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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. …

Stability in uncertain times

Despite the pandemic, New Berlin Plastics expanded in 2020 and is poised for additional growth in 2021. When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the United States, many companies held back on making investments because of fear and uncertainty. However, that wasn’t the case at New Berlin Plastics. We reinvested in our business, grew in 2020,…

How traditional injection molding processes create uncontrolled risk

Traditional methods of plastic injection molding rely on process development based on machine inputs. This means that an injection molder must trust that the settings they are entering on the machine are being reflected accurately in the actual process. The problem with this informal method is that it often introduces uncontrolled risk in terms of…

Avoid molders who rely on tribal knowledge

How important is effective knowledge management in a high-performance injection molding operation? More important than you may think. It can have a big impact on part quality and risk reduction. Here’s an inside look at New Berlin Plastics’ sophisticated approach to knowledge management.

Monitoring machine-independent variables ensures consistent part quality

It’s an OEM’s worst nightmare: a bad batch of parts brings the assembly line to a standstill, causing expensive downtime and delaying the delivery of finished products and sales. With the complexity of raw plastic materials and multiple variables in the molding process, there’s always a possibility that out-of-spec plastic parts can make it through…

The deep connection between training and molding excellence

One of the secrets to New Berlin Plastics’ exceptional track record of part quality is our deep commitment to training. It enables us to deploy state-of-the-art technologies like robotics, end-of-arm tooling, and automation efficiently and effectively. That, in turn, empowers us to deliver high-quality parts to our customers at competitive prices. In recent years, as…

Investing in yourself: What’s in a piece price?

Selecting a plastic injection molding supplier that can provide you with the least expensive part will likely cost you more in the long run. A low piece price can lead to problems with part quality and deliverability. It could also compromise the financial stability of your supplier and put your supply chain at risk. A…

Why invite your molder earlier into your product development process?

Want to increase the odds of success for your new product development project? One of the most effective ways to do that is to engage your plastic injection molder earlier in your product development process.


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