Gina Frandsen earns ASQ quality inspector certification

Gina Frandsen

Gina Frandsen, newly ASQ-certified quality inspector

Minneapolis, MINN — November 17, 2014 — Gina Frandsen, quality inspector for Diversified Plastics, Inc., has been certified by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) as an ASQ-Certified Quality Inspector. This certification represents Frandsen’s proficiency, understanding and commitment to quality techniques and practices.

Individuals awarded with this certification have demonstrated their commitment to ASQ quality principals and practices. “The ASQ training has given me a better understanding of how to choose the appropriate quality tools and use them to effectively manage Diversified Plastic’s quality procedures,” said Frandsen. “It was important to me to comprehend the whys and hows of our procedures, so I’m able to help my company with new ideas and ways of thinking.”

ASQ helps manufacturing organizations identify problems and solutions in their quality processes from product inspection, laboratory procedures, hardware documentation to formal reporting. To qualify for the Certified Quality Inspector examination, an individual must have extensive experience related to the Quality Body of Knowledge. “This is a great accomplishment for Gina and it represents a high level of peer recognition,” said Joe Bourgeault, quality director at Diversified Plastics. “She is a real asset to our company and a great example of the dedication our employees have by advancing their education and making Diversified Plastics a better company.”

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, FDA registered, ITAR certified, and UL registered.

 

Diversified Plastics approved as supplier for Gulfstream Aerospace

Minneapolis, MINN — October 22, 2014— Diversified Plastics, Inc. has become an approved supplier of injection molded plastic parts for Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation. Gulfstream is a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics that designs, builds and services advanced business jet aircraft.

Partnering with Gulfstream was a good fit for Diversified Plastics. “From our experience producing high performance, high-precision injection molded plastics for numerous aviation and aerospace manufacturers, to producing parts for NASA’s Juno Probe, we definitely have the qualifications and experience that Gulfstream was looking for in a supplier,” stated Annette Lund, vice president, Diversified Plastics.

The very selective supplier evaluation process to certify Diversified Plastics took approximately three months to complete. “To begin, we were set up as a potential supplier with Gulfstream,” said Tony Cavadias, sales representative for Diversified Plastics. “Next, they reviewed and evaluated our capabilities and certifications, with special attention paid to our processes and quality procedures. Our ISO 9001:2008 and ITAR certifications were a very important part of the review and were required for the overall approval process. The final step was being set up in their quotation system.”

“We’re looking forward to working with Gulfstream, a leading aircraft manufacturer, and continuing our growth in the aerospace market,” added Lund.

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, FDA registered, ITAR certified, and UL registered.

 

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New use of 3-D additive manufacturing technology saves thousands of dollars

Minneapolis, MINN — September 10, 2014 — Diversified Plastics, Inc. saved 88% in prototype part development costs and 80% development time for medical device maker Coloplast by using a new, 3-D additive manufacturing process to create injection mold components.

Coloplast needed to produce prototype medical device parts from injection-molded thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) material to accurately evaluate geometry, design, and performance. Most important, they wanted to evaluate the “feel” of their new device and to allow them the opportunity to analyze the durometer before proceeding to production. Typically, tools for forming injection molded plastic into prototype parts are built using soft steel — a process that is time consuming and expensive.

Looking to save time and money for Coloplast, Diversified Plastics recommended making the preproduction mold utilizing a new, cost-effective 3D additive manufacturing process. Using their Stratasys Objet Polyjet™ printer, Diversified Plastics produced a highly accurate injection mold for creating prototype parts.

Once Coloplast’s tool design file was prepared and loaded into the printer, it took approximately 11 hours to build both halves of the mold and center core. Diversified Plastics’ tooling department inserted the printed mold components into a mold base and the prototype thermoplastic parts were injection molded. The entire process, from initial discussions, through mold production, to final prototype, took just five business days. Using additive manufacturing technology to produce a prototype mold of their part helped Coloplast quickly determine if the design was going to meet their product requirements. The process saved Coloplast thousands of dollars and weeks of time.

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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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.