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Addressing The Skills Gap In American Manufacturing

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/12/16 5:23 PM / by John Rowe posted in specialty manufacturing

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Plastics News Radio's newest podcast focuses on the skills gap in American manufacturing. The podcast features two craftsmen from Precise Mold & Plate.  Listen to Podcast

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New FERMAT Five-Axis Machining Center

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/30/16 12:00 PM / by John Rowe

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We’re thrilled to announce Precise Mold & Plate has installed a state-of-the-art five-axis machining center. The newest addition to our fleet of 13 CNC machines is one of the largest boring mills in the region and significantly enhances our machining capabilities.

  • Huge 156 x 78 inch travel size expands our machining envelope dramatically, allowing our craftsmen to machine your largest projects
  • Complex shapes can be machined in a single setup, saving time and reducing your cost
  • Shorter cutting tools are used, enabling higher cutting speed and reduced tool vibration to deliver finished parts faster
  • Drilling a series of holes with different compound angles can be completed much more quickly, reducing your cost
  • Highly complex parts can be machined from a solid block, reducing lead time for parts that would otherwise need to be cast
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What Keeps You Up At Night?

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/5/16 9:48 AM / by John Rowe posted in specialty manufacturing

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A favorite read in the injection tooling industry is a series from Plastics News called "What Keeps You Up At Night?" Precise Mold & Plate's Don Dumoulin was featured recently.

 

Click the link below to read about Don's perspective on industry topics

 

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The Customer's Voice

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/27/16 5:22 PM / by John Rowe posted in specialty manufacturing

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We were delighted to see so many customers participating in our Spring Customer Satisfaction Survey. This was our 4th semi-annual survey, and we received input from a broad cross-section of customers. Survey participants included several new relationships as well as some 20+ year relationships. 

Survey Headlines

  • Two-Thirds Say Precise's Quality is ‘Much Better’ or ‘Somewhat Better’ Than Competitors
  • Quality, Price & Experience Were the Most Important Attributes Considered When Selecting Precise
  • 100% of Customers Will Recommend Precise
  • 100% Are Satisfied With Customer Service
  • 100% Say Precise Is Easy To Work With

Transparency is central to our culture, and we believe it is important to share survey results -- as well as customer suggestions -- with all of our business partners. Just click below to watch a short 45-second slide show.

 

 

 

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Reprint of THE REPUBLIC  Newspaper Article

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/4/16 8:49 AM / by John Rowe posted in award

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COLUMBUS PLASTICS FIRM CREATES THE MOLD

Employees Measure Off Charts in Publication Survey 

Precise Mold and Plate isn’t a factory, even though it looks like one.  Located in an industrial park just west of Indianapolis Road behind Blairex Laboratories, the sounds of machines are evident and work fills the floor.  But Precise Mold & Plate has no production line. Employees do not assemble the same, identical parts day in and day out.
 
The company’s 55 employees are craftsmen, owner Don Dumoulin said.  “Really, our guys are artists,” he said. And constant creativity makes for happy workers, Dumoulin said.

National trade publication Plastic News agrees, naming Precise Mold & Plate the best place to work in the plastics industry.  The selection is partially based on a thorough review of workplace policies and demographics. However, employee responses on a blind survey were the biggest factor in making the selection.

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Named #2 Best Place to Work by Plastics News

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/1/16 11:05 AM / by John Rowe

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News Flash.....Precise Mold & Plate was just named the #2 Best Place to Work by the international trade publication Plastics News!

The Best Places to Work program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in the plastics industry. We are extremely honored to receive this award. Our talented craftsmen continue to show tremendous commitment to customer satisfaction. I am very proud of our team.

Injection molders and mold makers across North America entered the two-part survey process to determine Plastics News’ Best Places to Work. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. The second part consisted of a confidential employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group administered the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data, and determined the final rankings of the 15 finalists.

