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By the Numbers: Molding 2017 Adds Up to One Can’t-Miss Event

Two-and-a-half days, seven tracks, nine breakout sessions, 50-plus presentations, 35 exhibitors, and 11 sponsors.


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Molding 2017, which starts in less than two weeks in Charlotte, is shaping up to be the best and biggest iteration of the conference in its nearly three decades. In addition to those impressive figures, throw in one pre-conference Molding At the Press workshop with Scientific Molding guru (and regular Plastics Technology contributor, John Bozzelli, *space limited) one post-conference tour of induction mold temperature technology supplier RocTool (*space limited), two networking receptions, two luncheon speakers, and one box lunch for attendees of the aforementioned tour, and you have the must-attend event for injection molders in 2017.

If you’re still working on your boss to get clearance to attend, let’s break down the agenda for more ammunition.

Special Events at Molding 2017
New to the event this year:

Pre-conference Workshop: Molding At the Press*

In this workshop, which has a separate charge, John Bozzelli will walk registrants through “Five Key Topics in Scientific Injection Molding.” The afternoon session has already been filled, and depending on further interest, we’re currently planning an additional morning session.

On the evening of Monday April 2, we will have a special opening networking reception for all Molding attendees. Catch up with old friends and learn about new technologies from our 35 exhibitors.

On Tuesday morning, we kick off with our keynote address from Milacron’s Bruce Catoen:

Pellet to Gate Control: The Value of a Holistic View of Melt Management 

During the provided lunch on Tuesday, Liquidmetal Technologies’ Paul Hauck will discuss:

Advances in Injection Molding of Metals

That evening, we will host another networking reception where attendees can grab a bite to eat, a drink and the business cards of speakers, sponsors, exhibitors or colleagues they’d like collaborate with further.

Starting Wednesday, we will have concurrent tracks all day, and another speaker over the provided lunch. Rosemary Coates of the Reshoring Institute will present:

It’s Time To Bring Manufacturing Back to America

After two tracks on the morning of Thursday, April 6, registered attendees (*sign up now, space is limited) will receive transportation to RocTool for a free tour, including a box lunch.  

Seven Separate Tracks
Molding 2017’s papers have been split into seven separate tracks, with concurrent tracks running on Tuesday afternoon, all day Wednesday, and for the final morning of the conference on Thursday. They are:

Emerging Technologies
We will have seven papers in the track, with presenters hailing from:

Milacron, Engel, Arburg, KraussMaffei, Prophecy Sensorlytics, IML Solutions, Riverdale Global

Molds & Tooling
There are 13 papers touching primarily on molds and tooling, with presenters from:

Synventive, HASCO, PFA, Zahoransky, StackTeck, PTI Engineered Plastics, Wittmann Battenfeld, HRSflow, Stratasys, NyproMold, Oerlikon Balzers, ACS Group

Robots & Automation
There are four papers in the Robots & Automation track, including presenters from:

Yushin, Sepro, Arburg, Noble Plastics

Keeping Your Plant Running Smoothly: Auxiliaries
There will be seven presentations in our auxiliaries track, including speakers from:

Conair, Dri-Air, Novatec, Moretto, and Burger & Brown Engineering Inc.

Technology Meeting Today’s Needs
With two separate sessions, this track offers 14 different presentations, covering a range of technologies, with presenters hailing from:

Proto Labs, APSX, Absolute Haitian, Extreme Coatings, Ettlinger, Cold Jet, Beaumont, Makuta Technics, Engel, Milacron, RocTool, Athena Automation, Zeiger Industries, Design Safety Engineering

Materials & Additives
We will have seven different presentations on materials and additives, with speakers from:

PolyOne, Extreme Molding, Momentive Performance Materials, Sigma Plastic Services, Eastman Chemical, Asaclean, iD Additives

Process Monitoring & Control
There will be four companies presenting in the Process Monitoring & Control track:

HTS International, KraussMaffei, Oden Technologies and Md Plastics.

Who’s Coming?
Including speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and attendees, the entire supply chain will be represented at Molding 2017, ranging from custom molders and OEMs to suppliers of equipment, materials, additives and molds. Among the OEMs, we have representation from the medical, consumer electronic, building & construction, automotive, furniture and flooring industries, among others, with job titles running the gamut from presidents and CEOs to directors of sales and engineering to process engineers, consultants and plant managers.

Hopefully it all adds up for you and we’ll see you in Charlotte at Molding 2017!