I am very excited to share with you the agenda and schedule for RotoPlas 2014 at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont/Chicago. We have worked hard to merge a traditional RotoPlas schedule with some of the newer learning and networking opportunities that have been very well received over the past several Fall and Spring meetings. You can learn more and register now at www.rotoplas.org
Monday is tour day.
ARM has a new tradition of exposing our members to new ways of looking at manufacturing, business in general, and other rotational molding operations.
For our non-North American members and guests, they will be making their way to Indiana for tours of both Elkhart Plastics and Rotational Molding Technologies. We are very excited about this opportunity and grateful to both Jack Welter and Dave Smith for opening up their doors to ARM!
Tuesday is seminar day.
We have a great line up of seminars set for Tuesday that will touch on a number of topics. Paul Nugent and Michael Paloian will conduct “Process Vs. Design,” which was very well received at last year’s meeting. Dru Laws will present the Introduction to Rotational Molding seminar, the first time in five years this has been presented. We’ve also found a great team of Manufacturing Consultants to present a half-day seminar of Lean Manufacturing Simulations – this hands-on program will get you thinking about continuous improvement in brand new ways.
Wednesday and Thursday will be the meeting and show days.
Our keynote speaker is Jim Morris. You may not remember his name, but Jim’s story was told in the 2002 movie The Rookie, the story of a 39-year old chemistry teacher and baseball coach who, as a motivating factor for his players, tried out for the Major Leagues.
General Sessions include 3D Scanning to Replace Manual Measurements, Optimizing Products for Weight Reduction, Infrared Cameras As Powerful Diagnostic Tools, and much more. You can see the complete schedule of general sessions at http://rotoplas.org/schedule.php.
We’ll also be offering these breakout workshops on Thursday: 3D Printing, Molding around Inserts, Proper Application of Mold Release, Rotomolder Safety and OSHA Inspections, Semi-Automated Dosing Systems for Powder Delivery, and What’s Your Problem?
Wednesday and Thursday will also include case studies from rotomolders; more than 10,000 square feet of innovative tools, equipment, and machinery; and a screening of the product design documentary “Objectified” with the director in attendance to answer questions.
Soon we’ll be announcing What’s New presentations from supplier which will be conducted on the show floor.
Every three years, Rotoplas brings the world of rotomolding together under one roof. I’m very excited about the program we’re bringing to Chicago this October. I hope to see you there. You can find much more information at www.rotoplas.org