Annette Lund of Diversified Plastics speaks on PolyJet Additive Manufacturing at annual SPE Technical Conference

Minneapolis, MN — May 6, 2014 — Annette Lund, vice president of Diversified Plastics, Inc., spoke recently at the Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC®) for plastics engineers. The conference was hosted by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and it was held in Las Vegas, April 28-30. Her presentation, PolyJet Printing—An Injection Molders Point of View was part of the ANTEC program, New Technology Forum: New Frontiers in Additive (3-D) Manufacturing.

ANTEC is the largest technical conference in the U.S. for plastics industry. The event attracts more than 2,000 attendees, from scientists and academics to engineers and technicians — anyone involved in the plastics industry. The conference featured more than 600 technical and business presentations.

Lund was invited to speak at the conference by ANTEC organizers because of Diversified Plastics’ work in additive manufacturing with PolyJet printing. “We wanted a perspective on additive manufacturing technology from a processor/practitioner and Diversified Plastics fit the bill,” said Maggie Baumann, consultant, G.H. Associates. “Her presentation met every expectation regarding the program and was frank, to the point and the case studies were very helpful”.

“I explained how Diversified Plastics has used PolyJet additive manufacturing to produce prototype parts,” said Lund. “I described the wide variety of PolyJet materials available, including clear and flexible selections, and how we used secondary production steps such as gluing, decorating, pad printing, hot stamping, silk screening and painting to finish the printed parts.”

A large part of Lund’s presentation centered around several case studies and her company’s use of additive manufacturing to produce 3D printed injection molds and cavities. This was of particular interest to the audience since Diversified Plastics is one of the first plastics injection molding companies in the U.S. to use additive manufacturing for prototype molds. “Audience members were most interested to know what was possible and what challenges we had encountered,” said Lund. “And, they were very curious on how we worked through those challenges.”

After the presentation, attendees approached Lund and Diversified Plastics Tooling Manager, Mike Bartell to ask more questions and to exchange contact information. Lund added, “They wanted us to keep them up to date on our latest developments and what we are learning about the additive manufacturing process.”

About Diversified Plastics, Inc.

Employee-owned Diversified Plastics is a custom 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 37-year-old company is a full-service contract manufacturer, from design assistance and mold construction, to intricate molding and clean room assembly. Diversified Plastics is ISO 9001:2008 and 13485:2003 certified, ITAR certified, and UL registered.

 

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Diversified Plastics’ new 3D printing capabilities featured in Plastics News

Minneapolis, MINN — November 12, 2013 — Diversified Plastics was featured in the trade journal, Plastics News because of its ability to prototype molds with its 3D printing capabilities. Read the full article here.

Diversified Plastics expands prototyping services with 3D printed parts and mold components

3D printing plastic press

3D printed mold inserts in the plastic press

Minneapolis, MN — October 29, 2013 — Diversified Plastics, Inc. has expanded their prototyping services with the recent addition of a Stratasys Objet260 Connex 3D Printer to produce prototype parts and mold components.

Using 3D printing technology, Diversified Plastics can create prototypes that simulate diverse mechanical and physical properties, from rubber to rigid and transparent to opaque. A high level of detail and final product realism can be accomplished using 120 types of digital materials, and up to 14 types of materials can be printed simultaneously in a single part. Mike Bartell, tooling manager at Diversified Plastics, says the 3D printer technology is highly precise and can achieve tolerances of .0005 inches for small details and .005 inches for larger details. “These tight tolerances are due to the very thin layers of printed material,” adds Bartell. “Ultra thin layers create a part that is completely nonporous with 100% density. Density is one of the factors that allow injection mold cavities to be created for short-run prototype injection molding. Also, thin layering and density are responsible for producing a smooth surface finish.”

3D printed mold components and part

3D printed mold components and part

“We’re taking rapid prototyping to the next level,” said Annette Lund, vice president. “We have the ability to print 3D mold components, which allows us to produce injection molded prototype parts using the product’s final plastic material. Thanks to this innovative prototyping approach, our customers will save time and money to prove not only the product design, but identify possible molding issues without long lead times.”

About Diversified Plastics, Inc.

Employee-owned Diversified Plastics is a custom 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 36-year-old company is a full-service contract manufacturer, from design assistance and mold construction, to intricate molding and clean room assembly. Diversified Plastics is ISO 9001:2008 and 13485:2003 certified, ITAR certified, and UL registered.

Senator Klobuchar’s visit to Diversified Plastics featured in local media

Minneapolis, MINN — October 6, 2013 — Senator Klobuchar’s recent visit to Diversified Plastics about the company’s ESOP  has been featured in several local media outlets, including online news services and Senator Klobuchar’s Facebook page. To follow are links to several of the stories.

