Next SPE Carolina Event

Society of Plastics Engineers Carolina Section Presents

RocTool Presentation on Induction Heating/Cooling for Tooling plus

TOP GOLF Event, April 12 @ 3:00 pm6:00 pm ,  $40

On April 12th at 3:00pm  RocTool will be presenting their technology on induction heating for tooling which enables faster cycle times and more uniform parts.

The Presentation will be at TopGolf’s newest facility on I-485 and Arrowood Road.    Afterwards from 4:00-6:00pm , members will enjoy the facility with, food, beverages,  golf chipping as well as golf driving games.  You can bring your own clubs, or rent clubs.   Just picture a 240-yard outfield with dartboard-like targets in the ground. The closer to the center or “bull’s-eye” you get and the farther out you hit your microchipped balls, the more points you receive.

Please register for this event using the following link: TopGolf Registration Link

March Technical Presentation:  Preventing Plastic Part Failures

Monday, March 19, 2018   11:30am – 1:30pm    Presented by:  Jeffrey Jansen

The Madison Group

The best way to avoid plastic part failure is to understand the most common causes of failure. This presentation will cover topics essential to understanding plastic failure and present information regarding how and why plastics fail. By avoiding common mistakes it is possible to produce plastic parts that have a superior chance to perform successfully.

This presentation will focus on practical techniques to avoid future failures. The participants will gain a better understanding why plastic components fail, and how to avoid future failures by applying the knowledge learned.

Jeffrey A. Jansen is Senior Managing Engineer and a Partner at The Madison Group, an independent plastics engineering and consulting firm. Jeff specializes in failure analysis, material identification and selection, as well as compatibility, aging, and lifetime prediction studies for thermoplastic materials. He has been solving polymer-related problems for 23 years. In that time, he has performed over 3,775 investigations, both for industrial clients and as a part of litigation. Jeff is a regular presenter on the SPE webinar series, covering a wide range of topics related to plastics failure, material performance, testing, and polymer technology. Jeff is a graduate of Carroll College and the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Location: Polymers Center.  8900 Research Drive,  Charlotte, NC

To register for this event, please click this link

Networking begins at 11:30am, Lunch and Presentation to follow. The event will conclude no later than 2:00pm.

Society of Plastics Engineers Carolina & Piedmont Sections Presents
January Tour and Speaker
Hayward Industries, Inc.
January 9, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:30PM
Come see Hayward’s injection and blow molding facility, a leader in
pumps, valves, and pool products.
Guest Speaker
Tony Ward
Full service engineering & automation company
located in Salisbury, NC.

Current capabilities include:
Engineering, Design, Equipment, & Project Management
Paint Application Consultation
Paint Sampling & Prototyping
Decorating & Graphics Consultation
Workflow Analysis
Tour begins at 5:30, Dinner and Speaker to follow.
$20 at the door, please RSVP ASAP to Matt Piatek at:
Please contact Matt Piatek at 724-714-7758 or Jim Brickley 313-980-7571
or reply to this e-mail with any questions.
Hope to see you there!


Please mark your calendars for October 9th, 2017 for an exciting SPE Carolinas 500 Kart Racing Event at Victory Lane Karting in Charlotte.  The Go-Kart Racing Event is scheduled for 3:00pm-5:30pm. You can sign up using the Following Link.

Sponsorships for the SPE Carolinas Kart Racing Event are still available for trophies, donations of goods, etc.  Please contact Jim Brickley at call +1 313.980.7571.
• $250—Trophies: Your company name on the 3 trophies
• $750—T-Shirts with your company as title sponsor
• $250—T-Shirt sponsor smaller logo’s
• We will also accept any products for door prizes
(items you make or products you give away as handouts).

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017,  SPE Carolinas Presents:

Clemson SPE Student Chapter Meeting

Clemson University, Madren Center, Meeting Rooms I & II

230 Madren Center Road, Clemson, SC 2963


$30 Donation to cover the expense for 1 student to attend the networking event!

Please use the following link to sign up for the SPE Clemson Event.

Agenda                                 $20 meeting fee, Donated to Clemson SPE

  • 5:30 pm – Networking and Light Refreshments
  • 6:00 pm – Clemson SPE Student Chapter Presentation
    • Introduction
    • Organizational Focus, Goals, and Events
    • Plastics at Clemson
    • CU-ICAR
    • Business Opportunities

7:00 pm – Career Talk Roundtable




May Golf Outing – SPE Carolinas $100 Cup Challenge 2017

Location:  Northstone Country Club
Date: May 22, 2017
11:00 am shot gun start,  dinner at 5:00pm

Cost: $120.00 per golfer to play in the tournament – Green Fee’s Includes – Golf & Cart; 3 raffle tickets for a chance to win the 50/50 $$$$ pot (more golfers – more $$$$); additional raffle tickets can be purchased during the day => 3 tickets – $10.00 (SPE’s half goes towards our Scholarship Fund) and Food: Lunch and Dinner will be provided!

