Diversified Plastics, Inc. Annual Blood Drive

This Friday, November 8th, Diversified Plastics, Inc. (DPI) will be hosting a blood drive through Memorial Blood Centers. There is a blood shortage here in the Twin Cities and you can help out! Please register using the link at the bottom of this page.

The University of Minnesota is also promoting donations and DPI has also agreed to sponsor the University of Minnesota’s radio station on Friday. We will be running three commercials promoting blood donations, listen for “Diversified Plastics is on the air because they care.”

This month, Memorial Blood Centers is in the State of Giving. Blood donors will be automatically entered to win a pair of tickets to a Minnesota Wild game. For more details visit MBC.ORG/WILD.

The blood drive will be hosted at DPI from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm on Friday, November 8th. at 8617 Xylon Ct. N. Brooklyn Park.

Join us and Register Today.

Diversified Plastics, Inc. Celebrates Halloween

Halloween Group Costume Photo

It’s that time of year again, Halloween! We wait patiently all year to see what brilliant costumes will be worn around the company, and this year was a success. From a popular board game, a Disney icon and even President Trump graced us with his presence.

Think you can top these? Check out our job listings today to see open positions and send us your resume. We are currently hiring talented individuals.

Diversified Plastics, Inc. Holds Pumpkin Decorating

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Last week DPI hosted an employee pumpkin decorating contest. Each department worked together to submit a pumpkin for the company pumpkin decorating contest. The teams were supplied with two cotton eyes, two jewels, a necklace and white paint. In addition to the supplies provided, each team was free to use any extra supplies they wanted.

The pumpkins ranged from scary, goofy to even a Muppet! First place goes to the pumpkin queen: Miss Piggy made by the office staff. Second place belongs to the sales department, with the unicorn. Coming in third was the third shift production department who submitted the scary pumpkin.

DPI prides itself on it’s friendly, collaborative culture. Company events, like this pumpkin decorating contest, are just one example of how DPI brings employees together. Employee-ownership and a strong company culture that values the relationships between employees creates a comfortable working environment.

Diversified Plastics, Inc. Holds Last Employee Pot Luck of the Year

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Last week DPI held a potluck and BBQ to enjoy a beautiful fall day. Participation was encouraged throughout the company and attendance was high. Employees contributed many dishes including, gyros, buffalo chicken dip, tequilaberry salad and monster eyes (marshmallows and chocolate chips).

Events like this potluck are one of the many benefits of working at DPI. Employee-ownership and a strong company culture that values the relationships between employees to create a comfortable working environment.

Carbon Introduces RPU 130, its Latest Innovation in Advanced Materials

Article by Carbon

RPU 130 Key Fob

Next week at the International K Trade Fair in Dusseldorf, digital manufacturing company Carbon will debut its latest innovation in materials, a new resin called RPU 130. With an unprecedented combination of properties, RPU 130 fills the need for a tough, rigid, and high temperature additive manufacturing material suitable for rigorous applications in industries such as automotive. RPU 130 is also partially derived from plants, addressing the growing demand for more sustainable, high-performance materials.

Diversified Plastics, Inc. (DPI) is a Carbon Production Network Partner. Click here to learn more about DPI’s Acceleration Station services, including Carbon additive manufacturing.

Accelerating the design cycle for a life-saving intraosseous device

Case Study by Carbon

LUNAR Intraosseous Device

Designing medical products is typically a time consuming and expensive process. Challenged with rapidly designing a manual intraosseous infusion device for the developing world, San Francisco-based design firm LUNAR leveraged Carbon’s Digital Light Synthesis™ technology. With support from Carbon, the firm eliminated conventional molding and production to dramatically reduce development time and meet their goal of a production-ready release in four months. The benefits of Carbon’s 3D Manufacturing approach can be applied to a wide range of medical devices, suitable for both the developed and developing world.

Diversified Plastics, Inc. (DPI) is a Carbon Production Network Partner. Click here to learn more about DPI’s Acceleration Station services, including Carbon additive manufacturing.

Diversified Plastics, Inc. Doubles Company Goal at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Walk for the Cure Starting Line

This Saturday 10 employees from Diversified Plastics, Inc. met at Target Field for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. DPI was represented in a crowd of over 6,200 volunteers and one of 717 teams raising money for those suffering with Alzheimer’s as well as their caretakers.

