The President’s Corner

 Presidents Message   May 2017

As we complete the 2016-2017 SPE year I want to thank all of the Section Board members for their hard work toward making this year a success. I think that our Section is on the road to becoming more active and I think that we are seeing more interest in our programs by our members. With “new blood” entering the Board I think that next year will be more interesting and more fun than ever.

I also want to take this opportunity to welcome Jim Brickley as the incoming Section President. I think he will do a fine job and I am enthusiastic about what I have heard about next fall! It will be lots of fun.

You should know that this past year was a tough year because we lost 3 solid SPE members who all were in one way or another, great contributors to our Section and to SPE. Let me briefly tell you about them.

Greg Shekita passed away November 20, 2016 at Sherrills Ford, NC. I first met Greg at a Piedmont Coastal SPE Meeting back in the early 1980’s. We became good friends. Through the years Greg was an active member of SPE, religiously attending meetings and serving on the Piedmont Coastal Board of Directors. Greg retired to Sherrills Ford a few years ago and became an active member of the Carolinas Section, and as could be expected of him, he became a Board member of our Section. Last year Greg provided our Board with a list of 50+ topic suggestions for our meetings, a list we are still using today. Greg was not only a good friend but an outstanding lifelong member of SPE. I/we miss him.

Joe Bennett passed away March 4, 2017, at Forest City, NC. I first met Joe 41 years ago when I first moved to North Carolina. He was the General Manager of what later would become United Southern Industries, of which he also would become the owner. I really got to know Joe early on when he and I traveled to Louisville, KY. in the early 1980’s to attend a workshop for SPE Leadership. He served as our Section’s Councilor in the early 1980’s. In the late 1980’s Joe brought news to our Section that if we could match $100,000 his friend Bill DeBrule would donate a like amount. That formed the basis for the Goolsby Scholarship. Joe also served on the Goolsby Scholarship Committee for many years.

After serving as SPE Councilor Joe moved on and became active in SPI (Society of Plastics Industry, today known as PIA, or the Plastics Industry Association). At SPI Joe actively pursued a training program and his work resulted in the SPI sponsored Plastics Learning Network, which the Polymers Center of Excellence taught on closed circuit television trough the Rock Hill, SC. ETV station. It was very successful with training classes viewed from coast to coast.

Joe was a quiet giant in our industry and a long time personal friend. As someone once said to me “Joe is the best neighbor anyone could have.” What a true statement. I will miss him greatly.

Jim Cunningham passed away in Greenville, SC. on May 7, 2017. Jim had retired some years ago and had moved there to be near family, as he had lived in Charlotte most of the time that I knew him. For many years Jim sold Slide products.

I met Jim at an SPE meeting in Spartanburg, SC. in the early 1980’s. I still remember his first words to me; “Can I help you with that sire?” as I was carrying a load of stuff to a SPE meeting. He helped me many more times, not with just the load I was carrying, but with many other things as well. For example, after I had been editor of our newsletter “SPEctrogram” for a while, Jim volunteered to be my assistant editor. After a year or so I turned the newsletter over to Jim. He went on to win SPE’s “Best Newsletter Award” two years in a row. That I can assure you, was a very hard thing to do.

For whatever the reason Jim became more involved with our sister Section the Piedmont Coastal Section, and he quickly rose to being President of that Section. I asked him once why he hadn’t sought being President of our Section to which he remarked that he was more comfortable with a smaller Section. Typically Jim.

As many of you know there is a niche at the Polymers Center of Excellence filled with both Section’s awards. I asked Jim to give me the plaques he that had won as newsletter editor for display in the niche. He gave me just one of them, but his name plate had been removed, and when I asked why it was removed, he said “Isn’t it enough to have won it and not who won it?” That was totally Jim. He never sought any honors for himself.

Jim and I took many trips together on behalf of SPE and he always had a story to tell me along the way. I was honored for him to call me a friend. I miss him.

