Diversified Plastics supplies high-performance part to Dynapar

Minneapolis, MINN–May 17, 2010–Diversified Plastics, Inc. has announced the production of a high-precision component for the new Dynapar™ HS35R Encoder. The component, a shaft sizing insert, fits within the encoderʼs center bore and accommodates various motor shaft sizes, while insulating the encoder from external stresses.

HS35R Encoders are used in machine applications that require precise shaft rotation such as industrial controls and robotics. It is a position feedback device that attaches to a motorʼs rotating shaft and communicates angular position readings to the machineʼs computer controller. Diversified Plasticsʼ shaft-sizing insert is the connection between the encoderʼs center bore and a motorʼs shaft. Six slots cut on one end of the insert permits clamping to the motor shaft. “The insert performs two functions. First, it insulates the encoder electrically and thermally from the motor,” says Jeff Nemeth, senior marketing communication specialist at Dynapar. “Second, itʼs the most rugged encoder on the market and is used in very rugged and demanding applications such as elevators, material handling and automotive manufacturing. It has larger bearings to handle heavy loads and Diversified Plasticsʼ shaft-sizing insert helps protect the encoder bearings from stresses imposed by the direct, heavy loads.”

The insert, similar to a collet adapter, is made from Ryton®, a brand name for Polyphenylene Sulfide (PPS). Ryton PPS is a lightweight, extremely rigid material that can be molded or extruded. Its high performance characteristics and resistance to expansion and contraction make it ideal for parts requiring tight tolerances. Rather than molding the shaft-sizing insert, Diversified Plastics machines the part from Ryton PPS extruded rod stock. “The machined parts must hold a tolerance of +0 to .001 inches,” says Doug Ruckle, engineering manager at Diversified Plastics. “Additionally, part concentricity must be maintained due to the high rotational speed of the encoder.”

About Diversified Plastics, Inc.

Diversified Plastics is an injection molder of high-precision, close tolerance, small- to medium-sized injection molded components for medical device, filtration, aerospace and a variety of other industrial markets. The 32-year-old company is a full-service injection molder, from design assistance and mold construction, to intricate molding and clean room assembly. Diversified Plastics is ISO 9001:2008 and 13485:2003 certified, and UL registered.

Ryton is a registered trademark of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

 

U.S. Representative Erik Paulsen visits Diversified Plastics

AAAnews-paulsen

Representative Paulsen visits Diversified Plastics

Minneapolis, MINN — April 12, 2010 — U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen, of Minnesotaʼs Third Congressional District, visited Diversified Plastics, Inc. in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota on Friday, April 9. The purpose of his visit was to learn about the challenges affecting small businesses and discuss business issues directly with senior management and shop floor employees.

Paulsen participated in an informative round table discussion with the management team followed by a plant tour and an informal question and answer session with company employees covering topics ranging from the medical device tax to health care legislation and the economy. First-term Congressman Paulsen is the co-chair of the House Med Tech Caucus and as cochair, he learns about advances in medical technologies and meets with industry leaders on a regular basis. “We were excited for the opportunity to share our views with Congressman Paulsen on topics important to small manufacturers. He was very interested in our needs and it was very apparent he was familiar with manufacturing and understands our concerns,” said Annette Lund, vice president, Diversified Plastics. “He encouraged us to stay involved with our legislators so our opinions will be heard.”

Joining the management roundtable discussion was David Hansberger, president of Applied Strategies International, Ltd. and director of the Midwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center. Hansberger shared some historical information and current data on the dramatic increase of grant requests his center has received. “The increase in companies applying for Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) is being felt by our office as well as every other Trade Adjustment Assistance Center around the country,” says Hansberger.

“The need for the program has never been greater, given the weakness of the national economy, the continued high level of imports, and a growing trade deficit. Itʼs wonderful to see Congressman Paulsen so clearly dedicated to supporting manufacturing and we look forward to continue working closely with him and Diversified Plastics.” TAAF is a federal program that provides financial assistance to manufacturers affected by import competition. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, this federal assistance program helps pay for projects that improve a firm’s competitiveness. Diversified Plastics is a participant of this program.

About Diversified Plastics, Inc.

Diversified Plastics is an injection molder of high-precision, close tolerance, small- to medium-sized injection molded components for medical device, filtration, aerospace and a variety of other industrial markets. The 32-year-old company is a full-service injection molder, from design assistance and mold construction, to intricate molding and clean room assembly. Diversified Plastics is ISO 9001:2008 and 13485:2003 certified, and UL registered.

