Venting Training – On Demand for Members

ARM conducted the second course in our online Operator Training Program on February 28 and more than sixty members attended.  This session on Venting was presented by ARM Technical Director Dr. Nick Henwood. He discussed an introduction to molds, vent types, sizes, and more.

ARM members can watch a recording of the webinar here. (Login required.)

What rotomolders said about Course Two of Operator Training Program

Here is the feedback on the second course from our molders:

    • “I find these very helpful as technology is changing in some areas in the industry. Good job!”
    • “It was all helpful information. Keep it coming.”
    • “Very well done. This was my first one. very useful”
    • “Great, efficient training session. Perfect planning.”

The schedule for the next two webinars follows:

  • March 14 at 10 AM Central: Parting Lines, Contamination, Minimizing Waste
  • April 4 at 10 AM Central: Review of Courses 1-3

Additional sessions in the program include:

  • Tooling and Tooling Maintenance
  • Correct weighing and material handling & What Happens During Rotomolding
  • Mold release agents, shrinkage and warpage, and thickness control
  • Identifying the correct materials
  • Safety in Rotomolding and other operations

Recording Now Available for Course One of ARM’s Operator Training Program

ARM conducted the first course in our online Operator Training Program on February 14 and more than eighty members took part live. There were more registrants than any previous ARM webinar.

The first session, What Operators Need to Know on Day One, was presented by ARM President Dru Laws. He addressed rotomolding and manufacturing vocabulary as a way of introducing the process, basic machine layout, common materials and tools, and an overview of the process.

ARM members can watch a recording of the webinar here. (Login required.)

What rotomolders said about the Operator Training Program

In a quick evaluation following Course One, here is what some of our molders said when we asked if they had “any feedback”:

  • “I really appreciate the time and effort that ARM put into making this webinar series. Thanks.”
  • “Thank you for making this available and so user friendly! Great resource and training tool.”
  • “Good information for new people”
  • “Keep up the good work to expand the knowhow in and outside the Roto industry!”
  • “Very good basic overview for new Associates to the business.”

After reviewing feedback from webinar participants, Laws said, “This will perhaps be one of the greatest benefits ARM has ever provided our members and I’m happy to be a part of it.”

The schedule for the next three webinars follows:

February 28 at 10 AM Central: Venting
March 14 at 10 AM Central: Parting Lines, Contamination, Minimizing Waste
April 4 at 10 AM Central: Review of Session 1-3

Members should check their ARM emails or email staff at info@rotomolding.org to sign up.

Additional sessions in the program include:

  • Tooling and Tooling Maintenance
  • Correct weighing and material handling & What Happens During Rotomolding
  • Mold release agents, shrinkage and warpage, and thickness control
  • Identifying the correct materials
  • Safety in Rotomolding and other operations

Registration for these courses will be available as the schedule is finalized.

Operator Training online beginning February 14

This Valentine’s Day rotomolding operators have a date with ARM President Dru Laws, as we kick off our Operator Training Program with What to Know on Day One. This is the first in a series of eleven webinars that will provide an introduction to the rotomolding process and a focus on operator-specific issues.

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We’ll conduct a new presentation approximately every two weeks. If you miss a session live, recordings will be available shortly thereafter. Live webinars and recordings are available free to members.

The schedule for the first four webinars follows:

February 14 at 10 AM Central: What to Know on Day One
February 28 at 10 AM Central: Venting
March 14 at 10 AM Central: Parting Lines, Contamination, Minimizing Waste
April 4 at 10 AM Central: Review of Session 1-3

Additional sessions in the program include:

  • Tooling and Tooling Maintenance
  • Correct weighing and material handling & What Happens During Rotomolding
  • Mold release agents, shrinkage and warpage, and thickness control
  • Identifying the correct materials
  • Safety in Rotomolding and other operations

Members should check their ARM emails or email staff at info@rotomolding.org to sign up.

Register by February 7 and we’ll send you a little something to help you study.

Register for the the opening session scheduled for Valentine’s Day and we’ll enter you in a random drawing for  one dozen roses.

Encourage your operators to take part in the webinars as we conduct them in 2018. Here’s why: The more operators who take part in the courses while it is being presented – instead of waiting for all sessions to be completed – the better the course will be. We’ll provide participants with three short self-assessments during the program and adjust our review sessions to address concepts that are being missed. By getting your operators involved now, you will improve the quality of this training tool which will be available to your company for years to come.

Once we’ve conducted all eleven webinars, members will have free online access to a 6-hour training program divided into 15-20 minute segments, perfect for new hires.

The Operator Training Program is a project of the Rotomolding Education Development Foundation, ARM Technical Director Nick Henwood, and the ARM Education Committee.

Register: Members should check their ARM emails or email staff at info@rotomolding.org to sign up.

Not a member? Join now.

