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Newsletter Society of Plastics Engineers Division of Rotational Molding
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Excellence in Color For Thermoplastics
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Chroma Rotational Molding Division Direct: 815-759-2162 1260 N. Belden Street [email protected] McHenry, IL 60050 Toll Free: 877-385-8777 Bob Bunday www.chromarmd.com Technical Operations Manager 815-385-8100 Ext. 360 [email protected]
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Happy Holidays to Everyone! As we close the calendar year we can reflect on a wonderful year for the Rota-tional Molding Division and its membership. Our 2012 TOPCON was a great success. Our Committee Chairs have all had fruitful years in their respective roles, with honors going to the new Membership Committee co-chairs and their efforts. The New Year will begin with us focusing on two technical events, AN-TEC and the Polyolefins Conference in Houston. I encourage everyone to en-joy the holidays, be safe and recharge for a busy and successful 2013.
On behalf of myself and the Rotational Molding Division Board of Directors, Happy Holidays!
Rob Donaldson RMD Chair
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RMD People in the News Two prominent Rotational Molding Division (RMD) members were honored during the Association of Rotational Mold-ers’ (ARM) very successful fall conference. DRU LAWS was named to receive the coveted Charles D. Frederick Distinguished Service Award. This award is presented annually to committee mem-bers or other volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty in ARM International activities and committee work. Laws is an active ARM committee member. He recently completed A Technical Guide to In-Process Rotational Foam Molding book for the As-sociation. He is a frequent speaker at ARM confer-ences and regional meetings. He is also a contribut-ing writer for RotoWorld magazine. Dru Laws is a member of SPE’s Rotational Molding Division’s Board of Directors. He served the Division as ANTEC Technical Program Chairman, as National Councilor and is currently Chairman Elect of the Divi-sion. He has presented numerous technical papers at SPE conferences.
Dru is employed by the Lake Mills, Wisconsin, Seljan Company, as Vice president of their Plastics Division.
DR. PAUL NUGENT owns his own international consulting and training company, based in Read-ing, Pennsylvania. Paul is a charter member of SPE’s Rotational Molding Division. He was a long time member of the Board of Directors serving in many capacities including Secretary and Chairman of the Division. He also served as Technical Pro-gram Committee Chairman for the Division’s first two TOPCONs and Co- Chairman of the third TOPCON. Paul has presented more technical papers than anyone can remember. On November 12, 2012 Paul Nugent was in-ducted into the Association of Rotational Molders’ Hall of Fame. This award is dedicated to recogniz-ing rotational molders, suppliers, and professional members. This is the highest honor ARM bestows on individuals for outstanding service, accomplish-
ments, and contributions to further the growth of the rotational molding industry. To be inducted into the Rotational Molding Hall of Fame, individuals must have shared openly their valuable experience with others in the industry. They must also have worked within the rotational molding industry for a minimum of 25 years. Paul is active on ARM committees and has presented many technical papers and taught many educational seminars for the Association. He is a frequent speaker at international rotational molding conferences. He is also the Process Editor for RotoWorld magazine where his observations on the international rotational molding industry are must-read-first articles. SPE’s RMD is fortunate to have Dru Laws and Paul Nugent as active members. Submitted by Glenn L. Beall
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Chroma Corporation awarded McHenry County Business Champion 2012 Award
McHenry, IL- Chroma Corporation was awarded the McHenry County Business Champion Award during the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation’s. Annual Dinner on October 11, 2012. The McHenry County Economic Development Committee awarded Chroma Corporation the prestigious award for growth and innovation.
Chroma Corporation was awarded the Division 3 award over 14 nominees for large businesses that employ more than 100 people. The award was presented at the annual MCEDC dinner with over 400 leaders of small businesses in the local Community.
The 45- year-old company added 13 pieces of equipment over the last two years to its McHenry production facility to activate a quicker turn around and implement shorter lead times on its growing small-order segment of the business. Tom Bolger, Chroma’s President and CEO, said the com-pany’s green technology has allowed it to reduce its car-bon footprint and Chroma is continuing to invent products requiring less energy to be produced.
Pictured is, Congressman Don Manzullo and Tom Bolger, Chroma’s President and CEO Chroma Corporation is a global thermoplas-tic compounded raw material leader and offers the broadest range of custom color, special effect, and specialty additives in master batches and precompounded prod-ucts in commodity and engineering thermo-plastic resins for extru-sion, injection mold-ing, blown film and a multitude of other processes and appli-cations including rota-tional molding. Founded in 1967, it now employs more than 115 people. For more information, please see www.chromacolors.com or e-mail [email protected]
Consultants’ Corner by Bruce Muller, Plastics Consulting Inc.
