Product designer Glenn Beall, who won the Society of Plastics Engineers International Award in May, will be the keynote speaker at the Association of Rotational Molders International's annual fall meeting, set for Nov. 2-4 in Kansas City, Mo.
His topic: ``The Importance of Plastic Product Design.''
Beall is president of Glenn Beall Plastics Ltd. of Libertyville, Ill. In a 46-year career, he has worked at General Electric Co. and Abbott Laboratories, before starting his own engineering firm.
Joining Beall on the program will be Roy Crawford and Mark Kearns from the Queen's University of Belfast in Northern Ireland. Crawford will address an ARM project to reduce cycle times. Kearns will give a comparison between direct electrical heating and hot-air rotational molding machines.
Other technical presentations will cover high-temperature slip rings, robots, fuel vapors in marine tanks, an infrared look at rotomolding and rotomolding around the world.
The program also will feature six workshops on lean manufacturing, the future of rotomolding, plant safety, foaming and fixtures, stabilization of rotomolded products and a session offering solutions to specific problems.
On Nov. 2, ARM International will host the only trade show this year targeted exclusively at rotomolders. More than 50 suppliers are expected to exhibit.
The fall meeting also will have the association's annual product awards competition.
Two educational seminars, an introduction and an advanced seminar on rotomolding, will be offered Nov. 1-2. They require a separate registration fee to attend.
ARM International is based in Oak Brook.