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Durability as the Cornerstone of Composite and Plastic Molding

Posted by Davies Molding

Apr 10, 2024 2:45:22 PM

In plastic molding, making products that last isn't just a desirable trait—it's essential. Having a component fail on a product, even as small as a knob, can have immeasurable impact on the perceived quality of the product as a whole. Businesses rely on their vendors to create components that will withstand the test of time and ensure reliable performance therefore minimizing the need for costly replacements. A plastic molding company should fully embrace quality before focusing on volume. 

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Topics: Quality Molding

Maximize Your Sound: A Comprehensive Guide to Instrument Knobs for Musicians Who Demand the Best

Posted by Davies Molding

Feb 5, 2024 3:03:58 PM

In the world of music, every note and detail matter a lot to top musicians. A musician's identity is wrapped up in their sound, gear, and how they present themselves. Choosing the right equipment is crucial in shaping this identity. It may seem simple, like picking a guitar, amp, or pedal, but experienced musicians know there's way more involved in making the perfect sound. The details matter.  One detail that can’t be overlooked is the instrument control knobs. After all, look, feel, durability and reputation play a part in your crafting excellence. Some might argue that any knob will do, but those that know realize this is not even close to accurate. Amid a concert, having a knob that feels just right in your hands is indispensable – it not only ensures a secure grip but also eliminates worries of slippage or breakage, adding a touch of professionalism to your performance by avoiding the pitfalls of a cheap appearance.

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Topics: Control Knobs

Embracing Excellence: Davies Molding's Manufacturing Day Tradition

Posted by Davies Molding

Nov 7, 2023 2:02:24 PM

Davies Molding is proud to be able to celebrate Manufacturing Day and continue the long tradition of US based manufacturing excellence. Manufacturing day is held the first Friday in October. Manufacturing Day gives us, manufacturers, at Davies, the perfect chance to shine a spotlight on our manufacturing expertise and the incredible skills of our workforce. It's all about inspiring the next generation of skilled workers. We open our doors to showcase the potential of modern manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing careers.

Why is there a manufacturing day?

Across the country, organizations showed the public what manufacturing really looks like through more than 2,600 open houses and other events in each of the 50 states along with Puerto Rico, according to nist.gov. The hosted events had an estimated 400,000+ students, parents, and community members attending. This community outreach is important as, according to the National Association of Manufacturers, manufacturing accounts for 10.94% of the total output in the states and employs nearly 9% of the workforce. The total manufacturing output for 2019 was $2,345.85 billion which is an increase of $600 billion since 2010. In addition, there was an average of 12,182,000 manufacturing employees in the United States in 2020, according to the National Association of Manufacturers. There continues to be strong demand for local talent to join the manufacturing industry. In fact, according to a study by Deloitte, as many as 2.1 million manufacturing jobs could go unfilled by 2030 due to lack of qualified applicants. During the pandemic-challenged year of 2020, the manufacturing industry lost 578k jobs and at any given point in the last 6 months, nearly 500k jobs have remained open. This is an ideal time to get involved as manufacturing continues to grow and the talent pool is low.

Why does Davies participate in manufacturing day?

With a rich history spanning nine decades, Davies has proudly participated in every National Manufacturing Day thus far, and we are firmly committed to remaining an integral part of this celebration for all the forthcoming Manufacturing Days to come. The plastics and rubber products industry is one of the top 10 manufacturing sectors in the US. Davies Molding stands as a premier player in the plastic products industry, consistently ranking among the biggest and best composite and plastic manufacturers. With this position in the market, there is continuous high demand for our top-notch products leading to a high demand for quality employees to make these components. We recognize how important local talent is to our success as a company and the immense value they bring to Davies Molding. We will continue to support local recruiting events, like manufacturing day to find the best talent available for the future growth of Davies Molding.

