DPI’s Janel Rosine participating in Crown Rally 2017

Crown Rally 2017Janel Rosine from Diversified Plastic Inc. is participating in Crown Rally 2017 this weekend, June 9 through June 11. Benefiting the Epilepsy Foundation and Kars4Kids, the event unites automotive enthusiasts for driving and navigational adventures throughout the Midwest. Rosine is part of a team that has raised money for the event. Diversified Plastics is one of the team sponsors. Click here to donate. Learn more about Crown Rally by visiting www.crownrally.com.

Women’s Networking Breakfast held at ANTEC

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Annette Lund, vice president at Diversified Plastics, Inc. providing insight as a member of an influential panel of women in the plastics industry at ANTEC 2017. This was the first Women’s Networking Breakfast held at ANTEC the annual conference for the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).

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Diversified Plastics, Inc. Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

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MINNEAPOLIS—Diversified Plastics, Inc., a custom injection molding company of high-precision components, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The parts manufactured by Diversified Plastics can be found in dental x-ray machines, lithium-ion batteries, Juno spacecraft instruments, medical devices, tournament-quality foosball tables and other products and equipment.

Founded in 1977, by James R. Dow and William J. Cullen, Diversified Plastics began with 13 employees and three machines, operating from a 2,500-square foot facility. The Diversified Plastics of today has a world-wide presence, state-of-the-art equipment, and a 52,000-square foot facility with over 75 employees. Seven of the original 13 employees continue to serve integral roles within the company.40th anniversary founders

In November 2011, the employees took ownership of the company through an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). In 2015, Diversified Plastics received the Company of the Year award from the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the ESOP Association. In addition to employee dedication, with the average tenure being 12.5 years, many loyal customers have been working with Diversified Plastics since the beginning.

“Diversified Plastics is a success thanks to the many people involved with the company in the past 40 years,” says Annette Lund, vice president of Diversified Plastics, Inc. “In addition to our employees and business partners, we would like to express gratitude to our loyal customers who continue to help us thrive.”

Known for providing exceptionally high quality and meeting high-tolerance guidelines of +/- .001 of an inch, Diversified Plastics tackles tough projects. The company has kept up with changes in technology by regularly replacing machines with newer, more energy-efficient equipment and robotics that offer greater productivity and better control of the molding process. Diversified Plastics has been recognized as one of the first plastics injection molding companies in the country to produce 3D-printed plastic injection molds.

In 1984, the company moved to a new 10,000-square foot building, which was later expanded. During the 1980s, Diversified Plastics added Design Tool & Engineering, a wholly owned subsidiary, to meet industry demand for higher-quality precision plastic injection molds at a competitive price. In 2000, Diversified Plastics relocated to its current 52,000-square foot building. In recent years, Diversified Plastics added an environmentally controlled assembly area and a 600- square foot cleanroom.

“As we move into the future, we are planning for our next 15,000-square foot facility expansion,” says Lund. “We are also exploring possible strategic acquisitions.”

To continue to learn and improve, many managers and employees are active in industry associations, including American Society of Quality (ASQ), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Manufacturers Alliance and International Standards Organization (ISO). In addition, the company’s employees give back to the community through United Way, Memorial Blood Bank, food drives and other organizations and programs.

Diversified Plastics, Inc. appoints William K. Sourinta as quality manager

William K SourintaMINNEAPOLIS—Diversified Plastics, Inc. has appointed William K. Sourinta as quality manager. Sourinta will play an integral part in continuous advancement and maintenance of Diversified Plastics’ quality systems to ensure that products meet or exceed customer requirements. In this role, he will also be responsible for training and keeping the company current and compliant with industry standards and regulations.

Sourinta has managed quality teams and quality systems for over a decade, with experience in medical device and plastic injection molding industries. Prior to Diversified Plastics, Sourinta held quality assurance supervisor positions at Juno Pacific in Anoka, Minn. and Greatbatch Medical, in Minneapolis, Minn. He also served in leadership and quality assurance roles at Mikros Engineering, QC Group, Nicollet Technologies and Honeywell Aerospace.

“William’s experience in injection molding, medical device, aerospace and other industries is a true asset for Diversified Plastics,” says Annette Lund, vice president of Diversified Plastics, Inc.  “He is exceptionally qualified to ensure that the company continues to provide superior quality and continuous improvement.”

