Building Bridges

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Conchita Miranda

ARM’s Executive Forum has ended and it was a successful and unique meeting that we shared with the Association of Rotational Molders Australasia. More than sixty executive-level attendees and their spouses learned from one another about business, manufacturing, and culture. I would like to personally thank everyone who attended and all of our speakers: Daven Claerbout, Corey Claussen, Garth Galloway, Simon Gough, Graeme Hall, Roger LaSalle, and Pat Long.

This meeting represented an idea that has been very important to our rotomolding community for more than forty years now: building bridges. This year we were able to create a bridge between the rotomolders of North America and Australia. This allowed ARM members to learn how rotomolders operate in Australia, it also allowed us to learn from people who do not typically attend ARM meetings. We were all able to make new friends while we see our old friends!

Here are a few of the important ideas that we kept coming back to at the Executive Forum:

  • Welcome new technology to your business but remember that relationships are more important than technology.
  • Use networking opportunities and travel as an opportunity to improve your business. Ask someone in the industry who is better than you for their advice.
  • Be the fast second (even on your own product). You can do this in park by using your staff to identify problems in products.

The ARM Executive Forum began in the Spring of 2009 as a purposely smaller meeting that would bring together rotomolding business owners, allowing them to share insights on how they resolved rotomolding business problems in the same way that ARM has always shared ideas on improving our process. We have been building these bridges for many years. If you ask our suppliers, many say that rotomolders share and work together like no other industries they know.

You can save the date now for next year’s Executive Forum, to be held March 25-28, 2018. We will return to the beautiful Hyatt Grand Cypress in Orlando, a favorite of our members!

We will be building bridges throughout the rest of the year at regional meetings in Buena Park, CA, Williamsport, PA, and Toronto, ON. And of course at the great Rotoplas we have planned.

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.

Rotoplas Keynote: Anthony Robles

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Anthony Robles

ARM is excited to announce the keynote speaker for the 2017 Annual Meeting at Rotoplas is Anthony Robles, who will kick off our general sessions on September 27 with a motivational talk you will never forget.

Anthony is a three-time all-American wrestler who won the 2010-11 NCAA individual wrestling championship in the 125-pound weight class despite being born with only one leg. A graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in Business Communication, he was also awarded the 2011 NCAA “Best Wrestler of the National Tournament Award”. Continue reading

At last! A non-PE polymer that I can rotomold!

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Dr. Nick Henwood

ARM Technical Director, Nick Henwood, is drafting a publication for the ARM Education Committee on rotomoldable polymers other than PE, PP, and PVC. Early drafts of each chapter will be published here every two weeks.

Our legal counsel notes: Dr. Henwood speaks for himself and not for ARM as a whole. We encourage feedback on this project but comments should be on technical matters raised. Dr. Henwood’s responses are solely his responsibility and not ARM’s.

I hope that regular readers to this blog series are not getting too depressed.  So far, I’ve looked at two polymers (ABS and PC) that both have – let’s be kind – “challenges” when you come to mold them.

This time I’ll talk about two related polymers that you definitely CAN rotomold.   Continue reading

Jim Braeunig Announces Retirement

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Jim Braeunig

ARM Past President Jim Braeunig has announced his retirement as CEO and President of Hedstrom Corporation. We congratulate Jim and thank him for his years of service on behalf of our industry.

Jim shared this note:

This announcement comes with much emotion and gratitude as I announce my retirement which takes effect February 21, 2017. I joined Hedstrom on February 8, 1982, and after 35 years of service I leave knowing that I have done the very best I could through all of the company changes, including two bankruptcies, equity firm buy-outs, the formation of a Joint Venture, four BBS acquisitions and market disruptions to name just a few. Continue reading

Life’s just too short to rotomold polycarbonate!

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Dr. Nick Henwood

In the early 2000s my company was doing some research on rotomolding polycarbonate (PC) and this was the heart-felt response of one of my technicians, who had spent nearly a month producing various scrap parts using this interesting – but very frustrating – polymer.

PC is another of those materials that would be absolutely fantastic for rotomolders – provided it was rotomoldable!  Three times as stiff as ordinary PE roto grades, excellent creep resistance, high heat resistance, extremely high impact strength and paintable (with the right paint systems).

Another really interesting aspect is that PC is Continue reading

Why I’m Attending the ARM/ARMA Executive Forum

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Dave Smith

I am attending the Executive Forum this year because it is a great opportunity to interface not only with the usual ARM attendees we but also because we will have the opportunity to hear from and network with the members of of ARMA. These industry leaders are great molders and they will offer a different perspective on production and procedures.

I have had the luxury of attending foreign meetings in the last few years and it’s a very different opportunity. This Hawaii meeting will provide a unique opportunity to network with Australian and Chinese rotomolders without having to travel all the way around the world. You will be amazed at what you can learn during a coffee break just by talking with molders who do things completely differently than we do.

I know a great meeting will be had by those who join us in Hawaii. I’ll see you there!!

ARM’s 2017 Executive Forum will be conducted jointly with ARMA — the Association of Rotational Molders Australasia — March 26-28 in Maui. Learn more at Hawaii2017.com

Dave Smith is the President of Romotech and a Past President of ARM.

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