Collaborative Research Meeting Featuring….

University of Massachusetts – Lowell Hosts Collaborative Research Meeting Featuring Dow Chemical Company, US Army Natick Laboratories, and Gloucester Engineering

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The University of Massachusetts – Lowell hosted a seminar, billed as a collaborative research meeting between Dow Chemical Company, the US Army’s Natick Laboratories, UMass Lowell’s own Department of Plastics Engineering, and Gloucester Engineering Co., Inc. (GEC). The meeting was an all day event with seven different presentations, tours of the UMass Lowell testing laboratories and research and development centers, and a collaborative research discussion session.

The purpose of the meeting was for UMass Lowell to propose a collaboration with Dow for forging future R&D and business developments. GEC and Natick Labs were invited to demonstrate how and why they had supported and collaborated with UMass Lowell in the past and to discuss the benefits they have reaped from it. All three companies have alumni from the university’s Department of Plastics Engineering in their employ, highlighting the added benefit of Alumni Association networking.

The event was bookended by presentations by Dow first, and Gloucester Engineering and Pearl Technologies last. Six professors from UMass Lowell’s Department of Plastics Engineering gave presentations on extrusion processes, multivariate control methods, uses for bio-based polymers for packaging applications, and on their unique technologies at their site that distinguish them as a premier collaborative partner.

The lead presentation, given by Jill M. Martin, Senior Development Scientist at Dow, gave a brief overview of the company and how it has collaborated with other companies and colleges to “impact the broader plastics industry.” Martin also discussed the opening of Dow’s “Pack Studios,” a new group of facilities designed to provide collaborative opportunities through new and innovative means.

IMAG1606As part of the seminar, Dow ran their AGILITY™ 1021 Performance LDPE as a demonstration on a fully functional GEC blown film line complete with various Pearl Technologies auxiliaries, including a new bubble guide to stabilize and center the bubble, as well as side guides to keep the bubble centered in the frame before going into the nip rolls. The new Pearl Technologies systems were donated and installed with the goal to demonstrate to UMass Lowell students how productivity on a blown film line can be substantially improved with the addition of this type of auxiliary equipment.

“We are incredibly proud of our relationship with UMass Lowell and their first rate Department of Plastics Engineering,” said Carl Johnson, President of Gloucester Engineering. “Donating one of our blown film systems to their program to help students get real world, hands-on experience, as well as provide us with data, was an easy decision for us. The seminar itself went extremely well, and we were happy to be a part of such an informative, successful event. Everyone involved had a great experience.”

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