Upcoming SPE Carolinas Cup Challenge will to be held Monday the 22nd of May (Shotgun Start at 11:00 am), Spring is a great time to get outside, hit the little white ball, meet others in our industry and play one of the Top Private Courses in the Carolinas!  As an additional incentive, there’s an opportunity to win $100 prize on every hole!!!

Sign Up Early: – The Carolinas Cup Challenge – We have room for 30 groups (120 golfers), Yes – Singles are Welcome Too, we’ll find a spot for you!            SPE Golf Outing Form 2017 Attendee Registration Form

                                                                                                                                   How to Win:                                                                                   

Mulligans: Everyone has two Mulligan’s for the 18 holes, which are to be used for winning a hole or improving the team’s position – your call, Use them Wisely!

Par 3 – Closest to the Pin: Tells it like it is – only rule, tee shot must be on the green – Put in the hole and it is pretty much yours!

2nd shot – Closest to the Pin: Plays like a Par 3 Closest to the Pin Hole.  However, if you don’t like any of your team’s original drives, the team can drop at the 150 yard marker (Ladies, 130 yards) and make the 2nd shot from there!  If you use one of your team’s original drives because it’s closer or has a better approach angle, the team must play it where it lies.

Most Accurate Drive:  There will be a line down the middle of the fairway, starting at about 150 yards out and extending to about 250 yards from the White tees. The object is to be Closest to the Line – how far down the line doesn’t matter!  Team can still play the best drive, but no moving the ball to the 150 yard marker.

Longest Drive: Grip It & Rip It!  Only rule – ball must be in the fairway, first cut.

Team- Best Ball:   Not only is there a $100 prize on every hole, there will be a winning best ball team – each member of the team will win $100 prize!!

NorthStone Country Club: (<>) is a private club located in Huntersville, NC – conveniently located just north of Charlotte.  This P. B. Dyesignature course was rated “Number One” by Charlotte’s Business Journal and is situated on 237 artistically landscaped acres.  NorthStone will impress the very best of players with its strategically placed bunkers, G2 bent grass greens, and Meyer Zoysia fairways. Featuring an endless variety of strategic angles of play from multiple tee boxes, the NorthStone golf course will encourage good course management, yet tease the more adventurous golfer.

Note: NorthStone is a private course, which has a fully equipped kitchen with staff – Meals are Excellent!!! Other activities are Great Door Prizes (we are asking for sponsors and others to please bring a gift & we will promote your generosity!!!).



SPE Tour of Stewart Haas Racing

Monday April 10th from 1:30 to 2:30 pm

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. 

RSVP: Space is very limited to first 16 members that sign up

Please make your reservations by calling Daeng Hawkins at (704) 602-4100 or email

Address of tour:

Stewart Haas Racing6001 Haas Way

Concord, NC 28027

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


Discovery Place Science Museum SPE Event

February 13 @ 12:00 pm3:00 pm


Please come join your SPE colleagues for a special gathering at Charlottes’ Discovery Place Science Museum.

Lunch will be served at The Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery at 12:00pm at 401 North Tryon St in Charlotte which is right next to Discovery Place. Lunch will  not be included in the event price for Discovery Place.

After lunch, we will leave for Discovery Place at 1:00pm and be guided on a 1 hour tour of all the science events and special showings. Two IMax Movies will be showing in the afternoon, at 2:00pm and 3:00pm (I-Max movies are $5.00 additional cost)

The cost of the event will be $25.00.

Please make your reservations through our website using the Events and Conferences Registration Form or call Daeng Hawkins at(704) 602-4100 or send her and email ( regarding the Discovery Place Event.

SPE Lunch & Learn + Tour of 3D Systems’ Printer offerings
Presentation: “From Prototype to Production: Custom Parts Manufacturing”

Additive Manufacturing enables the rapid production of complex geometries and forms that were previously deemed impossible. As such, it opens up a new world in design and manufacturing with parameters that are only just beginning to be explored.

Seminar topics will include:

  • Overview of 3D Systems On Demand Manufacturing: from Additive to Legacy Production processes.
  • Choosing the right technology for your needs; understanding the complexity of each process
  • Learning the machine capacity and build sizes available for each process and much more!

The cost of the event will be $20.00.  Please make your reservations through our website using the Events and Conferences Registration Form or call  Beverly at(704) 602-4127 or send her and email ( regarding the 3D Systems Presentation


Supper at Speedway Club

December 12 @ 6:00 pm9:00 pm

speedway-clubTime: Dec 12th, 2016 at 6:00pm


Location: Charlotte Motor Speedway

Please join us in a very special SPE Carolinas Holiday Celebration at Charlotte Motor Speedway Club with all our SPE members.  It will be a great time  to catch up with all your SPE colleagues and friends. Please do not hesitate to bring your wife or girl friend.

