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2018 Plastic Thermoforming Product Development Summit

Plastic Thermoforming Summit Registration Register Now for the Plastic Thermoforming Product Development Summit

 

 

At the 2018 Plastic Thermoforming Product Development 3D Printer Giveaway During SummitSummit, hosted by Productive Plastics, you will learn about every aspect of developing a new product or converting an existing project to the plastic thermoforming manufacturing process.You will gain insights about the entire development process, from design to finished assembly, as you engage with industry leaders from each link in the production supply chain.

 

What to Expect

  • Summit kickoff with networking, coffee, and a continental breakfast
  • Technical presentations from experts in plastic thermoforming manufacturing, thermoplastic materials, industrial design, industrial finishing, tooling and mold construction, and structural adhesives and bonding
  • Catered lunch
  • Q&A panel
  • Chance to take home a 3D printer

Actionable Takeaways

  • An in-depth understanding of the features, benefits, and limitations of the heavy gauge plastic thermoforming process
  • The knowledge to make a clear assessment of when thermoforming is the right solution for your application
  • How thermoforming compares to production processes such as fiberglass, metal, injection molding, and others
  • Technical knowledge and pro tips on how to design your application to take full advantage of the benefits of plastic thermoforming
  • Key considerations and capabilities of post production processes such as finishing, attachment point bonding, and assembly

Who Should Attend

  • Designers
  • Engineers
  • Procurement
  • Product Development Team Members
  • OEM Design and Development Contributors

Date & Time:

Wednesday

June 20th 2018

8:00am – 3:00pm

Location/Venue:

Natick Boston-Metro West

Courtyard by Marriott Boston Natick

342 Speen Street

Natick, MA 01760

508-655-6100

Cost:

$50 Registration

Included:

Chance to win a 3D printer

Continental Breakfast/Coffee

Catered Lunch

Presentations:

Custom Plastic Thermoforming

John Zerillo

VP Sales | Principal

Productive Plastics

Extrusion Process and Material Selection

Eric B. Lattanner

Business Development Manager

Spartech

Design for Thermoforming Key Considerations

Scott Ryan, IDSA

President

Brownlie Design

Tooling Development

Fritz Borke

Borke Mold and Bay State Cast Products

Industrial Finishing

John Snyder

PPG Paints

Structural Adhesives and Tapes

John Petrauskas

Ellsworth Adhesives (ITW)

Register Now for the Plastic Thermoforming Product Development Summit

 

 

Upgrades at Productive Plastic Enhance Plastic Thermoforming Solutions for Your Project

Your Project's Success is our Goal with Plastic Thermoforming

Productive Plastics has been around for 62 years. In over six decades of heavy gauge plastic thermoforming, one of the many lessons we’ve learned is that helping a customer’s project achieve success means a commitment to the constant evolution of every facet of our business. It’s one of our core values.

This year we invested in numerous upgrades. We expanded our resources, expertise, technology, and machinery, all designed to move us further down our technology roadmap as we implement industry 4.0 solutions and capabilities. And we continue to bring you dynamic and comprehensive heavy gauge plastic thermoforming solutions of the highest quality.

Investments at Productive Plastics This Year:

  • More engineering expertise in-house
    • The engineering team grew by 75% this year to provide our customers with top tier technical support, aid in implementing emerging plastic thermoforming innovations, and expand the scope of our value-added services. Welcome to our newest members who joined the engineering team.
      • Bob Cardona – Engineering Manager
        • Engineering team leadership and coordinating implementation of new technologies
      • Don Stiger – Applications Engineer
        • Providing plastic thermoforming engineering support to customers for new projects and part conversions
      • Dan Govender – Applications Engineer
        • Providing plastic thermoforming engineering support to customers for new projects and part conversions
      • Skip Grant – Manufacturing Engineer
        • Overseeing advances in process improvements
      • Bryan Alicea – Engineering Intern
        • Supporting the engineering team and customer on thermoforming applications

Left to right: Bryan Alicea, Don Stiger, Skip Grant, Dan Govender, Bob Cardona

 

