association of Workforce Boards
Trade Adjustment Assistance - Tom Zimolzak, Applied Strategies International
OSHA Training Grants - Cathleen Cronin, Department of Labor, OSHA
Panel: Question and Answer Session
Room 402b, 9 a.m.-noon
Lean Executive Overview - Thomas Jarapko, Chicago Manufacturing Center
1:30-5 p.m., Room 403a
Enhancing Plastics Recycling - Steve Alexander, Association of Postconsumer Plastics Recyclers
Incentive Based Recycling - Ron Gonen, Recycle Bank
Creating Value in Your Plastics Recycling Program - Robert Render, Maine Plastics
Portal Technology Activates Community Recycling, Reuse and Proper Disposal - Anne Reichman, Earth 911
9:30 a.m.-noon, Room 403a
Integrating RFID with Plastic Products and Packaging - Randy Stigall, UPM Raflatac; TBA, WalMart; TBA, Department of Defense
Implementing RFID in Plastic Reusable Packaging Systems to Reduce Cost & Improve Logistics; Issues, Challenges and Success - Michael
Building a Workforce Prepared to Compete - Joseph Barto III, Training Modernization
The Human Competitive Advantage: The Optimist and the Bully - Maureen Steinwall, Steinwall Inc.
Just Train the Employee! How? Multimedia is the Solution! - Maureen Steinwall, Steinwall Inc.
The Student Summit offers two programs, one college-level and one high-school level, to encourage entry and interest in plastics-related careers. See www.npe.org for more information.
Room 401d, 8-10 a.m.
Importance of Education & Plastics Industry Careers - John Winzeler, Winzeler Gear