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

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: processes, methods, advanced manufacturing, lean manufacturing, plastic molding', systems, quality, Mold Components, injection molding, 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: advanced manufacturing, lean manufacturing, quality, systems, plastic, injection molding, processes, methods, certification

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

How to Make Continuous Improvement a Priority

By Cory Arbogast on Feb 14, 2018 3:18:50 PM

At Pleasant Precision, we know that continuous improvement and development is necessary for being a successful manufacturer. For continuous improvements to be made, every employee has to be on board. It’s not just random bursts of improvement efforts, it’s a mindset for what you and your company do every day. Sometimes it sounds like a good idea on paper, but getting each and every employee on board can be a struggle.

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Topics: injection molding, plastic, quality, improvement, certification, systems, plastic molding'

The Basics of Drying Thermoplastic Materials

By Ron Pleasant on Feb 26, 2016 10:36:00 AM

Moisture affects the quality of the molded part in different ways, and the extent is determined by either the specific resin being processed or the purpose of the part. Improper or incomplete drying can create problems, either when the part is being processed or when the product is in use, or sometimes, both.

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Topics: injection molding

Injection Molding for Productivity

By Ron Pleasant on Feb 15, 2016 12:51:00 PM

The objective of injection molding is to produce identical moldings at the specified quality each and every time. Repeatability is the key: setup, process, inspection, repeat.

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Topics: injection molding

Introduction to Injection Molding

By Ken Jenkins on Dec 28, 2015 11:09:33 AM

Injection molding is the processing method used in 75% of the plastics industry. It is used to convert raw plastic to useful shapes for all types of industries including the automobile industry. Although there is a substantial upfront investment, injection molding is beneficial because the cost is low after the initial investment.

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Topics: injection molding

Scientific Molding Techniques for Injection Molding

By Cory Arbogast on Nov 24, 2015 1:22:55 PM

When you are preparing to inject molding you need to establish process parameters based on information about the mold capabilities. This will mean you will process from a plastics-point-of-view, verifying and then proving over time, and optimizing setup times with mold modifications.

This is a called a systematic process optimization, with single or multiple cavities, used by cold runner or hot runner molds. It can be used by amorphous or semi-crystalline thermoplastic materials. All of these decisions are made using data.

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Topics: injection molding

5 Questions To Ask Before Choosing An Injection Molder

By Ron Pleasant on Sep 17, 2015 1:40:00 PM

Are you in search of an injection molding company but stuck on where you should start looking? Once you choose a company to work with, you are likely to stay with them for all your future needs as well so it is important to find a reputable, trustworthy company. Here are some questions you should ask before you choose the company to work with.

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Topics: injection molding

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