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A LABORATORY FOR ROTOMOLDERS Investing in Your Future
Scope Rotational molders require basic test equipment to monitor the quality of incoming resins, to establish optimum molding cycles and to determine the quality and potential performance of their molded parts. Guidelines of the minimum re-quired test equipment will be suggested, and the purpose of each test will be covered briefly.
Lab Location The laboratory should be located in a room large enough for one or two employees and the required test equipment for the basic lab. When a rotomolding operation requires more equipment than the basic lab, a larger room may be re-quired. The lab should be air conditioned, heated, well lighted and have a high ceiling. The perfect location varies dra-matically, but it makes a lot of sense to locate the lab in a clean area. A location between the offices and production areas often helps isolate the offices from factory heat, noise, dust and odors and may allow access to an existing heat-ing and air conditioning system for the lab. A location near the business offices also provides access for lab personnel to office equipment like computers, copiers, FAX machines, etc.
Non Testing Lab Functions Sales: A well designed lab can be useful in promoting the companies image through corporate brochures. A quality well equipped lab is the ideal place to begin plant tours of potential and current customers. Training: The lab is a perfect environment to initiate training programs for sales personnel, supervision, and produc-tion personnel. Quality Disputes: Product liability can be reduced by testing products as they are manufactured, and by keeping re-cords of the results. Records of test results and samples of the tested products should be maintained for a reasonable period of time.* These quality control procedures and records could be helpful in resolving future product failure dis-putes with customers, suppliers or in the courts.
The Basic Lab Space Lab Size: A laboratory can never be to large, but a minimum size for the basic lab is about 250 sq. ft. (14 ft x 18 ft)with a 12 ft ceiling.** Daylight fluorescent bulbs are recommended for lab lighting to standardize the light source for part color comparisons. White or neutral (light grey) wall colors also aid in visual color evaluations. Lab Utilities: A sink with at least cold water, compressed air, an abundance of 120 volt outlets, a 240 volt single phase outlet, plenty of counter space, shelves and cabinets, a desk with phone and computer, and file cabinets will come in handy.
Basic Lab Equipment This basic lab is recommended for a rotomolder whose primary products are molded from polyethylene or polyolefins. Molding other resins (including XLPE) may require additional test equipment. The intention of this BULLETIN is not to cover every potential testing need, but to introduce basic guidelines for the minimum equipment required to success-fully monitor quality in a rotomolding plant.***
Pourability or Flowability (funnel flow) and Bulk Density Cup If a pulverized resin doesn’t pass your pourability standard (ARM 3-5.3), it won’t mold prop-erly, so the Melt Index, Density, Molecular Weight distribution and color won’t matter. This is the most important test for a rotomolder.
ARM Falling Dart Impact Tester 10, 15, 20 and 30 pound darts are available for different part wall thickness’s. This test is used to determine the proper oven time and temperature to obtain optimum cure.* It is useful in identifying excessive color, improper mixing, under cure, over cure, and other conditions that cause poor impact.
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* Retain retention time should be determined by expected part life and the potential liability associated with part failures. ** The ARM Falling Dart Impact Tester may require an additional clearance of 13 ft to 15½ ft total clearance. A 2 ft x 2 ft x 4 ft high ceiling extension will accommodate the tester in a room with a 12 ft ceiling. *** Improved quality means less scrap, increased profits and better customer relations. Better quality should reduce the possibility of returns.
* The Rotolog or an equivalent device is very useful in determining optimum molding cycles. Freezer with -40°C (-40F) Capability It should be a horizontal chest freezer to reduce cold air loss when opened. The -40° C freezer is used to precondition 5 inch x 5 inch sample plaques prior to impacting them with the ARM fal-ling dart (ARM 5.2). The intention of the -40°C freezer is not to determine a parts performance at low temperatures, but to precondition impact plaques to an industry standard, independent of room temperature and relative humidity.
An Ultra Sound non destructive thickness tester is very important to check for consistent part wall thickness. Support equipment includes a stop watch, a 5 inch x 5 inch template, a band saw, and a gram scale with a 454 gram or larger capacity with 0.1 gram accuracy, and a micrometer with at least a 2½ inch throat.