Several themes from the random employee surveys factored into Precise earning the #2 spot, including:

  • History of high customer satisfaction scores
  • Ongoing investment in new machining technology and innovation
  • Vibrant yet managed growth

Plastics News honored all 15 winners and revealed final rankings at the 20th annual Executive Forum last week in Naples, FL. Final rankings and profiles of the 15 winners will be published in the March 21 edition of Plastics News.

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Successful ISO 9001 Assessment

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/26/16 7:00 AM / by John Rowe

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Customers tell us quality is the most important attribute when considering a new supplier relationship. With this in mind, we are pleased to let you know Precise Mold & Plate successfully completed all phases of its annual ISO:9001 audit. 


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Technology Grant Awarded To Precise

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/1/15 1:33 PM / by John Rowe posted in award

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NEWS RELEASE

15 Indiana companies now working with IN-MaC on projects

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Fifteen Indiana companies have launched technology-adoption projects with IN-MaC - the Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center - since last summer.

Led by Purdue University and partnered with Vincennes University and Ivy Tech Community College, IN-MaC works to attract, retain and grow high-value manufacturing industries in Indiana.

The Technology Adoption Program was IN-MaC's first initiative. IN-MaC also has education and workforce development programs underway with Ivy Tech, Vincennes and Purdue Calumet. In addition, research programs have been started in three areas: digital manufacturing enterprise, personalization, and market viable manufacturing processes.

Projects chosen for the Technology Adoption Program concentrate on digital engineering for production design, product lifecycle management, or production systems modeling and design.

Among the 15 companies that signed on with the program, seven projects are in production systems modeling and design, five are in digital engineering and three are in product lifecycle management. Four of the companies have completed their projects.

"IN-MaC's goal is to help Indiana companies grow, both in adding employees and in being able to compete nationally and globally," said William Gulley, manager of IN-MaC's Technology Adoption Program. "Making use of the latest technology available is vital to helping companies meet this goal."

One of the first companies that signed on with IN-MaC was Jeco Plastic Products of Plainfield.

"IN-MaC provided us with technological tools of which we formerly knew nothing," said CEO Craig S. Carson. "As a result of our collaboration with Purdue through IN-MaC, we developed completely novel improvements on existing process technology."

Carson said an immediate result of IN-MaC support was an initial order of more than $110,000 in tooling and $150,000 in parts that had been outsourced to China.

"The growth prospects within 12 months are for three to five times that amount," he said.

Another company working with IN-MaC is Precise Mold and Plate of Columbus.

"While not yet halfway through our change process, we already are seeing dramatic results," said CEO Don Dumoulin. "When combined with other projects, our IN-Mac work set has helped build our overall capacity as evident by our first-quarter revenue being up over 50 percent versus last year.

"We are big believers in the power of IN-MaC and our team from Purdue."

Gulley said the companies working with IN-MaC so far have ranged from 20 to 10,000 employees.

In addition to Jeco Plastics and Precise Mold and Plate, companies working with IN-MaC's Technology Adoption Program are Knauf Insulation, Shelbyville; Kirby Risk Corp., Lafayette; AndyMark, Kokomo; Marion Manufacturing, Terre Haute; Closure Systems International, Crawfordsville; Bendix Commerical Vehicle Systems, Huntington; ARaymond, Logansport; BraunAbility, Winamac; Lycro Products Co., Wakarusa; KMC Controls, New Paris; Egg Innovations, Warsaw; and Pyromation Inc. and PHD Inc., both of Fort Wayne.

More information on IN-MaC and the Technology Adoption Program and online applications are available at http://www.purdue.edu/in-mac/


Writer: Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432, jbaustin@purdue.edu

Sources: William Gulley, 317-275-6820, wgulley@purdue.edu

Craig S. Carson, 317-839-4943

Don Dumoulin, 812-378-0247, ddumoulin@precisemold.com


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Blanchard Grinding Delivery

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/16/15 5:00 AM / by Admin

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Does your Blanchard grinding vendor hit their delivery date?

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MDL Components

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/16/15 4:56 AM / by Admin

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We often receive calls from companies looking for die sets because their old supplier is no longer in business.

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