 

Diversified Plastics wins $105,000 Xtreme Technology Makeover award

xtreme technology award

2009 winner of the Xtreme Technology Makeover

Minneapolis, MN– December 2, 2009–Diversified Plastics, Inc. has won office technology valued at $105,179 as part of the Xtreme Technology Makeover contest. Organized by Verus Corp., RJS Software, 18 other sponsors and supported by five Twin Cities Chambers of Commerce (MetroNorth, Minneapolis Regional, North Hennepin Area, St. Paul and TwinWest), this contest was the first of what is to become an annual event.

“We were ecstatic to have won as we had been hopeful about the possibility, but didn’t really expect to be chosen,” said Annette Lund, vice president, Diversified Plastics. “It was a big surprise when the check was unveiled and our name was on it.” The excitement was shared by Jill Johnson, executive director, North Hennepin Area Chamber of Commerce. “Diversified Plastics was one of our three members that became finalists, and we were thrilled to find outthey had won.”

The Xtreme Technology Makeover (www.xtremetechnologymakeover.com) contest was similar to events initiated by Microsoft Corp. around the country. It was open to Twin Cities businesses with 10 or more employees that could demonstrate a need for the equipment. “We saw this event as a way to help a company in these tough economic times become more efficient and productive with the latest information technology tools,” said Kevin Willette, owner of Verus Corp.(www.veruscorp.com) and one of the contestʼs key organizers. “This also gave our sponsors an opportunity to give back to the business community while showcasing their technology solutions.”

Promoted by the five chambers of commerce, the contest drew applications from 60 local businesses. A selection team reviewed all applications, conducted face-to-face interviews with each company and gathered additional information. From this group of 60 companies, the team chose 11 finalists which were turned over to a panel of judges, made up of one representative from each of the sponsors and chambers of commerce, to make a final selection.

Contest prizes included a computer server, firewall and related software, document management hardware and software, a complete phone system and service, system installation, software training classes and ergonomic furniture. “These products will help us update our technology and become more productive,” said Lund. “We are in the process of buying new manufacturing software, and our phone system needs updating, so the timing for a new server and other IT equipment could not be better. As our business grows in the medical device and aerospace markets, the document retrieval system will be a necessity to help us manage the required documentation so much easier and efficiently.”

About Diversified Plastics, Inc.

Diversified Plastics is an injection molder of high-precision, close tolerance, small- to medium-sized injection molded components. The 32-year-old company is a full-service injection molder, from design assistance and mold construction, to intricate molding and component assembly. Diversified Plastics is ISO 9001:2000 and 13485 certified, and UL registered.

 

Diversified Plastics manufactures CoAxia manifold, medical device

AA-news-coaxia

CoAxia catheter, medical device

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN–October 19, 2009–Diversified Plastics, Inc. has been chosen by CoAxiaTM, Inc. to produce a polycarbonate miniature manifold, which

h is part of CoAxia’s NeuroFloTM catheter. The catheter is currently in clinical trials to determine the effectiveness of a unique approach to treat ischemic stroke.

“We began working with Diversified Plastics two years ago in preparation for introducing a smaller version of the NeuroFlo catheter into our SENTIS clinical trial,” says Rick Kravik, principal mechanical design engineer at CoAxia, Inc. “Because we initially only need parts in the hundreds to complete the clinical trial and to obtain FDA approval, we did not want to invest in a production mold at this time. We needed a supplier who could provide design assistance, machine the manifold portion of the catheter and, when we were ready, mold the production parts. Furthermore, this supplier had to excel in precision manufacturingthe size of the hole down the middle of the manifold can vary only by the diameter of a human hair, +/-.003 inch. Diversified Plastics has proven capable of meeting all of our needs.”

The NeuroFlo catheter is a dual-balloon endovascular device that is placed in the descending aorta near the renal arteries. The balloons are inflated for 45 minutes to partially block the blood flow to the lower extremities, diverting more of it to the brain.  The treatment, investigational at this time, is intended to minimize the effects of the stroke by increasing blood flow to the brain during this critical time.

Diversified Plastics uses a computer numerically controlled (CNC) lathe and mill to machine catheter parts for CoAxia. They also provide the pad printing of the  identification nomenclature on the manifolds.