Pulverizing in House A Ro-Tap Sieve Shaker will be required to monitor the quality of grind in addition to the basic lab equipment. This test will identify excessive fines, oversized particles, overall particle size distribution and fluff. This sieve analysis may not identify contamination, slivers, and other pulverizing problems. Support equipment includes a Ro-Tap, Stand and Sound Enclosure that reduces the noise from 85 db to 60 db. A special cleaning brush to clean the sieves (screens) will reduce potential damage to the sieves. Never use air to clean the sieves.
Receiving Bulk Trucks or Rail Cars or Buying Regrind and Off Spec Resins A Melt Indexer will help monitor the melt index or melt flow of incoming resins, both prime and off spec. A Densimeter will enable monitoring the density of incoming resins. It will not test resin in powder form. There are many non rotomolding resins available as regrind. These two instruments will prevent wasting rotomolding production time by identifying unacceptable resins. These instruments will not determine if a resin is UV stabilized. If the Melt Index and Density are within an acceptable range, a product molded from that resin still may not weather well if it has not been properly UV stabilized.
Compression Molder, commonly called a Carver Press, is one of the quickest and best methods to identify resin contamination and determine the approximate color, especially when buying regrind. Powder, pellets or regrind can be pressed into thin sheets which enables easy identification of off color specks. Resin can be pressed between sheet metal plates, with aluminum foil, but a Picture Frame Mold is rec-ommended.
Critical Color Parts A Macbeth Light Booth offers up to 6 standardized light sources to aid in visually judging color. It will help identify metameric colors and colors containing fluorescent pigments or optical brighteners. When working with color, critical customers, for example automotive appearance parts, this equipment will be required. Employees using a light booth or making color decisions of any kind must be tested for color deficiency or any form of color blindness. One out of every seven men has a color deficiency. Color deficiency is rare in women.
A Spectrophotometer may also be required if numerical color values are required by a customer. This instrument allows recording numerical values and spectral color curves when required. Color differences are normally reported as DE units. Spectrophotometers have many limitations, including the inability to accurately com-pare granite colors, marbleized colors, wood grains, pearls, metallics, fluorescents, transparent, and other specialty colors. They are also gloss sensitive, reporting colors as too light or too dark, dependent on gloss variations.
Consultants’ Corner by Bruce Muller, Plastics Consulting Inc.
A LABORATORY FOR ROTOMOLDERS Continued
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Extended Outdoor Warranties Accelerated Weather Tester will help identify early color and resin failures at an accelerated rate. A QUV Weathering tester from Q-Panel economically simulates outdoor weathering using water condensation and high intensity Ultra Violet (UV) radiation supplied by special fluorescent tubes. A more sophisticated and more expensive tester is the Xenon Arc. It uses water spray and high intensity UV radiation supplied by a Xe-non tube light source to duplicate outdoor weathering. The Xenon Arc tester is generally impractical for roto-molders.
Research When research beyond normal quality control is re-quired, the list and expense of research equipment is almost endless. A partial list for research in addition to the equipment listed above:
Laboratory Rotational Molder Research Test Molds w/fill port A Rotolog or equivalent Tensile and Elongation Tester Lab Pulverizer Microscope with photographic capabilities High Intensity Lab Mixer (lab size 6 to 10 liters or 4 to 7 pounds) Drop Box Analytical Scale Staff Plastics PhD with experience or a real Roto-molding Expert with mega experience in R&D For more information on starting or upgrading your roto-molding lab contact Bruce Muller at Plastics Consulting, Inc. (772) 781-6699 [email protected]
A LABORATORY FOR ROTOMOLDERS Continued
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Promens taps green energy at Iceland plant By Richard Higgs November 9, 2012 EUROPEAN PLASTICS NEWS
KOPAVOGUR, ICELAND (Nov. 9, 11:45 a.m. ET) -- Iceland’s Promens hf has turned to green energy for its latest investment at its expanding rotational molding plant in Dalvik in northern Iceland.
Last month, it installed the facility’s third rotomolding oven supplied by Reinhard India. The oven, the world’s biggest of its kind run on electricity, rather than oil or gas, makes use of Iceland’s plentiful supplies of hydro and geothermal energy.
The Icelandic plant molds a range of sturdy insulated polyethylene tubs used in various segments of the food processing industry, primarily still for fresh fish.
Its latest rotomolding equipment is the centerpiece of a newly constructed 840 square meter production hall, which has enough space to accommodate a fourth oven as demand for Dalvik’s packaging grows. Promens, based in Kopavogur, said it had been keen for some time to make greater use of the country’s abundant green energy in its local production. Switching to the electric oven not only improves its carbon footprint but also provides a better working environment for its Dalvik workforce, the firm said.
