Larry Schneider, president and founder of Schneider Plastics Inc. (Wadsworth, Ill.), has been a senior member of SME since 2001.He is past chairman of the Design for Plastics Tech Group.He has also been a senior member of the Society of Plastics Engineers since 1983.Larry is past president and current councilor for the Rock Valley Section of SPE.He is chairman of SPE's Rotational Molding Division, as well as a member of the Injection Molding and the Product Design & Development divisions of SPE.In addition, he is a design member of the Association of Rotational Molders International and a past committee member of the International Trade Advisory Committee for the Society of the Plastics Industry.
For the past three years, Schneider
has been involved with SME's Design for Plastics Tech Group
feels there is great need for young engineers to understand how to design plastic parts."Most young plastic-product designers come from a mechanical engineering background.They find themselves in the unfamiliar role as plastic-product designers with little or no formal training on how to design plastic parts.Anything that I can do to help these young engineers have a better understanding of how to design proper parts for the plastics processes they are designing is a great accomplishment," said Schneider
According to Schneider
, one of the great benefits of being part of SME's Design for Plastics Tech Group
is that you get to exchange ideas and thoughts with other people who have a strong interest in the need for good plastic-product design.The trend for outsourcing continues for the injection molding process, including some of the responsibility for designing those plastic parts for production in other countries where there is little or no understanding of plastic-product design for the injection molding process.Some designers have a limited understanding of the tooling required to produce the parts that they design."I strongly believe that the work of this technical group will encourage good plastic-product design that will, in turn, keep jobs in this country," said Schneider