SAMPE Carolinas – June 2011 Dinner Meeting

In what has been described as “the best chapter meeting yet”, 50+ people witnessed the continuation of our “Innovation” theme, with the first part of a three part series presented by our John Ridgway (Chairman & International Director) on the importance of restoring America’s leadership role as the #1 Innovator, followed by chapter International Director Tom Haulik’s update on SAMPE 2011 Long Beach. Want to see for yourself? Watch John’s “Innovation in America” presentation below (Approx 29 minutes) A delicious Southern dinner was then followed by June’s keynote, featuring technology born right here in the Carolinas, which promises to change the way we all look at the processing of carbon fiber – specifically the recycling of the rejects, scraps & off cuts etc. With “green” initiatives gaining prominence more and more, Materials Innovation Technologies, NC has innovated a process of turning what would otherwise be waste, into revenue generating product. Interesting right? – want to learn more? Click on the link below to read how their technology is being applied at one of the world’s premier bicycle companies… http://www.compositesworld.com/news/trek-begins-carbon-fiber-recycling-with-materials-innovation-technologies To watch Jim Stike’s keynote, click play below (Approx 47...

April 2011 Meeting Continues Chapter’s Momentum!

Following the success of February’s event, SAMPE Carolinas April dinner meeting was held on Tuesday, April 19th at the prestigious US National Whitewater Center, in Charlotte NC. 40+ people attended the event and were treated to a highly professional and progressive meeting. The weather cooperated wonderfully, making the outdoor observation deck a popular place for the membership to congregate and witness the venue’s unique activity areas, from this unique vantage point. Following a chapter update from chairman, John Ridgway, the keynote presentation was given by Lutz Heinig of Karl Mayer North America. Lutz’s keynote theme of “Warp Knitting Technology” received rave reviews from the meeting participants. Click “Play” below to watch the recorded meeting content (approx 72 minutes in...

February 2011 Kick-Off Event HUGE Success!

Following months of preparation, SAMPE Carolina’s Grand Kick-off event was held on Tuesday, February 22nd at the prestigious US National Whitewater Center, in Charlotte NC. Grand Kick Off Meeting – Feb 2011 Close to 60 people attended the event and were treated to a highly professional and up-beat meeting. The weather cooperated wonderfully, making the outdoor observation deck a popular place for the membership to congregate to see the venue’s various activity areas from this unique vantage point. Following opening comments by Chapter Chairman, John Ridgway, an authentic southern barbecue dinner was served with peach cobbler desert, together with a selection of beverages. After dinner, Tom Haulik provided an overview of SAMPE for the attendees and our chapters “nut’s & bolts”, which served as a perfect introduction for our keynote presentation given by Duane Griffiths of Stiles Machinery Inc. Duane’s keynote theme of “Most Valuable Asset” received rave reviews from the attendees. The venue (which is located just outside of the downtown Charlotte area) is a perfect location for our chapter to call home. We look forward to April’s event (see the events page) and additional meetings held at this fine facility. The next Carolinas Chapter meeting is scheduled for April 19th at the US National Whitewater...

SAMPE Carolinas Chapter March 20th Meeting

The SAMPE Carolinas Chapter is pleased to welcome Bob Paul as our Featured Technical Presentation at the Chapter’s March 20th meeting. SGL’s Carbon Fibers & Composite Materials group includes high- performance products based on carbon, glass and aramid fibers.  In an exclusive range of growth industries, e.g. wind energy, sports equipment, automotive and aerospace, users benefit from SGL’s composite technology.   In 2011, SGL and BMW formed a joint venture called SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers.  Carbon fiber technology will fundamentally change the car industry, becoming increasingly important in the quest for lighter-weight materials to reduce fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions. With the new SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers Group, BMW Group and SGL Group are proving that sustainable innovations will provide for a cleaner individual mobility of the future Mr. Paul’s presentation will feature an overview of SGL Carbon’s global activities and the basics of carbon fiber production technology and material applications.  Topics covered will include some specific examples of cooperation along the value chain for growing automotive applications of carbon fiber in structures, brakes and the highly publicized joint venture between SGL Carbon and BMW for fibers and multi-axial fabrics in future BMW automobiles.  Other topics and carbon fiber composite application areas discussed are offshore drilling and compressed natural gas containment.  More information can be found at www.sglcarbon.com. To register for this meeting visit: http://sampecarolinas.org/register.html If you would like to pay for this meeting online visit: http://sampecarolinas.org/payment.html Mr. Paul graduated from Boston College with a degree in Business.  He also holds Certificates in Fire Behavior and Fire Science.  Mr. Paul spent 18 years as a Fire Fighter in Southern California. ...