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The State of ARM: Scholarships for High School Seniors

The Roy Crawford Education and Development Foundation has just announced that it will award three scholarships to graduating seniors this coming spring.

Employees of ARM member companies and their children are eligible to apply by completing these forms by March 18, 2019. The Foundation will award at least three scholarships of $2,000 each.

This scholarship is a new benefit that ARM member companies can offer employees! Please spread the word among your company.

We are also announcing multiple ways to support the Foundation. Make a general donation to support all of the Foundation’s projects (including rotomolding R&D and education), help build our scholarship fund for future years, or make donations that will be used in their entirety to increase the total scholarship amounts awarded in 2019.

The State of ARM: New Website

ARM’s new website is now live. The redesign subtly improves the visuals on the site but the big changes are behind the scenes.

Members will find that the user experience is significantly improved. For example, once signed in, you will be able to register multiple people instead of being required to log out and back in.

We have focused on making sure that our online benefits are accessible and improved on the new site. We have converted our webinar library so that everything will be accessible on iOS devices.

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We’re ending the year by sharing updates with our members on The State of ARM.

The State of ARM: Roy Crawford Rotomolding Education and Development Foundation

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Professor Roy Crawford

In June 2018, the Rotomolding Education and Development Foundation’s Board of Governors voted to change the organization’s name to the Roy Crawford Rotomolding Education and Development Foundation. This change is an opportunity for the Board to proudly pay tribute to a true pioneer and giant in the rotomolding process, Dr. Roy Crawford.

This year the Foundation has been able to take significant steps in achieving its mission by moving forward with two projects identified early on as primary goals: making rotomolding training more accessible and funding research projects that support our industry as a whole.

The first of the Foundation’s 2018 milestones is the completion of a rotomolding curriculum, which the Board of Governors has been developing since the Foundation’s earliest days. The curriculum has been made accessible to rotomolders by ARM in the form of the Operator Training Program, a series of webinars discussed above.

The Foundation’s second major milestone of 2018 is the collection of proposals to fund rotomolding research projects and the awarding of $10,000 in grants this year. The funded projects will be presented at future rotomolding conferences for the advancement of our industry.

The Foundation is currently announcing the funding of a research project on the Effect of Pigment Addition Rate on Impact Strength for Dry Blends to be conducted by Dr. Nick Henwood.

The Foundation also plans to announce funding for a second project once a schedule for the research has been finalized.

We’re ending the year by sharing updates with our members on The State of ARM.

The State of ARM: Webinars

ARM concluded our year-long Operator Training Program webinar series.

Here is a complete outline of the webinars conducted as part of the series in 2018. The entire series is available on demand to ARM members on our website. It represents more than 8 hours in training for operators and new hires.

      1. What You Need to Know on Day One

      2. Venting

      3. Minimizing Waste & Contamination

      4. Parting Lines

      5. Review Session of 1-4

      6. Molds & Mold Maintenance

      7. Material Weighing

      8. Inside the Mold

      9. Mold Temperature

      10. Shrinkage & Warpage

      11. Thickness Control

      12. Review Session of 6-11

      13. Polyethylene

      14. Other Rotomolding Materials

      15. Mold Release

      16. Safety Review

      17. Review Session of 13-16

  1. Beginning November 1, ARM also began publishing Spanish translations of the webinar series. You can find the translations here. More are added at the beginning of every month.

    In addition to the operator-oriented series, ARM presents additional webinars on a variety of rotomolding-related topics. In August, ARM presented one of it’s most popular webinars yet: a discussion of the new Proposition 65 rules and how it can affect rotomolders. During the program Mike Haubert of Mosaic Roto Division of Mosaic Color & Additives answered our common questions gathered from our members about the California law that can affect anyone making a part that is sold in California. A recording of the webinar is available along with our entire library of 40+ webinars on demand for members on ARM’s website.

    During the ARM Annual Meeting, our Committee will meet to finalize plans for 2019’s webinar series on important technical and practical subjects for rotomolders.

    We’re ending the year by sharing updates with our members on The State of ARM.

The State of ARM: Wage Survey

Wage Survey

ARM’s new Wage & Fringe Benefit Study covers many of the critical elements needed to attract and retain the best staff possible. Work environment, safety, hiring procedures, training, and benefits are all important components of this package.  The final element is providing competitive compensation — particularly in a tight labor market.

If you are having trouble attracting candidates, or are losing valuable employees, it is time to reevaluate your total compensation package.  How do you know if your compensation package is competitive? One place to begin is by comparing your wages and benefits to other companies within the rotational molding industry.

The ARM Wage & Fringe Benefit Report will provide statistical information on the rotational molding industry so you can benchmark your company against others.

The Wage & Fringe Benefit Survey will provide you with the data driven results to make informed decisions about your workforce. Participants in the Wage & Fringe Benefit Survey will receive information related to:

  • Hourly wages for 17 shop floor job titles

  • Benefits (Retirement, Healthcare, Vacation, etc.)

Contact ARM staff to find out if there’s still time to submit data.

We’re ending the year by sharing updates with our members on The State of ARM.

The State of ARM: 2018 Resin Data

ARM has posted online a complete reorganization of the rotomolding resin data. The Resin Data Guide is now a dynamic spreadsheet on the ARM website that can be sorted by the viewer to review rotomolding resins by density, melt index, company, and much more.

 

The guide gathers data for polyethylene, crosslink, nylon, polypropylene, and specialty grades. For the first time, ARM mandated that all the data had to be collected from testing rotomolded samples.

This is a powerful and easy-to-use tool for our members, a project of the ARM Education Committee and Technical Director Nick Henwood.

We’re ending the year by sharing updates with our members on The State of ARM.