Diversified Plastics saves customers money through reduced energy use

Minneapolis, MINN–August 22, 2011–Diversified Plastics, Inc. cuts energy use and saves their customers money. “By reducing our energy consumption, we are reducing our overhead costs,” said Jim Dow, president of Diversified Plastics. “With energy being a significant part of our overhead expense and our competitive quotes governed by our overhead, energy savings translates into more Read more…

2011 Wellness by Design award presented to Diversified Plastics

AAnews-silver Minneapolis, MINN–June 24, 2011–Diversified Plastics, Inc. has received the Worksite Silver Award for the 2011 Hennepin County Wellness by Design competition. The Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department presents this award annually to schools and workplaces that excel in creating a healthy working environment and encourage healthy lifestyles. This is the third year in a row Diversified Plastics has won a Wellness by Design Award, with the two previous years being bronze awards. This year’s awards ceremony took place on June 23, at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, Minn., and featured a video showing how Diversified Plastics benefitted from the program.

The Wellness by Design competition recognizes accomplishments in six categories: senior-level support, wellness infrastructure, assessment and evaluation, communications and engagement, programs and interventions, and supportive environment. Diversified Plastics completed a variety of activities in each category that contributed to their wellness effort over the last year. “We set up a wellness committee for continuing improvement, provided health risk assessments, created monthly employee communications, enhanced our on-site exercise facility and organized team activities such as our Biggest Loser Team Challenge,” said Roger Vang, chief financial officer at Diversified Plastics. “It was the team activities that generated the most excitement and competition.”

Most recently, Diversified Plastics participated in the Hennepin County Step To It Challenge. Weekly prizes were awarded to companies for highest average number of steps walked per employee, per day, and final prizes for highest participation and highest average miles. Collectively, the Diversified Plastics team walked a total 8,210,480 steps, or more than 3,800 miles—the distance from Brooklyn Park, Minn. to Hawaii.

With company management support and more than 50 percent employee participation, there has been an improvement in employees’ appropriate use of health care services, leading to a two-level drop in the company’s health risk factor. This resulted in a reduced health insurance quote, allowing Diversified Plastics to maintain the same coverage with no increase in costs to either the employees or the company in 2011.

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 34-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 exceeds goal in 2011 annual food drive

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1000 pounds of food donated, exceeds goal

Minneapolis, MINN–April 18, 2011–Diversified Plastics, Inc. has collected 1,000 pounds of food and money for their annual Bonnie Schultz Memorial Food Drive during the month-long event in March. “We are very excited that our target goal of 15 pounds per person was exceeded by our employees who gave an average of 20 pounds each,” said Annette Lund, vice president of Diversified Plastics. “We accepted nonperishable food and monetary donations with every dollar donated counted as one pound of food towards our goal.”

This food drive, now in its fourth year, was created in honor of Bonnie Schultz, a Diversified Plastics employee who selflessly gave to the less fortunate in her community. Bonnie passed away in February of 2007, but her passion to help others continues through this food drive. “The level of giving by our employees is inspiring and it’s a wonderful memorial to our friend Bonnie and an opportunity to give back to the community, helping those in need,” added Lund.

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Bonnie Schultz, inspiration for food drive

All donations will be given to the Community Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP), a community-based, nonprofit agency that reaches out and assists people in need. To learn more about CEAP, visit them online at www.ceap.com.

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 34-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 9001:2000 and 13485:2003 certified, and UL registered.

 

Diversified Plastics produces components for lithium-ion batteries used in hybrid and electric vehicles

Minneapolis, MINN–March 10, 2011–Diversified Plastics, Inc. has announced the production of high-precision insulator components for lithium-ion batteries used in hybrid and electric vehicles. The components are produced for Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls-Saft, a major worldwide supplier of advanced battery solutions for the automobile industry.

Diversified Plastics manufactures insulator parts, used to shield key internal battery components, with high performance plastics. “The parts are a challenge to produce, we needed to produce high-precision molds with very tight tolerances to accommodate the insulator components,” says Mike Bartell, tooling manager at Diversified Plastics.

Vehicle battery applications are demanding and components are exposed to severe external and internal forces, while needing to be lightweight and compact to fit within the lithium-ion battery cell. Diversified Plastics was able to produce the lightweight and high-strength parts needed to satisfy the customerʼs performance requirements for its lithium-ion batteries.

Along with meeting cost and delivery requirements, Johnson Controls-Saft selected Diversified Plastics as a supplier for the lithium-ion battery project because of its unique technical ability to produce the complex insulator components in the United States. Diversified Plasticsʼ use of lean manufacturing practices and having a well-established quality control program contributed to Johnson Controls-Saftʼs decision to select the company.

“Diversified Plastics is excited to be a part of Johnson Controls-Saftʼs lithium-ion battery project—technology used to power the next generation of hybrid and electric motor vehicles,” said Diversified Plastics Vice President, Annette Lund. “With our many years of experience producing difficult and complex injection-molded parts, weʼre confident Johnson Controls-Saft will leverage and benefit from our unique technical abilities.”

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 34-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.

 

New electric press adds capabilities, reduces environmental impact

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Toshiba EC85 electric press

Minneapolis, MINN–October 5, 2010– Diversified Plastics, Inc. has expanded their component production capabilities with the addition of an 85-ton Toshiba EC85 electric plastics injection molding machine. This machine will enable the company to produce small, high-precision components required by the medical device, aerospace and electronics industries.

Three factors drove the company’s decision toward purchasing the electric press instead of the more traditional hydraulic press: Customer demand for high-precision parts, the need to reduce operating costs and the desire to reduce overall environmental impact. “This machine is ideal for producing very small plastic components used in medical devices,” says Mark Gremmels, production manager at Diversified Plastics. “It gives us the capability to make parts that weigh as little as a few grams up to three ounces. The machine’s very high accuracy and repeatability is due to the use of servo motors and ball screws, in contrast to the hydraulic system of fluids and valves used by more conventional plastics presses.”

All-electric plastics injection molding machines have an overall positive impact on the environment compared to their more traditional hydraulic counterparts. Not only do the electric machines consume one-third less power, they operate much cleaner due to not using hydraulic fluid. Also, hydraulic fluid used in presses require water supplies for cooling, adding to power and filtration costs. “In 2008 we received the Green Star Award from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Adding the all-electric press not only increases our production capabilities, but it is consistent with our philosophy of going green,” says Annette Lund, vice president, Diversified Plastics.

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 33-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 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

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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

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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

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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

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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.