Trilogy Plastics Named Finalist for Processor of the Year

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Trilogy Plastics

Plastics News has named ARM member Trilogy Plastics a finalist for their Processor of the Year Award. Candidates are evaluated on seven criteria: financial performance, quality, customer relations, employee relations, environmental performance, industry/public service and technological innovation. A team of judges — members of Plastics News’ editorial staff — evaluated all submissions and chose the 2016 finalists. The winner will be announced in March.

Plastics News writes about the history of the company:

Trilogy Plastics began more than 100 years ago. The original company, called Old King Cole Inc., turned out some iconic advertising figures like Mr. Peanut and the dog famous for hearing “his master’s voice” on a record.

The company began rotomolding in the late 1950s, the early days of the industry. But beginning in 1970s, hard times hit, and the company went through a series of ownership changes. A creditor took over, changed the company name and was an absentee owner. The business dwindled down at its aging plant in Louisville, Ohio.

Steve Osborn and his partner, Bruce Frank, bought the business in 1987. Osborn was a turnaround consultant in Cleveland with the Ernst & Ernst accounting firm (now Ernst & Young). He was looking for a manufacturing business to buy, and the old rotomolding company was in bad shape — and inexpensive. The company had just 13 employees.

Why do I have to use polyethylene for everything?

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Dr. Nick Henwood – ARM Technical Director

I’m sure that, at some time, you must have pondered this question.  Having spent the first twenty years of my roto career selling the stuff, lots of molders have asked me that question, along with – “why can’t you guys develop something with better properties than PE?”

I should immediately declare an interest: I love PE.  It paid for my three kids to get through university and it bought me my first house.  However, even an ardent PE fan like me has to admit that PE has its limitations.  Sometimes it’s not stiff enough, it scratches really easily, you can’t paint it, it goes seriously floppy at temperatures above 100°F and it doesn’t contain gasoline very well.

So why is our industry totally addicted to it?  Continue reading

President’s Message: Meeting Objectives Together

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Conchita Miranda

At the beginning of 2016, I wrote my first message as President about my decision to focus on three main objectives for ARM’s 40th year:

  • Select a Technical Director for ARM.
  • Increase and update our social media presence and web image.
  • Make the 40th Anniversary Meeting an excellent and very memorable event.

I am proud to say that as a result of our participative Board, I believe we have accomplished these objectives.

In August, ARM came to an agreement with Dr. Nick Henwood to serve as our technical director. Dr. Nick will help ARM and the industry to take next steps, to go further, and to grow bigger. We will see added technical value at our meetings, during our webinars, and on our website. Throughout 2017, Dr. Nick will collect technical information from the industry for ARM to disseminate to our members.

Just to mention some of our efforts in increasing our social media presence, we are proud to say that ARM’s LinkedIn Group has more than 1,300 members from the worldwide rotomolding industry and features process questions from members and occasional job listings. ARM’s Facebook page now provides news on our upcoming events and other important information for rotational molders. On this Blog you will find articles from several members of our industry highlighting the goals of the Association and issues of interest to all rotomolders.

Our website was redesigned this Fall so that it works better on phone and tablets. We also now know that hundreds of our members are visiting our webinar library every month.

This September in New Orleans, we brought more than four hundred rotomolders and friends together for our 40th Anniversary Meeting. Our evaluation of the meeting tells us that we exceeded expectations for old friends, first-time attendees, spouses, suppliers, and everyone involved.  Our Association has done a great job for the industry and all of us contributed somehow to this success. We had so much to be proud of and we had a great party where we continued to learn from one another like those 21 companies that met in Chicago in 1976.

ARM could not have met these objectives without the leadership of our Board of Directors. In 2017, Matt Bushman, Mario Poma, Alvin Spence, and Mick Webber will join the ARM Board. I want to welcome them and thank them for volunteering to lead this organization.

I also want to recognize our departing Board members: David Braeunig, Doug Cunningham, and Brian Olesen. Thank you for all the guidance you have offered ARM and the friendship you have offered me.

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.

ARM 2017 Q1 Calendar

ARM has announced the calendar for our first quarter meetings of 2017. The list below includes our webinars, troubleshooting calls, and Executive Forum through March 2017.

Webinar: Stiffness Models for Multi-Layered Parts
January 11 at 10 AM Central

Troubleshooting Teleconference
January 31 at 2 PM Central

Webinar: Troubleshooting Your Rotomolding Operation
March 8 at 2 Central

Troubleshooting Teleconference
March 14 at 2 PM Central

ARM & ARMA Joint Executive Forum
March 26-28, 2017
Royal Lahaina Resort, Maui, HI
Register at Hawaii2017.com

You can always find all booked ARM meetings listed on the ARM Events Calendar.

Don’t Drag Your 2016 Problems Into the New Year

17wmt-jumbo-v2ARM would like to help you solve your lingering 2016 process issues and problems before they become your headache of 2017.

Join your ARM colleagues for the last troubleshooting call of of the year on Tuesday, December 20, at 2 PM Central.

Push your troubles onto the shoulders of our moderators, Ron Cooke (ExxonMobil Chemical Company) and Sandy Scaccia (Norstar). Then enjoy the holiday with a clear conscience and a clean slate.

These calls are an opportunity for molders to inquire about any challenges in their process and share solutions with one another. To get signed up for the call, email ARM staff.

President’s Message: Celebrating our Roto Family

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Conchita Miranda

Now that the Fall Meeting is over, it is time to reflect on the reason to celebrate this specific Anniversary.

My personal belief is that we have enough things to worry about in our everyday lives that we should use any excuse to have fun and celebrate life. Anniversaries are always a good reason to have a party.

We normally do that for the 10th, 25th, 50th, etc.  This was the 40th anniversary of our industry and we decided not to wait until the 50th to have a party, and more than a party, to bring all possible luminaries to share their experiences with those of us that not were involved with the association at the beginning.  I know a lot of you were not even born!

Honestly, I think we really have a lot to celebrate and be proud of.  Our Association has done a great job for the industry and all of us have contributed somehow to this success.

From those 21 company owners that met 40 years ago in cold Chicago and decided take money from their pockets and create a group to further develop a new way to produce plastic products, to where we are today as a worldwide industry, a lot of things have happened.  And many of them have happened precisely because of that union between competitors that saw far beyond their personal needs or difficulties.

Industrial associations exist all over the world.  Not many function as ours.  We have learned how to use the technical knowledge without letting it become ruined by commercial topics.  Most of all, we have learned that competitors are great people with very similar problems as ours, and normally kind enough to share experiences and solutions.

We learned that our association became our Roto Family, and that we can count on each other always, and that, dear friends, is a huge reason to celebrate.

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

Have you seen the photos from the Annual Meeting? Free downloads available in all sizes.

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.

20th Webinar Added to On-Demand Members’ Library

ARM now offers members twenty on-demand webinars in our online technical library. All the webinars are free to members, in addition to classic training videos and hundreds of papers.

webinarThe newest addition to the library is “Proper Sampling Techniques,” in which Josh Hunsberger and Dave Loeffler of Brunk discuss the dangers of improper sampling , techniques for sampling from box receipts or bulk receipts, inspection of pelletized polymers, sample identification and more.

Members can watch 20 ARM webinars on-demand by logging into the Members’ section at www.rotomolding.org then visiting the Webinar page. The webinars are free with ARM membership.