“Our company specializes in plastic injection molding and machining prototypes for medical product companies. We can also provide secondary operations such as pad printing, spin welding, sonic welding, and clean room assembly and packaging,” says Joni Davis, sales engineer with Diversified Plastics, Inc.

About Diversified Plastics

Diversified Plastics, Inc. is a full-service custom injection molder with machining capabilities for the medical, filtration, electronics, defense, aerospace, industrial, consumer and OEM markets. The company focuses on providing the highest level of quality and service for close-tolerance, small- to medium-sized injection-molded components. A single source for molded and machined plastic parts, Diversified Plastics offers assemblies and provides design assistance, mold construction, intricate molding to component assembly and 100 percent on-time delivery.  Diversified Plastics, Inc., established in 1977 and headquartered in Minneapolis, is ISO 9001:2000 certified.

Joseph Bourgeault earns ASQ-Certified Six Sigma Black Belt

news-joe

Joseph Bourgeault, ASQ-Certified Six Sigma Black Belt

Minneapolis, MINN–August 27, 2009–Joseph Bourgeault, the director of quality for Diversified Plastics, Inc., has been certified by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) as a Six Sigma Black Belt. This certification represents a formal recognition of Bourgeaultʼs expertise in demonstrating a high level of understanding and commitment to quality techniques and practices.

Individuals awarded with the Six Sigma Black Belt are professionals who apply Six Sigma business philosophies and principles. A black belt demonstrates team leadership and manages team dynamics in all aspects of the DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve, control) model. They understand lean enterprise concepts, and use support systems and tools to identify non-value-added activities when looking at a variety of business situations. Black belt certification is a rigorous process that requires detailed project work and a minimum of three years work experience in one or more areas of the Six Sigma Black Belt methodology, all leading up to a comprehensive exam.

“This certification is the result of accumulated experience and training over my entire career,” said Bourgeault. “The Six Sigma program has given me the necessary tools to effectively analyze and solve quality problems and lead teams in quality improvement projects at Diversified Plastics.” Before applying for ASQ certification, Bourgeault completed Six Sigma coursework, including special project work, at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.

About Diversified Plastics, Inc.

Diversified Plastics is an injection molder of high-precision, close tolerance, small- to medium-sized injection molded components. The 32-year-old company is a full-service injection molder, from design assistance and mold construction, to intricate molding and component assembly. Diversified Plastics is ISO 9001:2000 certified and UL registered.

Diversified Plastics expands service offerings with new clean room

AA-news-cleanroom

New clean room at Diversified Plastics, Inc.

Minneapolis, MINN–June 22, 2009–High-precision injection molder, Diversified Plastics, Inc. has expanded their production capabilities by offering value-added services that require a clean room environment. This facility allows the company to extend their reach into industries such as medical devices, filtration and aerospace where special assembly and packaging operations need to be performed in clean room conditions.

“Adding a clean room facility was in our long-term plans; however, a medical device industry customer had an immediate production need, therefore we accelerated our installation plans”, says Annette Lund, vice president. Diversified Plastics is now equipped to assemble, sonic weld, and package parts all in a clean environment. In addition, they will inventory and deliver the customerʼs product as needed. “This gives us a big competitive advantage by offering these value-added services for our customers,” says Joe Bourgeault, quality director. “Now our customers make only one stop to have their products molded, assembled, packaged and inventoried.”

Clean room facilities are not commonly found at plastics injection molders. The Diversified Plastics clean room is certified to ISO 14644-1 class 8 standards, which means the filtered air in the clean room contains no more than 100,000 particles larger than one-half (0.5) micron in size, per cubic foot of air. A micron is one millionth of a meter, and for comparison, the human hair averages about 75 microns in diameter. The room has positive pressure airflow, which forces contaminants outward when the clean room door is opened. Before entering the clean room environment, workers must enter a changing room to clothe in special apparel such as smocks, shoe coverings, and hair nets. Before any production begins, all work surfaces are wiped down completely. To ensure their strict level of cleanliness is maintained, Diversified Plastics continually monitors the roomʼs particle count.

About Diversified Plastics, Inc.

Diversified Plastics is an injection molder of high-precision, close tolerance, small- to medium-sized injection molded components. The 32-year-old company is a full-service injection molder, from design assistance and mold construction, to intricate molding and component assembly. Diversified Plastics is ISO 9001:2000 certified and UL registered.

