Made in America – Da/Pro Rubber, Inc.

Made in America – Da/Pro Rubber, Inc.

May 26, 2017

Meet another quality supplier at the Design-2-Part Contract Manufacturing Show. Need rubber or silicone components? This company showed us that they control the process right down to making their own materials in house, now that’s control. The are worth watching and they are a preferred supplier of a Design-2-Part show. Da/Pro Rubber, Inc. is a leading custom manufacturer of precision rubber, TPE and plastic molding products since 1960. The proprietary Da/Pro Process automatically adjusts for rubber compound and rubber part configuration variables. The result is repeatability of precision high tolerance parts of consistent quality in production quantities minimizing the need for secondary deflashing operations. Da/Pro strives for world-class customer service by offering complete in-house capabilities from design assistance for the moldability of the component, rubber compound development, laboratory testing, mold construction, sub-assembly and full service quality assurance. Da/Pro’s precision molded rubber capabilities also include our class 10,000 clean room for molding health care and other precision molded rubber parts requiring special handling. Injection Molding Services Injection Molding Silicone Injection Molding Benefits Compression Molding Process Transfer Molding Process Plastic Injection Molding Comparison of Processes Micro Molding Da/Pro Processes – Custom compression rubber molding and transfer rubber molding consists of an automatically controlled rubber molding machine developed by Da/Pro Rubber. The custom molding complex is designed to adjust for compound or part configuration variables. The molding process is computer-controlled and monitored to maintain consistent molding conditions, thereby assuring duplication of product throughout the molding cycles. Da/Pro is well known for high precision, close tolerance custom molding services and can manufacture liquid injection molding (LIM) to these same demanding standards. Compression molding and LIM services are available in their class 10,000 clean room. 15 Malcolm Hoyt Dr, Newburyport, MA 01950 daprorubber.com (978) 463-8984...

Manufacturer Offers Design Tips for Custom Springs

Manufacturer Offers Design Tips for Custom Springs

May 25, 2017

By Mark Shortt, Design-2-Part Magazine It’s not easy to make a custom spring a reality—that is, to complete the transformation from an idea or concept to a tangible, finished part. Recognizing this, Ritch Froelich set out to help designers understand some of the key considerations required to engineer a custom spring. Froelich is general manager and chief design engineer at Ace Wire Spring & Form Company, Inc., an ISO certified and ITAR registered manufacturer of custom compression springs, extension springs, torsion springs, and wire forms for diverse applications. He wrote a guide, “Proper Requirements of Spring Design,” which Ace Wire Spring has made available to spring designers. The guide covers important factors that designers should consider, for example, when selecting the right material or establishing tolerances for specific applications. Material selection, Froelich said, begins by considering the environment in which the custom spring will perform. Temperature is a key part of that equation. If the part needs to function in temperatures exceeding 650 degrees Fahrenheit, a high-temperature material, such as Inconel, should be specified. “Whereas, if the design requires the spring to work in an ambient temperature environment, perhaps a less costly material, such as oil tempered (spring wire), can be introduced,” Froelich wrote. Another key consideration is whether or not the spring will come into contact with any form of moisture or chemicals, such as chlorine or bleach, according to Froelich. If the part will be used in an outdoor environment that includes exposure to salt water, most professional spring designers would start with T-316 stainless steel, he noted.  “Though there are other, more costly materials on the market, T-316 stainless is highly used in these applications,” he wrote. “If the spring were simply subjected to a high-moisture source, such as tap water, conceivably, a design using T-302 can be implemented.” Other key factors to be considered are cycle life—the amount of cycles that the spring will encounter over its service life—and exactly where the spring will be installed in the application. “If the designer is engineering a spring that works in an engine, and the spring were to be cycled several million times over its lifetime, a material such as chrome silicon...

