Liz Knapp

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Ultrasonic Welding: What Designers Need to Know

Posted by Liz Knapp on Aug 13, 2020 11:51:32 AM

Custom injection molders use ultrasonic welding as a secondary operation when two thermoplastic parts need to be joined together. The bonding of two parts into one may be specified when there is a complex design that is not feasible to mold as one part – so the part design is changed to be manufactured as two or more parts that must be assembled. This is determined early in the Design for Manufacturing phase (DFM) of new product development.
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Topics: Injection Molding, insert molding, custom mold, mold design, custom injection molding, resin, ultrasonic welding, ultrasonic welding for plastic

Cool Injection Molding Careers in Manufacturing: STEM School Tour of Ferriot

Posted by Liz Knapp on Mar 12, 2020 1:30:43 PM

This past week, Ferriot enjoyed a visit from students at Akron’s NIHF STEM High School where students had the opportunity to learn how things are made and to see what a potential career in manufacturing looks like.  Guided by Ferriot employees, students toured the facility and received a hands-on experience while learning about technologies used in manufacturing.

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"Ferriot's 90 Years of reinvention" is a Plastics News cover story!

Posted by Liz Knapp on Sep 17, 2019 3:05:58 PM

Our 90th anniversary celebrations continue as Ferriot is the featured story on the front page of this week's Plastics News magazine

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Topics: Plastic News

Dream Big, Achieve Big: People, Pride, and Workmanship in Injection Molding

Posted by Liz Knapp on Sep 5, 2019 2:07:42 PM

Craig Ferriot’s Speech at 90th Anniversary Event for Employees on 6/11/19
Celebrating 90 Years of Excellence in Building Ferriot’s Future

This is our 90th year celebration. I can't believe it. I've been here a third of it. 33 years! And over the last couple of weeks, I've taken the opportunity to go back and look at some old literature, and I was able to get a lot of information from my dad, my grandfather and some others.  I was reminded of all the things that took place at Ferriot that made it successful.

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Topics: event, history

Structural Foam Molding vs. Injection Molding - Expanding Your Options

Posted by Liz Knapp on Aug 27, 2019 12:07:52 PM

Structural foam molding offers an alternative to traditional injection molding. 

Here at Ferriot, we’ve been proud to be a leader in thermoplastic injection molding since the 1940s. Our clients turn to us for professional assistance with contract manufacturing, custom injection molding, painting and assembly. Structural foam molding is another capability we offer when traditional injection molding may not meet part design requirements.  The structural foam process creates parts with a high strength-to-weight ratio and is often used for large parts and in metal to plastic replacement.

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Topics: Injection Molding, structural foam, structural foam injection molding

Molding History: “Forever Thankful for What They Were Able to Contribute”

Posted by Liz Knapp on Aug 21, 2019 11:33:01 AM

Company History Highlights by Gene Ferriot (1916-1970's) from steel engraving to injection molded plastics, from Disney characters to Polaroid aviator glasses – a nostalgic look back

In 1916, I started working at the Die Sinking and Machine Company, a machine shop started by my father, grandfather and uncle. I was joined a year later by my brother Glenn. I learned the steel engraving trade and Glenn learned the machinist trade.

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Topics: event, history

Ferriot Celebrates 90 Years as “Your Partner in Plastics”

Posted by Liz Knapp on Jul 2, 2019 10:49:57 AM

Full-service custom injection molder of engineered resins
pays tribute to its long history, with an eye on a bright future 

On June 11th, Ferriot began a year-long celebration of its rich 90-year history with a special event for employees at its Akron, Ohio facilities.

Privately held since its founding in 1929, the company spans over five generations of the Ferriot family. In 1999, Ferriot Inc. expanded to its current 200,000-square-foot office and manufacturing facility at 1000 Arlington Circle in Akron, Ohio.

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What is Structural Foam Injection Molding?

Posted by Liz Knapp on Apr 30, 2019 8:14:04 AM

Structural foam molding is an option available to manufacturers who are looking for a way to create stronger, more rigid plastic parts.  It is also a method used to reduce potential part weight for larger parts. Almost any type of resin can be used with this type of injection molding. Structural foam  injection molding uses lower pressure and a foaming agent mixed in with the resin. The foaming agent expands within the resin, leaving a dense outer and inner wall with a foam or honeycomb-like center. This cellular core in the part is what contributes to the decreased part weight.  During the expansion process, internal shrinkage or "sink" is reduced which creates a more uniform and aesthetically pleasing part. This process can also contribute to less internal stress in the part with better stability. 
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Topics: Injection Molding, structural foam, structural foam injection molding

Medical Industry Contract Manufacturing Success featured in Medical Design Briefs

Posted by Liz Knapp on Oct 24, 2018 10:22:57 AM


At Ferriot, we realize that many (if not most) savvy medical industry OEMs want to focus on their core competencies 
and let another company perform the details of the actual product build. Contract Manufacturing provides numerous opportunities to greatly reduce capital expenditures and operating costs while ensuring the highest quality for the final product.   

What we’ve learned over our years of experience is that there’s a clear process to follow to guarantee success when using a contract manufacturer. When done correctly, applying the right process results in both great customer satisfaction and great performing products.

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Topics: Contract Manufacturing, medical device

Craig Ferriot to speak at MFG Day Event

Posted by Liz Knapp on Sep 24, 2018 12:28:30 PM


We're pleased to announce that Craig Ferriot, President, Ferriot, Inc. will be speaking at the MFG DAY event on October 5th at the Hilton Garden Inn, Akron, OH. Craig's presentation will highlight some of the technological innovations being utilized in the injection molding industry.

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Topics: injectioon molding, event

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