Representatives from Sherwood High School’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program brought Senator Ron Wyden along on a sight visit to Poly-Cast as part of a one-day outreach event for STEM Week http://stemoregon.org/stemweek. Senator Wyden was invited to SHS to observe and meet students in the Career & Technical Education (CTE) Program, which includes…Read More »
Poly-Cast solves “thin wall” processing issues through innovative tool design & delivers 100% quality check for leak detection.on Tuesday, June 21, 2016
CASE STUDY Summary: A U.S. based manufacturer of sterility process validation and monitoring instruments came to Poly-Cast with a unique problem. They had recently developed a self-contained biological indicator for testing sterility but their current supplier was having problems producing good parts. The engineering team from Poly-Cast investigated and was able to identify a number…Read More »
On February 18, Poly-Cast Inc. hosted a group of students from Portland Community College to take part in a tour and presentation about the skills and talents needed to work with manufacturing companies like Poly-Cast. The tour came about because of a partnership between Poly-Cast and Worksystems, Inc., a non-profit that provides resources to improve…Read More »
Poly-Cast is taking a proactive approach to growth and innovation by reorganizing their operations to become more cost-effective and efficient. How are they accomplishing this? Through committed support by management and introducing creatively engineered solutions. For the past three years, Poly-Cast has been aggressively seeking out ways to manage costs and labor inefficiencies by…Read More »
The first Friday of this month, October 2nd, was National Manufacturing Day; an annual event during which North American manufacturers open their doors to showcase the potential of modern manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing careers. This year Poly-Cast was one of 45 companies in Oregon who hosted an educational and interactive event in celebration of…Read More »
Poly-Cast, in conjunction with Tony Christler of M. Holland hosted another successful Lunch & Learn event at the Xenium HR facility on July 28th. As the featured speaker, Tony’s presentation focused on resin selection. The event was attended by engineers and product designers from a variety of industries. Tony began with a “Plastics 101” segment where…Read More »
Plastic is plastic, its all the same right? From a water bottle to a computer mouse, I never thought past the general term of “plastic”. That is, until I started my marketing internship at Poly-Cast. On my first day I was treated to a tour and shown all the different compounds we use in…Read More »
Reliability and long-time product life are common themes in many products these days. For example, in the past 40 years, the useable life of the standard automobile has increased from 100,000 miles (if you were lucky) to 200,000 miles. In addition the requirement for increased fuel efficiency has required that the weight of the vehicle be drastically reduced. Many times it’s the selection of the right plastic materials, materials that are both wear resistant and weigh less than their metal counterparts – that has made the achievement of those objectives possible.
Pressure continues to build on medical device manufacturers to reduce costs and find ways to incorporate hospital caregiver and physician efficiency into their products. The transformation of devices, their ergonomic designs and the composition and design of their component parts from steel to plastic are approaches to achieve those goals.
It seems that plastic parts manufacturers are constantly inundated with requests for providing clever ways to reduce parts costs. The truth is that most of the time the cost of am injection molded plastic part is fixed at its inception.