Meet me in Chicago | Plastics technology

Like many of you, I’ve had one or two opportunities over the past year to ponder new skills I’ve developed since the global pandemic dwarfed social gatherings. My list contains information about various video conferencing platforms; how to use webcams, microphones and lights; How can I make my home office look like a production studio? and how to interview someone on camera and take notes at the same time.

Certainly a lot of new experiences, but here too I am – like many of you – ready to take a step back to the old normal. With that in mind, I’d like to share with you a personal event that we at Gardner Business Media have planned for this fall: we’re bringing our three of our successful annual events for real life together under one roof. Personal specialist meeting that gives injection moulders, mold makers, brand owners, OEMs, extrusion processors of all kinds, compounders and recyclers – and their suppliers – the opportunity to obtain information, network and maybe even evaluate or buy machines. I see us partly as a fair, partly as a conference and, under the circumstances of the last 14 months, partly as celebrations.

Amerimold 2021, Molding 2021, and Extrusion 2021 will take place September 21-23 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. By then (Knockwood) our country will be awakened from its slumber and empowered to deal with the nasty virus that has destroyed the US and the rest of the world. I don’t know about you, but while I’ve come to appreciate virtual events – we’ve had several of our own – I’m ready to go out and see things, greet old friends, meet new ones, and report on new technology. And where better than in the Chicagoland area, the core of our industry.

Here is a brief overview of our three events: Amerimold (see p. 51) is an annual trade fair presented by our sister publication MoldMaking Technology Magazine (MMT). It is intended for the entire injection molding supply chain: mold makers, injection moulders and their suppliers (machine tools, cutting tools, mold components, molding materials, and many others) in the $ 8 billion mold making market. Since 1999, Amerimold has connected thousands of the top owners, management, production personnel and engineers involved in the entire life cycle of designing, manufacturing, maintaining and repairing a mold. The upcoming show will be unlike any Amerimold in the event’s over 20-year history. Why? Because it will offer machine builders of injection molding machines, auxiliary equipment and machine tools of all kinds the first opportunity for months to bring equipment to a trade fair and to talk to customers and interested parties. I think there is a thirst for that, and I assume that many machine-builders will agree. Against this background, this year’s Amerimold was extended to 2½ days.

Molding 2021 (see p. 31) is an educational conference and exhibition where industry leaders discuss the latest developments in various molding processes, equipment, materials and management techniques, with a special focus on creating value for your business. During the 2½ days in Rosemont, participants have access to thought leaders in the injection molding industry, learn “Best Practices” – hands-on lectures on specifying or selecting equipment, organizing production or handling processing problems, as well as expert knowledge on problem solving and troubleshooting. The afternoon sessions consist of three simultaneous breakout sessions that focus on technology areas like LSR or robotics and market areas like medicine or automotive, and throughout the event you will have time to network with speakers, exhibitors and other participants on a peer-to-peer basis -Base. Molding 2021 will also start our first Hot Shots Parts Competition, where participants will evaluate innovative examples of injection molding applications.

At our Extrusion 2021 conference and exhibition (see p. 49), business owners, plant managers, process engineers and manufacturing personnel will be informed about technological developments and best practices that affect all types of extrusion operations for 2½ days. Each day consists of a morning general session of interest to all extrusion converters and afternoon simultaneous sessions where specific processes are explained in more detail: film, sheet, compounding and pipes / profiles / tubing. In the afternoon before our conference (September 20), a half-day symposium organized by TAPPI will take place on the subject of film development and coating in a circular economy.

Wait, there’s more: on the afternoons of September 21 and 22, we will also be presenting our first recycling conference. Our editorial team is aimed at injection moulders and extrusion processors, as well as the recyclers who supply them as I write this.

So keep an eye out for more details about this event, including registration and hotel information. And meet me in Chicago.

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