The Board is losing Sue Booth this year. For years she has been Section Secretary and I would be remiss if I didn’t thank her for all of her hard work, and for keeping all of us headed in the right direction. She is a very thoughtful person and has contributed in many ways through some very hard times.

Thank you Sue! (No plaque for your service! J)

Again, I want to wish Jim Brickley and the Board of Directors for our Section much success in the year to come. From what I hear I think we are all going to enjoy the meetings next year.

It has been my pleasure to have served all of you as our Section President.

All the best,

Dennis

Presidents Message April 2017

  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.

 

 

 

 

Figure 2: Part of Dave’s 30 foot layout.

 

 

 

 

 

Figure 3: A cab forward model, articulated 4-8-8-4!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Figure 4: WOW! Gold plated no less!

 

 

 

 

Figure 5: In the train store another demonstration.

I think that the photos say it all about this meeting. It was great!

Thanks Dave Olson for your talk, and thanks Lionel Corporation for hosting a wonderful afternoon!

Be sure to join us next month for a tour of Stewart Haas Racing!

Dennis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

The early IMAX Theater presentation was, “Mysteries of China”, which really should have been named “One of the Mysteries of China”. The film dealt with the life size terracotta soldiers and other life size terracotta figures that started being unearthed in the early 1970’s. The tomb of the king, that these figures surround, is still being slowly uncovered, and they are finding even more of these terracotta statues as they go along. (That’s nearly 50 years of digging!) It had to be a massive job just to make the hundreds of hollow ceramic effigies, all with a different life like face, and body. Interestingly, at one time these figures were painted. Being hollow and so life like, it is a little curious as to just how they were made.

Our next meeting is at Lionel Trains headquarters in Concord, NC., and the speaker Managing Engineer, Dave Olson should be interesting. Lionel went quickly to plastic right after (if not just before) World War II. They have been doing injection molding for a very long, time, or should I say that they have been using injection molding products for a very long time. It will be an interesting program.

At the February Board meeting it was decided to donate $3,000 to the Carolinas Section’s Goolsby Scholarship fund, $3,000 to the Plastics Pioneers Association Scholarship fund, $3,000 for the PlastiVan to come to our area, and a $2,000 donation to the SPE-2017 ANTEC Student Program. It is money well spent, and it is the main reason that our local Section raises the money. So thank you to our membership for all you do to help us raise money.

Now we need high schools for the PlastiVan to visit. It is a great presentation and one sure to intrigue young people, and maybe even interest them in our field. If you know of a high school that is willing to have the PlastiVan, please let us know.

I have in the past sat on the Goolsby Scholarship committee and reviewed and interviewed the students who have applied for that scholarship. Presently, I am on the scholarship committee for the Plastics Pioneers scholarship and this fall I reviewed 35 scholarship applications. I can tell you without any doubt in my mind, these young people are smart, very smart, and hard working. My faith in the future of America is reassured by them.

Lastly, I would ask the membership for a few volunteers for our Board of Directors. We need a few good people willing to contribute to our Section. Believe me when I tell you that it is rewarding, and cannot do anything but help your career. Call me or any Board member to find out how you can help.

Dennis L. Hayford

Presidents Message January 9, 2017

Happy New Year!

As we start the New Year we hope that the membership will become more involved with our Section as we provide an interesting array of technical and social meetings.

We also encourage our membership to step forward to serve on our Board, it can be rewarding and certainly involve one in many other ways in our industry. One might be very surprised at the opportunities that crop up during that participation.

 Our meeting at 3D Systems, Inc. was excellent. If you missed this one, you really missed a great program and a really great discussion by the people at 3D. Many thanks to Doug Dolan and the folks at 3D for an interesting talk and tour.

