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Tips For Attending Plastics Industry Trade Shows

Posted by Molly Skiba on Mar 8, 2019

In our last blog post we shared a list of plastics industry trade shows worth attending. In order to get the most out of your time at these shows, you need to have a plan of action. Here are some of the best tips we've learned from our trade show experiences. 

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Topics: Tradeshow, trade show, npe

Plastics Industry Trade Shows Worth Attending

Posted by Molly Skiba on Mar 5, 2019

Love them or hate them, trade shows are one of the best ways to make new connections, market your company, and stay updated on the latest technologies in your industry. One of my main goals when I began my marketing career at The Engineering Resource Center was to increase our brand recognition and find more customers via trade shows. Over the past 2 years, we've found much success in this approach.

Whether you work in the plastics industry or source plastic parts for the products your company develops, here are 3 trade shows worth attending or exhibiting at.

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Topics: Tradeshow, Plastics Manufacturing, events, plastics industry

Everything You Need To Know About Converting Metal Parts To Plastic

Posted by Molly Skiba on Feb 15, 2019

We are often called upon to help customers convert parts from machined, cast, or forged metal to highly engineered plastic. While EPA standards in specific industries are a catalyst for some companies to convert, many companies are making the switch from metal to plastic simply for the performance benefits. Metal-to-plastic conversions can be a great way for a manufacturer to cut costs but only if the newly designed and engineered plastic product passes the testing required to make the switch.

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Topics: metal-to-plastic

Don't Settle For A Cheap {Prototyping} Partner

Posted by Molly Skiba on Feb 8, 2019

Some prototyping companies are like cheap Valentine dates. You know the type: the ones that wait until the last minute to pick up cheap drugstore chocolates on their way home from work. Sure, it's something but you can always tell that there wasn't much thought put into it. 

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A Rookie's Guide To Plastic Prototyping

Posted by Molly Skiba on Feb 1, 2019

While injection molded prototypes are our day-in-day-out focus here at The ERC, we know our customers' expertise & focus lies in the function of the product they're developing, not the process required to make the individual components. This is especially true for inventors and entrepreneurs that are new to the world of manufacturing. 

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Topics: engineering resources, engineering resource center, product launch, plastic prototypes

Your Guide To Designing Perfect Plastic Parts

Posted by Molly Skiba on Jan 21, 2019

While we always stand by our "your design, no compromises" promise, there are instances when part features can be manipulated to make manufacturing more efficient without sacrificing the intent of the designed part. Follow these tips for designing parts that will transition flawlessly into production. 

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Topics: Plastics Manufacturing, plastic prototypes

Ordering A Prototype: A 5 Step Process

Posted by Molly Skiba on Jan 18, 2019

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Why Plastic Prototypes Are An Important Part Of Your World

Posted by Molly Skiba on Jan 8, 2019

Plastic prototypes may not sound exciting but they often don't get the credit they deserve for the important part they play in our world. Take a moment to look around. Almost every plastic product you use started as a prototype; the components of the keyboard you’re typing on, the lid on your coffee thermos, the shell of your computer mouse, even things you don’t see, like a valve inside your sink. 

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Topics: Plastic Prototype, Plastic Part Mold, Molded Plastic Prototype, Plastic Prototyping, Prototype Launch

Molding A Plastic Snowman Cookie Cutter

Posted by Molly Skiba on Dec 18, 2018

In order to properly celebrate the holidays, we needed some sweets in our office. So we decided to make a plastic cookie cutter! Watch this video to see how we designed and molded it in just a couple of business days. 

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Topics: 2018 holiday gift guide, cookie cutter video

Ringing In The The New Year With New Ideas

Posted by Ryan Duffey on Dec 14, 2018

As we look toward the end of the year, it is time to stop and think about new ideas and challenges to tackle in 2019.

We made it our goal in 2018 to really push the envelope in order to provide both prototype and production tooling for our customers. Needless to say, we achieved that goal. Now it's time to make new ones for 2019.

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Topics: engineering prototype services, prototype, engineering resource center, bringing a product to market, product launch, product development, plastic prototype quote