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Live Stream Fireside Chat: Financing A Modern Plastics Business
The North American plastics industry is healthy and growing but navigating through the risks and opportunities has never been more challenging – global competition, escalating trade wars, labor shortages, raw material volatility and merger and acquisition impacts. Smart finance strategies are a critical element to a company’s long-term growth and profitability and, in many cases, its very survival. Join us for our second Fireside Chat of 2019 as we discuss topics that are key to financing a modern plastics business, including borrowing alternatives and their benefits and costs; trends in working capital management; financing international operations; and the automation of the finance function.
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Attracting and Maintaining a Diverse Workforce in the Plastics Industry
Live Stream Attracting and Maintaining a Diverse Workforce in the Plastics Industry
Perhaps the greatest threat facing the resurging North American plastics industry is a growing talent shortage.  The industry lost a generation of talent during the 1990s and early 2000’s as college graduates shunned manufacturing for careers in technology, investment banking and healthcare markets.  Now, with an average age of over 46 years, its workforce is among the oldest in manufacturing at a time when the industry is experiencing a renaissance.  Join the first Plastics News Fireside Chat of 2019 to learn what companies and the greater industry can do to attract a talent pool that is diverse in skillset and demographics.
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Manufacturing Aids: Setting the Standard for Production Lines of the Future
webinar Manufacturing Aids: Setting the Standard for Production Lines of the Future
HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing’s revolutionary process has opened new possibilities in design and manufacturing, garnering attention for its speed, quality, and cost-effectiveness. Learn about some of the advantages of using this disruptive technology for manufacturing aids and how it can help improve production line efficiency. Hear about actual use cases where HP’s 3D Printing technology has helped enable design freedom, shorter lead times and resulted in cost savings and an increase in both productivity and part precision.
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How Does Additive Manufacturing Complement Injection Molding?
webinar How Does Additive Manufacturing Complement Injection Molding?
• Learn which use cases are appropriate for additive manufacturing (AM) & injection molding
• Discover how to reduce & control tooling expenditures using AM
• See how AM speeds the innovation cycle
• Understand design strategies to accelerate AM adoption benefits
• Hear how an injection molder (Linear AMS) is using AM in their facility today
• Learn how the HP Multi Jet Fusion technology works and what makes it so unique
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FIRESIDE CHAT: The Capabilities and Versatility of Open Source 3D Printing Technology
webinar FIRESIDE CHAT: The Capabilities and Versatility of Open Source 3D Printing Technology
The open-source 3D printing movement is revolutionizing what is possible in industrialized additive manufacturing. Join us for our latest Fireside Chat and learn how adding open-source 3D printing capabilities to manufacturing operations can create endless opportunities for versatile and cost-efficient use cases. Panelists Justin Finesilver of the 3-D Printing Store, Peter Ho of Ultimaker, Dan Lentsch of Composite Drivelines LLC, and Haleyanne Freedman of M. Holland will discuss how open-source 3D machines and materials have advanced this emerging industry as it takes its place among the other major processing technologies in the plastics industry.
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Uncovering the Mysteries of Polymer Melt Filtration
webinar Uncovering the Mysteries of Polymer Melt Filtration
Melt filtration of polymers plays a key role in setting quality criteria for virgin resins and various extruded end products. Polymer manufacturers have a lot to think about from process efficiency to product quality.

Are you:
• Struggling with gels or other product quality issues?
• Having to shut down your process line too often?
• Not sure where to start with your filtration specification and design?

Join us for an informative and interactive webinar as we uncover the mysteries behind polymer melt filtration. We’ll discuss why media selection matters, how element choice can impact your process, and how system design can dictate final product quality and process efficiency. We’ll also touch on success stories from customers that have found filtration solutions to improve their process, product, and total cost of ownership. Several polymer filtration experts will join our discussion to help answer your questions
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 How to Implement a Purge Program and Stop Wasting Money
webinar How to Implement a Purge Program and Stop Wasting Money
Many processors know that they should implement a purge program but just don’t know how to get started. This presentation will discuss what data to collect, how to collect it, and how to measure performance when you introduce purging to your process. Our purging expert will explain different tangible ways purging compounds can improve efficiency and will discuss several customer examples of how purge programs helped them reduce costs.
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Achieving Supply Chain Excellence Amid Rising Trucking Industry Workforce Shortages and Rising Costs

An efficient, agile supply chain is vital for plastics businesses to maintain a competitive advantage, especially in a global market. How do companies successfully navigate today’s added challenges of a shrinking truck driver workforce and increased costs to deliver on-time and keep customers happy? Join Mike Coots, Assistant Vice President, Sales & Business Development at Plastic Express; Jordan Hoffman, Vice President at G&D Trucking/Hoffman Transportation LLC; Mike Mobley, Senior Vice President of Operations at Echo Global Logistics; and Pete Nutley, Vice President of Operations at M. Holland Company as they share strategies and tangible best practices to achieve supply chain excellence.
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FACTORY OF THE FUTURE: Industry 4.0 Technology for the Plastics Industry
webinar FACTORY OF THE FUTURE: Industry 4.0 Technology for the Plastics Industry
With the confusion surrounding Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT (IIoT), it can be difficult for plastics manufacturers to understand how to harness the power of this new technology and how to select an Industry 4.0 solution.

This session will provide a comprehensive overview of Industry 4.0 technology and its history, the current state of digital manufacturing, and how data analytics can transform manufacturing operations to improve production, eliminate waste, and gain the competitive edge.
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The Part-to-Print Challenge
webinar The Part-to-Print Challenge
Molding a part to print – is it possible? With all of the variables involved, what does it take to achieve your tolerances? How can you leverage simulation to get there? Attend this webinar and we will manage your expectations regarding simulation and, more importantly, demonstrate the steps necessary to achieve your “part-to-print” objectives.
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3D Applications for Manufacturers of Machinery & Production Line Equipment
webinar 3D Applications for Manufacturers of Machinery & Production Line Equipment
The industry keeps talking about Additive Manufacturing and many OEMs are dedicating resources to Additive in their strategic plans. Your customers and your competition are considering it. Learn about actual use cases that demonstrate how to achieve cost savings, and optimize production line efficiency as well as drive performance improvements in your machinery and production line equipment.
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Fireside Chat: Growth and Opportunity Driving Wire and Cable
Live Stream Fireside Chat: Growth and Opportunity Driving Wire and Cable
Wire and cable was once a niche, specialized market. Now, it is a vital segment within the plastics industry that is expected to experience a rapid 16 percent CAGR over the next six years. Join us for the first Plastics News Fireside Chat of 2018, where Paul Lorigan, Technical Director at T&T Marketing, an M. Holland Company; David Lindsay, Marketing Manager, Energy at Borealis; and Dave Watson, Director of Engineering at Belden/Alpha Wire; discuss the latest trends, advancements, and opportunities in the wire and cable market. They’ll offer their market expertise to define what strategies companies need to remain competitive in this industry.
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