SPE South Texas Section   The Extruder Newsletter

January 2017

The Society of Plastic Engineers

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Jordi Labs

President’s Message

Dear SPE-STX Members,

I hope everyone had a great holiday season and you are off to great start in the new year. Many people have made resolutions to improve their diets, hit the gym, or spend more quality time with their loved ones. While I wish everyone the best of luck following through with these new challenges, I would ask all our members to consider adding one more resolution to their list. Let's make 2017 the year in which each of members commits to getting at least one new person involved with our section. I'm sure that this resolution would be one of the easiest one to complete and it would make a huge difference for our section. The more people we have involved with the section really enhances the benefits of being a part of the organization.

We have a number of great opportunities coming up to invite someone new to one of our section events. The St Arnold's Brewery event on Jan 26th is always a great opportunity to network with a number of professionals in a relaxed setting. The Polyolefin Conference in February is a great venue to be potentially exposed to new ideas and products. The Top Golf event is slated for March and the annual golf outing is in April, so get the word out to your friends and colleagues! To register or get more information on these events, please visit our section website at www.spe-stx.org.

Best regards,
Kevin Alexander


In The News

Next Breakfast Bunch Meeting

When: February 7, 2017
Where: I-Hop, 6508 Washington Ave., 77077, 7:00 AM (map)
Breakfast Bunch Meetings - The first Tuesday of each month all year.


Kisuma Americas, Inc.



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.


Laurel BioComposite

SPE South Texas Mixer at St. Arnold's Brewery

Where: 2000 Lyons Avenue, Houston, 77020

When: 6:00 - 9:00 PM - (map)

Cost: $30 included food and beverage.

Register Online


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/.



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.

    Mettler Toledo

    Environmental Stress Cracking of Medical Thermoplastics: Assessing Lifetime of High Performance Amorphous Resins in Presence of Hospital Cleaners

    Robert J. Klein, Martin J. Gibler, Rachel M. Jacobs, Emily L. Sell, and Steve D. Lince, Stress Engineering Services, Mason, OH


    There is a critical need to quantify and predict the likelihood of Environmental Stress Cracking (ESC) in medical devices, due to the expanding use of medical cleaners in hospitals to prevent infection as well as increased FDA documentation requirements. This paper performs constant flexural strain ESC experiments on two high performance resins, Noryl 20%gf and Ultem 20%gf, using three common hospital cleaners (bleach, quaternary amine with isopropanol, and hydrogen peroxide). ESC testing was performed using a 7-day soak followed by tensile testing to assess residual stress-strain performance.

    From strain-at-break results for this 7-day soak method, ratings were obtained for each resin-cleaner combination. These results can be fed into mechanical models of components to quantify likely failure locations and safety factors.

    Using time-to-crack datasets, an initial estimate of the n exponent for the ESC dependence on stress was obtained. Also, it was found that the use of Hansen Solubility Parameters could, with reasonably accuracy, predict trends in ESC damage.

    Read more.



    Program Calendar

    Event Title
    Event Specifics
    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 –
    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  


    Section Officers

    President – Kevin Alexander
    KwaTech LLC

    Vice-President – Dell Doyle

    President/Chair-elect – Steve King
    SOLVAY Specialty Polymers

    Treasurer –Peter Lauzon
    Peal Processing Inc.

    Secretary – Ryan Reese
    Dover Chemical

    Councilor – Ed Bourbonais
    Chemtrusion Inc.

    Committee Chairpersons

    Awards –Edgard Chow
    Kuraray America, Inc.

    Education – David Hansen

    Housing – Iman Bahrani

    Membership – Steve King
    SOLVAY Specialty Polymers

    Newsletter –Dell Doyle

    Public Interest – Dave Hansen

    Technical Program – Steve King
    SOLVAY Specialty Polymers

    Polyolefins Conference – Chuck Crosby

    Golf Outing – April Hix

    Board Members

    Kevin Alexander

    Steve King

    Iman Bahrani

    Bill Diecks

    Terry Vermaas

    David Hansen

    David Grice
    C and K Plastics / Valley Extrusions
    281 352-6761

    Dell Doyle

    Ashley Raines

    Tom Walsh
    President, Walsh Consulting Services, Inc.

    Chuck Crosby

    Web Content/Section Coordinator

    Suzanne Biggs – 713.829.9226