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As “Made in USA” gains in popularity, companies reshore manufacturing

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 3rd, 2014

It seems that 2013 was a good year for reshoring of manufacturing. As "Made in USA" labels become more ubiquitous thanks to a lot of media attention over the past year, it appears that's influencing people in corporate boardrooms.

Moldmaking on the brink of technological shift

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: December 23rd, 2013

High-speed machining (HSM) was the "big thing" in the 1990s, and moldmakers who implemented HSM were able to reduce the number of man-hours in moldmaking, thus reducing both costs and build time. The long-time mantra of many mold company owners of "we have to reduce the number of man-hours" became a reality. By the early years of the first decade, most mold companies had invested in HSM, and HSM as a competitive edge for the few disappeared. Can we get any faster?

Machine-building partnership reflects U.S. plastics' resurgence

By Doug Smock
Published: November 19th, 2013

One sign of the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing, and plastics in particular, is the creation of a new machine manufacturing partnership in Indiana.

Red Star Contract Manufacturing, a small insert molder specializing in the medical market, is now working with Warsaw Machinery Inc., which to date has specialized in woodworking machinery, to produce insert molding machines.

Blowmolder in the spotlight on FBN October 8

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 4th, 2013

The Fox Business Network will provide a nationwide TV audience with an inside look at one of Ohio’s most successful and innovative small manufacturing operations. Blow mold maker Century Die Company, which manufactures molds primarily used for molding plastic bottles for the automotive and household products industries, will be featured on FBN, October 8 at approximately 8:30-8:44 pm CST.

Closing the Skills Gap: Processors, MBA students team up

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 12th, 2013

The push to develop the next generation of plastics industry employees who can help companies meet the competitive challenges of tomorrow is resulting in collaborative efforts between industry and universities. But it’s not just the skilled trades on which companies are focused, rather, giving students in MBA programs exposure to the management opportunities that manufacturing companies offer in today’s competitive environment.

SussexIM buys North American cosmetic compact business from Albea

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 9th, 2013

SussexIM, a contract manufacturer and supplier of innovative, custom plastics injection molding solutions for multinational brand owners, announced the purchase of the North American cosmetic compact business from the Albea Group. The purchase includes reacquiring its internationally renowned Innovation Center, which offers customers cutting edge innovation and product development expertise. In addition, it immediately gives SussexIM the autonomy to deal directly with cosmetics customers and grow its longstanding relationships with leading personal care companies.

Delcam Electrode software saves time, money for moldmakers

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 9th, 2013

Delcam Electrode software for the design and manufacture of electrodes saves mold manufacturers time and money. Just ask Cavalier Tool & Manufacturing Ltd. in Windsor, ON. The company has gone from outsourcing about $600,000 a year on EDM to pulling all that work back in-house with a single OPS Ingersol machine and Delcam’s software.

On Management: Finding out what’s valuable to customers

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 29th, 2013

There’s an old saying among moldmakers: “We can give you low price, good quality and on-time delivery. Pick two.”

What's important to your customers? Recently, two companies, Tech Molded Plastics, a custom injection molder in Pennsylvania, and custom thermofomer Ray Products in Southern California, have released the results of their customer surveys. And the results just might surprise you – or maybe not.

Moldex3D donates $2 million in software to University of Akron

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 21st, 2013

The University of Akron’s Department of Polymer Engineering received an in-kind donation of Moldex3D injection simulation software from CoreTech System Company Ltd., valued at $2 million, according to a release from the University. The software allows manufacturers to design and simulate the flow of polymers into complex mold designs to prove the CAD model and reduce errors and product development costs, expediting time-to-market. The University will use the software to educate polymer engineering students about moldmaking.

The more your customers know about you the better

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 7th, 2013

This week I’m in Traverse City, MI, at a two-day event hosted by RJG, “Scientific Molding Strategies for Managers.” It will feature a variety of seminars on processing using scientific/decoupled molding, training, and education to a group of invited RJG customers and others. It seems that these educational seminars and “Lunch & Learn” programs are becoming more popular as more companies are taking it upon themselves to educate customers and potential customers about their business, or technical topics in general.

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