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The U.S. Lifts Tariff on Plastic Injection Molds

By Cory Arbogast on Feb 13, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Back in July 2018, President Trump implemented a 25% tariff on China-made plastic injection molds. Unexpectedly in December, the Trump Administration lifted the tariff for at least one year - a decision many say is likely to hurt American mold makers but help U.S. plastics companies that supply automakers. Below we share some insight on the tariff suspension, what it means for mold makers, and what it ultimately means for you.

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Topics: Mold Components, injection molding, advanced manufacturing, tariffs

Why Nylon 66 Supplies Are Tight and What to Do About It

By Cory Arbogast on Dec 21, 2018 5:10:27 PM

Due to the current market conditions and increasing demand, the Nylon 66 supply is expected to be tight for several years to come. You can expect an increase in price anywhere from $.10-$.50/lb depending on the grade.

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Topics: Mold Components, injection molding, plastic, plastic molding', advanced manufacturing

Here's a High Five!

By Team PPI on Nov 19, 2018 4:53:24 PM

Pleasant Precision, Inc. is pleased to announce the new High Five Award!

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Topics: plastic, advanced manufacturing, CULTURE

Navigating Trump's New Tariff

By Phil Guajardo on Oct 3, 2018 4:13:21 PM

Earlier this year, President Trump implemented a 35% tariff on plastic injection molds

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Topics: injection molding, lean manufacturing, advanced manufacturing, round mate, tariffs

The difference between 3D printing and additive manufacturing

By Cory Arbogast on Jul 10, 2018 1:31:00 PM

3D printing is a big deal when it comes to today’s technology. The concept alone is enough to wow people, and it’s starting to trickle into several different industries, even in the future making of artificial organs - where it’s called “bioprinting”.

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Topics: quality, advanced manufacturing, processes, methods, future

The Advantages of Injection Molding with Round Mate® Systems

By Cory Arbogast on Jun 11, 2018 12:07:00 PM

On a surface level, injection molding might seem like a simple process. The idea of it is. The process itself is a little more complex. Within the actual process of injection molding, there is a intricate system of efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

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Topics: Mold Components, injection molding, quality, systems, plastic molding', lean manufacturing, advanced manufacturing, processes, methods, round mate

How vertical toolmaking adds flexibility and extends mold life

By Ron Pleasant on May 30, 2018 9:53:00 AM

In 1976, Ron Pleasant founded Pleasant Precision, Inc. with his wife, Carol, to produce tooling for the plastic industry. Now located in a 54,000 sq. ft. building in Kenton, OH, Team PPI produces tooling for a wide number of industries that use injection molded components, including consumer products, medical, automotive, appliance, and electrical and electronics industries. Ron Pleasant invented the Round Mate System of tooling in 1989, and developed System II tooling as an advance on Round Mate technology in 1997.

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Topics: injection molding, plastic, quality, certification, systems, lean manufacturing, advanced manufacturing, processes, methods

The Top 5 Takeaways from NPE 2018

By Cory Arbogast on May 15, 2018 1:39:18 PM

The NPE 2018 “The Plastics Show” took place in Orlando last week, and featured professionals in the plastics industry from 128 countries, and in every field from automotive, to construction, to medical. As members of the plastic and injection molding industry, PPI found that the conference was a key event that could benefit their future success.

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Topics: plastic, improvement, systems, advanced manufacturing, processes, future

Why you should attend NPE 2018: The Plastics Show

By Cory Arbogast on May 5, 2018 9:37:30 AM

NPE 2018 The Plastics Show begins May 7, 2018, and provides access to the people and companies that are influencing the future of the plastics industry. Professionals from 128 countries are gathering to provide a glimpse into the future of plastics. The show features professionals in the fields of appliances, automotive industry, construction, medical devices, packaging, and more.

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Topics: Insider, plastic, improvement, systems, plastic molding', lean manufacturing, advanced manufacturing, processes, methods, future

What NASA Can Teach Us About Advanced Manufacturing

By Cory Arbogast on Mar 20, 2018 10:24:30 AM

Technology advances every day, whether it’s in giant strides or baby steps. Advanced manufacturing is how industry leaders find a nexus between the present and the future of technology. Using technology to improve products and processes is a system of advancement like any other. When used in manufacturing, it will make processes more efficient, and further improve the quality of products.

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Topics: injection molding, plastic, quality, improvement, systems, plastic molding', lean manufacturing, advanced manufacturing, NASA

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