*PLEASE NOTE: Dates, times, room assignments and speakers are subject to change. Please bookmark this page and return frequently for updates.

*PLEASE NOTE: Dates, times, room assignments and speakers are subject to change. Please bookmark this page and return frequently for updates.

MONDAY

7:45 am – 5:00 pm

Steel Toe Tour – Harley-Davidson (Milwaukee, WI)

The Steel Toe Tour begins at the HD Pilgrim Road Powertrain Operations facility and gives you a chance to experience Harley-Davidson history and get up-close and personal with the assembly line, powder coat process, cold testing, and steel and aluminum machining. Transportation will be provided as part of the tour fee. Spaces are limited.
TUESDAY

1:00 – 5:00 pm

Design Seminar

This half-day seminar will provide a basic understanding of how to design a rotationally molded part. The seminar will be segmented into two sections: the first portion will focus on basic design principles, and the second will concentrate on applying these principles to design exercises. Basic design principles will be presented to the group within a two-hour period. The remainder of the seminar will focus on creative application of these principles in two to three product designs.

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Intro to Rotomolding
(English and Spanish seminars presented separately)

This introductory seminar will cover the key elements of the rotomolding process. This includes available materials, the main types of equipment used, processing parameters, process control methods to optimize part properties and key design guidelines. Attendees will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and explore areas of particular interest.

WEDNESDAY

General Sessions

8:00 am – 10:30 pm

 

Collaborate for Success

Martin Spencer, UniqueRoto

By building a team and working together, well produced products that are fit for purpose can be brought to market with a much greater chance of success than those formulated by just the moulder or the designer. The presentation is designed to stimulate thought about how new products are brought to market and demonstrate through 3-4 case studies how bringing all parties together at the earliest opportunity provides the greatest opportunity for success.

Optimal Methods for Work Instruction Delivery

Dr Joe Butterfield, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Queens University Belfast

The primary goal of this presentation is to cover good practice on work instruction authoring and to demonstrate the benefits that an animated, digital instructional format can have on operator learning. Any improvement in learning can significantly reduce the number of hours tied up in production thereby reducing costs, especially in the preliminary stages of new product manufacture. We’ll then place these outcomes in the context of the rotational moulding process with example animations.

Conversion From "Good Old" Steel Mould to State of The Art Automatic Aluminum Molds

Oliver Wandres, Maus GmbH

A fresh view on the latest automation techniques on molds, saving cost and hassle, addressing tolerance and quality issues and improvements for health and safety. Case Study - A moulder that is producing high volumes of a certain toilet cabinet was seeking to invest in another mold set to increase output. With minor design changes a series of high-end moulds had been produced reducing both time of production but also failure rates and greatly improving the workplace for the machine operators.

 

Workshops

11:00 am – 11:45 pm

 

Forecasting: Petrochemical Industry Dynamics

Chris Gick, NOVA Chemicals

Petrochemical producers will start up a significant number of new facilities for the production of ethylene and polyethylene in North America over the next couple of years. How the market responds to the addition of this new supply depends on many factors such as: the state of the economy; the level and direction of change of petrochemical feedstock prices; demand growth drivers in key markets; supply and demand dynamics along the supply chain; and the operability of the new assets in North America and elsewhere, and that of the existing asset base.

Improving Rotomolded Part Performance Through Effective Quality Programs

Celine Bellehumeur, NOVA Chemicals

In this workshop, we will review principles and methodologies NOVA Chemicals has implemented to improve quality assurance processes, and how they may be adapted to a molding operation. As a resin producer, integrated programs to support the production and delivery of consistent quality products are of the utmost importance to ensure resin performance at the rotomolders. Examples will focus on resin aspects such as product specifications, additives, lot-to-lot consistency, and how they affect the quality and performance of rotomolded products.