Davies will be steadfast in our dedication to serve our customers and provide our local community employment opportunities at our world class Injection and Compression Molding facility. Visit our new website to learn about our famous knobs and plastic products that we manufacturer every day. If you are a local school or other training facility and would like to schedule a visit to teach your students about manufacturing of plastic and composite components, contact us at (800) 554-9208 and we can schedule a visit. We believe that the future of Davies Molding depends on the youth of today.

 

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Topics: Custom Molding, Davies Molding Company News

Thermoset Plastic Molding

Posted by Davies Molding

May 18, 2023 10:43:23 AM

Thermoset plastic molding is an advanced manufacturing process that enables the creation of highly customized parts with enhanced design flexibility, superior strength, exceptional durability, and excellent chemical resistance. Unlike thermoplastics, thermoset products maintain their structural integrity over time, making them ideal for demanding environments where quality is crucial. Additionally, the minimal shrinkage exhibited by thermoset products during the curing process allows for intricate details and precise customization options, further expanding their versatility. Thermoset plastic parts are produced by utilizing heat and pressure to transform raw materials into precisely shaped parts. In contrast to thermoplastic molding, thermoset molding involves the application of high pressure to room temperature pellets or powders, which are then introduced into a heated mold. Within the mold, the polymers in the material undergo cross-linking during the curing process, resulting in an unbreakable and irreversible bond. The pellets or powders used in thermoset molding commonly consist of epoxy, phenolic, or polyester resin. While thermoplastic molding has traditionally enjoyed greater popularity, manufacturers are increasingly embracing thermoset molding due to its array of advantageous features.

What are the key benefits of thermoset molding?

    1. Design Flexibility: Thermoset molding allows for a wide range of design options. Including the ability to produce complex shapes along with details not available in traditional molding. This makes thermoset products an ideal choice for custom project.
    2. High strength: Thermoset plastics are known for their high strength and stiffness. This makes them ideal for producing thinner parts, parts with longer ribs, and other features that require high strength-to-weight ratio. Parts produced using thermoset molding can withstand high stress, making them suitable for applications where durability and reliability are required.
    3. High and low temperature resistance: Thermoset plastics are capable of withstanding high and low temperatures without melting, becoming malformed or broken. This means that parts produced using thermoset molding can be used in high-temperature or very low temperatures applications, where other plastic materials would not hold up 
    4. Low shrinkage: Thermoset plastics are ideal for applications where tight tolerances, precise measurements and details are critical. During the curing process, thermoset plastics experience minimal shrinkage allowing for more complex dimensions and details which are difficult to achieve with other molding processes. Plus, thermoset parts will retain their shape and size over time and in harsh environments.
    5. Chemical Resistance: The resins used in making thermoset parts are resistant to acids, alkalis, solvents, and oils making these parts ideal for more demanding environments.

What are some use cases for Thermoset?

Thermoset molding is a rapidly expanding option across many industries as companies look for parts that can hold up under extreme conditions. Below are some of the industries where you will find thermoset molded parts:

    1. Electrical: Thermoset parts are used for insulators, circuit breakers, transformers, and other electrical components where there may be high temperature or stress.
    2. Industrial equipment: Thermoset parts are used in pumps, valves, and compressors.
    3. Energy and power generation: Thermoset parts are used in wind turbine blades, solar panels, and power plants.
    4. Consumer goods: Thermoset parts are used in electronics, appliances, and sporting equipment.
    5. Construction: Thermoset parts are used in pipes, fittings, and roofing materials.
    6. Marine: Thermoset molded parts are used in boat hulls, decks, and interiors.
    7. Automotive: Thermoset molded parts are used extensively in the automotive industry for engines, electrical systems, and different components on the inside of the vehicle.
    8. Aerospace: In the aerospace industry, thermoset parts are used for aircraft interiors, engines, along with structural components.
    9. Medical devices: Thermoset parts are used in many different types of medical devices, including surgical instruments, diagnostic equipment, or implants.
    10. Military equipment: Thermoset parts are used in weapons, vehicles, and aircraft.

Thermoset molding is an advanced manufacturing process that produces parts with a range of benefits over traditional plastic molding including better details, greater strength, higher durability, and superior chemical resistance. Thermoset molded parts are the perfect solution for companies seeking high quality customizable parts that will outlast standard plastic parts.

