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Engineering Resource Center Toolmaker Spotlight: Dylan Edeler

Nov 9, 2015

Since 1989, PCI and the ERC have grown to now include 4 facilities, of which our “lights out” facility on Bunsen Drive is acknowledged as the most revolutionary of its kind. We now ship over 70,000,000 parts per month to customers all over the world, and have been recently recognized as Plastic News 2014 Best Places To Work. Our company is a family-led business, dedicated to supporting our employees and the community.

I had the chance to sit down with one of our newest employees, Dylan Edeler, and learn about why he chose the Engineering Resource Center and his viewpoint of the plastics manufacturing industry.

Job title:

Apprentice Toolmaker

How long on the job:

Just over a month.

Where did you go to school and what was your area of study?

Moraine Park Technical College in West Bend: Tool & Die Technologies Apprenticeship 

Why did you choose the ERC?

A past colleague of mine came to work for Plastic Components, Inc. and had such great things to say about his job and the company as a whole. PCI and the ERC are known for being on the cutting edge with the latest technologies, automation, and progressive manufacturing processes and specialized systems. I was really excited when the opportunity with the ERC was presented to me and jumped at the chance to work with this great team.

What is your role at the ERC?

Right now I am trying to take in as much as possible from the seasoned team at the ERC. I’m learning the latest techniques and tools used for CNC machining and the building of plastic injection molds from start to finish. Additionally, I’m looking forward to learning and using some of the great analytical, engineering and operational software and technology including Moldflow, FDM, RJG and more.

What are you most excited about with your work in the coming months / year?

I’m most excited about expanding my knowledge of the field and being a part of the company’s rapid growth.

What challenges you about your job?

Coming out of school and a past job, my tendency was to lean on how I was taught to do certain things. My biggest challenge has been to learn new ways for certain processes as well as become familiar with the many technologies and software used in the ERC. 

From your perspective, what does the ERC do better than other prototype service providers?

I think some of the biggest benefits to using the ERC are how quickly projects can be completed (turn-around time), our ability to make tweaks & changes quickly, part quality and the high level of service provided to each customer.

What do you love most about what you do?

I love that I have the opportunity to continually gain knowledge and learn about the latest technologies.

Where do you seeing prototype engineering going in the future? Any predictions?

3-D printing is and has been a hot topic in the industry for some time now. However, at this time it is not the best solution for testing, creating larger quantities or production quality prototypes. Slowly with time, prototype molding with interchangeable inserts is becoming a good solution for producing multiple parts with only minor variations.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love enjoying the great city of Milwaukee and running along the lakefront. We have such a vibrant downtown with great dining and bar options.

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