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Is your injection molder protecting you from cyberattacks?

There’s a common misconception that cybercriminals only target large companies. Bad actors have realized that they can steal valuable intelligence from an OEM by hacking the weakest links: smaller, less protected companies. As OEMs beef up their internal cybersecurity, they need to be sure their suppliers and other partners are also protected against cyberattacks. Now’s…

How New Berlin Plastics controls its destiny and supports OEMs

The best suppliers are the ones you can consider partners—those you can count on today, and long into the future. When choosing a supplier, stability and vision are important values that can make the difference between success and failure. New Berlin Plastics controls its destiny through a clear vision of investing in people, process, and…

Production floor improvements translate into customer advantage

New Berlin Plastics has been taking aggressive measures to prepare for growth over the past few years. In the last eight months, the company has expanded its production floor to significantly increase its capabilities, capacity, and efficiency.   As a result, we can produce a higher volume and wider variety of parts at a very…

Outsourced secondary services save OEMs time, cost, and hassle

When injection molded parts require secondary services after molding, such as decorating and assembly, OEMs have several options – create a work center internally, outsource those tasks to multiple suppliers, or have the injection molder do it for you. In each scenario, there are varying levels of costs and supplier requirements to manage. New Berlin…

How NBP helped two OEMs overcome material and component shortages

OEMs are struggling to keep production lines running and new product launches on schedule due to the perfect storm of material shortages and congested freight lines on land and at sea. To take advantage of increasing consumer demands, OEMs are trying to ramp up quickly. However, when critical materials and components aren’t available, the situation…

Evolving medical device needs drive part design changes

As the demand for medical devices continues to grow, OEMs are under pressure to design more robust, reliable, and versatile devices at a reasonable cost. Injection-molded plastic has become increasingly popular for housings, brackets, and small parts on monitors and other out-of-body devices.  But several trends are placing increasing demands on plastics in hospitals and…

12 rules of thumb for successful part design

Designing parts for plastic injection molding requires a delicate balance of functionality, quality, and cost. Fortunately, part designers, molders, and material providers have distilled many years of experience into a set of design guidelines. These rules of thumb lead to higher quality parts that are easier to produce. Most importantly, they can help you to…

OEMs and molders seek creative solutions during resin shortage

A global pandemic, extreme cold weather in Texas, surging consumer demand and clogged transportation systems have combined to create a chaotic situation in the plastic resin market. Supplies of many resins are desperately low, and other raw materials used for molding plastic parts, such as metals and glass, are also in short supply.  With so…

The importance of expert analysis in mold flow simulations

Many parts manufacturers think of mold flow analysis as just another box to check in the process of developing a new plastic part. They rely on the software to generate and provide insights, or potentially, confirmation bias. However, without experienced professionals interpreting the data and using it to drive design choices, it has limited value. …


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