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ANTEC 2017

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The 75th anniversary ANTEC kicks off tonight in Anaheim California. The council meeting is underway and we are now operating under the New Governance Model which has streamlined much of what we do. Other "news" are Pat Farrey as CEO replacing Wim De Vos and Raed Al Zubi succeeding Scott Owens as President. Pre Registration is slightly ahead of 2016 and hope to some of you this week.
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You are invited to an Alumni social during the SAMPE conference that's in Seattle this year. I believe we've done this in years past but the event will be held in Gordon Beirsch on May 24th. Please use the following evite link to sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alumni-night-tickets-34227783221 Enjoy! Best regards, Eric Teoh Councilor of the section.
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Day by day, the Plastics workforce evolves due to economical, technological, and societal changes. With the constant workforce transformation is a constant need for leaders to strive for quality management tactics. Common important traits for a leader to have are confidence, transparency, and innovation, among others. However, 2017 is a year with new challenges and leaders should take note of these 4 key traits and skills that will make them successful and benefit their employees this year. Decisiveness On a regular basis, leaders are put into situations where they are expected to make tough decisions that can impact the entire company. In addition, ...
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Students, The April 1 st deadline for submitting your SPE Foundation scholarships application is approaching fast. Last year SPE awarded 46 scholarships totaling $111,000. Apply now before its too late. To submit your application go to www.4spe.org/Leadership/Content.aspx?ItemNumber=651
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For all our members here in the Carolinas, please note that PCE "Polymer Center of Excellence" has a fantastic application lab in Charlotte available for your use! One of their instruments, a GOETTFERT RG20 capillary rheometer, comes with the option to run PVT (Pressure Volume Temperature) measurements, according to ISO 17744 Introduction to PVT-measurement Beside rheological parameters, for example thermodynamic properties, the specific volume of the polymer as a function of temperature and pressure, can be determined using the PVT option. This data are particularly important for the simulation of the injection molding process, but can also be used ...
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So you have been asked to a lunch or dinner interview One of the major reasons a future employer will ask you to a lunch or dinner interview is if the position you are interviewing for has a lot of client interaction, but whatever the reason, there are some good rules to follow: Being on time is the first order of importance. Make sure you have the address in your GPS, you have allotted enough time for traffic, and time to get lost and also find parking. Dress for success. If youre not sure of the attire, it is always best to over dress than under dress as a rule of thumb. In the day of having your cell phone managing much of your life, this is ...
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Working Remotely

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Working Remotely Has Advantages and Disadvantages Is it Right for You? In 2015, it was estimated that almost 45% of US employees worked remotely, mostly from home. By 2020, it is estimated that about 50% of the workforce will be working remotely. Cloud services, mobile platforms and videoconferencing have made remote work possible and very acceptable to both employees and employers. Many industries are making it known that they are friendly to telecommuting including IT, HR/Recruiting, Education, Accounting, Health, Law, Marketing, Nonprofit, News/Media, Sports, and Travel. In addition, the site FlexJobs.com was created to help those seeking telecommuting ...
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Job hunters and working professionals often want to know what employers look for besides functional skills. While specific skills needed for respective jobs are important, there are certain “soft skills” every company looks for in a potential hire. What exactly are soft skills? In a nutshell, soft skills refer to personal qualities, habits, attitudes and manners that make someone a good employee and compatible to work with. A common notion is that it is hard skills that will get you an interview, but soft skills that will get you a job. No matter what company you interview with, you will need to demonstrate that you have a number of soft skills ...
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Interviews: The Most Common Questions Answered By: David Peterson , Managing Partner, Direct Recruiters With a job interview coming up, a candidate may begin to prepare by planning their outfit, confirming the time and place, printing out resumes, cover letters, and reference sheets. More importantly, candidates will start to think about the questions that will be asked and how to answer them. No matter how many interviews a person has been on, it is likely that the first thing he or she does is type “interview questions” into Google as a refresher on the common questions and the best way to answer. Odds are, candidates will know how to answer these ...
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At ANTEC 2016

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Excited to be here in Indy just ahead of the 100th Indy Race. If you're here, please come by the PD3 table at the Welcome Reception in White River E, on Monday from 6-9 PM. We are looking for help with content for upcoming Regional TopCons.
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Are you planning on attending this event? If you are, please stop by the Product Design and Development Division's table to say hello and learn how we can help you with growing your plastic part design knowledge base.
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Caveman Innovation

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W ikipedia, on innovation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Innovation Innovation is a new idea, device or process.[1] Innovation can be viewed as the application of better solutions that meet new requirements, inarticulated needs, or existing market needs.[2] This is accomplished through more effective products , processes , services , technologies , or ideas that are readily available to markets , governments and society . The term innovation can be defined as something original and more effective and, as a consequence, new, that “breaks into” the market or society.[3] While a novel device is often described as an innovation, ...
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Is anyone aware of any manufacturers of micro blow molding machines? Would like something designed to work with very small amounts of experimental resins to evaluate material suitability for blow molding. Ideally, would like to be able to simulate the blow molding process with 50 - 100 g material consumption. I am guessing maybe a 12 mm extruder with a die and mold suitable for making a 5 cc container would be in the right size range
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Antec Orlando 2015

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