Adding Value Through Design: Connecting Rotomolding with Consumer Trends

Michelle Travis, EMD Performance Materials

How can Rotomolding capitalize on consumer trends and color forecasting? How can Rotomolding appear to the mass market or influence the industrial market based on the underlying consumer preferences? What is possible in Rotomolding to appeal to the mass consumer market and in line with consumer social and color & design trends?

Rotomolders can proactively take action on this knowledge to grow and revolutionize their business. The focus on consumer trends is through five key areas identified:
1. reinventing nature in shapes and colors that are completely natural but may not appear to be
2. alternative styling elements that are a revitalization of 1980’s style of positive cooperation, with a focus on a social response to the world
3. a reinterpretation on what is high tech that is far more colorful than before, focusing on design elements of outer space
4. a redefinition of luxury that betters the planet
5. and a focus on returning to a simpler life and recognizing the positive value in stillness.

Each trend translates into a color forecast of consumer demand of the future.

New Design Case Studies

Michael Paloian , Integrated Design Systems Inc.

This workshop will review case studies for two unique and challenging rotomolded products: a sectional modular children's slide for the residential market and a kiosk for automatic car wash systems.

Buying PE: Quality Varieties & Blending
vs. Compounding

Stephen Copeland, Jerico Plastics and Owen Hodges, Nexeo Solutions

The PE roto market has a variety of different qualities of resin. The main categories include branded prime, generic, widespec, repro, and compounded. This presentation will define the different qualities of resin and describe situations where one quality might be more suitable than another. This presentation will also examine the advantages of modifying polyethylene by extrusion compounding versus dry blending by medium and high intensity blending.

Alternative to Polyolefins

Dr Nick Henwood , Integrated Design Systems Inc. and
Bobby Richards, Custom Resins

This workshop offers some practical options, both in material selection and in overcoming molding application challenges. New rotomolding applications often call for material properties that are outside what is possible with polyethylene or polypropylene. Unfortunately, the rotomolder has far fewer options than other plastic processors and what alternatives do exist can present significant problems.

Top Four Benefits of Automating Your Resisn

Rob Miller, Wittman Canada Inc.

Automating of powder resin handling has many possible benefits, but the introduction of all of the benefits can cloud the opportunity to gain a firm understanding of the top primary benefits. This presentation uses case studies and testimonials to highlight the top benefits, in order of importance, common to all rotational molders.

Update on Floteks Projects

Celal Beysel, Floteks

Be different; have a competitive edge in rotomolding by doing disruptive projects. Rotomolding is widely accepted to be a simple process, with low investment costs and easy to enter for startups. Rotomolders are mostly SME’s with low R&D appetite, as the short-term costs and risks are not justified even with the probable long term profits of R&D. However, a rotomolder needs to be different than others to be profitable and survive. Floteks, a rotomolder in Turkey, has taken the hard road for R&D and innovation. Fifteen years ago the company founded a separate R&D department, then managed to get Turkish and EU funds for long term projects. Today, innovation and disruptive development is a daily task for Floteks.

• Do you wish to learn about major Floteks Projects, funded by EU, sometimes with international partners, sometimes as the sole beneficiary?

• Do you wish to start thinking how to make an R&D or innovation project of your own?

Attend this workshop and make a difference for your company!

 

Presentation Theatre

3:00 – 5:00 pm  |  Booth 641

 

Mold In Graphics System® - A New Culture

3:00 PM CENTRAL

Curious about the changes taking place in regards to quality processes and practices with the intent to achieve ISO/Six Sigma standards? Come listen as Mold In Graphic Systems® explains how their people and culture achieve new standards.

Bridging the Gap: Dry Color vs. Pulverized Precolored Compound

4:00 PM CENTRAL

Until recently, rotomolders had limited options for coloring their parts. In many cases the choice was between expensive pulverized precolored compounds that provided stronger color, better physical properties and more attractive surface appearance or; dry color which cost less but resulted in a speckled surface appearance with a limited color range. Teknor Color will showcase an entirely new product line designed to bridge the gap between pulverized compound and dry color. This new offering provides significantly improved impact properties and pigment loadings over dry colors while remaining significantly less expensive than pulverized precolored compound.

