The NWPA Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers will feature speakers from NWIRC, NEFF, and SAS on the topic of robotics and automation at their next meeting. NWIRC’s Gerry Schneggenburger will highlight a statewide initiative for advanced manufacturing technology and NWIRC’s role with the initiative to help manufacturers in 13-counties of NW PA with advancing technology. NEFF, along with SAS Automation, will be presenting advanced end of arm tooling (EOAT) solutions for injection molders and how some local companies are addressing labor shortages and part quality. The tooling includes modular components, custom designs, insert molding, in-mold labeling and degating EOATs.

The meeting is scheduled for April 18th at Odis 12 (3702 W. 12th Street, Erie PA) with the social starting at 5:30pm, dinner at 6:00pm, and presentation starting at 6:30pm. The meeting is open to both members ($20) and non-members ($25), and students are $10. If interested in attending, please email NWPA Section President, Jonathan Meckley, at