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Meet the Newest Davies Molding Team Member- Jim

Posted by Jenny DuPrey, Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

Aug 11, 2016 10:30:00 AM

This summer, we got a new addition to the Davies Molding family.  We would like to introduce you to Jim.  Jim is our new Business Development Manager.

Jim was born in Chicago and currently lives in Arlington Heights.  He has 3 sons, Jack (25), Terry (23) and Conor (20).

When Jim isn't working at Davies, he loves to be active outdoors.  He enjoys playing softball, fishing, biking and kayaking.  Jim also enjoys watching sports.  He has every sports channel, so he can cheer on the Chicago teams- Bears, Cubs and Blackhawks.  Jim likes watching college basketball as well.

 

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Summer Interns, Having a Blast!

Posted by Jenny DuPrey, Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

Aug 2, 2016 10:05:39 AM

Summer is coming to an end, which means it's almost time for our interns to head back to school. This year, we had Connor work in our engineering department. We asked him to tell us about his experience. Here's what Connor had to say:

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Working at Davies as an engineering intern gave me the opportunity to see how the things I learned at school apply directly in the real world. At Davies, I was able to learn how business works in conjunction with engineering and development, and how engineering is a form of support for the operations that happen here. I was able to strengthen my skills at 3D modeling and received experience working with vendors and product development. Furthermore, I understand the nature of plastics much better than anything I read in a textbook. The most important thing I learned was how incredibly complex manufacturing operations are, and that each department relies heavily on one another in order to ship something as simple as a tiny knob.

Throughout the summer, I spent time with other Heico interns. It was interesting to see their corporate environment from multiple visits, and how a large company like Heico operates. It was a lot of fun to be able to demonstrate what really goes on at companies under the Heico name, and really show off the physical nature of my work at Davies. My peers were able to tour Davies and see where I spend my time each day. I think they got a better understanding of what manufacturing means.

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Forklift Safety Day 2016

Posted by Jenny DuPrey, Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

Jun 15, 2016 7:57:56 AM

Yesterday was National Forklift Safety Day 2016.  We use forklifs at our plant, so it was important to us to do something to participate in this event.  

To bring awareness to all of our employees, we showed a forklift safety training video and provided handouts to everyone.  We explained key points of safety for the operators and the pedestrians.  To make the safety training a little sweeter, we handed out donuts as well!

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Forklift Facts:

  • 20,000 serious injuries by forklifts are reported every year
  • 80% of forklift accidents involve pedestrians
  • According to OSHA, 70% of forklift accidents can be prevented with training and safety instructions

To learn more about forklift safety, you can visit:

National Forklift Safety Day

OSHA Forklift Safety

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Global Petroleum Show- Day 3

Posted by Jenny DuPrey, Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

Jun 10, 2016 8:39:33 AM

Yesterday was the last day of GPS 2016.  After 3 warm, sunny days in Calgary, the show is officially over.  We had more visitors stop by on day 3.  They expressed great interest in the Davies Descender Fracking Series.  We enjoyed explaining the benefits of these dissolvable frac balls.  If you're interested in learning more, please Click Here

GPS is definitely international in scope.  We had visitors from Europe, the Far East, South America and the Middle East.  We found it amazing to find Chicago Cub fans in Calgary.

It's been a great week, but time to get back to the Windy City!

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Meet Our Summer Intern

Posted by Jenny DuPrey, Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

May 26, 2016 9:30:00 AM

It's summer!  Technically, it's still spring, but with the recent warmer temperatures in Chicagoland, summer is in the air!  That means that it's time for Davies Molding to have a summer intern work with us.  We're excited to have an engineering intern this summer.  We would like for you to meet Connor.

Connor grew up south of Cleveland, OH, but now lives in St. Charles, IL.  He is currently attending Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.  Connor is studying Mechanical Engineering.  He just finished his junior year and is looking forward to senior year and graduation in 2017. 

Connor will be working on various engineering projects including: working on CAD, updating parts and designing new parts.  We're going to keep him busy with projects, but when he's not here, you will probably find him on a long distance run.  Connor is an avid runner.

 

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We're Making A Difference

Posted by Jenny DuPrey, Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

May 10, 2016 2:44:41 PM

In 2015, Davies Molding participated with our parent company, The Heico Companies, LLC., in Tour de Cure.  Heico brought together a team of 20 riders that raised almost $20,000 in support of the American Diabetes Association.

