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Outlook for 2024

Now that we’re one month into 2024, many industry experts, economists, and strongly opinionated people are sharing their thoughts regarding what lies ahead throughout the year. We thought we would share our own thoughts based on what we’re seeing in our market space as well as macroeconomically. Labor The labor market continues to perform strongly.…

NBP controls costs by hiring a new long-reach cobot

Manufacturers have seen a lot of upward pressure on costs including labor, materials, and freight. To further mitigate non-value-added labor cost from impacting part price, New Berlin Plastics has deployed a new UR20 collaborative robot (cobot) from Universal Robots. Focused on automating tasks for higher tonnage presses, the UR20 adds new capabilities to the automation…

Quality Department changes improve on-time delivery

New Berlin Plastics has always excelled at high-quality plastic molded parts, but new changes to the Quality Department are even increasing on-time delivery of Product and Process Validations (PPAPs) from 96% to 99%. To meet the needs of our growing workload, we’ve enhanced our Quality Department to ensure dedicated support for both our external and…

Abandoned fishing nets become high-performance motorcycle parts

Motorcycles give riders a sense of freedom and power, as well as the satisfaction that they look cool while cruising down the highway. But as bike OEMs continue to engineer new models with advanced performance and eye-catching appearance, there’s another priority impacting their design decisions today – environmental sustainability. One iconic motorcycle manufacturer in the…

How AI enhances NBP’s production operations

Here at New Berlin Plastics, we’re obsessed with driving variability out of our processes. It helps us improve part quality as well as reduce scrap, downtime, and labor costs while streamlining our operations. That’s why we’re starting to experiment with artificial intelligence (AI) in two areas. Here’s a closer look at the benefits we’re seeing…

Embracing sustainability with Operation Clean Sweep

No plastic pellet, flake, or powder left behind. That’s the goal of Operation Clean Sweep. One of New Berlin Plastics’ resin distributors, M. Holland, is totally committed to it and encourages members of its supply chain to do the same. Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) was launched in 1991 to help every plastic resin handling operation…

Enhancing NBP’s supply chain resiliency

The past three years were challenging for many businesses, including New Berlin Plastics: a global pandemic, a major winter storm that knocked resin producers offline, followed by an unprecedented spike in demand as the U.S. economy came roaring back from the pandemic. Now that its supply chain has begun to stabilize and these “black swan”…

Why plastic? The leading advantages of metal-to-plastic conversions

Numerous industries including healthcare, electronics, industrial, and automotive have relied on metal for many years to produce the parts and components that go into their finished products. While that is still true, many manufacturers are turning to thermoplastic resins as their continued evolution makes them practical for many metal to plastic conversion opportunities. Why are…

NBP moves one step closer to medical industry certification

As part of its commitment to expand into medical molding, New Berlin Plastics recently had a preliminary ISO 13485 audit done by the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP), a not-for-profit organization that provides consulting services to local manufacturers. WMEP performs ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 gap assessments for organizations in support of implementation and annual…


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