The Rotational Molding Center of Excellence (RMCE) at Penn College was established in 2000 by the College's Plastics Innovation & Resource Center (PIRC), with assistance and guidance from the College, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, and many supporting local companies.
By its second year, during which the RMCE was primarily assisting regional companies with workforce development, making Pennsylvania’s rotomolders more competitive, the Center became recognized nationally as a research center for rotational molding, with production-scale equipment.
The third year was pivotal. Three major research projects were completed to demonstrate the unique capabilities and industrial relevance of the Center. At the same time, the Plastics & Polymer academic programs at Penn College continued to incorporate rotational molding education into its curriculum, and Center staff continued with various initiatives, including the development of a nylon material for the rotational molding industry.
The Rotational Molding Center of Excellence is now one of the finest technology centers of its kind in North America. The Center is an active participant in national organizations like the Association of Rotomolders (ARM) and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). The Center's personnel continue to participate in industry activities like the ANTEC (Annual Technician Conference), and serve as an independent source of research, development, and training for industry. The Center remains engaged in technology programs with industry members, as well as significant patentable technology developments from research initiatives, including special projects for the rotational molding industry.
Function as an independent research and development Center of Excellence defining and executing programs to advance technology for the rotational molding industry, and as a technical support facility for our industry partners.