“In the future, we intend to transform our two current fossil fuel ovens to electricity as well. We feel it is important to make our contribution to improving our environment and it makes good business sense as well,” said Dadi Valdimarsson, vice-president of Promens’s materials handling business.
The new oven operates at 400 degrees C and the new production hall also is equipped with a state-of-theart cooling system for molds after they emerge from the oven.
The expansion project was partly prompted by continuing growth in the meat industry which is one food processing market for which Promens has developed insulated tubs. Dalvik is the center of the firm’s insulated tub business which comprises four plants, including other European units in north western Spain and Norway. Promens Dalvik sells its containers locally as well as exporting to 60 countries worldwide, with most supplied in Europe.
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Stern Assembly moves, adds rotomolding equipment By Frank Antosiewicz November 19, 2012 PLASTICS NEWS CORRESPONDENT
BRAINERD, MINN. (Nov. 19, 1:15 p.m. ET) -- Stern Assembly Inc. is taking steps to handle bigger parts and improve its workflow with a new machine and a move to a 50,000 square foot facility in Brainerd, Minn.
“We’re actually moving to a building that was formerly used by Image Rotomolding,” said Shawn Hunstad, president and owner of Stern Cos. Inc., the parent of Stern Assembly, in a telephone interview. Hunstad said Stern Assembly moved from an older, larger 90,000 square foot facility in Riverton that is about 10 miles away. The move started in September and the last machine was just fired up Nov. 12. “It’s very attractive building because it was built for rotomolding. The infrastructure, the ceiling height and everything else is perfectly suitable for what we do,” Hunstad said.
Image Rotomolding Enterprises Inc. had used the building, but that firm was bought out by its customer and moved to Alabama. The building also was later used by wood products maker. Hunstad said a key consideration is that it is connected to a natural gas line, which he listed as a key challenge in Riverton, where he used propane for the larger machines. It is also roomier in that Riverton had a lot more supporting beams to work around.
Hunstad said the firm also purchased a used Ferry 370 rotomolding machine that is capable of producing 12 foot parts. The older building would not have been able to accommodate its installation. He expects the new machine to be up and running by mid-January. “Customers have added larger parts that we are not currently able to do,” he said. He said the company is experiencing growth via its customers and is also seeing more possibilities in supplying needs to the agricultural market.
The company is running leaner and is using less material more often to adapt to the new space that it occupies. It has also improved its product flow and efficiency. Hunstad said the newest machine will be its fifth. It has two Ferry clamshell machines — one is a two-arm shuttle and the other an independent four-arm carousel. It also has a REI 120 machine and a Ferry 280.
Stern Assembly has 35 employees and Hunstad said that it will add six to eight more when the new machine is ready. The company also does assembly of such items as fuel tanks and storage boxes. Customers include Polaris and Arctic Cat. Stern Cos. Inc. has two subsidiaries: Stern Assembly which includes rotomolding, and Stern Industries Inc., which is a broker of plastic and rubber parts.
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Rotational molder Elkhart Plastics expanding By Bill Bregar November 28, 2012 PLASTICS NEWS STAFF
SOUTH BEND, IND. (Nov. 28, 3:55 p.m. ET) -- Custom rotational molder Elkhart Plastics Inc. is adding a 25,000-square-foot expansion and plans to add 50 new jobs over the next three years at its headquarters in South Bend.
CEO Jack Welter said the company initially plans to hire about 20 people, and buy two rotomolding machines, for the addition. That will bring Elkhart Plastics’ total square footage to more than 100,000 in South Bend. Site preparation has already begun, and the expansion should be completed by end of the first quarter of 2013.
Welter said the company is spending $1.75 million for the building, two machines and to hire the 20 employees. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. reports the total investment at $3.8 million, but Welter said that figure includes additional machines and another 30 workers, which will be added over the next three years.
Welter said part of the expansion is to handle a large contract for emissions systems for diesel-powered heavy equipment, such as tractors, construction equipment, and semi trucks. The focus on reducing emissions has led to an increased for rotomolded components, he said. He declined to give more details.
Meanwhile, company officials have brought back the well-known Elkhart Plastics name for the entire company, scrapping the former moniker of Indiana Rotomolding. In early 2011, Welter and a group of fellow managers bought five custom rotomolding plants from Olympus Partners, a private equity firm. The plants were Elkhart Plastics and Bonar Plastics operations. Welter is an Elkhart Plastics veteran who became president in 1994.
