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NPE2015 Brings Technology and Education to Orlando

by Plastics Decorating


NPE2015 will take place March 23-27 in Orlando, Floria.


  • Don't get lost at NPE2015! Plastics Decorating is offering a preview section featuring a printable map to help its readers navigate the show floor.

Professionals from every spectrum of the plastics industry and its vertical markets will assemble in Orlando, FL, on March 23-27 to discover the tools and access the emerging technologies that are shaping the future of plastics. More than 60,000 attendees from 100 countries are expected to converge on the Orange County Convention Center during the week, representing industries as diverse as automotive, consumer products, housing and construction, medical and appliances, among others.

Produced by SPI (Society of Plastics Industry), this triennial international event features a onemillion-square-foot exhibit hall filled with full-scale, operating machinery and equipment; 2,000 exhibiting companies; a multipronged conference program; cutting-edge technology pavilions; networking and special events; and much more.

With exhibits filling both the West and South Halls of the Orange County Convention Center, visitors can visit dedicated zones to learn more about featured technologies, including NPE3D, with 18 companies showcasing 3D printing equipment, resins and related services. Additional pavilions with clusters of exhibitors in similar areas of the plastics industry include Adhesives and Sealants, Mold Making, Processors, Recycling and Facilities and Plant Management.

For more information about the exhibits, sessions or registration, visit www.npe.org.

Apex Machine Company
Booth W2042
Displaying the C-9 syringe printer with 2-color, 360º decorating at 150ppm. Also showing the C-40 medical cartridge automated Ferris wheel-style printer designed to handle cylindrical objects at speeds of up to 80ppm, and the C-4000 with dual lanes to handle flexible and rigid tubes from 250 to 300ppm.

Branson Ultrasonics
Booth W3763
Delivering optimal solutions for the most challenging of applications, Branson offers a wide array of joining technologies, including ultrasonic welding, linear and orbital vibration vibrations welding, hot plate welding, spin welding, infrared welding, thermal welding, clean vibration and laser welding.

Central Decal Company
Booth S15090
Providing custom decorating solutions, including IML for a wide range of resins; durable decals, overlays and labels; KAPflex emblems; high-performance inks and coatings; and fine resolution graphics. Complete capabilities from product development to inventory management.

Comdec Inc.
Booth S34013
Introducing the T200 Series of pad printing inks, developed to follow the strictest standards being put forth by international regulatory agencies. Comdec carries the most complete list of compliances for all countries.

Diversified Printing Techniques
Booth W3527
Providing servo drive and pneumatic pad printing equipment manufactured by Kent. DPT is focused on improving the pad printing experience, providing solutions with their inks, pads, plates, and innovative automation.

Booth W4691
Introducing the latest technologically advanced equipment to give plastic part manufacturers more flexibility, efficient process control and significant cost reduction. New products will include the i220 Integrated Servo ultrasonic welder, iQLinQ™, iQLogiX™ and clear-to-clear laser welding equipment.

Enercon Industries
Booth W3583
Improving adhesion with a complete line of surface treating solutions for film and three-dimensional objects. Equipment includes corona, atmospheric, plasma, flame and ozone treaters.

Engineered Printing Solutions (Pad Print Machinery of Vermont)
Booth W6173
Demonstrating a variety of printing machinery, including multicolor industrial inkjet, high-speed servo-driven pad printer and economical one- and two-color pad printers.

Extol, Inc.
Booth S15084
Introducing Compact FUSION™, a precise, servo-driven plastics welder designed for cleanrooms and limited space installations. Intended for assemblies no larger than 6" x 8", Compact FUSION provides superb process control and quick cycle times.

Infinity Foils, Inc.
Booth S27027
Showcasing hot stamping foils, including its Nakai line, decorative glitter and makeready products. Infinity Foils, Inc. is a UEI Group company. Other UEI Group products on display will be tools and dies for molding, decorating and hot stamping plastic products.

Inkcups Now
Booth S22133
Presenting the new, affordable Cobalt 2000 and 3000 laser plate-makers for pad printing. Also showing conveyor and flatbed industrial inkjet printers (XJET and X2), XR-Rotary cylinder printer and the ICN-B100 pad printer for promotional products.

In-Mold Decorating Association
Booth S36161
Showcasing the winners of the 2014 IMDA Awards Competition. Additionally, IMDA will be displaying several other in-mold-labeled packaging and in-mold-decorated durable products.

Innovative Digital Systems (CPS)
Booth W5191
Displaying a range of flatbed and rotary digital printing equipment. New digital technology along with hot stamp foils and supplies for complete product decoration will also be on display.

