Production of Single-Cell Genomic Analysis System Components at Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD)

Article by Carbon Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) is successfully producing parts based on Carbon’s Digital Light Synthesis™ technology, including a hemocytometer adapter for the BD Rhapsody™ single-cell genomic analysis system. This component would have been impractical and expensive to injection mold, making it an ideal candidate for Digital Light Synthesis™. By partnering with Carbon, Read more…

Wilson Tool International Taps Carbon to Meet Demand for QuickTap™ Tapping Tools

Article by Carbon Wilson Tool International is introducing a line of oil reservoirs made for the QuickTap™ tapping tool that are developed using Carbon’s Digital Light Synthesis™ technology. These parts were previously made with cold-rolled steel that carried high costs and long lead times. With Carbon, Wilson Tool International is recognizing cost savings of up Read more…

The Managerial Strategy

Article in Summer 2019 Enterprise Minnesota

Kevin Hogan uses sharp strategic focus to help transform Diversified Plastics from a loose ‘entrepreneurial’ operation to a well-honed operation.

The Managerial Strategy

Kevin Hogan arrived at the Brooklyn Park headquarters of Diversified Plastics in July 2017 prepared to take the reins of the company from owner Jim Dow, who was retiring. It seemed like an ideal pairing of managerial skills and business opportunity. Hogan brought to the company a diverse résumé of executive experience and exper-tise. With an MBA from the Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota, he has served in positions at Pillsbury, Jos-tens, and Select Comfort, as well as several startups.

For its part, Diversified was a profitable company with a longstanding and deeply loyal workforce. Six of its 60 employees started as members of the “baker’s dozen” of employees who had been with Dow since he founded the company 40 years earlier. Based on five consecutive years of record revenues, the company enjoyed an enviably cash-rich balance sheet. And perhaps most important, Dow, then 80 years old, seemed ready to hand it over. He joked that he had taken the company as far as his “entrepreneurial” orientation would let him, adding that it was time for “professional management” to achieve things he hadn’t…


Celebration of a Job Well Done: Retirement Party

Retirement Party for Mary Scharber and Paul Donais.

This spring DPI’s employees celebrated the retirement of two of it’s team members, Mary Scharber and Paul Donais. Part of the original “baker’s dozen” (first 13 employees), Mary and Paul started and ended their careers at about the same time. Paul was one of DPI’s talented shift supervisor. Mary started as the quality control manager at DPI. After the company helped her get her AA and her quality engineer certificate, Mary added ASQ-CQE to her credentials and became DPI’s certified quality engineer. Congratulations on a job well done Mary and Paul!

Julie Showers Featured in Plastics News, Women Breaking the Mold

Julie Showers

DPI’s Julie Showers was recently featured in Women Breaking the Mold in Plastics News. She began her career in the plastics industry as a press operator in 1977. Showers was one of DPI’s first employees. Today, she is the production manager at the company. Her duties include scheduling for the shop floor and just-in-time orders. 

“It’s been an honor to be part of breaking that mold. Now we have experienced and talented women at every level of our organization,” says Showers.

She learned from the ground up and continues to embrace advancements in the industry. Showers is a role model and a mentor for other women at Diversified Plastics, Inc. and in manufacturing companies throughout the community.

DPI employees collected 532 lbs. of food during the annual Bonnie Schultz Memorial Food Drive

DPI collected 532 lbs. of food as part of the 13th annual Bonnie Schultz Memorial Food Drive! DPI employee collected $415 and 117 lbs. of food. With each dollar equal to a pound of food, DPI collected 532 lbs. or nearly 8 lbs. of food per employee.

Rock Your Socks for Down Syndrome Day

Today is World Down Syndrome Day. The team at DPI is rocking their socks to build awareness for down syndrome. To learn more or make a donation, visit the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota www.dsamn.org. #LotsOfSocks

Wearing of the Green

Diversified Plastics, Inc. celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day in style.

Medtech Injection Molder Sees the ‘Digital Light’

Diversified Plastics adopts Carbon’s novel approach to additive manufacturing technology.