Elkhart Plastics is the eighth-largest rotomolder in North America, with sales of $61.5 million, according to the latest Plastics News ranking. The company runs 41 rotomolding machines at five plants, three in Indiana—South Bend, Elkhart and Middlebury—and one each in Littleton, Colo., and Ridgefield, Wash. Elkhart Plastics is getting government help for the expansion in South Bend. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. will give the company up to $250,000 on conditional tax credits and up to $35,000 in training grants, contingent on job creation. The city of South Bend also is considering additional property tax abatement, IEDC said.
Welter said the training grants are important to help find and train people in rotomolding. He said finding good workers is “the only limiting factor to our aggressive growth plan.” Rotational molding is physical work, and the machine operators play an important role in producing quality products, Welter said. “You can train somebody. It really comes down to finding people who want to put in a good day’s work for a good day’s pay,” he said. “We’re certainly willing to train people who are willing to commit to us.” Elkhart Plastics employs about 500 at the five plants.
Elkhart Plastics was founded in 1988 with one machine molding parts for Indiana’s recreational vehicle industry. Welter said the Hoosier State has good proximity to customers. “We place a great deal of value in our relationship with the city of South Bend and the state of Indiana and appreciate the effort that went into allowing us to expand,” he said. Entire contents copyright 2012 by Crain Communications Inc. All rights reserved.
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Position Title: Production Manager
Reports to: Vice President Operations
Position Summary: Manager is responsible to lead the day to day manufacturing activities while developing a lean manufacturing culture focused on improving productivity, quality and delivery performance. Reinforcing the use of metrics and data to make business decisions and measure success.
Essential Position Functions:
Manage the rotomolding, welding, finishing, fabrication, assembly, LS manufacturing, machining and mainte-nance departments.
Manage human resources to insure proper staffing levels aligned with budget and sales forecast. Work with quality and engineering to establish process controls in manufacturing to improve quality while sup-
porting our “quality at the source” philosophy. Establish an ongoing training process for manufacturing employees insuring all employees are properly trained
and training documentation is readily available. Establish appropriate metrics with targets for each area focused on improving productivity, quality and delivery
performance. Work closely with engineering to develop work instructions necessary to achieve consistency and repeatability in
complex operations. Use lean tools to develop organized work areas focused on improving productivity, quality and delivery perform-
ance. Develop a “readiness” culture focused on lead time reduction and delivery performance. Lead and participate in regular “huddle” and production meetings insuring good communication amongst depart-
ments. Foster a spirit of cooperation amongst all departments encouraging a team environment. Participate in all customer and other compliance audits as needed.
Relevant Work Experience A minimum of 10 years of experience in manufacturing supervision or management. At least 5 years of experience managing multiple manufacturing departments. Demonstrated experience implementing lean methods, metrics, and process controls in a manufacturing environment. Experience managing in a low volume, high mix ever changing manufacturing environment.
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Strong leadership and communication skills. Must be able to present ideas, requirements and results effectively throughout the organization on a timely basis.
Experience with ERP systems and a work order environment. Strong analytical kills and ability to use data to make recommendations and decisions. Team oriented management style Good interpersonal skills. Seeks input and listens, and takes the time to explain decisions. A disciplined, hands-on leadership style Leadership, team leader Detail and process oriented Scheduling and information flow
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Position Open Process Engineering Job Description This position requires knowledge and skills in a variety of manufacturing processes. Work assignments are broad in scope and require the use of independent judgment and initiative in making sound technical and operational deci-sions. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: • Initiate and carry out studies, evaluations and experiments necessary to improve manufacturing processes by
reducing cycle time, reducing scrap and rework, and reducing cost. • Work with Product Engineering to develop work instructions as needed for production processes to ensure manu-
facturability and quality products. • Provide technical input in support of routing and traveller development to insure process times and steps are ac-
curately defined. • Define and develop process parameters necessary to successfully manufacture roto molded and rotolined prod-
ucts to meet customer requirements. • Work closely with Product Engineering and R&D group to identify and obtain tools, fixtures and equipment neces-
sary to successfully manufacture rotomolded and rotolined products to meet customer requirements. • Works closely with Manufacturing to define data collection and documentation requirements. Insure information is
retained and available for future production runs to avoid starting from scratch when product is run again. • Participates in the design review process providing input on manufacturability and process capability of new prod-
uct designs. • Assists Manufacturing with problem jobs providing processing direction and support. • Assist with technical training of Manufacturing personnel in support of new and existing technology and proc-
esses. • Interfaces with customers when necessary in support of new and existing products and processes. • Acts as project manager on high profile projects as assigned. • Demonstrate continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes,
and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service. REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of: • Manufacturing processes and methods including rotomolding and lining, assembly operations and plastic fabrica-
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and spelling. • Work cooperatively with others. ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline. Minimum 5 years of experience with plastics manufacturing processes such as roto-molded components, linings, aerospace assemblies, and fabrication of plastic containment tanks.
