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July 2010 Vol. 65 No. 7

"The PPCA consists of the Plastics Pipe Institute, PE100+ and PVC4Pipes associations so we are a well-rounded organization that represents interests from all over the world and spans many plastic materials used in piping applications. This year's event has been expanded to three full days to allow for more of these sessions. At this time, some 110 papers are slated to be presented as well as more than 20 poster presentations," said Stephen Boros, PPXV committee chair.

Applications in which differing plastics and pipe materials are being utilized and explored will be covered including water, natural gas, plumbing, drainage, mining, industrial and more. Use of plastic piping materials such as polyethylene (PE), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) and polyamide (PA), as well as thermoplastic composite piping for high pressure applications, will be analyzed during conference events.

The exhibit hall will contain displays with details about the advancements in plastic pipe testing, design and manufacturing.

PPXV will be held in conjunction with the American Gas Association’s Plastics Materials Committee meeting. For more information, visit: www.PPXV.org or email questions to: PPXV@everettreed.com.

AEM “Construction Challenge” winners announced
Twelve student teams from the United States and Canada have won the 2010 AEM Construction Challenge presented by Volvo Construction Equipment during the Global Finals competition of Destination ImagiNation. The competition took place May 26-29 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

This year’s AEM Construction Challenge asked each student team to build a device that effectively delivered construction materials over a barrier to targets they were unable to see, which required innovation, mathematics, and engineering and design skills.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) initiated the AEM Construction Challenge in 2007 as a response to the severe shortage of qualified workers to meet future construction needs. As a sign of its success, Volvo Construction Equipment signed on as the presenting sponsor of the competition.