  • Additional Sales Support

    John Zerillo

    Yordano Alicea

    • Yordano Alicea has joined John Zerillo, Principal and VP of Sales, in the field as our newest Sales Account Manager. He adds yet another expert resource available to support customers through every step of the product development cycle.
  • New Technology, Machinery, and Process Upgrades on the Manufacturing Floor
    • 4′ x 6′ Advanced Single Station Pressure Forming Machine
      • Advanced controller and sensor system for increased process control
      • Advanced ovens for better consistency in forming
    • 4’ x 6’ Advanced Rotary Pressure Forming Machine
      • Rapid setup time capable
      • Processes plastic material more efficiently
      • Advanced controller and sensor system for increased process control
    • 6 Axis Robotic Arm Cell
      • Automates cell setup for faster operation
      • Removes human errors
  • Process Refinements to In-Facility Painting Operation – Productive Industrial Finishing
  • What are the Benefits for Your Project?
    • Higher Quality and Consistent Parts (tolerances, color, mating points, etc. – whether it’s 2 parts or 2,000)
    • Faster Lead Times
    • Stronger Value at Competitive Investment
    • Comprehensive Solutions
    • A More Flexible and Dynamic Supplier

This year was about laying the foundations for taking our manufacturing processes and value-added capabilities to the next level, to Industry 4.0 and beyond. New machinery, more automation, moving critical processes in-house, advances in technology, and expanded expertise were all added this year to increase our ability to contribute to your project’s success.

We invite you to contact us and schedule a time to tour our facility. We would like the opportunity to show you just how we can contribute to your project’s success and how we can provide much more than a high quality plastic part.

Please contact Productive Plastics for more information on the thermoforming process

 

 

Manufacturing the Right Team to Better Serve You

I am pleased to announce the addition of Carl Foehner Associates to the sales team at Productive Plastics.

Carl has over 40 years of experience in the plastics industry, with the greater part of his career invested in engineering sales and supporting thermoforming technology. His diverse experience in disciplines paramount to our industry enable Carl to provide insight and guidance to customers during the entire development process; from product design to final production.

Carl will be working closely with our VP of Sales, John Zerillo and the rest of the Productive Plastics team to bring our customers the highest level of service, quality manufacturing, product development, and rapid solutions for the production of custom plastic thermoformed components.

I invite you to connect with Carl to discuss how Productive Plastics can contribute to your project’s success.

Regards,

Evan Gilham

COO | Productive Plastics

Carl Foehner | Carl Foehner Associates

Office 973-506-7091

Mobile 201-220-1207

carl@carlfoehner.com

Productive Plastics

103 West Park Dr. Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

Office (856) 778-4300

146.66.103.165/~produc70

Productive Plastics is top contract manufacturer for heavy gauge thermoforming, including vacuum forming and pressure forming. Contact us or request our complimentary thermoforming design guide for more information.

Please contact Productive Plastics for more information on the thermoforming process
Please download our complimentary thermoforming design guide for more information on the thermoforming process

Seasons Greetings – Help Productive Plastics Spread Holiday Cheer!

Productive Plastics is looking for your help. In a effort to provide you with better solutions for your custom plastic thermoformed parts and projects, we reach out to professionals in the industry each year, seeking feedback on your experiences with either our company or other custom manufacturers.

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We have put together a short 5 minute survey that will help us understand what facets of the custom component manufacturing process are key contributors or challenges to the success of your projects.

In recognition of your time and in the spirit of giving this time of year, Productive Plastics will make a $5 donation tothe Lifesong for Orphans organization for every completed survey.

Your feedback matters and has a direct impact on how we do business

– Expanding manufacturing, material, and engineering capabilities

– Investment in new technologies

– Pricing structure adjustments

– Quality control improvements

– Lead time reducing process improvements

– Customer service and support communication

All and more are influenced by your responses.

We want to hear from you

– Owners and C-suite Executives

– Design, Project, and Sustaining Engineers

– Quality Assurance

– Project Management

– Buyers / Commodity Managers

Your input will help the team at Productive Plastics provide better solutions to your custom plastic thermoforming needs and support a truly charitable organization. Thank you in advance for your help.

