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Connecting IQMS Users with Experts

With roughly 40 percent of MAPP members utilizing IQMS ERP software, the association has decided to assist members in connecting with other users. To do so, MAPP’s staff has created an ever-evolving User Knowledge Matrix. The matrix, which lists current IQMS modules, is based on members’ self-reported knowledge of individual modules. A member seeking assistance in a specific module will be able to refer to the matrix, locate a member company or individual with a high level of expertise in that module and reach out for help. This matrix, which will be updated annually, will be available to all members who report their IQMS knowledge. For more information on the matrix or to be included, contact info@mappinc.com.

Benchmarking Plastics Industry Benefits Packages

For the first time in seven years, MAPP released its Health and Benefits Report. The report analyzes and highlights information on trends in health insurance and ancillary benefits. In addition, it showcases historical data on health and benefits trends, such as insurance premiums, drug coverage, vision and dental insurance, life insurance and company retirement plans. The overall objective is to provide company executives with a comprehensive overview of current benefits packages being offered within the plastics industry and to understand how their organization stacks up against industry norms. The report is available for purchase and download at www.mappinc.com/plastics-information.

Bringing Together EHS Leaders and Professionals

July 19-20 | Columbus, Ohio
The 2017 Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Summit is designed to share best leadership and safety practices with industry professionals hoping to achieve world-class safety within their companies. This one-of-a-kind summit will focus on uniting manufacturing executives from across the United States to focus on best practices in environment, health and safety, along with enhancing leadership skills. Keynote speakers and safety-focused breakout sessions will showcase the following:

  • Attitude-Based Safety Culture
  • New OSHA Revisions in Walking and Working Surfaces
  • Machine Guarding
  • Interpreting Environmental Laws REACH and PROP 65 (Prop 65 isn't as bad as it sounds!)
  • NEW OSHA Regulations on Drug Testing After Incidents
  • Rule Changes Under the New Administration
  • The OSHA Inspectors Visit: What You Can and Can’t Do

Registration is open at www.mappinc.com.

Learn How Plastics Companies are Managing Sales Staff

MAPP recently published the Plastics Industry Sales Management Report. The report, based on a study of more than 150 plastics manufacturers, benchmarks how companies manage their sales staff and sales process. The report provides executives with data and information on training, sales staff size, methods of managing sales leads, internal and external commission structure, utilization of sales representatives and more. The report also breaks down information based on company size, process and location. To purchase and download this report, visit www.mappinc.com/plastics-information.

2017 Summer Plant Tour: Revere Plastics Systems

Aug. 10 | Clyde, Ohio
MAPP’s final plant tour event of 2017 will be held at Revere Plastics Systems in Clyde, Ohio. The injection molding company combines the latest in plastic injection molding technology with a fleet of value-added services, from design optimization, prototyping and advanced engineering to best-in-class supply chain management. At this tour, attendees will have the opportunity to explore production operations and see how Revere’s associates have implemented a strong culture of engagement, continuous improvement and process excellence. To learn more and register, visit www.mappinc.com.

Welcome New Members

MAPP would like to welcome the following organizations to MAPP’s growing community of members:

  • A&E Plastics LLC, Elgin, Illinois
  • Augustine Plastics, Inc., Somerset, Pennsylvania
  • Echo Engineering and Production Supplies, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Engineered Medical Systems, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Mold Rite Inc., Woodinville, Washington
  • Phoenix Closures, Naperville, Illinois
  • PolyFlex Products, Inc., Farmington Hills, Michigan
  • Precision Molded Plastics, Upland, California
  • Rayconnect Inc., Rochester Hills, Michigan
  • Weidplas, Auburn, Alabama

MAPP Welcomes Sponsors: SYSCON-PlantStar and Precise Plastic Testing

SYSCON-PlantStar is the leading provider of MES real-time data collecting and processing for the plastics industry. In today’s world of interconnectivity, companies need a system flexible and manageable enough to handle the islands of data and automation. Whether it’s real-time data from plastics machines, assembly, packaging or central water and material systems, PlantStar is powerful enough to fulfill all needs. PlantStar integrates with leading ERP systems and QC systems, helping satisfy strict data requirements for the automotive and medical industries. Operations in Europe and Asia can help organizations implement and manage systems in off-shore facilities.

Precise Plastic Testing, Inc., located in St. Petersburg, Florida, is an innovative leader in advanced weathering techniques across many industries. Testing can be conducted using ISO, ASTM or SAE standards. The organization works closely with clients to develop test methodologies to simulate “real life” performance, with a primary focus to understand the effects of weather on plastic. The accelerated weathering test chambers expose specimens to approximately one year of normal outdoor exposure in as little as a month. Additionally, using a more intense UV source, the process can be accelerated even more. Precise Plastic Testing is on the forefront of developing new, innovative techniques that detect polymer deterioration earlier than ever before and employs many of the latest techniques to provide an accurate understanding of weather on polymers, including (but not limited to) microscopic images, specimen images, spectrophotometer evaluations, tensile testing, outdoor weathering and accelerated weathering.

Save the Date! Upcoming MAPP Events

Visit MAPP at the Plastics Industry Fly-In
July 25-26 | Washington, D.C.
MAPP is proud to announce its support and sponsorship of the Plastics Industry Fly-In. MAPP is encouraging members and plastics organizations to come to Washington, D.C., this July and join colleagues in the plastics industry to provide members of Congress with the knowledge they need when considering policies that directly impact how our industry can continue to bring value and innovations to the nation. MAPP members receive a discount on this event. To learn more and register, visit the events calendar on the MAPP website, www.mappinc.com.

2017 Benchmarking & Best Practices Conference
An Uncharted Journey
Oct. 11-13 | Indianapolis, Indiana
Don’t miss the best processor-focused conference in the industry. Registration opening soon.