Injection molding jobs

Fawn Bringold of Peck spot welds a steel assembly at Kube Tech Molding,  in Yale. She’s in two trends: The resurgence in factory hiring and the growing practice of hiring through temp agencies.

“Right now we’re seeing general growth across all sectors, but the primary sector for growth is manufacturing and specifically automotive manufacturing,” said Dan Casey, chief executive officer of the St. Clair County Economic Development Alliance.

The current optimism about the manufacturing industry is almost a 180-degree turn from three and a half years ago.

“Things were bad for a while,” said Wendy Langolf, human resources director at Engineered Plastic Components, which has locations in Marysville and St. Clair. “But you can definitely see an uptick in the ordering now, especially from the Big Three.”

In 2008, manufacturing shops — particularly automotive suppliers — began closing up or laying off employees in droves following the downturn of the Big Three automakers.

St. Clair County manufacturers alone shed 3,963 jobs between 2008 and 2009. With the Big Three on the mend, local suppliers are on their way back.
Strength in experience and location

St. Clair County manufacturers work in a variety of industries, from tool and die and injection molding to metal stamping and assembly, but two common threads unite them all when Casey pitches the area as a great place to expand.

“Our edge is that we have an available work force for manufacturing,” he said. “And our wage structure is a bit lower, which makes us more competitive for companies that are looking to hire new employees.”

Langolf said she looks for people with previous manufacturing experience to put on the floor at Engineered Plastic Components — and she doesn’t have a problem finding them.

“Our employees are press operators, and we try to find experienced operators,” she said. “Because of all of the layoffs and bankruptcies, there are a lot of qualified employees out there.”

Plastic Molding Equipment

Anyone who tried to drive through GC mold around the afternoon of Feb. 17 may have encountered a traffic backup.

An extremely oversized semi-truck load, with State Police escorts, inched its way along U.S. 12 to south Centreville Road.

What might have been a temporary annoyance for drivers was actually a sign of growth for Sturgis Molded Products on Clark Street, said Jason Harloff, vice president of manufacturing.

The oversized load was an injection molding press. Weight restrictions required that the 204,000-pound piece of machinery be on a series of trailers to distribute the weight, limiting damage to roads. And it traveled many roads from Virgina to Michigan, said Norm Brown, automation technician  at Sturgis Molded Products.

Brown spent three months  arranging the permits and escorts required by each state through which the machinery was hauled.

The latest acquisition will be used to create bleacher seats for gymnasiums, and hopefully is ready to go by summer. Job growth is expected to come about from that project, although company officials didn’t have an immediate estimate of the number of new positions.

GC has other growth in the works. Construction of a 20,000-square-foot addition is under way and all work has been contracted to local companies,  he said.

The new building added to GC’s existing 146,000 square-foot space, where the company manufactures a variety of  products for appliance, automotive, consumer and industrial, medical and packaging companies.

Products include trash-cart wheels, scoops for baby formula, airbag casings for cars and dosage cups for medicine.

GC currently employs more than 200, with jobs in production, clerical, engineers and specialized technical resource workers.

GC will seek an educated and skilled work force to fill any new positions, Harloff said.
“Employees with an associates degree, along with  those who are skilled in maintenance, machine repair, mold-making, tool-making, electronics and trouble-shooting, will be in high demand,” he said.

Those jobs will require less manual labor, since much of the machinery is sophisticated automation — robots, Harloff said.

Injection Moulding – Molding The Future Of Industry

There are naturally occurring plastic materials in the world. Products like chewing gum and shellac have been in use for centuries. Innovative scientists quickly saw the possibilities for the chemical manipulation of natural materials such as rubber and nitrocellulose, and, in 1855, Alexander Parkes invented the first synthetic plastic. Ever since then, the use of plastic in industry has been steadily growing. The ability to use plastic widely in industry has been made possible by the process of injection moulding. Plastic moulding is a useful way to get the most out of plastic, and to manipulate it into whatever you desire.

Injection moulding is what makes it possible to use plastic in as many ways as we do today. By injecting molten plastic into a mold and using pressure and heat to harden it, you can create durable plastic pieces through the process of plastic moulding that fit to specification and can withstand a lot of wear and tear. People sometimes think that because plastic is not as durable as metal that it is an ineffective material to use for parts. But the truth is that plastic is far less expensive than metal and, while it may not last as long as metal, is still perfect for use in certain applications.