President’s Message from Dru Laws

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Conchita Miranda and Dru Laws at Rotoplas 2017

To say I am humbled to now be President of ARM is an understatement.  I consider myself very fortunate to be following in Conchita Miranda’s footsteps.  She is a wonderful leader.  With a successful 40th anniversary year and Rotoplas year in our rear-view mirror, I am excited to see what this year will bring.

I clearly remember falling in love with the rotomolding process immediately after molding my first part about 18 years ago.  Similarly, I clearly remember falling in love with the rotomolding industry when I attended my first ARM meeting a couple years later.  What a ride it has been!  I owe so much of who I have become professionally to this organization and the people within.

This will be a fantastic year for ARM, with numerous continuing education opportunities for your employees.

  • Our troubleshooting teleconferences continue to draw impressive participation. With two already on the calendar, you can expect these to continue as a great benefit to you and your employees
  • We are already working on regional meeting locations in Wisconsin, South Carolina, and California. As usual, the target audience for these meetings are your shop floor workers and leaders.
  • The March Executive Forum in Orlando promises to be a valuable event, designed to heavily focus on the labor issues that plague manufacturing. Your HR departments shouldn’t miss out on this one.
  • The Annual Meeting this year returns to the Hotel Bonaventure in Montreal in October. Watch for more information about this in the coming months
  • And finally, as a free benefit to ARM members, we are excited to be launching a series of eleven Operator Training webinars. These webinars offer your employees an industry endorsed training program, complete with continual assessment evaluations and completion certificates.  The first is scheduled for February 14th.  You’re going to love this!

Please join me in making this a great year.  And please let me know if I can help in any way.

Dru Laws is the President of ARM and the Senior Vice President of Seljan Company in Lake Mills, Wisconsin.

ARM Listing of Resin Properties: Forms and Instructions

The ARM Education Committee plans to publish the next edition of the  ARM Listing of Resin Properties this April – the publication will be available on the ARM website with updated versions to be published every six months if new data is available.  Our molder members tell us that they view this publication as a valuable information resource, which they frequently use to make choices of suitable roto materials.

ARM supplier members are invited to contribute their resin data to the publication by March 2.

The listing comprises a series of tables, where the properties of different suppliers’ grades can be compared.  Data is provided by suppliers, but test methods and specimen preparation protocols are standardized, to provide apples-to-apples comparison.

Use these forms to enter your data:

When you complete the form, a copy of your submission will be emailed to you. Complete the form for as many resins as you would like to list. If you need to change the data you entered, complete the form again and contact staff to let us the know the date and time of the form that should be deleted.

If you wish to list any specialty materials (e.g. foams, flame retardants, conductives, rotolining, etc.), please contact ARM Technical Director Nick Henwood as soon as possible.

Deadline for submission of data is Friday March 2.  The Resin Properties Listing will be formally launched on Tuesday April 3.  Hopefully this provides plenty of time for you to generate and submit your data. For those who miss the deadline, we will publish a revision in May, with updates to follow approximately every six months.

As in the past, suppliers must ensure, with the exception of the melt index, density and ESCR, that all of the technical data in the listing has been obtained solely from rotationally molded specimens and that the data for each resin, with the exception of the low temperature impact data, have been obtained from only one sample per resin. ESCR has been obtained from compression-molded specimens molded under the conditions specified in those procedures. The current version of the ARM Low Temperature Impact test method is version 4.0 (July 2003), available here.

Supplier Members of the Association of Rotational Molders may publish their data in the Resin Properties Listing at no charge; this is a Member Benefit.  Suppliers who are members of other associations affiliated to ARMO (the Alliance of Rotomoulding Organisations) may publish their data for a fee of $1000, payable prior to publication.  Alternatively, you can join ARM.

2017 ARM Awards

ARM congratulates all of of the award winners at our 2017 Annual Meeting. We also thank everyone who submitted an entry or nominated a member.

Hall of Fame
Celal Beysel for consistently demonstrating his willingness to share what he knows with rotomolders around the world.

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Distinguished Service Award
Tom Innis for his participation in webinars, many committees, and as one of the representatives for the Roto Made Local initiative.

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Product of the Year
Centro Incorporated for the Intimidator GC1K, a side-by-side utility vehicle with eleven rotomolded parts.

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Conversion Product Award
Dutchland Plastics, LLC for the ITW / Hobart Mobile Generator, a diesel generator with rotomolded top hood cover, cable trays, and diesel tank.

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Innovative/State of the Art Product Award
Centro Incorporated for the Intimidator GC1K, a side-by-side utility vehicle with eleven rotomolded parts.

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Large Product Award
Master Spas, Inc. for the Getaway Bar Harbor, a rotomolded hot tub.

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Safety Competition
Flexahopper Plastics
Formed Plastics, Inc.
for their excellent 2016 safety records.

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Student Design Competition
First: Abigail Scray, UW Stout
Second: John Fox, UW Stout
Third: Nate Eberle, UW Stout