*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.

WEDNESDAY

General Sessions

8:00 am – 12:00 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.

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.

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.

THURSDAY

General Sessions

8:00 am – 12:00 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.

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.

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.

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.