The process of plastic moulding starts with plastic granules. These granules are fed into the injection chamber of an injection moulding machine through a hopper. The inside of the machine also contains a reciprocating screw, which makes sure that the plastic is fed gradually and evenly into the heating element. The plastic is then heated to melt it, and it then passes through the nozzle into the mold cavity. At that point, the plastic is slowly injected into the mold itself, where a moveable plate applies pressure to the plastic to make sure that it hardens.

Using an injection moulding machine to create plastic parts is a fast and easy way to get the parts you need as soon as you need them. And once you have had a mold tooled for the part that you need, you can use it over and over again so that you will always have ready access to that part. And by keeping a few spare parts on hand, you can make sure that you never have to suffer any downtime while you are waiting for a new part to be manufactured. Plastic moulding is continuing to mold the manufacturing industry.

China mold

During the same period, China mold with exports amounting to $ 1.371 billion, an increase of 38%. In addition, because the Chinese manufacturers in the production and technical aspects of a large number of inputs to produce more sophisticated products to meet the growing demand of the international market, so the Chinese mold exports is expected to further substantial growth. Asia mold by virtue of its close ties with the international market, provides an ideal platform for the GC Precision Mould Co., Ltd. and Guangzhou with Seoul laser rapid prototyping leading domestic mold brand, in order to promote their expertise to a wider potential customer base.
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Injection Mold Design

Injection Mold Design 

A few well engineered thermoplastic components can greatly enhance your product, saving assembly time and making possible a much more professional appearance. Most small manufacturing firms are reluctant to consider injection molding for their product, having heard horror stories of high tooling charges and long lead-times. In the past it hasn’t been unusual to spend tens of thousands of dollars designing and building the mold, and it could often take months to get prototype parts.

Kubetechmolding.com is breaking the mold in plastics manufacturing. We offer an express engineering service that can deliver your prototype parts in as little as 2 weeks and at a fraction of the cost of traditional tool makers. We specialize in short and mid-run injection molding and tool design. If the part you have in mind meets our criteria, we can design the tool and be in production for as little as $2500 up front and in as little as 2 weeks. You may even be able to amortize part of the up-front costs into the per-unit price of the parts.

We engineer and build our tools in a highly automated process with CNC equipment and advanced engineering and manufacturing software that saves us time and money in designing and manufacturing your prototype tool. We build our molds out of aluminum, which machines easier and makes a less expensive tool that is still good for tens of thousands of uses.

Of course many firms offer “prototype” parts, created on computerized stereolithographic machines, but these parts are very fragile and costly. For the typical cost of 10 SLD prototypes, kubetechmolding.com can deliver you a hundred first-run parts that are REAL. Minor enhancements and custom engraving are easy and inexpensive to add to your fastplastic parts – it’s YOUR design.

Custom mold design and tooling services

We provide plastic injection molding and tooling services. Our design group can assist with plastic part and mold design.  Our head processor has over 15 years of experience in the field and is the leading processor in the area.  We have the controls in place to inspect and monitor the part process, along with the latest in inspection equipment. This allows us to match the closest tolerances and provide consistent quality. We are ISO-9001: 2000 registered and have the skills and knowledge to bring your project in on time and on budget.

Kube is owned and operated by Robert (Bob) Hamilton.  Bob has over 25 years of knowledge and experience in new plastic product design and development.  Bob also has two decades of experience in sales, estimating, and quoting, as well as running a full-service mold shop.  One of the benefits of being a part of Kube is being able to use Bob as a vital resource.  Bob has contacts with national and international mold makers, assuring you will receive the best price for your project.

We are plastic injection molding experts. Located in Shreveport, Louisiana our specialty is plastics manufacturing of any difficulty or volume of parts.  We deal with various engineering resins.

Since 1926 when Kube Tech Molding was founded, we have experienced steady growth in production and sales. Our operation is housed in more than 60,000 square feet in two locations, employs more than 50 people, and uses state-of-the-art equipment for engineering, tooling, and injection molding.

Here in the heartland of North America, we enjoy the benefits of clean air, clean water, a healthy environment, and an uncrowded, less stressful area in which to live, work, and raise a family. Because of this, we enjoy people.
All this, coupled with the widely-acknowledged Midwest work ethic, is good reason for the friendly, personalized attention for which our staff is famous.

The diversity of Kube customizing includes agriculturally-related products, aircraft parts, household items, games and game parts, recreational products, construction supplies, and many others.

Kube’s quality and dependability have been recognized by a large manufacturing base for whom we supply injection-molded parts. We are proud of the confidence placed in our firm by our satisfied customers.

We invite you to become another member of our family of satisfied customers. We have the technology, the experience, the facility, and the desire