ENVISIONING OUR FUTURE AND PREPARING FOR IMPENDING INDUSTRY CHANGES
The PTA 2030 team was developed to focus on the future direction and vision of PTA Plastics with a heavy focus on emerging technologies and processes in order to prepare our company for impending industry changes. The PTA 2030 Guiding Team was formed by the input of senior leadership as part of the PTA 2030 Steering Committee. This particular goal was to form a group that was diverse in various areas of expertise from both facilities in Oxford, Connecticut, and Longmont, Colorado. The team currently consists of the following members:
Rich Dorans – President
Mike Rocheleau – Executive VP
Kent Seeley – General Manager (CT)
Mike Weiss – General Manager (CO)
David Seeley – General Manager Corporate Tooling
Jeff Misenti - Controller
Desiree Antras – NPI Engineer
Ryan McNally - Corporate Accounting Manager
Matt Saunders – Business Development Manager
Don Miller – Strategic Account Manager
Andrew Gonzales – Injection Mold Designer
Ron Canty – Manufacturing Manager
Max Benko – Automation Manager
Matt Stevens – Project Manager
Bob Berg – Director of Information Technology
Ed Hurst – Vice President of Business Development
A key aspect of the team was to look for characteristics of, “out of the box” thinkers and to create a long-term business model that will sustain PTA into the future – the year 2030 and beyond. A major key to this endeavor is focusing on projects that are agile, forward looking, and owned by PTA Plastics; not a consultant. In other words, PTA is working towards the direction of being a disrupter and not to be the disrupted.
The first step when forming this group was to create a vision and purpose that aligns with our core values pertaining to our customers, the markets we serve, our Employee-Owners, and the community that surrounds PTA Plastics. A primary objective with the team is to solidify our position in the market place not only for today, but for the future as well. In order to do that, we need to continuously look to see where the market trends are heading and keep an eye on new and evolving technologies. Using that information, PTA then projects and envisions what the future may look like for the industry in order to start making those changes now.
As the team looks towards the future, we use several strategies to ensure we are on track that include several phase gates during this process. With the intent on looking ahead to better understand advancements in technologies, the goal is to create and lead teams of experts with the sole purpose of implementing new technologies and processes. One of the first steps is the Ideation Phase. While this is an exciting and fun part of the process, it also entails a lot of, “out of the box” thinking. The 2030 Team also utilizes several other phase gates in order to move ideas into real projects such as Value Proposition and Concept Qualification. However, one of the more important strategies is to always test the ideas against our vision and purpose statement. If an idea doesn’t hit on at least one or two of the items, it’s imperative to move on to the next one. Some of the specific goals revolve around robotics, automation, and other Industry 4.0 technologies such as AI, ML, and IIOT. By leveraging these new generation technologies, we can augment our labor force, reduce scrap, and improve overall throughput.
The 2030 initiative will benefit PTA in many ways – such as building a better business to secure our future. This not only impacts our Employee-Owners, but also their families, local businesses, and our customers. Creating the successful growth of PTA entails elevating our customer relations to become more of a partnership while understanding new and emerging markets. The continual investment in our Employee-Owners through state-of-the-art facilities, along with making impactful changes in our community with various out-reach opportunities and green initiatives all benefit and help to build the future of PTA Plastics. Our customers are also one of the primary quadrants of our vision and purpose statement. The PTA 2030 activities will absolutely bring the next level of customer partnerships to PTA along with short and long-term goals. Some of the improvements beneficial to our customers include reduced lead times, higher quality, extended capabilities, and more efficient ways to communicate and conduct business.
As with all new emerging technologies, there tends to be a certain amount of hype that initially surrounds these newer concepts. In hindsight, PTA 2030 is more about a culture of continuous improvement, not a specific target date, and will be an ongoing effort to be a part of PTA Plastics culture to create the destination that fulfills our vision and purpose for all Employee-Owners, for PTA, and our customers.
(Pictured from left to right) Bob Berg, Andrew Gonzalez, Matt Saunders, Desiree Antras
(Pictured from left to right) Max Benko, Ron Canty, Don Miller, Ryan McNally, Matt Stevens
ABOUT PTA PLASTICS
Supporting new product introduction and speed to market, PTA Plastics is a progressive custom plastic injection molder – specializing in engineering for low/medium volume and high mix solutions. An in-house tool room with deep moldmaking competencies led by a cohesive team of Employee-Owners, PTA Plastics serves the medical industry, defense industry, and safety & security.