Chicago AMBA Chapter Participates
Smartforce Student Summit At IMTS-2014
The Chicago Chapter of the AMBA was invited to participate in the SMARTFORCE Student Summit held during the IMTS at Chicago McCormick Place September 8-13, 2014. During the six-day event, apprentices and young mold manufacturing professionals from A-1 Tool Corp., Berry Plastics Mold Manufacturing, Chicago Mold Engineering Co., Craftsman Tool & Mold, Graphic Tool Corporation, Helm Tool Company, Hommer Tool & Mfg., Janler Corporation and P.M. Mold Company acted as “MTAmbassadors” (Manufacturing Technology Ambassadors). Sharing their knowledge and passion for mold manufacturing with students, teachers and parents from around the world, these enthusiastic representatives opened many young people’s eyes to what a “mold” is and the many diverse career opportunities in mold manufacturing.
Francine Petrucci, president of the Chicago Chapter and B.A. Die Mold shared her impressions: “All of the young mold makers that worked in the booth – that I had the pleasure to meet or speak with about their booth time – had only positive comments about their experience as well. I think that, in and of itself, speaks volumes! What a great bunch of kids!!! It’s so cool to see the enthusiasm from the up-and-coming mold makers of tomorrow. They were sure to plant some seeds of interest with teachers, parents and students alike.”
Organized by the Chicago Chapter’s Education Committee, the booth exhibited a large mold with synchronized video of the mold running parts, enabling visitors to learn how plastic objects are made. Many of the visitors had no clue as to the process let alone what mold manufacturing was about. Those working the booth were enthusiastic showed off the various plastic products on display, as well as a montage of mold manufacturing video assembled by Creative Technology Corp. The event also provided the committee members a chance to mingle with teachers and provide them with information on career paths, curriculum for mold manufacturing and offer plant tours and speakers for their classes.
In addition to owners and employees from the companies listed above, dedicated professionals from B.A. Die Mold, Creative Technology Corp., Progressive Components and Synventive Molding Solutions came together and exhibited a spectacular demonstration of team work under very tight time constraints. The Education Committee of the Chicago Chapter looks forward to further opportunities to educate students, teachers, parents and the public in general on the opportunities awaiting those who chose the mold manufacturing industry for their career path.