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Subject: Branson Termal Plastic Welding Techniques

Date& Time: Wednesday, September 10th at the Polymers Center of Excellence in Charlotte

The SPE Carolinas presentation on Branson Thermoplastic Welding will be on September 10th at 12:00pm. David Dahlstrand, , will be presenting the best methods for thermal plastic welding which is best for your application. David will be covering Ultrasonic Welding, Virbation Welding, Spin Welding and Lazer Welding techniques. David's career spans 38 years with Branson Ultrasonics Corp. David is a current member of the Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE) and past member of Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).  Currently, David is the Sr. Regional Technical Coordinator and Textile Development Engineer at Branson Ultrasonics Corp.. His responsibilities include; Technical Advisor on Thermal Processes for Joining Polymers, Southeast Applications and Technology Lab Supervisor, Technical Speaker for Plastic Joining Seminars, and Textile Applications Manager. David is proficient in applications knowledge and tooling design for ultrasonic, vibration, orbital, thermal and laser joining technologies used in the assembly of rigid thermoplastics, synthetic textiles, and films.

Sign Up Early: - Please sign up for the presentation by using our website sign up form (Please click this link for a sign up form), or by contacting Beverly Jarrel( (704) 602-4127) at the Polymers Center of Excellence. The seminar cost will be $15 for SPE members and $20 for non members

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The Presidents Corner

SPE Carolinas 2013/2014

Hello, All – The 2013 year has come and gone already – So, I greet you with an Happy New Year and another Fantastic year for the SPE Carolina’s Section awaits you!  Our meeting agenda is already scheduled out to the end of the season, please review the Events page and plan on attending a meeting.  On that note, I have a simple request of our SPE Carolina members – please make an effort this year to attend one meeting and if possible bring a friend.  Attendance over the years has been decreasing and we’ve tried to make changes to reverse this issue, i.e.: moved meetings to the lunch hour – so, it’s not a strain on the evening personal time.  If you have other suggestions, which would make it easier for you to attend, please let myself know and we’ll take action.  Basically, I’m asking as the current Section President – Please get involved as much as possible, Thank You!

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Membership Chairman Report

Uncle Sam-We Want YouTo all our members, we hope you had a wonderful holiday season and wish you a good start for the New Year!
Thank you for helping us make 2013 a successful year for our SPE section.
We had interesting visits to plant sites and educational speeches, with good food and even better conversations.
Networking works, but only for those that come … and even better, on a regular basis!
This is not only good for you – the member – to meet peers and make new contacts, but for your company too.
You explore what is out there … opportunities to do business, optimize processes, find potential new employees and yes – help yourself in the process! Looking forward to see you soon!

With the best wishes, your Tim Haake – BoD / Membership

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