Quick Links for ARM’s 40th Anniversary

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Register online or via PDF.

New Orleans is not affected by the recent flooding in Louisiana.

These hotels have ARM blocks with rooms available.

Plastics News coverage of ARM’s 40th Anniversary.

General Sessions & Workshops. Keynotes & Seminars.

Order T-shirts and Polos by August 25. 

Safety Competition forms due September 6.

Product Competition Entries due September 11.

Tours for spouses, luminaries, and all attendees.

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ARM Technical Director Nick Henwood to Increase Technical Value in ARM

ARM has moved to add significant value to membership in the Association by hiring Dr. Nick Henwood to serve as the ARM Technical Director. This appointment will improve and increase the technical content provided by ARM.

First and foremost, ARM members will see added technical value at our meetings, during our webinars, and on our website. Dr. Henwood will collect technical information from throughout the industry for ARM to disseminate to our members.

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Dr. Nick Henwood will add value to ARM’s meetings, webinars, and website in his new role as ARM Technical Director.

Nick’s original degree was in Civil & Structural Engineering, but his PhD studies led him into various branches of chemical engineering. His first involvement with rotomolding came in the mid-80s, while working at Dow Chemical Europe.  He helped to develop Dow’s polyethylene roto grade slate, both technically and commercially.

From then on, he was hooked on rotomolding and, in 1992, he founded a UK-based rotomolding materials supplier, Matrix Polymers Limited.  Over the next 14 years, Matrix grew from a two-man outfit operating from Nick’s basement to a major European materials supply company.

In 2006, Nick sold his shares in Matrix and formed Rotomotive, a training and consultancy company.  Since then he has completed a large number of projects for rotomolder, OEM and end-user clients across the world.

Nick has been committed to the development and dissemination of rotomolding knowledge, through published technical papers and though contributions to rotomolding conferences worldwide.  He served a term on the Board of ARM, as a Supplier Director, in the early 2000’s.

Outside of rotomolding, Nick is a Key Volunteer for a major charity, Cancer Research UK and was recommended for their prestigious Flame of Hope Award in 2015.  He has been married to his wife Helen for 40 years, has 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

ARM is proud to announce that Dr. Henwood will bring his technical insight to ARM and our members.

President’s Message: Farewell Roy and Welcome Nick!

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Conchita Miranda

Life always presents curious coincidences…

We announced at the beginning of the year that one of our objectives this term was to have a Technical Director for ARM again.

We had a great one for years: Dr. Roy Crawford, working from Queen’s University at Belfast, served ARM as an extraordinary scientific Technical director.

When he moved to the opposite part of the world and took a lot of new responsibilities, he finished being our technical director, but ARM’s friendship with him never ended.

Roy was an erudite gentleman.  I learned a lot from him, and I am pretty sure that all rotomolders around the world can say the same.  He dedicated his life to research and sharing his knowledge, from Ireland to New Zealand.  From ARM to RotoWorld.  From his lab to the world.  Our industry owes much of our development over the decades to him.

The rotomolding industry worldwide will never forget him.

Last month, already retired and enjoying his free time, Roy passed away.  At the same time, ARM was coming to an agreement with our new Technical Director.  It is like if our dear Professor left his baton to Dr. Nick Henwood.

So, as always in life, sad moments just come with good ones, and hope and excitement for the future make us rise and be optimistic.

Having Dr. Nick Henwood as our new Technical Director will help ARM and the industry to take next steps, to go further, and to grow big.

Dr. Henwood has been involved with rotomolding since the mid-80s and served on the ARM Board of Directors. You can read more about his new role as our technical director here.

Farewell Roy!  Welcome Nick!  Thank you both for being part of this great Association.

Conchita Miranda is the President of ARM and the Director General of Operadora MPK.

The ARM Blog is written by a variety of leaders in the rotational molding industry. We encourage you to share your input in the comment section. If you’re interested in writing a post for the blog, email ARM staff at info@rotomolding.org.

Rotomolders’ Heat Wave Suggestions

During today’s Younger Members teleconference, we briefly discussed how rotomolders address manufacturing during the summer. During the 2012 North American heat wave, ARM collected and shared these suggestions from our rotomolder members.

Since that document was published, we’ve heard from multiple rotomolders who publish hydration color charts like this one in their restrooms.

If you have additional suggestions, please share them in the comments field.

Education Offerings in New Orleans

ARM has announced 14 general sessions and eight workshops for the New Orleans Annual Meeting September 24-27. This is in addition to the three keynotes and two seminars that have already been announced.