ITW Security and Brand Identity Group
Booth W2303
Specializing in the design and manufacture of decorating equipment, products and solutions that meet the needs of the plastic industry. ITW produces digital inkjet, heat transfer, hot stamp and pad printing equipment. A complete range of supplies including heat transfers, hot stamp foils, clichés, inks, pads, plates, silicone rubber dies, sheets and rollers also are available.

OMSO North America
Booth S24037
Focusing on printing on containers of differing shapes, dimensions and materials for the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries using innovative technologies in the screen, dry offset and flexographic printing industry.

Plasmatreat North America, Inc.
Booth W8078
Debuting a brand-new surface treatment device, the RD2005U. The new Openair® atmospheric plasma device was developed to treat the plastic substrates that are increasingly used in light-weighting projects.

Plastics Decorating
Booth S10032
Distributing Plastics Decorating, featuring the latest technology in hot stamping, pad printing, screen/offset printing, heat transfer, in-mold decorating and plastics assembly methods.

Polyfuze™ Graphics Corporation
Booth S21106
Leading in technology for decorating polyethylene and polypropylene plastics through the only permanent solution for branding injection molded parts.

Proell, Inc.
Booth S19041
Featuring the Norilux® DC, a formable, abrasion-resistant Dual-Cure screen printing lacquer available in matte and high-gloss versions. Also offering Mirror Ink Gold, an improved screen printing ink for printing golden mirror effects.

Sonics & Materials, Inc.
Booth W617
Promoting plastics assembly equipment, tooling, and systems, including ultrasonic welding, staking and inserting machines; vibration welders; spin welders; and hot plate equipment.

Webtech, Inc.
Booth 4749
Displaying standard stock wood grains and specialty patterns. Webtech offers turnkey hot stamping and heat transfer decorating systems, foils and equipment for decorating various substrates and configurations. Bright metallized printed labels and designs also are available.

Additional Educational Opportunities at NPE

In addition to the Business of Plastics Conference, during which Plastics Decorating will host a session, three other educational events will co-located with NPE.

First, SPE ANTEC Orlando 2015, produced by SPE, will present hundreds of technical papers with original content reviewed by industry peers. ANTEC takes place March 23-25. Next, the Latin America Seminar will be conducted in Spanish over three half-day sessions taking place on March 24-25 with a theme of Trends, Opportunities and Technologies in the Business of Plastics. Finally, the design side will be addressed on March 26 and 27 as the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) hosts the Southern District Design Conference.

Attendees will include design professionals, students, educators and business professionals eager to explore how design is changing to meet expanding demand and how that demand translates in the creation of end user products in the plastics industry.

Plastics Decorating Sponsors Session during NPE-Co-Located Business of Plastics Conference

NPE2015 attendees now can register for the Business of Plastics Conference, a three-day program taking place during NPE, which provides business and technical presentations on issues currently of concern to plastics professionals.

The conference, taking place March 23-25 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, will consist of 37 presentations, with sessions ranging from cyber security and 3D printing to legal affairs and advanced technologies. It includes a panel discussion on Evaluating New Technologies vs Current Decorating Techniques, which will be moderated by Jeff Peterson, editor-in-chief of Plastics Decorating.

Panel members include Chris DeMell, ITW Security & Brand Identity; John Kaverman, Pad Print Pros; and David Schoofs, Central Decal Company. The session will take place on Mon., March 23 from 4:30-5:15 pm.

In addition, SPE's Decorating and Assembly Division will host seven papers.

  • Benefits and Limitations of Ultrasonic Film Sealing, Bill Aurand, MS Plastic Welders, LLC
  • A Case for Round Energy Director: Utilizing Advanced Control Capabilities of Servo-Driven Ultrasonic Welders in Evaluating Round Energy Director Performance, Alex Savitski, Dukane Corp.
  • Meeting Global Challenges with Micro Solutions: The Role of Plasma Surface Treatment in the Future of Plastics, Paul Mills
  • Innovations in Hybrid Structural Instant Adhesive Technologies, Nicole Lavoie, Henkel
  • New Highly Flexible Cyanoacrylates: LOCTITE® 4902™ and LOCTITE® 4903™, Michael Pomykala, Henkel
  • Content Bridge Value Creation – How In-Mold Labeling and Smart Phone Connectivity Can Add Value to Plastic Products, Robert Travis, InkWorks Printing LLC
  • When Permanent Really Means Permanent. iMIG, the New Heat-Fused Graphic for Polyethylene, Polypropylene and Other Olefin Resins, Jason Brownell, Polyfuze™ Graphics Corp.

NPE attendees can register for the conference as part of the process of registering for the show, for an additional fee. Discounts are available for SPI members and those registering in advance. For more information, visit www.npe.org/general-information/spi-business-plastics-conference.