Next SPE Carolina Event

Lionel Train – Plastics use in Product Development

March 13 @ 12:00 pm1:30 pm


Our March meeting will be held at the Lionel Trains facility in Charlotte.  Management will be discussing the evolution of plastics in the development of Lionel Trains.

Bio on presenter: Dave Olson

B.S.M.E. from University at Buffalo

Experience with electrical connectors, lithium battery pack design for electric vehicles, and designing all electric trucks and buses before joining Lionel.

Joined Lionel in early 2015 as the Mechanical Engineer. Charged with designing products such as O Scale engines, rolling stock, accessories, etc.

Promoted to Engineering Manager in December, 2016. Taking over management of day-to-day operations of the Engineering Department. Engineers currently in NC office and satellite office in Santa Clara, CA as well as supporting engineers in China.

More details for this event will be posted shortly

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The President’s Corner

President’s Message                                                                     February-March 2017

This month’s tour of Discovery Place was great. I don’t know what more I can say about it. The “Behind the Scenes” tour is really something to see and hear about. There is a lot that goes on to make Discovery Place work every day, and to keep kids learning by interaction with the exhibits. I was pleased to see the “Gizmotron” still working, and still a kid magnet, as it has been over the last 11 years. The Polymers Center of Excellence makes and donates the gray, conductive, plastic, (hdpe), pellets, which the kids move around with various mechanisms such as an auger, or a scoop belt, or a conveyor belt, or just a hand scoop and bucket. Continue reading “The President’s Corner”

Membership Chairman’s Monthly Report

Membership Chairman's Monthly ReportDear SPE members,
Thanks to you, we are one of the strongest local groups in the USA with over 200 members! It is our diversity in background that makes it possible to widen our horizons. When we meet and introduce ourselves, we network! This not only helps to promote you and your company as a brand, but helps all the others to learn about a valuable resource available in their immediate back yard. For sales and technical personnel, it is a must to participate, to learn what others are doing, where the trends move to and what the industry as a whole is doing. We welcome you to our meetings, we invite you to participate, to be active and if you are not, to at least send me a note what we can do to make it worth your while. Check our next meeting right now and please sign up!
Thank you, Tim Haake

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Technology and Business Articles

Syracuse University Plastics Museum

The Plastics Collection includes books, periodicals, manuscripts, and over 2,500 plastic objects produced from the late-19th Century to the present day that represent facets of the development of the plastics industry. The collection includes papers related to individual plastic innovators and to companies, both exceptional and representative of developments in plastics production, design and marketing. Continue reading “Technology and Business Articles”

One word: Plastics

Back in 2005, the U.S. petrochemical industry was saddled with the world’s highest production costs. There were dire predictions about the industry’s future, including talk about plastic imports coming to
the U.S. in bulk ships. Then along came the fracking revolution ‘
in North America. It unlocked plentiful supplies of natural gas, whose byproducts are the primary feedstocks for plastics production.
It also reduced producers’ energy costs. “The shale gas play has propelled the United States from one of the highest cost ethylene/polyethylene producers to one of the most cost-competitive producers anywhere in the world;’ John Barrett, general manager global supply chain for Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., said at the Rail Trends 2016 conference. Continue reading “One word: Plastics”

The Future is Now: 3-D Printers are Poised to Disrupt the Economy

3D Printing
MultiBriefs: Ronnie Richard, May 16, 2016

It’s Monday morning. Your alarm goes off, and you slowly spill out of bed. You shuffle along to the kitchen and pour a fresh cup of coffee in your favorite mug — all set to start a new work week.

But as you reach for some sweetener to add in, your arm knocks the mug off the counter, shattering it on the floor. How do you replace it?

Not long ago, the only solution would be to go back to the store where you bought it and hope they have another one. That mug from your vacation eight years ago is out of stock? You’re out of luck.

Today, you can search online at any number of retail websites — type “coffee mug” into Amazon, and you get 4.6 million results — but you still have to wait at least a couple of days for it to be delivered.

Ten years from now, you may simply fire up your 3-D printer, download an electronic file and make a new coffee mug in your home.

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Edcational Support Programs for Junior High & High Schools

Kasey Britt from Mount Gilead, NC won the “Wonder of Plastics” Essay Contest

Plastics Innovation in Sports

What is innovation? To me, innovation is change in a new, more creative perspective. An innovation enhances the world around us and is involved in everything we do. An example of an innovation is plastic. In particular, plastic is involved in most sports and has caused a revolution to the sporting world. Plastic is contained in most safety materials and is also in most sporting
goods such as running shoes, hiking shoes, clothing, and drills equipment. Plastic is also contained in sports-related venues such as tracks and stadiums.

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