Article on MD+DI Online, Daphne Allen

Interested in additive manufacturing for small-run production, Diversified Plastics Inc. (DPI) went in search of a new technology. The company had been using 3D-printing technology from one well-known provider. “We went out looking for something else,” Annette Lund, vice president for Diversified Plastics, told MD+DI.

Carbon Growing Part, Medtech injection molder

Diversified Plastics, Inc. Earns Carbon Production Network Certification

Carbon CertificationCarbon technology is next-generation digital manufacturing

Diversified Plastics, Inc. (DPI), a custom plastic-injection molder and digital manufacturer of high-precision components, has earned its certification as a Carbon Production Network (CPN) partner. Carbon’s proprietary Digital Light Synthesis™ (DLS) technology gives DPI the ability to offer customers production-quality end-use parts without the added time and cost of tooling. The Carbon certification process included an online academy and hands-on advanced training. As one of the first plastic injection molding companies to become a certified Carbon Production Partner, DPI is one of only 14 certified partners in the United States and one of 20 worldwide.

During training, DPI’s additive manufacturing team learned how to identify applications that are ideal for Carbon’s unique DLS technology. Carbon’s education group is continuously updating their training programs so that production partners always have the most up-to-date information and resources. Carbon production engineers also provide ongoing training and work with certified partners on site as needed.

“It’s important that our certified CPN partners have a comprehensive knowledge base. Certified partners have our full trust that they can produce quality parts,” says Dana McCallum, head of production partners for Carbon. “Diversified Plastics is the gold standard of certified partners. We have been very impressed by how engaged their entire team has been throughout the training process.”

Carbon CertificationDPI started training with the 150-module online Carbon academy in October 2018. Initial hands-on training was conducted at Carbon’s headquarters in Redwood City, Calif. When DPI’s three Carbon printers, two washing stations and oven were installed in December, Jon Danckwerth, Carbon’s production partner program manager, led training at DPI’s facility. DPI’s core additive manufacturing team that received training included Adam Davis, additive manufacturing engineer; Gelaye Disasa, process engineer; Alexander Cromett, technical support engineer; Mike Bartell, tooling design and engineering manager; Ray Schenk, senior sales engineer; and Mark Gremmels, director of operations. Additional training has been completed by DPI’s quality and sales team.

“An important thing we learned is how much design and engineering goes into the front end,” says Davis. “During the training, we printed a variety of parts with different geometries, each from a different resin. When completed, the parts are submitted to a panel at Carbon for review.”

Carbon’s DLS technology manufactures non-porous parts, comparable to thermoplastic injection molding, using a wide selection of engineering-grade materials customized for mechanical properties, surface finish and stability. The list of parts that can be manufactured with Carbon is continuing to grow.

Digital manufacturing is backed by DPI’s in-house design for manufacturing assistance, inspection, injection molding, cleanroom assembly and packaging expertise. Carbon allows many parts, including some previously unmanufacturable, to be produced economically. Precision components are manufactured without the time or expense of creating molds.  

Contact Diversified Plastics, Inc. to learn if Carbon is right for your end-use part, visit www.divplast.com/carbon, call +1 763.424.2525 or email dpisales@divplast.com.

The Carbon Production Network is an elite ecosystem of industry-leading design firms and contract manufacturers that have implemented Carbon’s technology and demonstrated advanced capabilities in additive manufacturing, design, production, machining and injection molding. The network offers a true partnership model, providing hands-on  advanced training and certification, production engineering, marketing and sales to help ensure its partners’ continued success.

 

About Carbon

Carbon’s mission is to reinvent how polymer products are designed, engineered, manufactured and delivered, towards a digital and sustainable future. Based in Silicon Valley, Carbon brings together innovations in software, hardware and molecular science to deliver industry-leading digital manufacturing solutions. With Carbon’s ground-breaking Digital Light Synthesis™ technology and broad family of programmable liquid resins, manufacturers can unlock new business opportunities such as mass customization, on-demand inventory and previously impossible product designs. The Carbon Platform allows customers to build uniquely differentiated products while reducing waste and speeding time to market. To learn more, visit www.Carbon3d.com, like the Carbon Facebook page, or follow Carbon on Instagram and Twitter at @Carbon.