This year, Heico will again be participating in Tour de Cure.  2016 is a very special year for this great event, as it marks the 25th anniversary of Tour de Cure.  All employees, friends and families have been invited to participate.  The bike ride will be held on Sunday, June 12th.

29 million people in the United States suffer from diabetes.  We're determined to reach our fundraising goal and help stop diabetes.  If you would like to learn more about Tour de Cure or how you can donate, please visit our team page at www.diabetes.org/heico.

 

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Day 2 of the Prime Advantage Conference

Posted by Jenny DuPrey, Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

Apr 22, 2016 10:56:41 AM

Day 2 (sadly the last day) of the Prime Advantage Spring Conference proved to be just as successful as Day 1.  We had additional one-on-one meetings with the members.  This is always a part that we enjoy- learning about business needs of the customers and how Davies can help.

In addition to the meetings, there were sessions with keynote speakers.  The focus was on team and leadership development.  One keynote speaker was a former Disney employee.  They spoke about key factors in representing your brand and how to provide excellent customer service. 

The networking event Prime Advantage planned was a blast!  Everyone was given different colored bandannas to divide up into teams.  The teams worked together to do various physical and mental challenges, which included: soccer dribbling, word puzzles, Frisbee throwing and others.  This made for some friendly competition that we enjoyed.

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end.  Another Prime Advantage conference is in the books and we're already looking forward to the Fall 2016 Prime Advantage Conference!

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Prime Advantage Spring Conference 2016- Day 1

Posted by Jenny DuPrey, Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

Apr 21, 2016 7:17:57 AM

Spring is in the air and that means that it's time, once again, for the Prime Advantage Spring Conference.  The conference is taking place at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, FL.

Yesterday was day 1 of the conference and it was a great start!  We had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with over a dozen members.  It was great to see many familiar faces and catch up on business.  It was also wonderful to meet new individuals and learn more about their companies.

After the meetings, there was a group networking event that Prime Advantage organized.  It was a great end to an amazing first day.  We're looking forward to more one-on-one meetings as day 2 starts!

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We're RoHS Compliant

Posted by Jenny DuPrey, Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

Apr 20, 2016 10:00:00 AM

What does RoHS compliant mean?

According to the RoHS guide website, www.rohsguide.com, RoHS is an acronym for Restriction of Hazardous Substances.  RoHS restricts the use of specific hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products.  The dangerous substances that RoHS regulations help eliminate include: Lead, Cadium, Mercury, Hexavalent chronium, Polybrominated biphenyls and POlybrominated diphenyl ehters.

Why is it important to Davies Molding to be RoHS compliant?

We manufacture a lot of knobs and components that are used in electrical and electronic products.  We want to make sure we're doing our part to eliminate dangerous substances that cause risks for the environment along with health dangers.

To obtain a copy of our RoHS compliance certificate, please contact info@daviesmolding.com.

 

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I'll Tumble For You....Post-Molding Operations

Posted by Jenny DuPrey, Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

Mar 15, 2016 3:08:27 PM

"I'll Tumble For Ya" was a popular song, in the early 80's by The Culture Club.  I'm sure you've heard it before.  You might even be humming that catchy tune to yourself as you read this.  Did you know that Davies Molding will tumble for you???  Not quite the same way as described in The Culture Club's song!  Here at Davies, we do shot blasting, where parts tumble in our Wheelabrator machine.

We do an extensive amount of compression molding and no matter the design of the mold, parts will have "flash" on them after they have been molded.  Flash is the excess plastic that is typically found along the parting line or in molded holes on parts.  To remove flash, we perform shot blasting.  This is where we tumble for you!

Shot blasting is a technique that blasts an abrasive material at a part as it moves around to remove the flash.  Sand is the most common abrasive material used for metal parts.  We're manufacturing plastic parts, so we use walnut and pecan shells.  Other organic materials used include, cherry and olive pits.

Compression molded parts are added to our Wheelabrator machines and walnut shells  are blasted at them as they move around the machine.  The average cycle time is 90-120 seconds.  When the cycle is complete, the flash has been removed.  The machine has a dust collection system that collects the particles of plastic that have been removed, along with the walnut shells used for the blasting.  The parts come out of the Wheelabrator flash-free and looking great.

To learn more about our molding process and the post-molding operations we do, please visit www.daviesmolding.com or call us at 800-554-9208.

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