SPE South Texas Section   The Extruder Newsletter

December 2016

The Society of Plastic Engineers

Table of Contents

Innospec

President’s Message

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!

Best regards,
Kevin Alexander

Du Pont Chemicals



In The News


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.


 

Corbion

FACI Group

http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2073302&trk=hb_side_g

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.

News Highlight
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.

Fine Organics

Fortune Personnel Recruting Partners

University Endowment Letters

University of Houston Gift Acknowledgment

The Frank Padula Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund for the Mechanical Engineering in the Cullen College of Engineering.

Mechanical Engineering in the Cullen College of Engineering

Texas Tech Gift Acknowledgment

The Mark Demark–Society of Plastics Engineers–South Texas Section Scholarship Endowment

Texas Tech Endowment

 

 

VDI

Plastics Information: Check It Out

Houston Public LibraryThe 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/.

Huber

Congratuations to The South Texas SPE Section Officers and Board Members

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.

HIH E&C

Reinforcement Of Polypropylene Composite Systems: Effect Of Fillers And Compatibilizersls

Priyanka Singh, Santanu Dutta*, Abhijit Baruah, Neelam Singh, Y. Vasudeo, Machino Polymers Limited, Gurgaon, HR, India

Abstract

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.

Read more.

 

IMERYS


Program Calendar

Date
Event Title
Event Specifics
Topic
Location
Time
01/26/17 St. Arnold's Brewery Annual Night at St. Arnold's Brewery Social St. Arnold's Brewery 6:00 p.m.
02/26/17 –
03/01/17
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
TBD
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  

IMI FABI Talc

Section Officers

President – Kevin Alexander
KwaTech LLC
281.701.7792
kevin@kwatech.com

Vice-President – Dell Doyle

President/Chair-elect – Steve King
SOLVAY Specialty Polymers
281.482.0078
steve.king@solvay.com

Treasurer –Peter Lauzon
Peal Processing Inc.
281-560-3358
lauzopa@gmail.com

Secretary – Ashley Raines
EGC Critical Components
281-913.8122
ashley.raines@EGCcomponents.com

Councilor – Ed Bourbonais
Chemtrusion Inc.
713-675-1616
ebourbonais@Chemtrusion.com

Committee Chairpersons

Awards –Edgard Chow
Kuraray America, Inc.
800.423-9762
edgard.chow@kuraray.com

Education – David Hansen
713.248.2273
david.hansen47@yahoo.com

Housing – Iman Bahrani
713.681.5217
ibahrani@dfdist.com

Membership – Steve King
SOLVAY Specialty Polymers
281.482.0078
steve.king@solvay.com

Newsletter –Dell Doyle

Public Interest – Dave Hansen
713.248.2273
david.hansen47@yahoo.com

Technical Program – Steve King
SOLVAY Specialty Polymers
281.482.0078
steve.king@solvay.com

Polyolefins Conference – Chuck Crosby
713.469.2394
Charles.Crosby@Braskem.com

Golf Outing – April Hix

Board Members

Kevin Alexander
281.701.7792
kevin@kwatech.com

Steve King
281.851.0503
steven.king@solvay.com

Iman Bahrani
713.681.5217
ibahrani@dfdist.com

Bill Diecks
281-381-1264;
bill.diecks@comcast.net

Terry Vermaas
281.381.5755
tvermaas.aic@swbell.net

David Hansen
281.346.0143
david.hansen47@yahoo.com

David Grice
C and K Plastics / Valley Extrusions
281 352-6761
dgrice@candkplastics.com

Dell Doyle

Ashley Raines
281-913.8122
ashley.raines@EGCcomponents.com

Tom Walsh
President, Walsh Consulting Services, Inc.
281-493-2344
t.s.walsh@earthlink.net

Chuck Crosby
713.469.2394
Charles.Crosby@Braskem.com

Web Content/Section Coordinator

Suzanne Biggs – 713.829.9226
suzbiggs@comcast.net