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NWSCT Newsletter January 2008


Our last meeting was held at Jax Cafe where our featured speaker was Mitch Halpert of Huber Engineered Materials.  He talked about "Kaolin clay and other extenders."  Even with the background music this was a very informative talk.  There were approximately 25 people in attendance for this presentation.  If you have any questions for Mitch please feel free to e-mail him at mitch.halpert@huber.com.

Our next meeting is a lunchtime meeting at HB Fuller in Vadnais Heights.  Please RSVP to Bonnie Gauderman at 651-236-5850 or bonnie.gauderman@hbfuller.com by January 3, 2008.  This talk will feature Dr. David P. Dumbleton of Atlas Material Testing LLC.  David's topic will be "An Overview of Environmental Durability of Materials."  The focus of this talk will be primarily on polymeric materials, as they are the most common focus of the testing and developing work they do at Atlas.  Some of the highlights of the talk are understanding the meaning of aging / weathering; why do our materials fail; the testing methodologies they us at Atlas; what can Atlas do for you; understanding accelerated aging and correlation with reality.  Dr. David P. Dumbleton comes with years of experience; he is a native of Wisconsin and has worked in the web materials (polymers, paper and foil) and packaging for many years all around the world.

Upcoming events:
January – Time and Venue Change:  Note the time and venue change for the January meeting!  The meeting will be a lunchtime meeting held at HB Fuller –Please RSVP to Bonnie Gauderman 651-236-5850 or bonnie.gauderman@hbfuller.com  by January 3, 2008 (HB Fuller Headquarters/R&D Facility 1200 Willow Lake Boulevard, Vadnais Heights).

- Winter Outing:  The Annual Winter Outing is scheduled for February 15th to 17th at the Cragun’s Resort.  A flyer is on the website (www.nwsct.org) on the Events & Outings page; please print off a copy and send it into Ron Chock.  Thanks to Ron Chock and Robin Norcutt for arranging this event!

 Are you interested in advertising on the NWSCT website?  We have ad space available.  Please contact Ron Chock at 612-522-6621 or rchock@hpm.hirshfields.com.


 2008 Meeting Schedule

 January 8, 2008 Monthly Meeting / HB Fuller (Lunch meeting) - RSVPS
 February 2008 No NWSCT Meeting
February  15-17, 2008 Winter Outing - Cragun's Resort
March 11, 2008 Monthly Meeting / Jax Cafe (ASTM Test Methods)
April 8, 2008 Symposium / Education night / Jax Cafe
May 2008 Poker Night
June 12, 2008 Golf Outing - Majestic Oaks
September 9, 2008 First meeting of 2008-09 NWSCT Year
September 17, 2008 Golf Outing


Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Place: HB Fuller Headquarters / R&D Facility
1200 Willow Lake Boulevard, Vadnais Heights
Please RSVP by January 3, 2007
Program Schedule:  
   10:30 - 11:30 am      Executive Committee Meeting
   11:30 - 12:15 pm      Catered lunch (approximately $15 per person)
   12:15 - 1:15 pm      Dr. David Dumbleton, Atlas Material Testing Solutions, LLC
"An Overview of Environmental Durability of Materials"
     1:15 - 1:30 pm       Society news and closing
Next Meeting: March 11, 2008

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