The Most Efficient Way To Run A Rotomoulding Machine And Plant

5:00 PM CENTRAL

Gary Lategan outlines his proven method developed 20 years ago to become more efficient with the least downtime and highest quality products. The Matrix will open your mind to a new approach, giving you solutions for all areas of concern and addressing the biggest issues that waste time, energy and robs quality.

THURSDAY

General Sessions

8:00 am – 10:30 pm

Finishing Using Robots

Dru Laws, Seljan Company

We’ll focus on an alternative and modern approach to the use of automation to finish rotomolded parts.

Creep Modeling of Large Rotomolded Tanks

Carmine D'Agostino and Henry Hay, NOVA Chemicals

This presentation provides an example of a test methodology as well as insights into tank creep deformation through mathematical modelling of creep properties based upon laser measurement techniques. Design of large rotomolding tanks, specifically in regard to wall thickness, is dependent on two factors; Hydrostatic Design Basis (HDB) and Creep. HDB is well documented and accepted within the rotomolding industry. Creep properties, which principally affect a phenomenon called 'Elephant Footing' however, are less well understood. The work demonstrates how to incorporate creep properties in addition to HDB to best take advantage of light weighting opportunities offered by high-strength tank resins such as RMs245. A simplified technique using commercial tanks in real-world environment, is also presented, comparing light-weight tanks made from Surpass® RMs245 to standard-weight tanks using traditional tank resins.

Product of the Year Case Study

Daven Claerbout, Dutchland Plastics

2014 was the Polaris Roof Top, 2015 was the Leer Ice Breaker, and for the third year in a row in 2016, Dutchland Plastics won Product of the Year with its entry of Tenjam's DuraFLEX seamless seating. The product is produced using PVC and flexible foam. Daven will review the benefits of the material as well as an update on the status of the project.

Process Optimization Program

Dan Grimes, Centro Incorporated

For years rotational molding processing parameters have been based on operator discretion and educated “guess and check” work to find a cycle time and temperature that produces optimal physical properties. But using detailed mathematical modeling, it is possible to simulate and predict results with great accuracy.

In researching the heating phenomena associated with rotational molding a few user-friendly models have shown promise in creating a full process prediction and optimization model. Rather than selecting cycles based on historical success or simply what ensures polymer cure, this model strives to predict an optimized cycle which can achieve polymer cure in the most efficient way and will predict these optimized settings based on easily measurable factors.

The computer program handling the mathematical analysis of these models could be used for production optimization, new product prototyping and even scheduling to ensure product mixes are optimized.


Workshops

11:00 am – 11:45 pm

 

Improving Rotomolded Part Performance Through Effective Quality Programs

Celine Bellehumeur, NOVA Chemicals

In this workshop, we will review principles and methodologies NOVA Chemicals has implemented to improve quality assurance processes, and how they may be adapted to a molding operation. As a resin producer, integrated programs to support the production and delivery of consistent quality products are of the utmost importance to ensure resin performance at the rotomolders. Examples will focus on resin aspects such as product specifications, additives, lot-to-lot consistency, and how they affect the quality and performance of rotomolded products.

Adding Value Through Design: Connecting Rotomolding with Consumer Trends

Michelle Travis, EMD Performance Materials

How can Rotomolding capitalize on consumer trends and color forecasting? How can Rotomolding appear to the mass market or influence the industrial market based on the underlying consumer preferences? What is possible in Rotomolding to appeal to the mass consumer market and in line with consumer social and color & design trends?

Rotomolders can proactively take action on this knowledge to grow and revolutionize their business. The focus on consumer trends is through five key areas identified:
1. reinventing nature in shapes and colors that are completely natural but may not appear to be
2. alternative styling elements that are a revitalization of 1980’s style of positive cooperation, with a focus on a social response to the world
3. a reinterpretation on what is high tech that is far more colorful than before, focusing on design elements of outer space
4. a redefinition of luxury that betters the planet
5. and a focus on returning to a simpler life and recognizing the positive value in stillness.