Don’t miss our 40th Anniversary Meeting! Register by August 16 to receive the $100 early registration discount.

General Sessions

Avoiding the Quality Traps of Rotomolding – Ronny Ervik, Ultrapolymers
This sessions will address the top 10 reasons for failures in rotomolded parts.

What’s New: PowderKing Velocity Series Pulverizing System – Jim Hummel, PowderKing
Powder King has developed a newly designed PKA Velocity Series pulverizing system for the plastics industry. This is PK’s 4th generation of pulverizing system which significant developments have been made to the pulverizing process to make the machine more productive, cost efficient per pound pulverized powder and lower cost for the system.

Considerations When Light-Weighting Rotomolded Parts – Henry Hay, NOVA Chemicals
Todays stronger, stiffer rotomolding resins offer light weighting opportunities in large tank and other applications. Beyond obvious material savings, this presentation discusses other consequences of light weighting, including

  • Part wall stiffness
  • Minimum cycle time
  • Processing window
  • Impact strength
  • Wall thickness distribution

The report uses actual lab data generated applying design of experiment techniques to help processors use an informed, ‘best practices’ approach to getting the most value out of high-strength PE resin grades.

A Dream Rotomolding Machine: No More Limits Dr. Gareth McDowell, 493K Limited
Rapid cycling, mold temperature controlling, multi polymer layering, ambient temperature compensating, internal mold cooling, engineering polymer processing, minimum energy consuming new generation revolving molding machine – it’s not just Rotomolding anymore.

Panel: What We’ve Learned from ARM’s Forty Years – Daven Claerbout, Dutchland Plastics; Pat Long, Formed Plastics; Sandy Scaccia, Norstar; Bill Spenceley, Flexahopper Plastics
ARM leaders will share what they remembered and learned from the decade they each studied in ARM’s past. They will discuss what molder’s can learn from the history of ARM and rotomolding that can be applied to rotomolding today and for years to come.

What Rotomolders Can Learn from other Manufacturing Processes – Dru Laws, Seljan Company
This case study demonstrating how offering mold-making, metal fabrication, powder coating, 3D printing, urethane casting, and injection molding have helped the rotomolding division at Seljan Company

What’s NOW: Rotomoldable Alternatives to PE – Lauren Besonen, Dow North America; Russ Boyle, Custom Resins Group; Tom Wyszynski, A. Schulman
This presentation will highlight currently available non-PE materials available to rotomolding. Speakers will review the advantages and disadvantages of these alternative materials compared to PE, how the materials process, and the typical end-use applications.

Non-Destructive Leakage Testing and Automated Hot Plate Welding of Automative Parts – Celal Beysel, Floteks
Floteks has completed two EU-funded Projects (2.5 million euros) mostly concerning NDT of leakage for plastic parts and quality assured weldings (hotplate and spin welding) thereof. Rotomolders will learn a useful way to check the quality of products. The process is reliable, accurate, traceable, and ERP-ripe with perfect data collection for the high-end customers demanding it.

What’s New: Automating the Rotational Molding Process – Kadidia Umar, Rotoline Company
Rotoline developed fan automatic system to help the rotomolders in the process of weighing material, feeding the molds and the closing and opening molds step. The automatic system reduces the number of operators, saves time and guarantees more safety to the labor.

What’s New: ThermoChromics & Laser Technologies for The Rotational Molding Industry – Scott Saxman, Mold In Graphic Systems
Mold In Graphic Systems will unveil both its newest Laser etching and product marking and its temperature sensitive ThermoChomic graphic capabilities. Unique new Hot to Cold reactive graphics technologies and unique part identification methods will be introduced to the Rotomolding Industry. Both of these unique and revolutionary developments will enable RM’s to permanently add never before seen valued-added features to their proprietary and OEM molded products .

Improving Rotomolded Insert Performance – Jon Ratzlaff, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
Inserts are a strong feature in some rotational molding applications as they can save on assembly costs and provide convenient methods of assembly final parts.  However,  they can pose issues as it takes only one insert to fail to scrap an entire part.  This study looks at how new insert designs and different polyethylene grades can make tremendous difference in performance in pull out strength, torque strength and adhesion in the part.

Filling the Pipeline – Karen Moser
How to effectively recruit and retain talented employees, not just to meet the needs of today, but to ensure the success and growth of your company for years to come.