Doug Dolan is the Business Development Manager for “On Demand Manufacturing” which means that 3D will “custom print” to your needs, that means that they will do the one of a kind thing. That in itself is pretty interesting since I thought that you could simply buy a machine and have at it. They can actually make some pretty large, complicated and intricate parts, like a replica of a human heart (which we saw being made). They also had a 3 D print of the battleship Arizona.

Maybe if the demand is there we can visit with them again one day in the future. It is that worth while!

Next month we travel to downtown Charlotte for a tour of Discovery Place. After the tour one can take in the IMAX theater (billed seperately), or have a free run of the place until closing.

If you have program ideas, don’t hesitate to give me or any Board member a call or drop us an e-mail. We look forward to hearing from you!

I hope your New Year is filled with blessings for you and yours.

All the best,

Dennis

 

 

Presidents Message                                                     December 2016

The November meeting at Ameritech was a pleasant surprise with about 25 people in attendance. The tour was made interesting by Steve Rotman’s interment knowledge of his machinery and what the customers (molders) needs were to keep the end user happy. Believe me when I tell you that his ability to build a complex mold that produces a very intricate and delicate part for the end user is a way of life here!

Thanks to Steve Rotman for showing us his facility, and thanks to Leon Suttles for setting up this interesting tour and sharing their meeting with us.

I would be remiss if I didn’t share some bad news with you. Greg Shekita passed away last November 20th. He has been an involved and vibrant member of our Board since he retired a few years ago on Lake Norman. He has suggested and worked on many of our meeting programs.

Greg served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He had a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston, and was a lifelong member of SPE.

Nearly 40 years ago Greg crossed my path, he was a Board member of the Piedmont Coastal Section and I had just moved to Charlotte. We formed a friendship that has lasted over all of these years and I am heartbroken to have lost such a good friend. I am sure many of you who knew Greg share this pain.

Our next meeting will be on January 9th when we tour 3D please watch this web site for details.

With that I will wish all a Merry Christmas, and may your days be merry and bright.

Dennis

Presidents Message                     Nov. 2016

The last meeting was well attended and we all learned about RJG Training from Todd Bryant. Understanding the training issues of injection molding cannot be over emphasized, and for injection molding companies that is where the rubber meets the road and the money is made. A well trained workforce makes money and that is what it is all about.

Many thanks to our host Todd Bryant, for a great tour and a great learning session. Todd you made it obvious that you love what you are doing.

The next program we will delve into another subject also important to the processing community, mold making, and then we will see the facility at Ameritech Die & Mold in Mooresville, NC. This is a really interesting place to visit, so be sure to sign up and attend this one. Note it is on November 15th and again not our usual second Monday.

In December we will be having a social event with Supper at the Speedway Club on December 12th. If you are planning on attending you must make a reservation before the close of business Monday, November 14th! Just register as you would for a meeting but indicate in the “comments” section who will be with you (sorry no children).

After Monday, November 14th we cannot and will not accept any more reservations!

The reason for such an advanced registration is because of the logistics and coordination that must be done with the Speedway Club. If we have a crowd we will have to have to make a lot of arrangements, and you may be asked to select your meal from a banquet menu.

As for a cost I really cannot give you one until we know for sure how many people will be attending (hence the early November registration). If we have more than 25 people we will ask you to choose from a banquet menu. If we do not have 25 people, then one can order from the regular menu. For planning purposes I would estimate about $60-80 per person (plus a cash bar).

Your Board has elected to have some social events this year to encourage networking in a more relaxed atmosphere. We also hope that this will encourage more of the membership to participate by choosing locations that are of general interest. Come and join us.

May your Thanksgiving be a safe and happy one!

Dennis L. Hayford

 

A few SPEcial Words from our NC Division Presidents

 Happy November everyone, it’s that time of the year again when everyone starts gearing up for the Holidays.

Our October meeting was a tour of the Polymers Center of Excellence in Charlotte with a presentation by Todd Bryant on how to use RJG data in design of experiments of plastic flow characteristics. Thanks to Dennis Hayford and Todd for setting up everything so well.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday November 15th, 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.

