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3/11/2015 | 2 MINUTE READ

Add Plastics Technology to Your NPE2015 Must-See List

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NPE2015 represents a nearly overwhelming concentration of plastics people, technology and knowledge—5 days; 2,000-plus exhibitors; 60,000 attendees; and more than 1 million sq ft of exhibits.

Plastics Technology’s show plans, albeit on a smaller scale, are no less plastic packed, as noted by our editorial director, Jim Callari, here. As the show approaches, and you sketch out your must-see list, make sure we’re on there. Our booth will be just off the main entrance of the Orange County Convention Center’s West Hall (2602) and if you need another landmark, we’re across the aisle from Milacron’s massive stand.


Know How In the Flesh
Every month, Plastics Technology features columns from leading experts in the fields of materials, injection molding, extrusion and more. In Orlando, many of those columnists, including folks like John Bozzelli, Mike Sepe, and Jim Frankland, will offer live presentations. In addition, experts on topics as varied as reshoring and additive manufacturing will be speaking in person on the biggest topics of the day (full schedule):


Monday, March 23

3:00-3:45 pm: How to Calculate Shot Size vs Barrel Capacity

John Bozzelli, Injection Molding Solutions, Scientific Molding


Tuesday, March 24

10:30-11:15 am: The Importance of Gate Geometry

Randy Kerkstra, Nanoplas Coating

3:00-3:45 am: Drying PET for Rigid Container Applications

Pete Stoughton, Consultant


Wednesday, March 25

10:30-11:15 am: 5 Common Extrusion Problems, and How to Solve Them

Jim Frankland, Frankland Plastics Consulting LLC

1:00-1:45 pm: The Three Ts of Growing Your Own Talent

Rich Stueber, Mold Design Manager, Nypro

3:00-3:45 pm: Trying to Solve Molding Problems? Think in Plastic, Not Steel

Rich Oles, Tooling Manager, Stone Plastics


Thursday, March 26

10:30-11:15 am: Big Area Additive Manufacturing

Chad E. Duty, Ph.D., Oak Ridge National Laboratory

1:00-1:45 pm: Bringing Manufacturing Back Home

Harry Moser, Reshoring Initiative

3:00-3:45 pm: Resin Drying: Separating the Science from the Myth

Mike Sepe, Michael Sepe LLC


Plug Into Our Network
In addition to the chance to “kick the tires” on the latest technologies, trade shows have also always provided one of the best opportunities to network with peers. In that spirit, our Knowledge Network is back including events, giveaways, prizes and more.


Beyond personal edification, by joining the network, entrants will receive:


  • A Knowledge Network T-shirt
  • Two drink tickets for refreshments in our Network Bar
  • A chance to win 1 of 5 grand prizes


Plastics Next Generation
Plastics Technology and fellow Gardner Business Media, Inc. publication MoldMaking Technology are also sponsoring the inaugural “FL!P & SiP” Reception at NPE2015, organized by SPI’s Future Leaders in Plastics (FLiP) committee. A launch event for FLiP and an introduction SPE’s Next Generation Advisory Board (NGAB) for young professional in the industry, the reception will take place on Tuesday, March 24 from 4:30–6:30 pm, in the West Hall’s Valencia Ballroom.


Featuring multiple tasting bars and networking opportunities, the reception is open to all attendees and exhibitors, young and old. Per SPI:


Each over-40 attendee of the reception will be asked to bring one of their under-40 colleagues, so that they can bring a member of the next generation into the FLiP fold and put them on the track to plastics industry leadership.


Travel safe and be sure to stop by Plastics Technology’s booth to bring home a t-shirt, some knowledge and perhaps a prize.