CT Top Workplaces 2014

20140918_191108Dymotek is thrilled to be named one of Connecticut’s Top Workplaces for 2014. To be a top workplace is an honor in itself, but we are incredibly proud to be considered a top workplace in a industry that is often clouded by negative misconceptions.  This could not have been accomplished without our employees. Our employees are the back bone, the brain and the heart behind this operation. They are the support, they are the innovation and they keep us moving forward.  Without them, we would not be- and for that we say “Thank You”.

 

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The Difference Between One and One Million

By: Rob Theriaque- Project Engineer

At my first injection molding job, a beast lurked in the corner of a dark, unused room. It was about the size of a tall clothes washer. Purchased at a trade show years earlier, it was marketed as a device that would change the industry. The collective memory of the company could recall only one use, and that was in demo mode with the built-in program. They had used this large investment to manufacture a single small model ship. It was an early 3D printer.

As with any promising and valuable technology, these have evolved. Large machines with poor resolution and printing times best measured by a calendar have given way to desktop and hobbyist models that can print parts in hours. I graduated from college in 2005. The 3D modeling systems taught to me then seem almost as archaic and inaccessible now as punch cards do to this generation’s software engineers. Today, anybody with a desire can download a free version of Google Sketchup, make a 3D model, and print their creation for less than the cost of my 2001 CADKEY textbook.

We’re starting to see more and more incredible inventions from individuals with functional prototypes. As an offhand estimate, I’d guess in five years we’ve gone from 75% napkin-sketch concepts versus 25% product in-hand to the opposite. Are we finally seeing the revolution prophesized by that archaic monstrosity languishing in a corner?

Not quite.

There are a few issues. Part of my job is helping to overcome them.

3D printers can manufacture components that few other manufacturing processes can. Considerations for injection and ejection aren’t necessary. Undercuts and internal voids are no problem. This is both an incredible strength and a significant drawback. If a brilliant idea is developed without thought to the manufacturability, serious roadblocks lie ahead. We have to be able to get the plastic part out of the mold!

Enter Dymotek.

I love saying this. It’s possible to make one of virtually anything. It’s making ten, a hundred, a million or more, all with impeccable quality, that’s a challenge. That’s where our engineering expertise comes into play.

Reworking concepts from a prototype to a manufacturable product is an art and a science. Retaining functional characteristics within the constraints of an injection molding environment requires strong knowledge of tooling, material and available technology. It is an incredibly fun and rewarding experience.

I don’t know what happened to that forerunner to our modern rapid prototypers. The message it foretold, while a bit premature, does seem to be coming to pass. Folks with great ideas now have accessible means of making them a reality. 3D printing is an exciting method of bringing a concept to a tangible product and offers yet another quick and affordable option to those in the protoype phase. When it’s time to make a million, we can help.

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Manufacturing Day with Dymotek

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Manufacturing Day – Facility Tour: October 3, 2014
Come in and see what present day technical manufacturing looks like. Attendees will get a facility tour and be able to have any questions answered at the end of the their tour.

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Joe Courtney Visits Dymotek

Chief Technology Officer, Victor Morando and CEO Normand Forest show Joe Courtney some of the technology used at Dymotek.

Joe Courtney

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Dymotek Acquires Young Talent Through Asnuntuck Community College

Check out the article highlighting the Asnuntuck Community College Manufacturing Technology program and internships here: 

 

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Field Trip

By: Chris LaBranche- Tooling Technician

Like many people, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after I graduated from high school.  It wasn’t until I went on a field trip to a manufacturing career fair that I decided to enroll in the Manufacturing Technology program at Asnuntuk Community College in Enfield, CT.  Once I started my classes, my career path began to form.

After graduation from High School, I began studying to become a Machinist at Asnuntuk.  Shortly after classes began, I was placed at Dymotek for my internship.  This meant I spent every Monday through Wednesday at Asnuntuk doing course work and spent every Thursday and Friday at Dymotek completing my internship hours.

My job at Dymotek was to shadow the Tooling Manager, who is responsible for all maintenance and repair of the injection molds used in manufacturing. I didn’t know anything about Plastic Injection Molding and was curious how I was going to fit in to the Dymotek environment. As it turned out, there was a place for me and it was doing something I enjoyed. Since starting at Dymotek, I have learned a lot about molds for both thermoplastics and thermosets, mold maintenance and repair, molding machines and manufacturing in general.  I couldn’t be happier with where Asnuntuk placed me for my internship. In just one year, I have come a long way and have been provided great opportunities by Dymotek.

One thing I was lucky enough to experience happened just recently.  In March of 2014 Dymotek asked if I would like to go on a trip to Germany and Austria to attend Arburg Tech Days and visit one of our mold builders, Elmet.  As a 19 year old who started as an intern at Dymotek just one year ago, my mind was blown.  I could not believe the opportunity presented to me.  Of course, I said yes!

While in Germany and Austria I was introduced to two experts in the molding business, Arburg and Elmet. When visiting the two facilities I was amazed by the state-of- the-art technology both companies utilized. The amount of combined knowledge these two companies have for traditional thermoplastic injection molding, silicone molding and two shot molding is incredible. Dymotek has very close working relationships with these two companies, all three companies helping one another to further business, knowledge and become experts in the fields of Liquid Injection Molding (LIM) and Two shot molding.

The trip was an experience I will not soon forget. Not only did I get to see Germany and Austria, but I learned a lot about the field in which I am now employed.  I was also able to network with companies that, along with Dymotek, are subject matter experts in the Silicone and Plastic molding arena. Dymotek has invested a lot into me and their eagerness to help me grow as an employee is apparent.  I truly enjoy coming to work every day with the Dymotek family, I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else and I thank both Asnuntuk and Dymotek for that.

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Young talent in Manufacturing

We are very excited to have one of our youngest stars, Chris LaBranche, be featured in the latest edition of Plastics News.  Read it here: http://bit.ly/1o6w15j

Chris has written a blog post which we will post shortly.

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