In order to sign up for this event, please contact Beverly Jarrell at the polymers center to make your reservation (please also let us know the number of people in your party). You must sign up by the close of business on November 14th. Sign up as you would for a meeting but indicate that you (and whomever your guest is) want to join us for supper December 12th.  You can reach Beverly at(704) 602-4127 or send her and email (

Nov 15th Ameritech Die & Mold Tour

Our next meeting will be Tuesday November 15th  at 5:00pm.  We will be touring Ameritech Die & Mold in Mooresville, NC.  Ameritech is one of the top mold building shops in the Southeast. Please plan to attend and note the date it is the third Tuesday in November not the second which is election day. We will be having our dinner and meeting at Lancaster’s Barbeque after the tour at 6:30pm.

Please respond by Friday November the 11th if you plan to attend.

Cost will be $20 for members & non-members

Registration deadline: Close Of Business, Thursday, November 10th. In order to sign up for this event, Please use the Meeting Registration Tab under the “Events and Conferences” Menu Tab. You may also contact Beverly Jarrell at the polymers center to make your reservation. You can reach Beverly at(704) 602-4127 or send her and email (, We need an accurate head count for the restaurant.

Thank you all for supporting our chapter.

Dennis Hayford

President SPE Carolinas S49          Tuesday October 11th Meeting

Subject: RJG Injection Molding Training and Demo

Location: Polymers Center of Excellence
the Dennis L. Hayford Conference Center
8900 Research Drive Charlotte, NC.

Please note that this is a joint meeting with the Piedmont Coastal Section, therefore the meeting will be on Tuesday October 11th
4 P.M. Board of Directors (both Sections)
5 P.M. Tour of PCE and Supper
6 P.M. Speaker: Todd Bryant, and his subject will be RJG products and demonstration
Cost will be $20 for members & non-members
Registration deadline: Close Of Business, Friday, October 8, 2016. In order to sign up for this event, Please use the Meeting Registration Tab under the ,Events and Conferences Menu Tab. You may also contact Beverly Jarrell at the polymers center to make your reservation. You can reach Beverly at(704) 602-4127 or send her and email (

The meal will come from Shane’s BBQ, as follows: Baked beans, Mac & Cheese, Chopped BBQ pork, Chicken tenders, Ice Tea. Dessert: Banana pudding

About the Speaker

Todd Bryant
Todd Bryant has over 38 years of experience in tooling design and optimization, polymers processing, production, and training. He has acquired a substantial background of both a theoretical and a practical “hands-on” approach towards injection mold design, tool building, injection mold processing and the plastics business.

Todd started in the molding industry as a mold setup technician. Subsequently, Todd has held positions including process technician, production supervisor, Quality Manager, Engineering Manager, Plant Manager, Technical Manager and plastics design consultant throughout his career in the plastics business. He has received five patents for plastic products now manufactured and readily available in the market place.

Todd is a graduate of Forsyth Technical Community College and North Carolina State University. He instructed for over four years at Davidson County Community College as an adjunct instructor in the Plastics Technology Program. He has been a long-standing member of the Society of Plastics Engineers, serving as Vice President, President and Councilor of the Piedmont Coastal Section. Todd is Training Manager at Polymers Center of Excellence in Charlotte, NC, and also a Certified Trainer with RJG Inc.

SPE Meeting Specifics for October 11, 2016
There’s a reason why RJG injection molding training and certification is specifically requested in industry-wide help wanted ads. RJG doesn’t have “trainers”—instead, RJG’s problem-solving, troubleshooting consultants show others how to do what they do so well.

With over 100 years of combined experience in scientific molding from the plastic’s point of view, RJG’s trainer/consultants transfer their knowledge as well as share their industry and consulting experience with our students. As a result, RJG training graduates are able to deliver substantial time and cost savings to their employers, whether it is through developing new products or managing existing projects.

Many employers also now use RJG training programs to fast-track mechanically inclined, motivated entry-level personnel into higher level technical positions, thus saving recruitment time and money.

What makes RJG training different? In short: participant-centered learning. Research has shown that 80 percent of lecture-based learning is forgotten within 24 hours. Over the years, RJG has transformed our teaching techniques to overcome this obstacle and create the most effective training courses possible.
RJG has worked with experts in the training field to create a participant-centered learning experience. This training format significantly improves students’ understanding and retention of all course content. It is so effective, in fact, that it won RJG the 2015 Pikes Peak Award.

Having a training plan enables companies to measure success and adapt to roadblocks. Training a large number of employees simultaneously is a cost-effective way to include teams from multiple departments and support long-term success.
When implemented properly, your technical team will be able to successfully work together to correctly diagnose root causes as well as prevent and fix a variety of problems that can cost molders upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. RJG trainer/consultants are able to provide what online and CD-based training or “one man shows” simply cannot provide. Our proven methods are both data-driven and ROI-driven.
The SPE program held at the Polymers Center of Excellence on October 11, 2016 will include classroom exercises and actual machine demonstrations to give each attendee the experience and awareness that each RJG student receives in the training environment.

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