As we approach the year-end, I would like to wish all our members and their families a happy and safe holiday season! As usual in the plastics industry, we’ve seen ups and downs throughout the year. Resin prices have risen and fallen. Some facilities have expanded, while others experienced closures. Some new technologies have emerged that may displace older ways of doing things. However, the one thing that has remained unchanged is that the people in the plastics industry make all of these things happen.
Industry professionals, such as our SPE members, continue to be the key ingredient. That is something for all of us to reflect upon and be thankful for as we move into the new year.
After the holidays, please remember to register for our annual St Arnold’s Brewery social event. It will be on Jan 26th. This event generally has one of our largest turn-outs, so it should be a great time. I look forward to seeing everyone there!
Social Meeting Held at The Cozy British Pub, The Black Labrador
The South Texas Chapter of the Society of Plastics Engineers social meeting featured a technical exchange on
"High Temperature Steam Resistant Elastomers" Presented by Greene Tweed.
Next Breakfast Bunch Meeting
When: January 3, 2017
Where: I-Hop, 6508 Washington Ave., 77077, 7:00 AM (map)
Breakfast Bunch Meetings - The first Tuesday of each month all year.
Join the South Texas Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers on LinkedIn. Click on the above link and you will be directed to group page. LinkedIn serves as another communication tool for SPE-STX.
LinkedIn is a free web site for professional networking with over 300 million members in over 200 countries and territories.
LinkedIn enables discussions and networking between SPE-STX members and those related to the plastics industry. LinkedIn compliments the current SPE-STX web and membership to LinkedIn is free.
LinkedIn SPE-STX group currently has over 375 members as of 2014. To date, the tool has been used primarily to promote and discuss SPE-STX meetings.
Members are also notified of meetings from board members plus email blasts sent by SPE International.
As always, both the monthly newsletter and SPE-STX web site are the leading sources of information on SPE-STX activities.
University of Houston Gift Acknowledgment
The Frank Padula Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund for the Mechanical Engineering in the Cullen College of Engineering.
Texas Tech Gift Acknowledgment
The Mark Demark–Society of Plastics Engineers–South Texas Section Scholarship Endowment
The Houston Public Library on McKinney has resources on plastics and polymers. Check out their catalog at http://catalog.houstonlibrary.org. If you are not near the McKinney location, you can arrange to pick up your books at your local branch.
The Fondren Library at Rice University has the most complete collection of books on plastics and polymers. This is also a prime resource for patent and trademark information, as well as other US Government documents. You cannot check out books there unless you join Fondren Library [$50], but you can arrange for books to be sent to your library by inter-library loan. Use their catalog at http://library.rice.edu/.
The next best place to browse is at the MD Anderson Library at the University of Houston central campus. South Texas Section has donated many plastics books to this library. If you plan ahead, you can get a TexShare library card from a library where you are a member, which will allow you to check out books from any U of H library. Their catalog is at http://www.library.uh.edu/.
We have our 2016-17 officers and board members. Thanks to everyone of you for supporting the STX-SPE section.
Click here to see all of our volunteers for this year.
Priyanka Singh, Santanu Dutta*, Abhijit Baruah, Neelam Singh, Y. Vasudeo, Machino Polymers Limited, Gurgaon, HR, India
The purpose of this work is to compare the mechanical properties of the different PP/ Filler composites. We considered the effect of treatment of the filler on the adhesion between the filler and the matrix .Modification of polypropylene (PP) with different coated and uncoated fillers is investigated in this paper. Six types of different fillers are used for preparation of filled PP composites. The composite samples were homogenized in a twin screw
extruder. The compatibility of PP and fillers focused in this study and modified by using coupling agent.
The obtained values of composites were correlated with mechanical properties.
|01/26/17||St. Arnold's Brewery||Annual Night at St. Arnold's Brewery||Social||St. Arnold's Brewery||6:00 p.m.|
|International Polyolefins Conference||Various Subjects||Polyolefins||Hilton Houston North, Houston, Texas||All Day|
|03/14/17||Top Golf||Social||560 Spring Park Center Blvd
Spring, TX 77373
|04/17/17||Golf Outing||Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament||TBD|
|05/09/17||Awards Banquet||Student Presentations and Awards|
|09/09/17||Kickoff Event||Houston Cougars Tailgating Party and Game||Social||TDECU Stadium|
President – Kevin Alexander
Vice-President – Dell Doyle
President/Chair-elect – Steve King
Treasurer –Peter Lauzon
Secretary – Ashley Raines
Councilor – Ed Bourbonais
Awards –Edgard Chow
Education – David Hansen
Housing – Iman Bahrani
Membership – Steve King
Newsletter –Dell Doyle
Public Interest – Dave Hansen
Technical Program – Steve King
Polyolefins Conference – Chuck Crosby
Golf Outing – April Hix
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