Each trend translates into a color forecast of consumer demand of the future.

New Design Case Studies

Michael Paloian , Integrated Design Systems Inc.

This workshop will review case studies for two unique and challenging rotomolded products: a sectional modular children's slide for the residential market and a kiosk for automatic car wash systems.

Buying PE: Quality Varieties & Blending
vs. Compounding

Stephen Copeland, Jerico Plastics and Owen Hodges, Nexeo Solutions

The PE roto market has a variety of different qualities of resin. The main categories include branded prime, generic, widespec, repro, and compounded. This presentation will define the different qualities of resin and describe situations where one quality might be more suitable than another. This presentation will also examine the advantages of modifying polyethylene by extrusion compounding versus dry blending by medium and high intensity blending.

Alternative to Polyolefins

Dr Nick Henwood , Integrated Design Systems Inc. and
Bobby Richards
, Custom Resins

This workshop offers some practical options, both in material selection and in overcoming molding application challenges. New rotomolding applications often call for material properties that are outside what is possible with polyethylene or polypropylene. Unfortunately, the rotomolder has far fewer options than other plastic processors and what alternatives do exist can present significant problems.

Top Four Benefits of Automating Your Resisn

Rob Miller, Wittman Canada Inc.

Automating of powder resin handling has many possible benefits, but the introduction of all of the benefits can cloud the opportunity to gain a firm understanding of the top primary benefits. This presentation uses case studies and testimonials to highlight the top benefits, in order of importance, common to all rotational molders.

Update on Floteks Projects

Celal Beysel, Floteks

Be different; have a competitive edge in rotomolding by doing disruptive projects. Rotomolding is widely accepted to be a simple process, with low investment costs and easy to enter for startups. Rotomolders are mostly SME’s with low R&D appetite, as the short-term costs and risks are not justified even with the probable long term profits of R&D. However, a rotomolder needs to be different than others to be profitable and survive. Floteks, a rotomolder in Turkey, has taken the hard road for R&D and innovation. Fifteen years ago the company founded a separate R&D department, then managed to get Turkish and EU funds for long term projects. Today, innovation and disruptive development is a daily task for Floteks.

• Do you wish to learn about major Floteks Projects, funded by EU, sometimes with international partners, sometimes as the sole beneficiary?

• Do you wish to start thinking how to make an R&D or innovation project of your own?

Attend this workshop and make a difference for your company!

 

Presentation Theatre

2:00 – 4:00 pm  |  Booth 641

 

A New Roto Material For Higher Temperature And Lighter Weight Mouldings

3:00 PM CENTRAL

OEMs, particularly in the automotive sector are seeking polymers that can withstand higher and higher operating temperatures while also looking for weight reduction in their rotomoulded parts. The main driver behind these demands is the need to meet more stringent regulations on CO2 emissions. Matrix Polymers have now developed a new polyamide alloy called Revolve "PA HIU" which can withstand operating temperatures of 140-150 degrees C and at the same time can deliver significant potential weight savings.

Bridging The Gap Between Polyethylene And Engineering Resins For Rotational Moulding.

4:00 PM CENTRAL

PSD Rotoworx unveils a new polypropylene compound and how new process technology has removed the economic barriers imposed by cryogenic pulverizing. This allows this PP to be more competitive with PE and engineering materials used for roto moulding. Market segments such as infrastructure, automotive, food handling, pharmaceutical are discussed through actual product examples.

FRIDAY

1:20 pm

MLB - Chicago Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds (Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL)

Come watch the 2016 World Series champs at the Friendly Confines. Tickets will be limited and available with registration.

*PLEASE NOTE: Dates, times, room assignments and speakers are subject to change. Please bookmark this page and return frequently for updates.