Universal Plastics has been in the custom thermoforming business for more than 50 years. With expertise in both heavy and thin gauge thermoforming and pressure and vacuum forming, Universal Plastics is a leading manufacturer of products such sleds and kayaks for the outdoor industry, jet engine covers for the aerospace industry, HDPE enclosures for the electronics industry and much more. Its sister company, Mayfield Plastics, specializes in thermoforming highly cosmetic, pressure-formed medical parts used in everything from medical lasers to X-ray equipment, bone density scanners, CT scan machines and MRI machines.Read More
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I just returned from the Plastic News Executive Forum in Henderson, Nevada. A recurring theme at this year's event was the idea of creating a great place to work. By treating employees, the community and the environment with same respect we treat our customers, we can deliver better customer service and higher quality products.
Constantly striving to learn and improve, IQMS' management team follows a wide variety of blogs written by industry and subject matter experts. Over the past year, we have been struck by a number of articles that we feel need to be shared with our readers. From topics we consider very important to columns that we found inspirational or simply couldn't have said better ourselves, this new blog series is devoted to some of our favorite writers. We hope you enjoy the articles as much as we did.
Since opening its doors in 1984, Donnelly Custom Manufacturing has played the short-run game to win. The custom manufacturer's ability to overcome challenges such as compressed lead-times, fast change overs and the demands of just-in-time inventory management have led to tremendous growth. Unfortunately, this growth eventually began outpacing Donnelly's legacy ERO system's capabilities.
The holidays are upon us and it is time to not only think about family, food and gifts, but to also think about what the coming year will have in store for us. Not only for ourselves, but what does 2015 have in store for the manufacturing industry? Some of my 2015 "predictions" are based on market trends, some based on rumor and innuendo and some based on good, old-fashioned hopes – after all, I still like to think world peace is achievable! For now, these are the trends I believe will continue to evolve and dominate in the next 12 to 18 months.
Tonight, manufacturing leaders from around the nation will gather for the 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Summit Awards Gala at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida to recognize and celebrate the brightest, most innovative manufacturers in the nation. IQMS will be in attendance to support four of our customers who are being recognized with Manufacturing Leadership Awards in categories that range from Engineering & Production Technology to Operational Leadership to Sustainability. These awards are bestowed by the Manufacturing Leadership Council, a unit of Frost & Sullivan.
My favorite element of the Olympics is the sense of brotherhood that the games impart. No matter a country's economic status, political conflicts or type of government rule, all issues are temporarily overlooked for two weeks when the world comes together in the spirit of friendship and respect (Well, mostly - this year does mark the 20th anniversary of the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan ice skating soap opera).
The majority of IQMS customers have plant floors that resemble the Olympics. Rather than specializing in one particular process for one particular industry, our clients' manufacturing plants offer a variety of different flavors. While 40 to 50 percent of IQMS customers specialize in producing parts for the automotive industry and 30+ percent concentrate on the medical industry, a whopping 90 percent of our customers cross multiple industry segments. It is a case of multiple manufacturing processes, or "multifacturing."
I attended my third straight MAPP Benchmarking Conference last week, October 27 and 28. A two-day event filled with industry statistics and trends, operational best practices and market forecasts, I have to say it was the best event I have been to so far. The attendance was the best I have seen which is a credit to MAPP Executive Director, Troy Nix, and his boundless energy and enthusiasm for the organization and the executive team led by President Matt Hlavin of Thogus Products Company.
When is an option no longer an option but a necessity? When purchasing equipment it can be the stripped down model or the one fully loaded with all options. You may remember when an automatic transmission and radio were an option when buying a new car. Now a full-blown stereo is included and the manual transmission is the option! Automobiles now come loaded with what used to be options! Power seats, power windows, side view mirrors on both sides etc..
Remember at the beginning of each school year you would be given a list of supplies needed for the year. There were basic items required as well as items that were recommended. Well, in our chosen professions there are certainly requirements. You may need a particular skill, certification, or education / training to perform the job. There could be something more tangible like a laptop, cell phone or other type of tool. We also have basic needs such as food and water, access to restrooms, a place for a break or to eat your lunch.