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Diversified Plastics Wins Advanced Manufacturing Award

The custom injection molder received a Tekne Award, which recognizes innovative technology developed by Minnesota-based companies.

Clare Goldsberry

December 2, 2020

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Diversified Plastics Inc. (DPI) was the recipient of the Minnesota Technology Association’s award for advanced manufacturing at the 23rd annual Tekne Awards. The program highlights and recognizes innovative technology developed by Minnesota companies that impacts the community and the world.

“The Tekne Awards honor the innovators and tech leaders powering Minnesota’s growing science and technology economy,” said Jeff Tollefson, President and CEO of the Minnesota Technology Association. “Those who viewed this year’s virtual awards ceremony were inspired by the technological breakthroughs being developed in Minnesota and [are] proud of the important role our state plays in global technology innovation.”

The advanced manufacturing category celebrates innovation and pioneering efforts in the use of technology to more efficiently design and produce new products or improve processes for manufacturing products. Advanced manufacturing includes production activities that depend on information, automation, computation, software, sensing, and networking.

Diversified Plastics CEO Kevin Hogan recently spoke with PlasticsToday about his company's approach to design for manufacturing and the benefits of its Acceleration Station program for customers. You can read the interview here. Hogan is also scheduled to speak at Virtual Engineering Week on Dec. 3 at noon. The session is titled, "Speed time to market and increase profits with advanced design for manufacturability techniques."

DPI’s award application highlighted the Acceleration Station, an additive manufacturing service that accelerates a product's path to market. Although there are many facets to a winning go-to-market strategy, design changes, prototyping, and building molds can delay a product launch, explained Minneapolis-based DPI. The Acceleration Station uses the Carbon Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) additive manufacturing process that can make production and prototype parts in days — not weeks — without tooling.

DPI explains that the Carbon DLS additive manufacturing process is up to 100 times faster than traditional additive methods and is a transformational technology for product design and production. It allows manufacturers and engineers to explore what has been impossible to produce through conventional manufacturing methods, including articulating structures, part consolidation, variable wall thicknesses, sharp corners, surface textures, and more.

“We’re thrilled to receive this award because it recognizes the outstanding efforts of our employees in providing our customers with the support and tools they need to be more successful,” said Kevin Hogan, CEO of DPI. “The Acceleration Station engineering and production team works closely with customers to save time and money by optimizing parts for digital manufacturing.”

Diversified Plastics is an employee-owned custom plastic-injection molding company and digital manufacturer of precision, close-tolerance parts and components for medical device, filtration, aerospace and other markets. In addition to its Minneapolis headquarters, DPI purchased Pacific Plastics Injection Molding in Vista, CA, to expand the company’s operations and capabilities.

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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