DPI set out with a goal of $500 and ended up doubling it. Raising more than $1,000 to donate to medical research to lead the way to Alzheimer’s fires survivor.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is held annually in over 600 communities nationwide. It is the world’s largest event focused on raising awareness for Alzheimer’s and raising money to help those, and their families, suffering from the disease.

How Specialized Transformed the Bike Saddle

How Specialized Transformed the Bike Saddle

Case Study by Carbon

When Specialized reached the limits of product innovation with existing design, engineering, and manufacturing methods, they turned to the Carbon Platform to create and produce a new type of bike seat. See how Specialized accelerated product innovation, created customer delight, and fundamentally transformed their business.

Carbon Specialized Bike Saddle

Diversified Plastics, Inc. (DPI) is a Carbon Production Network Partner. Click here to learn more about DPI’s Acceleration Station services, including Carbon additive manufacturing.

Picasso, Manufacturing From a Different Perspective

Carbon DLS machines

Diversified Plastics, Inc (DPI) has expanded its additive manufacturing production by activating their second Carbon Digital Light Synthesis™ (DLS) machine, Picasso. Aptly named after an 20th century artist known for his style of surrealism and expressionism.

One of Picasso’s quotes, most relevant to digital manufacturing is: “Everything you can imagine is real”. With the power of Carbon’s DLS technology, and DPI’s Acceleration Station™ this quote rings more true than it ever has before.

Together, Picasso and Moses, increase capacity to meet rapidly growing customer demand for Carbon end-use parts. With both machines capable of production speeds up to 100 times faster than those of traditional additive manufacturing processes.

Diversified Plastics, Inc. (DPI) is a Carbon Production Network Partner. Click here to learn more about DPI’s Acceleration Station services, including Carbon additive manufacturing.

Diversified Plastics, Inc. and Pacific Plastics Injection Molding synergies benefit customers and employees

DPI and PPIM Synergies Carbon Manufacturing Lab

Diversified Plastics, Inc. (DPI) and Pacific Plastics Injection Molding (PPIM) have advanced their resources through collaboration and shared capabilities. As a result of efforts since DPI acquired PPIM at the end of 2018, customers and employees have benefited from the synergies between the two businesses. Customers benefit from added capabilities and PPIM employees are looking forward to being eligible for the employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). Combined, DPI and PPIM have more than 100 employees in facilities totaling 73,000 square feet.

Delivering small to large production runs of plastic injection-molded and digitally manufactured parts, DPI is headquartered in Minnesota and PPIM is in California. Both locations are geographic hubs for medical-device and other industries.

“Business and customer needs change. Through collaboration and investment in our facilities, we are repurposing equipment and streamlining processes,” says Kevin Hogan, chief executive officer of Diversified Plastics, Inc. “In addition, we realize significant savings in insurance and greater combined purchasing power for materials.”

After acquiring a new electric press as part of DPI’s initiative to be 70 percent electric by 2020, a 390-ton press from the Minneapolis manufacturing plant was installed at PPIM, increasing capacity. In need of a color match quality system for specific customers, PPIM’s spectrometer was relocated to DPI. Also, other equipment was sent to the California facility. Thanks to DPI’s Carbon Network Production Partnership, PPIM has completed Carbon training and offers customers additive manufacturing when appropriate.

Synergies Clean Room“Blending our marketing resources and efforts has improved results while sharing costs,” says Rob Gilman, general manager at PPIM. “DPI and PPIM use the same enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, making management simpler. As part of our continuous improvement program, DPI is sharing its expertise in 5S lean manufacturing. Providing cleanroom assembly and manufacturing at the Minneapolis facility has expanded our capabilities to existing and new medical-device customers.”

About Pacific Plastics Injection Molding
Founded in 1980, Pacific Plastics Injection Molding (PPIM) produces custom injection molds and molded plastic parts that meet or exceed customer requirements, on schedule, at a competitive price. ISO 9001:2015 registered, the company has a fully integrated operation offering design, in-house and offshore tooling and production. www.pacificplastic.com