Liz Lipply

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Ferriot Honored as a 2020 Business Growth Awards Recipient

Posted by Liz Lipply on Jan 5, 2021 12:09:03 PM

The year 2020 has been a tough one, especially for manufacturing. Duelargely to the COVID-19 pandemic, the manufacturing industry saw a decline of nearly 23 percent in 2020. The simultaneous shock and demand from shutdowns, the financial crisis, and increased workplace regulations have created the perfect storm for what’s likely to be the worst hit to manufacturing we’ve seen in decades.

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Topics: Expert Knowledge, Injection Molding

Cobots Enable More Efficient Manufacturing in Injection Molding

Posted by Liz Lipply on Oct 19, 2020 2:53:11 PM

If there’s one thing that every manufacturer knows, it’s the value of a good operator. Operators are champions of production, driving the performance, efficiency, and reliability of your plant processes.

Unfortunately, great operators are often wasted on repetitious manufacturing processes, where most of their time is spent on mundane tasks instead of work that requires more “brainpower” and finesse. On those monotonous tasks, if operators are being forced to act like a machine doing the same thing over and over again, why not get an actual machine to do it?

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Topics: injectioon molding, custom injection molding, injection molded, ultrasonic welding for plastic, cobots

Importance of TQM to Injection Molding Projects - Part 2 [Interview]

Posted by Liz Lipply on Jun 23, 2020 11:07:52 AM

In Part 1 of our discussion of the importance of TQM to the injection molding process, we introduced George Popov, our Quality Supervisor, and provided you with a behind-the-scenes look at what George and the Ferriot Quality Team are doing to implement and improve TQM on a daily basis.

In Part 2, George and I discuss a new technology acquisition, the AICON smartScan Structured Blue Light Scanner, and how it is helping Ferriot meet and exceed quality goals.

 

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Topics: Company Culture, testing, quality, TQM, Engineering Services

Importance of TQM to Injection Molding Projects [Interview]

Posted by Liz Lipply on Jun 18, 2020 11:39:15 AM

Total Quality Management is critical to everything we do for our customers. At the end of the day, the goal is production readiness. Injection molded parts must be optimized for functionality, production consistency and ease of manufacturing. TQM includes everything from start to finish, from mold qualification to production quality. 

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Topics: Company Culture, testing, quality, TQM, Engineering Services

What is Gas Assist Injection Molding?

Posted by Liz Lipply on May 13, 2020 8:24:14 AM

A practical way to provide design flexibility - A smart way to reduce cost

Gas assist injection molding (GAIM) is an enhanced injection molding process often applied for complex parts, large parts and parts requiring an attractive, cosmetic finish.  The types of parts benefiting most from this process include:

  • large panels
  • enclosures
  • handles
  • doors and bezels
  • tube or rod shaped parts

 

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Topics: injection molded, gas assist injection molding

COVID-19 Update: Ferriot Focuses on Safety as Businesses Reopen

Posted by Liz Lipply on May 11, 2020 12:08:10 PM

COVID-19 has drastically changed the way that companies are run – possibly for years to come. Here in Ohio, we’ve all had to change the way that we work and go about our lives.

While stay at home orders are starting to slowly lift, that doesn’t mean a quick jump back to normal. As an essential business, Ferriot has remained open during the quarantine, making critical parts for the medical, industrial and financial services industries. However, it’s how we all protect our workers that’s equally as important to fighting the pandemic. 

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Topics: safety, Coronavirus crisis

How Things Are Made: STEM School Tour Photo Blog

Posted by Liz Lipply on Mar 18, 2020 12:08:29 PM

Team Ferriot recently enjoyed a visit from students at Akron's NIHF STEM High School. The students toured our 200,000-square-foot office and manufacturing facilities to learn more about the latest manufacturing processes, technologies and varous injection molding career opportunities from engineering design to quality management. The following photo blog provides you with a glimpse at their tour.

Ron Pack, Manufacturing Engineer, provides students with several new technology demonstrations, including collaborative robots (cobots) that assist with repetitive tasks and allow employess to do more complex work.

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Stop Coronavirus Impact On Your Supply Chain

Posted by Liz Lipply on Feb 28, 2020 2:19:44 PM

Here at Ferriot, an increasing number of our clients are expressing growing concerns over the Coronavirus crisis and the impact of this crisis on the global supply chain. The situation remains very volatile, changes daily, and continues to have a global impact.

This affects injection molding because the industry relies heavily on Asia, especially China, to manufacture a significant portion of the tooling.  A large percentage of plastic parts are molded there as well.  The lower labor cost has allowed Asian countries to deliver tooling at a lower cost and provided OEMs with a reasonably safe supply chain.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Transfer Tooling, Coronavirus crisis

Top 10 Injection Molding Blog Posts of the Last Decade

Posted by Liz Lipply on Jan 15, 2020 9:55:16 AM

Truth be told, although Ferriot has been around for close to a century accumulating an unlimited wealth of experience and applied expertise, we've really only been blogging for a short time. However, since 2020 marks the start of a new decade, we felt it was apropos to share our TOP 10 injection molding blog posts. The front-runners are determined by you, our frequent readers, after nearly 20,000 views of dozens of blog articles on a variety of topics. The majority of these articles are a quick read, requiring only a few minutes to consume. No doubt you'll find them quite valuable. You be the judge...  

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Topics: Finishing Operations, Injection Molding

Recap: Ferriot's 90th Anniversary

Posted by Liz Lipply on Dec 23, 2019 11:06:41 AM

The year 2019 was a very special one for the Ferriot team, marking our 90th year in business. Wow! Ninety years! As you can imagine, we've enjoyed learning more about the colorful history and numerous accomplishments of Ferriot's early years. Many on our team weren't aware of our early history with Disney or early Star Wars toys.  The year has also been full of reminiscing over family, friends and business associates that have come and gone through the nine years of our existence. It's only fitting to recap some of them by sharing the following 90th anniversary posts from the past year.

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Topics: Plastic News, history

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