Local Community Channel 12

Industry magazine, Plastics Today

Local newspaper, Brooklyn Park SunPost.

Minnesota-Dakota ESOP organization

 

Diversified Plastics featured on community channel 12

Minneapolis, MINN — September 30, 2013 — Diversified Plastics, Inc. was featured on the community channel 12 news. The story’s subject matter included the fact that the company continues to look for additional opportunities overseas.

To view the 1:51-minute video, click here.

Senator Klobuchar highlights ESOP in visit to Diversified Plastics

Klobuchar at Diversified Plastics

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar with Mike Bartell, Diversified Plastics tooling manager

Minneapolis, MN — September 20, 2013 — U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn) visited Diversified Plastics, Inc. to highlight Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) companies and learn more about Diversified Plastics’ transition to employee ownership. Joining Klobuchar during her visit were members of the Minnesota/Dakota chapter of the ESOP Association, two Brooklyn Park city council members and city manager.

Klobuchar is a cosponsor of the Promotion and Expansion of Private Employee Ownership Act of 2013, which would eliminate barriers faced by businesses and their owners when setting up a new S corporation ESOP. Klobuchar said they are trying to make sure rules are fair to allow an even playing field with other types of entrepreneurial businesses.

Diversified Plastics employees took ownership of the company on September 30, 2011. Five years earlier, Jim Dow, president, CEO and founder of the company, began planning his retirement. Working with the company chief financial officer, Roger Vang, they started exploring the possibilities of an ESOP strategy. After a few more years of substantial growth, Dow was ready to move ahead in making Diversified Plastics an employee owned company.

Recently, Vang learned that Klobuchar was visiting ESOP companies in Minnesota and he invited the senator to visit Diversified Plastics, meet with employees and learn more about their transition.

Annette Lund, vice president of Diversified Plastics, led Klobuchar and others on a tour of the company’s facilities where they had an opportunity to speak with employees and learn more about the effects of employee ownership. “Even though it’s been two short years, we’ve already seen the benefits,” said Lund. “The employees are more empowered, morale has risen and productivity has increased. It has proven to have been a sound investment.”

“We, the senators involved in this effort, think we can up the ante and start having people within government understand the value of the this kind of business ownership where employees actually get some skin in the game,” added Klobuchar. “This is a company that has proved that employee ownership is a successful business model that leads to more jobs, higher wages, increased productivity and higher retirement security.”

About Diversified Plastics, Inc.

Employee-owned Diversified Plastics is a custom 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 36-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, ITAR certified, and UL registered.

 

Diversified Plastics achieves gold level in 2013 Wellness by Design competition

Minneapolis, MN — August 7, 2013 — Diversified Plastics, Inc. has received the Gold Award for Hennepin County’s 2013 Wellness by Design competition. The Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department each year present awards, in four levels, to worksites that demonstrate accomplishments in management support, wellness infrastructure and assessment. The competition recognizes employers who provide evaluation, supportive environments, communication, engagement programs and interventions. This is the fifth year Diversified Plastics has won a Wellness by Design Award, and the first year at the gold level. Awards were presented during a June 13 ceremony in Minneapolis. As part of their effort to achieve the gold level, Diversified Plastics participated in the Business and Employee Health Assessment Survey with the University of Minnesota. “We did a baseline survey with them a year ago with 96% of our employees participating”, said Roger Vang, chief financial officer at Diversified Plastics and company wellness team member. “The survey showed smoking was one of the key areas of concern that ranked high with our employees. We offered smoking cessation programs to our employees and they were quite successful—we cut our number of smokers by half.”

The company continued with their ongoing wellness programs and special events over the past year, Vang added. “Hennepin County had a walking contest called ‘Step to It Challenge’ and we recorded some of the highest numbers. As a company, we walked more total steps than some cities that participated in the program. Last fall, we got involved in Hennepin County’s Frosty Challenge. It was a series of weekly incentives and goals to help keep people mindful of what they eat during the holiday season.

We continue to do monthly newsletters and payroll stuffers regarding wellness, and it’s one of our topics at virtually every meeting we have. The wellness mindset has really taken hold and become more commonplace with our company as a result of our ongoing communications, programs and special events over the last few years.”

About Diversified Plastics, Inc.

Diversified Plastics is a custom 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 36-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 participates in Minnesota governor’s European trade mission

Governor Mark Dayton with Diversified Plastics

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton with Annette Lund.

