SPE South Texas Section   The Extruder Newsletter

February 2017

The Society of Plastic Engineers

Table of Contents

NJC

President’s Message

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.

Best regards,
Kevin Alexander

PCC Chemax



In The News


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.


 

Pelletizer Knives

PMC

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.

Polymers Center

Struktol

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.

Sulzer Chemtech

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/.

Sumitomo Corporation

Huber

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:

  • Polyethylene Catalysts and Polymerization Processes --Dr. Clifford Lee (Townsend)
  • Polypropylene Catalysts and Polymerization Processes -- Dr. C.P Cheng (Clariant)
  • Polyethylene Thermoforming --Dr. Michael Killough ( INEOS Olefins and Polyolefins)
  • Polyolefin Films --Pat Thomas ( PR Thomas Technologies, LLC)
  • Technical papers will cover:

    Click for more information or to register.

    Tomark

    Impact of Pigments on the Dimensional Stability of Plastics

    Thomas Chirayil, and James Rediske
    BASF Corporation

    Abstract

    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.

    Read more.

     

    Tosoh Bioscicence


    Program Calendar

    Date
    Event Title
    Event Specifics
    Topic
    Location
    Time
    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  

    Total

    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 – Ryan Reese
    Dover Chemical
    330.343.7711
    rreese@doverchem.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