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April 22-24, 2013 Cincinnati, Ohio USA Duke Energy Convention Center ANTEC will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio. Hundreds of papers will be presented and Exhibitors will be on site to demonstrate the latest technology and products. Also, ANTEC is allowing commercial papers (no trade names) in addition to the traditional Technical Papers. The inclusion of case studies is highly encouraged. Topics could include
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SPE‐RMD 2012‐13 Board of Directors & Officers
Barrry Aubrey Russ Boyle Ronald Markovich Jon Ratzlaff Gregory Stout Ashland Custom Resins The Dow Chemical Chevron Phillips Blue-Reed, LLC
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Rob Donaldson Bartlesville, OK 74005 Glenn Beall M. Holland Company Peter J. Mooney (918) 661-3127 Robert Swain
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32981 N River Rd Northbrook, IL 60062 Research Services Inter/Intra Society 3723 Riverview Terrace N
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Historian Division Chairman [email protected] 39155 N Pine Grove Ave Honorary Director
Secretary Wadsworth, IL 60083 Sponsorship Committee
Celine Bellehumeur Michael J Gehrig Assistant Newsletter (847) 623-7535
Nova Chemicals gapolymers (H) (847) 623-4398 Ken Wessler
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Tech Program Chair [email protected] (772) 781-6699 winSell Specialty Plastics [email protected] ANTEC Newsletter Chair p[email protected] 1729 #J Merriman Road Grants & Scholarships
Polyolefins - Houston TopCon Chair Akron, OH 44313 Chair
Rex Kanu Sponsorship (330) 836-7421 Rebeca Book Ball State University (c) (330) 289-3449 Charles (Hank) White
Pittsburg State University Dept of Industry & Michael Paloian [email protected] Pennsylvania College
Pittsburg, KS 66762 Technology Integrated Design Systems Membership Co-Chair of Technology
(620) 235-4034 AT 131 33 Great Neck Rd PMC, DIF 26
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Education Chair (765) 285-5695 (516) 482-2181 x101 Intergrity RM Inc Williamsport, PA 17701
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Treasurer Technical Programs Plainfield, IN 46168 [email protected] Webinar Chair (317) 837-1101 Past Chairman R. Dru Laws tstemple@ Seljan Company integrityrotational.com 105 Industrial Drive Membership Chair
Lae Mills, WI 53551
(920) 648-3402 Senior Liaison, SPE Leadership
[email protected] Sarah Sullinger, Society of Plastics Engineers Chairman Elect 14 Fairfield Dr, Brookfield, CT 06804 (203) 740-5430, [email protected]
International Standing Commitees Past Chairs
Ambassadors ANTEC 1999-2000
Roy Crawford Celine Bellehumeur Glenn Beall 18 Stonebridge Estate
RD 9 2000-2001 Hamilton 1706 EDUCATION Barry Aubrey New Zealand Rebecca Book
67 64 7838 4673 2001-2002 [email protected] MEMBERSHIP Jon Ratzlaff
Terry Stemple (Chair) Mark Kearns Fred Shockey (Co-chair) 2002-2003
Queens University Marshall Lampson Ashby Building NEWSLETTER
Stranmillis Road Mike Gehrig (Chair) 2003-2004 Belfast BT9 5AH Peter Mooney (Co-chair) Ken Pawlak 44 2890974700
[email protected] SPONSORSHIP 2004-2005 Bruce Muller Larry Schneider
Volunteers Bob Swain Andy Hebble 2005-2006
[email protected] Polyolefins Conference - Houston Paul Nugent Terry Gillian Celine Bellehumeur
tgillia[email protected] 2006-2007 Mark Woolston WEBINARS Ken Wessler
[email protected] Mike Paloain (Chair) Raffle Chair Jon Ratzlaff 2007-2008
Michael Paloian 2008-2009 Greg Stout
2009-2012 C. "Hank" White
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The Rotational Molding Division would like to acknowledge and thank the following organizations that share their resources with the RMD by al-
lowing and encouraging their employees to serve as members of the RMD Board of Directors.