Rotational molding workshop attracts appreciative professionals

Plastics professionals representing 17 companies, 12 states and Canada gave rave reviews for the recent Rotational Molding and Advanced Materials Workshop hosted by Pennsylvania College of Technology and its acclaimed Plastics Innovation and Resource Center.

“I feel like I am at Disneyland. I loved it that much,” said David Sharp of Acrylon Plastics in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

“A great course. The presenters took complex subject matter and broke it down to an elementary level that was practical and easy to understand,” said Mark Eberhardt of The Metal Ware Corp. in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

“In my time that I have spent in rotomolding, I have been learning the way things work. But until this seminar, I did not know the why. The detailed breakdown in this class was very insightful,” added Ethan Hennes, of Forte Product Solutions in Farmington, Missouri.

The two-day workshop combined classroom training with practical experience on higher-level technology in rotational molding, including a new STP Rotomachinery Inc. LRM 1500 Laboratory In-Line Gas Shuttle in the college’s Shell Polymers Rotational Molding Center of Excellence.

Sessions covered the latest developments in advanced materials for rotational molding and provided core content connecting material preparation to molding parameters and final part quality.

R. Dru Laws, senior vice president of Seljan Co. in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, and president of the Association of Rotational Molders, served as workshop presenter.

Penn College facilitators included Brennan B. Wodrig, PIRC program manager; Christopher J. Gagliano, PIRC project manager; Gary E. McQuay, part-time instructor of plastics and polymer technology; and student research assistants Spencer L. Cotner, of Muncy, and Brandon B. Zechman, of Granville Summit, both of whom are plastics and polymer engineering technology majors.

Jerry Ramsey, president and owner of Akro-Plastics in Kent, Ohio, provided lab instruction.


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