Our April Society of Plastics Engineers tour will be at the high tech Stewart-Haas Racing facility. It is co-owned by three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. The organization fields four cars in NASCAR and utilizes many advanced manufacturing techniques including 3D printing. Based in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Stewart-Haas Racing operates out of a 200,000-square-foot facility with more than 300 employees. Come join us for this unique behind the scenes tour. Continue reading “Next SPE Carolina Event”
Oh what a meeting we had at the Lionel Train Company’s North Carolina facility in Concord! Right out by the speedway! In my entire life I have never seen so many electric trains and train sets. It was marvelous.
We had a wonderful talk by Dave Olson and a long question and answer period. Then Dave took us on a tour. We saw Lionel trains from before WWII and their back stock of these trains was very impressive.
Dave had a 30 foot layout upstairs, which he demonstrated for us. He called it his playroom, and indeed it was. What a unique job he has.
Figure 1: A small part of the pre WW II train stock.
Dear 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. Continue reading “Membership Chairman’s Monthly Report”
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”
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. Continue reading “One word: Plastics”
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