Lifesong for Orphans is a faith based organization that helps orphan children in need all over the world. Please visit their website for more information on this amazing organization. http://www.lifesongfororphans.org/

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(Productive Plastics will donate $5 to the Lifesong for Orphans organization for every survey completed up to a maximum of $1000. One survey completion per person and/or computer will be counted for donation purposes)

Thermoforming at Its Best Article Features Productive Plastics

Productive Plastics was recently featured in the February 2016 edition of Business in Focus magazine. The article describes Productive Plastics as an industry leader in heavy gauge plastic thermoforming, highlighting the company’s manufacturing capabilities, quality and efficiency processes, history, values, and commitment to customer value. View this “Thermoforming at its Best” article on the Business in Focus website or via their digital magazine viewer

Productive Plastics featured in Business in Focus

An excerpt from the article:

Productive Plastics has grown into an industry leader, always in pursuit of excellence and profitable growth. It differentiates itself by focusing on core values of honesty, integrity, respect, and fairness and by investing in its people and processes. These values have served as a cataylst for generations of growth and success in the family-owned and managed company.

For additional press releases or news about Productive Plastics, visit recently updated News Room and Recognition page.

Productive Plastics is top contract manufacturer for heavy gauge thermoforming, including vacuum forming and pressure forming. Contact us or request our complimentary thermoforming design guide for more information.

Please contact Productive Plastics for more information on the thermoforming process
Please download our complimentary thermoforming design guide for more information on the thermoforming process

Productive Plastics Presenting at SPE European Thermoforming Conference March 2016

Productive Plastics will be presenting at the Society of Plastics Engineers European Thermforming Division Conference on March 11, 2016 at 8:45am in Sitges (Barcelona), Spain.

Productive Plastics presenting SPE Europe

Lean Manufacturing – Proof that the ‘Old Way’ isn’t always the best Way!

If you will be attending the conference, please join Evan Gilham, Productive Plastics COO, as he shares the benefits and advantages to both the customer and the manufacturer in embracing a lean and smart manufacturing culture.

Evan will examine a number of case studies, tools, and techniques that have proved successful in producing a very efficient and streamlined design and manufacturing process at Productive Plastics. View the conference program and schedule for program information.

EVAN GILHAM

Not attending the show this year?

Stay tuned to the Productive Ideas blog as we release highlights of Evan’s presentation on the benefits of lean manufacturing and smart production techniques.

Please take our industry survey and help us spread some holiday cheer

This survey has been completed and is now closed. Thanks to the many participants.

Seasons Greetings

Productive Plastics values your input and would like to provide you with the best service and thermoforming solutions. Please help us by participating in our industry survey (less than 5 min) and join us this year in spreading some holiday cheer. In recognition of your time, Productive Plastics will donate $5 to the Lifesong for Orphans organization for every survey submitted. (Max $500) Thank you in advance for your time and input.

Happy Holidays!

 

Productive Plastics Brings Two Top Awards Home from SPE Thermoforming 2015

Productive Plastics is honored, humbled, and proud of our dedicated and hard working team members to again be recognized at the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division Conference this year with two top awards in the parts competition.

 

Below is an excerpt from the PLASTICS TODAY article by Clare Goldsberry covering this year’s conference.

The 24th Annual SPE Thermoforming Conference, held in Atlanta last week, provided real proof of just how far that industry has come since 1991. The parts competition in the cut-sheet/heavy-gauge section gave attendees cause for pause, as they looked in amazement at the parts. It was quite different from the first few conferences, held in small hotel venues with tabletop exhibits where most of the parts fit nicely on a few tables.

Over the years, as the conference got larger, so did the parts. One area of the thermoforming industry that has expanded is large-part forming using heavy-gauge sheet. Applications for this process include everything from pickup-truck bed liners to dental chair bases to automotive hoods and medical equipment, MRI machines to be specific.

According to a recent report from Peter Mooney, President of Plastics Custom Research Services (Advance, NC), medical equipment enclosures are increasingly becoming a big part of the thermoforming industry’s business. In fact, many of the large parts being produced today have been converted from injection molding to thermoforming, which is ideal for lower part quantities.