 

Diversified Plastics receives 2009 Wellness by Design award

Minneapolis, MINN–June 19, 2009–Roger Vang, corporate controller, has announced that Diversified Plastics, Inc. has been awarded the 2009 Hennepin County Wellness by Design Award. This award is presented annually by the Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department to companies that excel in creating a healthy working environment for its employees.

Diversified Plastics proudly accepted the bronze-level award for promoting a healthy work environment and for using innovative approaches to influence healthy behaviors. Employees had the opportunity to participate in a six-week Shape Up Challenge that focused on adopting healthier lifestyles. “One of our employees, Sue Quiggle, was instrumental in obtaining this recognition for our company. She put considerable effort into the program and scored high in all areas of the challenge,” said Vang.

Other factors that contributed to this award for Diversified Plastics included the installation of a defibrillator and the training its employees on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). “We are committed to not only providing a healthy working environment for our employees, but also looking out for their health and wellness,” added Vang.

About Diversified Plastics, Inc.

Diversified Plastics is an injection molder of high-precision, close tolerance, small- to medium-sized injection molded components. The 32-year-old company is a full-service injection molder, from design assistance and mold construction, to intricate molding and component assembly. Diversified Plastics is ISO 9001:2000 certified and UL registered.

 

Diversified Plastics earns 2009 Minnesota Green Star Facility Award

greenstartest

2009 MN Green Star Facility Award

Minneapolis, MINN–Diversified Plastics, Inc. has received the Minnesota Green Star Facility Award from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The award was given following an audit by the agency of Diversified Plastics facilities acknowledging compliance with all applicable environmental requirements. Diversified Plastics is the first injection molder in Minnesota to receive this award.

The Green Star Award is given to a select group of manufacturers with recognition for their stewardship in managing hazardous waste and disposal to ensure protection of human health and the environment. “Receiving the Minnesota Green Star award is true testimony that Diversified Plastics recognizes and manages its facilities and resources with care for the community, its citizens and the environment as a whole,” stated Annette Lund, vice president of the company. “Our employees share in this important accomplishment and for that we are very proud.”

About Diversified Plastics, Inc.

Diversified Plastics injection molds high precision parts for demanding tight tolerance water, air filtration, medical and consumer applications. Its customers include many Fortune 500 companies who are world leaders in their industries. The 30 year-old company is an ISO 9001:2000 UL registered manufacturer with high speed automated molding machines up to 550 tons. It molds engineering and high performance grade materials including PPS, PEEK, Torlon, Ultem and many others.

 

Diversified Plastics increases plastic mold production capabilities

Minneapolis, MINN–May 28, 2009–To fulfill customer expectations and grow into new markets, Diversified Plastics, Inc. recently expanded its mold production capabilities and increased its production with the acquisition of a high-speed, high-accuracy machining center from Haas Automation, Inc.

The VM-2 vertical milling machine allows the Design Tool and Engineering subsidiary of Diversified Plastics to produce high-quality molds with a fine surface finish. From these molds, they are able to produce very small, high precision injection-molded parts that are used in the medical device and aerospace industries. With a positional accuracy of ± 0.0002”, the machine can create complex mold designs for a multitude of industries.

“Because of its unique capabilities, this machine has significantly increased our capacity in fine machining,” said Annette Lund, vice president at Diversified Plastics. The machineʼs high-speed processing, along with the ability to change tools in less than three seconds and run “lights out”, or unattended, has given the company another competitive advantage. “Our new machine has allowed us to decrease our tooling lead times and be more responsive to our customerʼs needs,” says Lund.

About Diversified Plastics, Inc.

Diversified Plastics is an injection molder of high-precision, close tolerance, small to medium-sized injection molded components. The 32-year-old company is a full-service injection molder, from design assistance and mold construction, to intricate molding and component assembly. Diversified Plastics is ISO 9001:2000 certified and UL registered.

Diversified Plastics exceeds goal for community food drive

Minneapolis, MINN–April 2, 2009–Food and cash donations totaling 677 pounds were collected by Diversified Plastics, Inc. during their annual Bonnie Schultz Memorial Food Drive. This yearʼs target goal of 500 pounds was exceeded when company employees donated 525 pounds. The North Hennepin County Chamber of Commerce membership raised the total amount by donating an additional Read more…