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Topics: Thermoset Molding

What is the difference between Thermoset molding and Thermoplastic molding?

Posted by Davies Molding

Apr 27, 2023 2:02:53 PM

Thermoset and thermoplastic material is often used for making various plastic parts, including knobs, handles, controls, containers and more. While these two types of plastic materials are alike, they are different in their chemical properties and therefore used in different applications, Each type has unique advantages and disadvantages in how they can be used and we will review each below.

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Topics: Custom Molding

Announcing a Big Change at Davies!

Posted by Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

May 20, 2019 9:44:24 AM

We are excited to share our new logo and new look with you!  We announced earlier this month that we updated the Davies Molding logo to a more modern look.  We chose a new logo that is symbolic of our standard product line, knobs.  We are a molding company and the molding process was in mind when we created the letter D in the D hex symbol.  The lines are designed to represent the molding process and flow of plastic material into the mold cavities. Even though our look has changed, we are still remain experts in injection and compression insert molding with over 80 years of experience.

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Topics: Davies Molding Company News

A Summer Well Spent

Posted by Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

Aug 9, 2018 12:52:19 PM

The beginning of August brings a close to The Heico Companies' summer internship program. For the last eight weeks, Jacqueline DeWitt worked at Davies Molding as the Marketing Intern. It has been a great learning experience for her.

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Topics: Davies Molding Company News

A Warm Welcome to Yusuf!

Posted by Davies Molding

Jul 17, 2018 10:26:00 AM

We are pleased to welcome Yusuf Waxali to Davies Molding. He has recently started the position of Mechanical Engineer. After graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2016, he worked at the Intec Group, a tier-two automotive plastic injection molding company. There he developed strong skills in CMM programing and injection molding simulation. 

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Topics: About the Company, Davies Molding Company News

The Interns Tour Davies

Posted by Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

Jul 13, 2018 10:17:00 AM

The Heico Companies interns recently took a tour of the Davies Molding plant to learn how our knobs and handles are manufactured. Geared up in closed toe shoes and safety glasses, they saw the molding process firsthand. The tour, given by Derran Smith and Jenny DuPrey, was rich with manufacturing knowledge applicable to the interns. It was a great opportunity for them to see the products that are made in the industry they are a part of this summer.

Jacqueline DeWitt, the Marketing Intern for Davies Molding, was excited to show her fellow interns where she's been working for the past few weeks. After the tour, she asked them what they thought of Davies:

“I was truly fascinated by the variety of methods with which Davies manufactures their products. However, I was most impressed with how well they are keeping pace with increasingly sophisticated prototyping technology like 3D printing.” - Preston Chloupek, Executive Finance Intern for Pettibone LLC

“I loved interacting with the materials produced by Davies Molding’s and seeing what great detail is put forth during the production stages. Being a consumer, it is rare to see an item before it is completely polished so I found this new perspective to be very fascinating.” - Jermell Shackelford, Finance Intern for The Heico Companies Mergers and Acquisitions.

We always look forward to giving the interns a tour of our plant. We had a great time teaching them about the manufacturing process and we hope they enjoyed learning what Davies is all about.

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Topics: Davies Molding Company News

Severe Weather Drill Teamwork

Posted by Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

Jul 9, 2018 12:23:35 PM

Davies Molding employees participated in a tornado/severe weather drill during June, National Safety Month. Everyone in the plant and offices practiced the precautions to be taken in case of an emergency. Everything ran smoothly during the drill—we're so lucky to have such a great team who cares for each other! Does your company have a plan in case of an emergency? Follow the link above to learn more what your company can do to be better prepared in the case of an emergency.

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Topics: Davies Molding Company News

Interested in custom molding options?

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For over 90 years Davies has been molding custom plastic components for all industries, including lighting, lawn & garden, industrial machinery, medical, oil & gas, and many more. Our compression, injection, and transfer molding capabilities provide tremendous flexibility in part design and production.

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