Sourinta received his education in internal quality process auditing at Hennepin Technical College. He is an ISO auditor, certified for internal and external audits. Sourinta is also a member of American Society for Quality (ASQ).

For more information about Diversified Plastics, Inc. call +1 763.424.2525 or email sales@divplast.com.

Diversified Plastics adds quality lab and clean room space

(Minneapolis, Minn. — September 23, 2016) Custom injection molder Diversified Plastics Inc. added a new medical quality lab and tripled its class 100,000 clean room space to boost its product assembly and packaging capabilities. “It’s provided a much better workflow. It is attached to our white room, so we are able to do some assembly and Read more…

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Minnesota-made precision parts are flying around Jupiter


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Channel 12 Feature | Juno Spacecraft Parts Manufactured by Diversified Plastics

View feature news coverage from Channel 12 highlighting the parts manufactured by Minnesota-based Diversified Plastics for the JADE instrument on the Juno spacecraft.

Juno Spacecraft contains components manufactured by Diversified Plastics

juno spacecraftLaunched by NASA in August 2011, the solar-powered Juno spacecraft entered Jupiter’s orbit on Monday, July 4, 2016. The spacecraft is carrying the Jovian Auroral Distribution Experiment (JADE) instrument, which contains three parts manufactured by Minnesota-based Diversified Plastics, Inc. Engineered by a nationally recognized independent research and development laboratory, the JADE sensor is being used to measure electrons and ions that produce Jupiter’s strong aurora.

Proficient in producing high-precision, small-quantity parts, Diversified Plastics was selected because of the company’s extensive experience molding polyetheretherketone (PEEK) components for medical-device companies. Resistant to ultraviolet radiation, PEEK has a low outgassing profile when exposed to the high vacuum of space and features stiff, strong and lightweight characteristics.

“We are proud to be part of this mission,” says Annette Lund, vice president of Diversified Plastics, Inc. “Our in-house capabilities allowed us to perform all operations required and saved the customer time and money.”

Juno SpacecraftOne of the parts required over molding PEEK around an aluminum ring. Another part contained twelve metal inserts machined by Diversified Plastic’s tooling division, Design Tool and Engineering. The inserts were press-fit into the molded plastic. The unreinforced part is an electrical shield to prevent arcing. Molded at approximately 700 degrees F (371 degrees C) in single-cavity tools, the parts measure 5 to 7 inches (127 to 178 mm) in diameter.

The first spacecraft to study Jupiter at such a close distance, Juno will travel 348 million miles (560 million kilometers) in orbit around Jupiter at different distances to get the best possible data and images under the planet’s cloud cover. The spacecraft was suitably named after the Greek god Jupiter’s wife Juno. Juno was able to see through the clouds to reveal the god’s true nature.

Diversified Plastics Named Silver Supplier by Eclipse Aerospace

(Minneapolis, Minn. — May 23, 2016) Diversified Plastics, Inc. was awarded a Silver Certificate by Eclipse Aerospace, Inc., elevating the company on the Eclipse Aerospace Certified Supplier List. Eclipse Aerospace, which is part of ONE Aviation Corporation, is a manufacturer of personal jet aircraft based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Eclipse Aerospace regularly monitors supplier quality, and after a recent review, Diversified Plastics achieved the next supplier level. “Moving from bronze to the silver supplier level at Eclipse Aerospace was the direct result of delivering First Article Inspection (FAI) reports in a timely manner with all the dimensions matching print specifications during the past six months,” said Annette Lund, vice president, Diversified Plastics. “Our work with Eclipse Aerospace involved several transfer tools and it was important to keep parts in production during the transfer. We did that by producing FAI parts that were approved the first time, which can be difficult with tools built by another supplier.”

FAI reports are used by the aerospace and other manufacturing industries to ensure the very first part produced meets all engineering design, dimensional specifications and all visual requirements. Additionally, all processes have to be verified and documented. “We have stringent quality procedures — from the moment we receive the purchase order to shipping the final product out the door,” said Joni Davis, sales engineer at Diversified Plastics. “We not only need to produce parts to specifications, but also provide documentation supporting all aspects of our quality program, from process controls and parts traceability to certifications and employee training.”

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 39-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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