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Katie Fazekas, a Fabrication Manager at Engineered Profiles LLC, told Plastics News that she was thankful for the second chance that the TAPP Program gave her. After an incarceration that lasted just shy of a year and a half, Katie was released from prison feeling as if she had hit rock bottom. But she wasn’t willing to settle for a permanent place there. The TAPP program, which places restored citizens and military veterans into viable manufacturing positions, offered Katie a second chance.

Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands found that the areas of medicine and robotics are finding more and more use for materials that are able to adapt their shapes. As a result, an Eindhoven graduate student began sample preparation and experimental testing on a new photoactive polymer film that propels itself forward when exposed to light.

Hydrocarbon polymers with a high oil absorption capacity have been developed by a Penn State research team headed by Mike Chung, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. While Chung’s research shows great potential to aid in oil spill recovery and cleanup, it has also garnered him a large grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

In our previous article, we examined the third element—leveraging the strengths of ecosystem partnerships beyond traditional boundaries. In this article, we will examine the fourth of Deloitte’s five key elements: “developing a balanced approach across the global enterprise”.

This July, the IACMI Summer Members Meeting will showcase new projects, technologies, partners, members and advancements in IACMI technology areas. The general meeting will take place on July 26th and 27th in Dayton, Ohio, but you’ll want to plan on being available on the evening of July 25th as well.

PolymerOhio has added three new informative presentations to its summer schedule. These presentations will give attending manufacturers a chance to learn from experts on topics that are important to their business operations. All presentations are free to attend; registration is required to reserve your spot.

The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) has released a Fact Sheet on the recent WannaCry Ransomware cyber attack. According to SecureState, a global management cybersecurity consulting firm in Cleveland, Ohio, industries running legacy systems — such as many manufacturers — are still at a high risk of infection. The information released by NCCIC in their fact sheet, as well as the information relayed in SecureState’s recent article on WannaCry, are important reads for those in the manufacturing industry.

In our previous article, we examined the second element—embracing advanced technologies. In this article, we will examine the third of Deloitte’s five key elements: “leveraging the strengths of ecosystem partnerships beyond traditional boundaries”.

No college is more dedicated to Ohio’s polymer industry than the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) at The University of Akron. So it stands to reason that CPSPE organizes and hosts the “Polymers Appreciation Day for Alumni and Industry”.

Technology is currently being adopted within the manufacturing sector that will redefine the way factories work. This “Fourth Industrial Revolution” is known worldwide as Industry 4.0. Because these technologies enable physical-to-digital-to-physical connectivity, they will drive productivity and efficiency to levels that are difficult to appreciate at this time.

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