Dear SPE-STX Members,
It’s February and time again for the biggest event our section holds every year; the International Polyolefin Conference. This is a time when we host several hundred industry professionals here in Houston to promote the exchange of new ideas and technologies, as well as provide a great forum for networking. This year’s conference is Sunday Feb 26th – Wednesday Mar 1st. Please go to our website for more information and to register to attend. This is also a great opportunity for our section members to volunteer and provide help at the conference. If you would like to help, please feel free to contact me directly.
I also want to remind everyone that we have our Top Golf outing in March. This is another networking opportunity in a fun and relaxed setting. Information on registering for this event is on our web site and we will send out another email blast soon to remind everyone.
L.D. Blackwell nominated for Election To The Plastics Hall Of Fame
Election into the PLASTICS HALL OF FAME is a distinctive honor bestowed upon those individuals, who by consistent dedication and extraordinary accomplishments, have contributed to the growth of the industry and who meet the established criteria. We believe L.D. Blackwell is deserving of this award.
Next Breakfast Bunch Meeting
When: March 7, 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.
SPE South Texas Mixer at St. Arnold's Brewery
There was a great turnout for our annual St. Arnold's Mixer last month. All enjoyed an evening of socializing, beer, and food.
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/.
Don’t miss the largest polymer conference dedicated completely to polyolefins.
For more than 40 years, the SPE International Polyolefins Conference has provided a premier, value-packed event - a place for you to advance your knowledge, network with colleagues, and hear and learn about new technologies, ideas and industry trends.
Featuring over 650 attendees, 60+ exhibitor booths, 80+ technical papers, 5 Plenary speakers, a Sunday afternoon tutorial, 2 networking socials, and an annual student poster competition. More than 60% of the profits from this conference go to support education. Currently eight Texas universities with polymer programs benefit.
The Tutorial on Sunday afternoon (Feb 26) "Catalyst, Polymerization Processes, and Applications of Polyolefins" will feature the following speakers:
Technical papers will cover:
- Bill Higgs, one of the founders of world renowned Mustang Engineering will be a featured speaker. Bill will speak about creating and growing Mustang Engineering into a billion dollar company over 25 years by cultivating a unique and innovative company culture, focused on employees, customers, and projects. A preview of his talk is available at www.MITEFtexas.org.
- Current Trends in Markets, Technology, and Investments
- Business Innovations
- Innovation in Polyolefin Catalysts
- New Process Developments
- Advances in Polyolefin Stabilization and Modifiers
- New Computer Modeling Techniques: Process, Converting, & Products
- Sustainability and Regulatory Opportunities
- Opportunities in Flexible Packaging
- Polyolefins in Automotive and Appliances
- Polyolefins Enabling foams and Light-weighting
- Polyolefins in Rigid Packaging
- Polyolefin Pipe Materials and Applications
Thomas Chirayil, and James Rediske
Shrinkage and Warpage phenomenon are common issues faced by injection molders in the plastics industry. These dimensional stability issues are more prevalent in semi-crystalline polymers such as HDPE. Formulation of organic pigments into semi-crystalline polymers impact the nucleation rates and can lead to further shrinkage and warpage. Dimensional instability with the organic pigments can be can be minimized or eliminated through processing steps as well as through surface treatment of the pigments. This paper will describe the shrinkage and warpage distortions, test methods for determining warpage, and recommend solutions.
|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 – Ryan Reese
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
Suzanne Biggs – 713.829.9226