Are You a Molding ‘Hot Shot’?

Submit your part to a brand-new addition to Plastics Technology’s Molding Conference: The first annual Injection Molded Parts Competition.

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If you’re an injection molder and believe you make a particularly extraordinary part, now you have a chance to strut your stuff. For this first time ever, the Plastics Technology Molding 2018 Conference will include an Injection Molded Parts Competition to recognize and reward outstanding achievements in injection molding of plastics parts.

Now in its 28th year, the Plastics Technology’s Molding Conference is the industry’s preeminent event for injection molders. Next year’s conference will take place next Feb. 27-March 1, in Long Beach, Calif., at the Hilton Long Beach Hotel.

We held Molding 2017 this past April in Charlotte, N.C., and it was our largest ever in terms of speakers (62), sponsors (11), and attendees (261), and we expect that momentum to carry into 2018.

In the days ahead, be on the lookout in this magazine, online via social media and our editorial blog, at the Molding 2018 website, and on email for full program details, which as of this writing were being buttoned up by my two editorial colleagues at Plastics Technology who are putting the program together: Executive Editor Matt Naitove and Senior Editor Tony Deligio.

The new parts contest will be open to any type of injection molded part that fits roughly within an exhibit space 8 ft wide by 3 ft deep by 7 ft high. Here’s what else you need to know to get your part in the competition:

• You need to fill out a Parts Entry Data Sheet form, which we must receive by Friday, Jan. 26. This must include one or more photos or illustrations of the part.

• As the submitter, you will be responsible for shipping or transporting parts to the Molding 2018 Conference. (Please do not send parts to Plastics Technology magazine or its parent company, Gardner Business Media.)

• You need to send to the conference at least one member of the team responsible for its development (molder, OEM, moldmaker, material supplier, etc.). At least one member of that team is required to be present during designated times to represent and answer questions about their part.

Judging will be based on a “People’s Choice” model: That is, all attendees at Molding 2018 will be eligible to cast a ballot. Parts submitted will be judged on the following criteria, and a winner will be chosen in each of the two following categories, as well as an overall winner:

1. Technical Sophistication: Use of new technology in materials, tooling, or molding; overcoming challenges in molding—owing to the material, complexity of part/tool design, and/or very tight tolerances.

2. Achievement in Molding Efficiency/Economics: Savings in materials and/or production costs through parts consolidation, thin-walling, overall part-weight reduction, reduction/elimination of secondary operations, savings in machine or tool cost, improved quality/reduced rejects, increased productivity/reduced cycle time.

Winners will be recognized in Plastics Technology magazine, on its website, and in social media.

I don’t know about you, but if I were a molder and made a novel part that somehow solved a problem, created a market, etc., I’d want that part—and my company—to get special recognition. It’s good for business. And I’d make sure my salespeople included this recognition in their presentations to show current and prospective customers my company’s capabilities. Good for business. I’d brag about it on my own website, and on my various social media outlets. Good for business. I’d include the honor in my literature and trade show handouts and—what the heck—maybe even send out a press release to the trade press, and/or to my customers. Good for business.

So, what are you waiting for? Log on and get the process started.