Stiffness Models for Multi-layer Rotomolded Parts – Dr. Nick Henwood, Rotomotive Limited

Multiple layers of materials are often used to provide rotomolded parts with enhanced stiffness with minimal weight increase. Skin/foam/skin is a typical material combination that is used widely for applications such as tanks, boats and large canoes. This paper provides practical performance data for part designers and explains how to incorporate it into hand calculations and FEA.

This provides new information and insights which will enable product designers to optimize their calculations of part performance.

Product of the Year Case Study: Converting a Retail Ice Box to Rotomolding – Daven Claerbout, Dutchland Plastics

This presentation is a conversion case study of last year’s Product of the Year.

Workshops

Application of Problem Solving Tools to Investigate Real World Challenges in Rotational Molding – Carmine D’Agostino, NOVA Chemicals
The workshop will discuss the use of problem solving tools and their application to investigate and trouble shoot problems encountered in the rotational molding industry. Rotomolders will be presented with structured and organized approaches to help them investigate and resolve problems. The outcome of such exercises will be useful for production, quality control, employee training and management of change control.

Imporoving Efficiency, Cleanliness, and Part Consistency with Resin Handling – Rob Miller, ROTOLOAD Wittman Canada

Often times there are many ways that a plant can improve, but often overlooked, and under supported in the Rotational Molding industry is Resin conveying technology and systems. With the capabilities of moving pellet and powder resins from 10 – 500 feet, Rotational molding plants can greatly benefit from investigating the possibilities of reducing costs, cleaning up the production floor, getting consistent part weights, and removing the physical aspects of filling pulverisers, mixers and the production tools.

Orenda AirForce Series Advanced Pulverizers – George Gerasym, Orenda Pulverizers Inc.
This workshop will share how Orenda’s new machine is optimized for the size reduction process, increased use of air, minumized energy, and elimination of water cooling.

Machine & Mold Safety – Harry Covington, Ferry Industries; Sandy Scaccia, Norstar Aluminum Molds
This workshop will address the day-to-day aspects of safety when operating machines or servicing molds.  Practical safety tips for operators will be presented and best practice tips from attendees will be solicited for workshop discussion.

Recruiting/Retention & On-Boarding/Engagement – Karen Moser
Tools necessary for recruiting and retaining great employees in a highly competitive market.

Secondary/Finishing Safety – Ken Bather, Hedstrom

Shortening the Industry Supply Chain: Successful Collaborative Case Studies – Tom Innis, Avantech
When molders and suppliers collaborate from the onset of product design, the industry supply chain is more easily navigable, and project outcomes are invariably optimized. These case studies will highlight examples of successful molder collaborations with the supply chain (design, OEM, molder, materials, tooling, decoration/branding, etc), in which speed-to-market, cost reduction, product quality, profitability, and end-use market acceptance are optimized.

What’s Your Problem? – Ron Cooke, Exxon Mobil Chemical Company; Sandy Scaccia, Norstar Aluminum Molds
This workshop is a perennial favorite at the ARM Annual Meeting. You bring your problems and our moderators draw solutions from the attendees. Learn how you can improve your operation and save money — while meeting your industry colleagues.

Overflow Hotels for New Orleans

Due to the popularity of this meeting, our hotel block at the Marriott New Orleans has sold out. We have secured room blocks at two nearby hotels.

All hotels have advised us that they are planning for sell-outs during out time in New Orleans so make your reservations now.

Hotel 504 is a three-star hotel located 0.6 miles from the Marriott. The rate is $169. You can reserve your room here.

The Hyatt Regency New Orleans is a four-star hotel located 0.9 miles from the Marriott. The rate is $249. You can reserve your room here.

Registration Deadline Extended

ARM is extending the early-bird registration deadline to August 16. After that all fees increase by $100.

To register online (including registering your spouses), please click here or register by faxing/mailing a PDF to ARM Staff.

Luminary Registration

To celebrate this special anniversary, we invite luminaries to attend the meeting. Please encourage any retired members or those no longer in rotomolding or related industries to register for the meeting at a discounted rate using this form.

You won’t want to miss this historic meeting, celebrating the past and embracing the future of Rotomolding.

Product Competition Entries Due Sept. 11

Bring bragging rights back to your shop! Rotomolder members are invited to compete in ARM’s  Rotomolded Products Competition sponsored by ExxonMobil Chemical Company.

ARM will display all submitted products during the 40th Anniversary Convention in New Orleans.

This recognition represents ARM’s commitment to the quality of rotational molding and furthers its goal of fostering public awareness of design applications and rotational molding capabilities. Continue reading