Rotomolding Education Sessions at the ARM Annual Meeting in Houston

ARM continues to announce new presentations for our Annual Meeting in Houston (October 27-30). We’ve listed approximately 2/3 of the program below. There’s still more to come.

Hidden Costs Only Front Line Personnel See and How Making Toast Can Find Them
Ken Bather, Hedstrom Plastics

This workshop is an interactive program using the Shingo Prize-winning Introduction to Continuous Improvement & Lean Principles video combined with actual rotomolding plant operations. A great first step to having your front line operators tell you where your hidden costs are lurking. This workshop is the icebreaker to get over the initial hump of the “we’ve heard it before” attitude by making a relatable link between something everyone can actually relate to and the often unrelatable process of Lean Continuous Improvement. It nails the 7 wastes by showing how to find them with real rotomolding operation examples and gives you the opportunity to take the information back to your team. Introduce or reinvigorate lean concepts to your shop floor production team without onerous terms, paperwork, or oversight. This is a simple way for the hidden talents of your team members to shine through and save you money and lost margins.

Case Study on Slushing Tests for Diesel Tanks
Celal Beysel, Floteks

The market for rotomolded diesel fuel tanks and Adblue [urea] tanks is growing globally. Further market penetration for Commercial Vehicles with irregularly shaped high volume tanks holds much potential & promise for rotomolding. Floteks has developed patented technology to mold integrated baffles; these have been tested with sloshing simulations and experiments, accelerating the tanks to +/-0.8 g.  This technology also enables to mold an integrated fuel and AdBlue tank separated by a 100% sealed baffle.

Keeping Powder and Pellets Out of the Environment
Doug Biela, NOVA Chemicals

In a time when plastics and the environment are on the minds of consumers, politicians and our customers, this discussion will highlight the paramount importance of keeping powder/pellets out of the environment.  It will cover management systems and tools that rotomolders can employ to ensure that their plants are not putting plastic where it’s not supposed to be.

Rotomolders will gain an understanding of some actions they can take immediately to improve their powder/pellet management and reduce or eliminate environmental impact.  They will also learn about Operation Clean Sweep® and how to join other rotomolders to take the pledge to eliminate pellet and powder leakage into the environment.

Alternative Materials in Rotomolding Today
Ron Cooke, ExxonMobil Chemical Company
Ron Joannou Jr., Formed Plastics Inc.

This workshop will provide rotomolders with an understanding of materials other than polyethylene that are successfully being used in rotomolding operations today. The discussion will include the attributes molders are looking for in their parts and which materials may work for them.

What’s Your Problem?
Ron Cooke, ExxonMobil Chemical Company
Sandy Scaccia, Norstar Aluminum Molds

An ARM tradition: troubleshoot your problems with your colleagues and industry experts. This is a simple and effective workshop that can change your operation, help you reduce scrap, and reduce significant expenses.

Pigment warpage and interactions with HDPE Rotomolding resins
Mike Haubert, Mosaic Color and Additives

In order to provide rotomolders with a deeper understanding of how pigments affect their process, this presentation will report on new research comparing various pigment choices in HDPE. Shrink, warp and impact have been measured to compare how individual pigments affect performance.

Dry Blending Study
Dr. Nick Henwood, Rotomotive/ARM Technical Director

Funded by the Roy Crawford Rotomolding Educational & Development Foundation, this study examines the effects of pigment dry blending on material strength. It builds on previous research and concentrates on the effect of pigment type on the retention of impact strength.

Industry 4.0 Will Rotomolding Be Left Behind?
Eric Maziers, Total
Johan Portagent, AMS Belgium

The Industry of the Future 4.0, the 4th industrial revolution, will certainly change manufacturing. This is a real industrial revolution with the arrival of Automation, Predictive Maintenance, and Big Data. The fourth industrial development is coupled with major changes in the world: energy, environment, organizational, and societal interests. The human will be at the very center of this industry with a new role: Digital will be between machines and workers. New jobs will be created and training will be strategic in organizations. It’s an amazing opportunity for the rotomolding industry to enter a new age to bring new opportunities: innovation (process and resin developments, new kinds of studies), competitiveness, productivity, customer focus, service focus, a factory networking suppliers and clients, high flexibility, a clean plant oriented to sustainability, an automatized plant to get rid of hard work for people. Let’s have a look to see if the rotomolding industry can enter soon into the industry of the future 4.0.

An Industry Profile of Rotational Molding
Troy Meinhard, KnowHow Strategy & Analytics

Comprehensive market intelligence on the rotational molding industry is limited.  Low product volumes make data challenging to collect and general plastic industry market research doesn’t address the rotational molding industry in detail because rotational molding is <1% of annual resin consumption.  By combining existing sources of data in an analytically rigorous way and supplementing it with creative and gritty data acquisition from non-traditional sources, ARM and KnowHow have created an industry profile that segments and sizes the producers and consumers in the industry along multiple dimensions.

Members will have a data-driven understanding of the structure of the industry. This market intelligence is critical context for:

  1. Sales planning

  2. Growth strategy development

  3. Competitive analysis

  4. Baseline for understanding changes in the industry (e.g., the impact of consolidation, generational transfer that results in sales to strategic and financial investors)

  5. Other business decision-making

Modeling the Rotomolding Process: Practical Benefits and more
Hassan Riaz, NOVA Chemicals

In this presentation, the complete functionality of RotoSim as a process modeling tool is explored at the NOVA Centre for Performance Applications. Mainly, the importance of model inputs such as machine conditions, resin properties, and mold drawings will be discussed as well as a protocol to follow for molders to build confidence in RotoSim as a technical tool. Furthermore, this presentation will outline how to practically apply modeling results from RotoSim, such as PIAT curves, thickness distributions, etc. to guide molder’s manufacturing processes.

Designing for the Future
Martin Spencer, UniqueRoto

The presentation looks at how rotational molding has changed over recent years with new machinery and materials now available to molders. It will look at how, if grasped, by molders these developments open up many new markets and opportunities giving those designing considerably more freedom to exploit the process.

Rotomolding Application in Historical Preservation and Artifacts
Oliver Wandres, MAUS GmbH
Alongkorn Kanokboriboon, SCG ICO Polymers

Case Study on converting very traditionally wood carved artifacts to beautiful rotational molded products which — with a great amount of post-molding work — become unique pieces of artwork, that on a first glance nobody would or could associate with rotomolding.

In close co-operation between the end customer, SCG ICO Polymers and MAUS GmbH were able to develop the sensitive transformation from historical and religious wood carved objects to very unique examples of what is achievable in rotomoulding when combining handcraft, high-quality mold making, the latest mold making technologies, and out of the box thinking.

This case study provides an example of the infinitely versatile application possibilities of rotational molding.

There is still more to be announced. Register for the Annual Meeting today. 

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