Please respond by Friday November the 11th if you plan to attend. We need an accurate head count for the restaurant. RSVP me or Tim Earley with your plans.

Our next meeting will be our annual Christmas get together at The Flame Restaurant in Sanford on December the 13th. Mark the date on your calendars and plan to come for a fun time.

Thank you all for supporting our chapter.

Leon Suttles and Dennis Hayford

President Piedmont-Coastal S71 SPE  and President SPE Carolinas S49

 

 

 

 

 

Presidents Message    October 2016

The last meeting was well attended and we all learned about RJG Training from Todd Bryant. Understanding the training issues of injection molding cannot be over emphasized, and for injection molding companies that is where the rubber meets the road and the money is made. A well trained workforce makes money and that is what it is all about.

Many thanks to our host Todd Bryant, for a great tour and a great learning session. Todd you made it obvious that you love what you are doing.

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In December we will be having a social event with Supper at the Speedway Club on December 12th. If you are planning on attending you must make a reservation before the close of business Monday, November 14th! Just register as you would for a meeting but indicate in the “comments” section who will be with you (sorry no children).

After Monday, November 14th we cannot and will not accept any more reservations!

The reason for such an advanced registration is because of the logistics and coordination that must be done with the Speedway Club. If we have a crowd we will have to have to make a lot of arrangements, and you may be asked to select your meal from a banquet menu.

As for a cost I really cannot give you one until we know for sure how many people will be attending (hence the early November registration). If we have more than 25 people we will ask you to choose from a banquet menu. If we do not have 25 people, then one can order from the regular menu. For planning purposes I would estimate about $60-80 per person (plus a cash bar).

Your Board has elected to have some social events this year to encourage networking in a more relaxed atmosphere. We also hope that this will encourage more of the membership to participate by choosing locations that are of general interest. Come and join us.

See you in November!

Dennis L. Hayford

SEPTEMBER, 2016 Presidents Message

If you missed our September meeting you missed a really great event. Our meeting was held at the Silcotech facility, in York, SC. Many thanks to Dan Morris, Business Development Manager, and George Vance, Director of Operations. They put on a great show that lasted for just over an hour and served as an excellent introduction to liquid silicone injection molding.

First we were treated to a short talk about liquid silicone materials and then given a unique sample showing a variety of products by durometer. Each material with a different durometer was accentuated by a different color, and molded in to a configured piece that nicely fits, and makes for an unusual cover, for your iphone! Next we toured their clean room facility wearing disposable booties and a hair net.
It was a great afternoon that all enjoyed and learned a couple of things!

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Figure 1: Silcotech sample showing the various durometers (clear 20, gray 75)
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Figure 2: Silcotech sample fitting on an iPhone.

If you are just reading this for the first time, may I suggest that you might want to catch up by reading my first Presidents Message, and taking note of a couple of social events that we have planned for this coming year. Then have a look at our web page and find the appropriate page to sign up for these new social events. For example Christmas Supper at the Speedway Club on Monday December 12th requires one to sign up by November 14th.

(Please note that our new web site is just getting rolled out, so there will be a hick-up or two before it is completed-if you find one let us know! If you have a suggestion for the new web site, also let us know! By the way how do you like our new web site? Please let us know.)

Ken Morris is setting up a social event at Discovery Place which should be a fun afternoon/early evening event. Look for details coming soon.

We added two new Board members, Jim Brickley of Polymer Technology Services or (PTS), and Vincent Harris, of Scantech Americas. To both, I extend the Carolinas Section and Board’s welcome. We expect great things from the new blood!

Come and join us for a RJG Training talk and demonstration by Todd Bryant on Tuesday, October 11 at the Polymers Center of Excellence. (See our new web-site for more details. Supper will be Bar-B-Que from Shane’s!)
Dennis L. Hayford

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