Why Tesla Could Become the Next Apple

Why Tesla Could Become the Next Apple

May 23, 2017

By Mohanbir Sawhney, Fortune Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s bold prediction that his $53 billion company could one day be as valuable as Apple the most valuable company in the world with an $800 billion market cap, is based on his logic that Tesla will disrupt manufacturing with automation by going after the “machine that makes the machine.” While it may seem just pie in the sky, there is a case for Tesla to become the next Apple. Tesla is betting that it can create a fully automated manufacturing process that will be as revolutionary as Henry Ford’s continuous assembly line. Ford revolutionized manufacturing in 1913 by creating a process that broke the assembly of the Ford Model T into 84 distinct steps as the car moved down the line on a conveyer belt. The process revolutionized production and dropped the assembly time for a single vehicle from 12 hours to 90 minutes. Ford was able to reduce the cost of the Model T from $850 to $300 and produce a car every 24 seconds. Ford ended up selling 15 million Model T cars by 1927, and the continuous assembly line remains the foundation of automobile manufacturing to this day. Although automation with robots has dramatically improved the efficiency of automotive manufacturing, the final assembly is still a manual process.   Tesla aims to combine its capabilities in advanced software and artificial intelligence (AI) with advanced automated manufacturing capabilities it acquired in November 2016 by buying Grohmann Automation to create a factory that will produce very high volumes at much lower costs than today’s auto factories. A fascinating insight from Tesla’s blog: The “factory becomes more of a product than the product itself.” Tesla believes that it can usher in the next manufacturing revolution by dramatically increasing production volumes and reducing labor costs in manufacturing. So why won’t other auto manufacturers follow suit and overtake Tesla? First, their products, as well as their factories, are bogged down by legacy. Tesla’s electric cars are significantly easier to manufacture than internal combustion (IC) vehicles. Tesla’s Model S has fewer than 20 moving parts, compared with almost 1,500 moving parts in an IC-engine car. This means that there are...

Four ways to build 21st century infrastructure

Four ways to build 21st century infrastructure

May 22, 2017

By Judy Marks, CEO, Siemens USA American infrastructure might have received its second-straight D+ from the American Society of Civil Engineers, but at least we’re getting closer to significant momentum and action. With President Trump, members of Congress, and three out of four citizens endorsing new infrastructure investment, now it’s a question of when, not if, the country will launch a new era of transformational projects. Part of the solution will be finding a way to pay for these projects. This Infrastructure Week, we have a responsibility to also focus on the overall approach. How should we prioritize investments? How will 21st century infrastructure differentiate itself from the great, yet aging, systems built during the 20th? How we will continue raising the bar for our infrastructure’s safety, effectiveness and sustainability in a country that will shortly reorganize itself into 11 growing mega-regions, add 70 million more people and move 40 percent more freight? Four principles should guide our overall approach. American infrastructure needs extend beyond aging roads and bridges. Our energy grid has assets that were installed more than a century ago. It’s old, and it’s still largely pre-digital. This is why the grid both struggles to incorporate renewable fuels as they become cost competitive to fossil resources and still remains vulnerable to severe weather. In U.S. manufacturing the average age of factory equipment is older than at any time since the Great Depression. Meanwhile, aging buildings and water systems continue to over-consume energy. We need to build infrastructure that is not only newer, but that is smarter. The digital transformation of infrastructure presents a tremendous opportunity to improve each system’s overall performance. Operators of digital infrastructure get alerted when a system is failing, not when it has failed. They can make decisions – from allocating power supplies to managing rush-hour traffic – that are based on real-time demand rather than perceived. These aren’t just concepts of innovations. They are here, and they are working today. In California, a Native American reservation is using software to manage a microgrid that keeps power flowing when they’re affected by landslides. It’s also predicted to save the reservation $200,000 per year in energy costs and 150 tons of CO2...

Made in America – Arctronics

Made in America – Arctronics

May 19, 2017

A great soucre for custom electronics. Printed Circuit boards, Cables, Harnesses and box builds, Arc-tronics knows how to make great components for less with US quality. Since 1972, Arc-Tronics has been providing streamlined solutions for electronic manufacturing services in the industrial, medical, space and defense industries. They are experts in all aspects of production and assembly of printed circuit boards, cable and harnesses, box builds and more. All employees are trained to J-STD-001 standards. All assemblies are built to IPC 610 or 620 Class II or III standards depending on customer requirements. Their customers maintain ownership of custom engineering technology including patents. State-of-the-art equipment ensures the quality of products, from prototypes to production runs, manufactured to exact specifications. Arc-Tronics offers complete technical support on your projects. The in-depth experience of our engineering group is a critical asset for our customers. They are specialists in a broad range of applications, including advanced electronic system design and CAD printed circuit board layout. Their diverse capabilities and expertise assure the fast turnaround of pre-production units and engineering prototypes. Arc-Tronics, Inc. 1150 Pagni Drive Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 P:847.437.0211 F: 847.437.0181...