Plastics Technology

OCT 2018

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You might be in the process of putting together your budgets for next year, including travel. Well, mark March 19-21 on your cal- endar. That's when the global injection molding supply chain—from machine suppliers and moldmakers to material manufacturers and automation devel- opers—will get together with an audi- ence of molders in Indianapolis at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis for Plastics Technology's Molding 2019 Conference, an annual event now in its 29th year. Under the guidance of my editorial colleagues Executive Editor Matt Naitove and Senior Editor Tony Deligio, the Molding 2019 conference agenda is taking shape right now, and the program will cover a wide range of topics that include: • Emerging Technologies • Establishing and Maintaining a Robust Process • Tooling • LSR Molding • Materials • Auxiliary Equipment • Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing • Robots and Automation • Practical Application of Industry 4.0 Since Plastics Technology's parent company, Gardner Business Media, purchased the Molding Conference five years ago, Matt and Tony have worked hard to expand the scope of the program to include virtually every aspect of a molding operation—not just what goes on inside the machine and mold, but also crucial areas such as materials conveying, drying, feeding/blending, equip- ment maintenance, best practices, tooling, ERP, and lots more. Once again this year, we are kicking off each day of this two- and-a-half-day event with a keynote presentation, followed by a General Session each morning. The morning General Sessions will be devoted to "Best Practices" in molding, with presentations from industry thought leaders and consultants on topics such as Molding for Consistent Quality and Optimum Productivity; Applying Robots & Automation; Tooling and Cooling. In the afternoon, we will divide the program into two concur- rent breakout sessions. These sessions will consist of presenta- tions on Medical & Precision Molding; Medium and Large Parts Molding for Mechanical Performance and Aesthetics; LSR Molding; and Technology for Today's Molders. Regardless of what you are molding and what markets you serve, there will be plenty there for you at Molding 2019. In each issue of Plastics Technology—through our Know-How columns, tips/techniques and troubleshooting features, and our monthly On-Site plant-tour stories—we endeavor in print and online to provide readers with information they can use in the here and now to do their jobs better; or more specifically make their operation more efficient and profitable. The Molding 2019 confer- ence is an extension of that mission: the pages of Plastics Technology coming to life. You can keep up to date with the technical program, sponsors/ exhibitors, registration, and other pertinent details by visiting We hope you can join us in Indianapolis. FOLLOW US @plastechmag @jimcallari The Molding 2019 conference brings the pages of Plastics Technology to life. Gear Up for Molding 2019 Conference Premier technical conference for all things injection molding is slated for Indianapolis in March. Jim Callari Editorial Director 4 OCTOBER 2018 Plastics Technology From The Editor

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