Click here for the rest of the article from Plastics Today

 

Gold Award – Heavy Gauge Value Added Category

MRI Scanner

Part Details:

Utilizing Self Moulding for tooling all 8 parts where pressure formed utilizing a Cast and machined mold.  In order to achieve the customer’s distribution of materials requirement all parts utilized pushers to pre-stretch materials.

Using Sekisui’s materials parts where produced in Kydex T.  The material allowed for the wall thicknesses required and consistency over multiple runs and hundreds of parts both in production and field replacements.

The 8 parts are using undercuts and formed in mating edges for better line to line fit up.  Cast and then CNC cut tools allowed for the precision required to have the assembly fit up after design.  The assembly allows for the parts to fit a separate metal frame that comes together at a staging location.  This custom hardware reduced the amount of tools required to install and service, and reduced the total time required for install and service (sample does not show hardware due to customer request).

The covers are painted using a PPG High Gloss Paint system.  This required a controlled environment that eliminated dust and the paint equipment had to be specially configured to eliminate debris.  Regular maintenance processes keep the line able to reproduce an 85 degree plus gloss finish.  The center bore represent a finished paint process that eliminates all surface imperfections related to paint and increased the gloss to 98 degrees.

 

Silver Award – Heavy Gauge Pressure Forming Category

Automated Diagnostic System

Automated Diagnostic Assembly

Part Details:

Utilizing Baystate Casting and Borke Mold for tooling all 3 parts where pressure formed utilizing a textured mold.  In order to achieve the customer’s distribution of materials requirement both parts utilized pushers to pre-stretch materials.

Using Sekisui’s materials parts where produced in Kydex T. The material allowed for the wall thicknesses required and consistency over multiple runs and hundreds of parts both in production and field replacements.

The design of the kiosk had the part fitting to a metal skeleton that required +/- .020 geometric tolerances for the attachment.  The full assembly is 7 different parts, this display is showing 4 of those parts.

All of these three pieces utilize undercuts to make formed in seams.  Due to the depth of the location of the undercut the tooling loose pieces had to be temperature controlled to reduce the effect of warpage during processing.

The paint is a Sherwin-Williams custom color masked off to only paint select areas.

 

Both entries demonstrate Productive Plastics’ long-standing expertise in contract manufacturing for the medical diagnostics equipment industry, where there can be many engineering challenges,” stated Evan Gilham, Productive Plastics COO. “So we really appreciate the recognition from SPE for our work with these medical heavy gauge thermoforming projects.

See our press release for additional details.

 

Productive Plastics Presenting at IDSA Medical Design Conference 2015

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Productive Plastics is pleased to host and present at the IDSA Medical Design Conference breakfast event this year.

Product Development Collaboration: A Design for Success

Will you be at this year’s conference? If so, please join Productive Plastics Principal and VP of Sales, John Zerillo, for breakfast as he explores the importance and benefits of product development collaboration between OEM, Design, and Manufacturing resources. John will discuss and present case studies on how faster time to market, fewer development pitfalls, and seamless design to finished product compatibility are all achievable outcomes resulting from collaborative efforts that begin in the early design stages of a project.

Productive Plastics Breakfast and Seminar

IDSA 2015 Medical Design Conference

Thursday, October 22nd

8:00– 8:45am

Dining Room

Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS)

Seating is limited

 

 

Productive Plastics Welcomes Kevin Davis

Manufacturing the right team to better serve you

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Productive Plastics Welcomes Kevin Davis | Business Manager

I would like to introduce and welcome to Productive Plastics our newest team member and Business Manager, Kevin Davis. Kevin has many years of experience and technical expertise in operations, sales, and marketing.

Kevin will be working closely with our VP of Sales, John Zerillo to bring our customers the highest level of service, quality manufacturing, product development, and rapid solutions for the production of custom plastic thermoformed components.

I invite you to contact Kevin to discuss how Productive Plastics can contribute to your project’s success.

Regards,

Evan Gilham

COO | Productive Plastics

 

Kevin Davis Kevin Davis

Business Manager | Productive Plastics

103 West Park Dr.

Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

Cell (609) 280-7438

Office (856) 778-4300

kdavis@productivecompanies.com

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