Minneapolis, MN–July 11, 2013–Diversified Plastics, Inc. was part of a recent Minnesota trade mission to Germany, Norway and Sweden from June 12-21. Representing Diversified Plastics was Annette Lund, company vice president. She was part of a 35-member delegation of business and education leaders and government officials led by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. According to Katie Clark Sieben, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the goal of the trade mission was to attract foreign direct investment and identify distributors and new business partners to increase exports. She said Germany and Scandinavia are key export markets for Minnesota, generating over $1 billion in annual export sales for local companies.

“Earlier this year, the Minnesota Trade office, part of Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), asked if we would be interested in joining the governor’s trade mission to Europe,” said Lund. “We had not given much thought to doing business in Europe, and this opportunity piqued our interest. We applied and were selected to join the delegation and thus able to explore the possibilities.”

Preparation for the trip included a pre-mission meeting for participants to address expectations and a two-day program, Gateway to Europe, featuring members of the U.S. Commercial Service operating in the countries the delegation was about to visit. “This gave us an opportunity to meet with the Commercial Service people before our trip and discuss opportunities for establishing business contacts and ways to promote our company,” Lund said.

In each city they visited, delegation members met with industry representatives and business leaders in conferences arranged by the U.S. Commercial Service. “I had opportunities to meet with groups from plastic trade organizations in Sweden and Germany to learn more about the plastics industry in their countries,” said Lund. “We discussed ideas for potential partnerships with European molders and our counterparts seemed to be very receptive to the ideas.”

In Oslo, Norway Lund visited the Oslo MedTech offices where she had a chance to meet with the agency’s staff and medical device industry executives. “We met with a company that was expanding to the United States and discussed a possible partnership where we would manufacture for them here,” she said. “This was the type of business opportunity we were looking for.”

While in Germany, Governor Dayton announced the establishment of a new Minnesota Trade Office in Düsseldorf to promote exports and foreign investments in Minnesota. The Minnesota delegation was present for the announcement and it provided them a unique opportunity to meet with governmental officials and other business leaders that they would not have had if visiting Germany on their own.

“The trade mission opened up my eyes to the possibilities of doing business in Europe and I realized that it would not be as hard as I once thought—it’s just takes time, effort and planning,” added Lund. “This trip opened doors for us; we made key contacts, explored potential partnerships and learned of the resources and tremendous support from the Minnesota Trade Office and U.S. Commercial Service.

About Diversified Plastics, Inc.

Employee-owned Diversified Plastics is a contract manufacturer specializing in custom injection molding 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 36-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, ITAR certified, and UL registered.

 

Diversified Plastics earns FDA and CDRH registrations

Minneapolis, MN — May 22, 2013 — Diversified Plastics, Inc. has announced they are now registered for medical device production with the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH registration) at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA registration). Businesses involved in the production or distribution of medical devices are required to register annually with the FDA as part of a common path review procedure.

“This is a fairly new process for us as a contract manufacturer,” said Joe Bourgeault, Diversified Plastics quality director. “Contract manufacturers of finished devices now need to be CDRH registered as part of the product review process. Our registration with the FDA is required, because with many of our contract molding and assembly services, we are the last to touch the medical device before sterilization and use.

Annette Lund, vice president of Diversified Plastics adds, “We see this registration as an opportunity for us to continue growing in the medical device industry. It shows potential customers we have the capability to do the type of work that requires FDA approval.”

About Diversified Plastics, Inc.

Employee-owned Diversified Plastics is a custom 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 36-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, ITAR

Diversified Plastics adds new vertical injection molding press

Newbury-VanDorn 80-ton

Diversified Plastics’ new Newbury-VanDorn 80-ton vertical press.

Minneapolis, MN — February 14, 2013 — Diversified Plastics, Inc. has installed a Newbury/VanDorn 80-ton vertical injection molding press. This gives the company expanded capabilities along with additional production support.

“This type of press is very important for our medical device business,” said Mark Gremmels, operations manager for Diversified Plastics. “We felt equipment redundancy, along with increased capacity would give us more flexibility, allowing us to respond quickly and efficiently to our customers’ needs. A benefit of another vertical press is that it allows us to group jobs by material, such as a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE). We can be more efficient during project change over and do not have to worry about material cross contamination.”

The company over-molds plastic on medical devices and this requires the component to be inserted into a mold prior to injection molding. The press features a rotary table which holds two B-side tools (lower mold halves), and one A-side tool (upper mold half), which remains stationery in the vertical injection section of the press. While one part is molded, the operator can preload inserts into the second B-side tool. After each part is molded, the table rotates and the operator removes the finished part, then loads the next insert.

About Diversified Plastics, Inc.

Employee-owned Diversified Plastics is a custom 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 36-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, ITAR and UL registered.