SPE Announces Awards for Mold Maker, Mold Designer of the Year

The Society of Plastics Engineershas named Fred Steil of the D-M-E Company in Madison Heights, Michigan, as its 2004 Mold Maker of the Year, and Wayne Hertlein of Collins & Aikman Tooling Center in Troy, Michigan, as its 2004 Mold Designer of the Year.

The awards, which this year will be officially presented on June 23, are given annually to individuals who have exemplified the characteristics of leadership and adaptability in the field of mold building. This year’s awards were announced at SPE-ANTEC 2004 in May by Patricia Miller, the 2003-04 chair of the SPE’s Mold Making and Mold Design Division, and Scott Peters, the 2003-04 chair of SPE awards.

Steil is currently the mechanical engineering manager for D-M-E, where he has been employed for the past 20 years. He is a journey-level mold maker with an engineering degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. In addition, he has owned a plastic molding firm.

As a senior tooling engineer at Collins & Aikman, Hertlein is responsible for new tooling programs related to the automobile industry. He is a journey-level mold maker and a certified mold designer with an engineering degree from Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Hertlein owns one of the largest personal technical libraries on mold making and design in the United States, and has been featured in Detroit-area newspapers.

Surfware Grants Software License to Shanghai University of Engineering

A grant consisting of 40 licenses by Surfware Inc.for its SURFCAM software has been given to the Shanghai University of Engineering Sciences(SUES) in Shanghai, China. The grant is seen as a historic milestone for both Surfware and the university. Until now, Surfware has never issued an educational grant to a university in China. The grant was extremely important to the school as well, because it represented the first CAM software donation of its kind.

SUES has 45 different schools of education, including the School of Material Engineering, the School of Automobile Engineering, the Detection and Testing Center for Automobiles, the Center for Industrial Training, and the Computer Center.

Brian Kindilien, Surfware’s vice president of sales, and Dr. Wang Hong, president of SUES, met to discuss the importance of the grant to both Surfware and Shanghai University. The Surfware team, composed of Surfware staff and Surfware’s local reseller, Gallop Engineering, was given a tour of SUES’s facilities. Aside from Dr. Hong, the Surfware team met with Mr. Zihe Cen, vice president of the University; Hao Jian Ping, vice professor; and Li Peiyao, associate professor of the School of Material Engineering; and many other dignitaries.

Change at the Helm of Vollmer Werke Maschinenfabrik

After 30 years of service at Vollmer Werke Maschinenfabrik GmbH in Biberach, Germany, Josef Rieger has retired from operational responsibilities over the company. He will continue to work for the Vollmer Group on a consulting basis.

Vollmer is known for its leadership role in the field of sharpening machines for saw blades and eroding machines for precision tools. A large measure of this success is given to the strong commitment and entrepreneurial skills of Rieger.

With the retirement of Rieger, two new managing directors have been appointed. Siegfried Knüpfer has spent 20 years in international consulting and management positions in both mechanical and production engineering, and previously was managing director of Boehringer in Göppingen, a member of IWKA AG. Stefan Brand has held a number of high-responsibility industrial posts, lastly as head of product development at Gildemeister Lathes in Bielefeld.