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Blow molding innovator Robert Slawska passes away


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October 20, 2016 by Canadian Plastics

Robert Slawska, a plastics industry veteran and blow molding machine innovator, has passed away aged 80.

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Based primarily out of New Jersey, Slawska was the president and owner of Proven Technology Inc., an industrial blow molding consultancy he founded in 1994. Through Proven Technology, Slawska was active as a speaker and trainer. He also contributed several articles on blow molding troubleshooting to Canadian Plastics and many others to plastics magazines in the U.S.

Prior to founding Proven Technology, Slawska helped create the Sterling blow molding division of Sterling Extruder Corporation. While at Sterling, he was credited with a range of industry “firsts”, including developing the first total access mainframe design for industrial blow molding machines, the first press design with platen movements up to 1,200 inches per minute, the first  accumulator machine to use proportional valves on hydraulics with a microprocessor, and the first press system to use prefill hydraulics.

In addition, Slawska was a member of the board of directors of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) blow molding division in 1972. He served as board chairman, newsletter editor, and Emeritus Member of the board, and was also an SPE Honoured Service Member.