Engaged Employees at Dymotek

By: Frank Fasano- Director of Engineering and Quality

First and foremost, it is important to understand that at Dymotek, it is ALWAYS the right moment to work on employee engagement.  Our employees are the glue that holds the company together and the force that pushes the company forward.  We recognize the importance of happy and engaged employees, which it why employee engagement is always at the forefront.

I imagine that almost everyone reading this has heard the quote “Never let a good crisis go to waste”- or something to that effect.

Essentially, that quote is a reminder to not trudge through a crisis with your head down and blinders on.  Keep your head up and your eyes open to the growth opportunities that are presented in the face of a negative event.  A crisis offers a chance to see things differently, a perfect occasion to do things you never thought you could and the right time to respond creatively to the situation at hand.  Crisis often inspires out of the box thinking and leaves you with lessons learned.  It’s all about the silver linings!

At Dymotek, we try to apply this philosophy to any crisis-like situation we may encounter, no matter the size.  Everything is a learning prospect and an opportunity for employee engagement.  But what about the other side of this?

At Dymotek, we also make sure that no success goes unnoticed or uncelebrated. We experience a multiplier effect on employee engagement during a win. A win is also a chance to see things differently, the perfect occasion to record what went right and how we can keep it happening.  Please remember, “Never let a win go to waste.”  Instead of silver linings, you can make gold when you capitalize on a win!

In manufacturing, an environment that is often high stress and fast paced, it is important to recognize every win to keep employees’ morale high. When the morale is high due to a win, the situation can be used as a springboard to bigger and better things.

An example of how we implement celebration into a daily meeting is our “Moment of Gratitude”, which ends every morning production meeting. The morning meeting is held to discuss the upcoming day’s task list, often full of challenges.  The key players gather and come up with a plan to make sure that day is a success.  However, in this meeting, it was rare that we celebrated the previous days’ (or weeks’, or months’) successes, so we instituted the “Moment of Gratitude” as a meeting wrap.  This is a step we take with the intent that attendees leave on a high note.  There may be a day of challenges ahead, but with the confidence of previous success, everyone hits the ground running.

The world of manufacturing, similar to many other industries, has its highs and lows.  Again, it is vital to keep employee engagement high to make sure that everyone can get the most positive out of any situation.  Dymotek does a lot of external things to help support employee engagement, satisfaction and morale, but these things come from when employees feel they are winning, the company is being successful and they are an integral part of the business.


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Throwback Thursday!

This picture was taken two years ago, when we celebrated the opening of our second manufacturing facility.


Dymotek Somers Ribbon Cutting

It seems like it was just yesterday. Over the last two years, we have accomplished quite a bit. We began filling the production floor, adding new projects and new employees. We were recognized for many awards including: Top Workplaces, the Presidents E-Award,  INC Magazine top 5000 fastest growing companies and were a Plastics News Processor of the Year finalist. It has been a busy two years but time flies when you’re having fun!




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Liquid Silicone Rubber Becomes Solution for Challenging Molded Valve

By: Angel Kinsey, Engineering Services

Dymotek is a custom manufacturing company that specializes in injection molding of thermoplastic and liquid silicone rubber materials (LSR).  We are often challenged by a customer that has an application where a flexible material is required.  Our experience in working with thermoplastic elastomers (TPE), rubbers (TPR), and urethanes (TPU) as well as liquid silicone rubber (LSR) makes us uniquely qualified to guide the customer to a material that best fits their application.

We were recently challenged with a drinking valve application that was attempted to be manufactured by another molder.  The valve needed to meet the design requirements for flexibility and fit and seal with a mating polypropylene cap. TPE was the material selected by the customer. Many grades were tried but the end results were not favorable. A molded part that met the design criteria and was free of defects was unachievable with a TPE.  The customer brought the application to Dymotek.

Dymotek’s team of engineers was able to quickly see that a TPE material was not the correct material for the application.  A new prototype mold was built for liquid silicone rubber and two grades supplied by Wacker were trialed to find the optimized molded part fit and seal. A Wacker Elastosil LR 3003/60 A/B, 60A durometer material, proved to have the ideal processing characteristics to produce a stress free molded product that consistently met the requirements for flexibility, fit and seal. The flow characteristics of the LSR material provided the solution to address the processing challenges for the molded valve.

The lesson learned here is the application must be carefully considered before selecting a material.  In general, if a TPE can be utilized it will be less expensive (both in resin and finished piece cost) and require a shorter mold manufacturing lead time.  LSR’s raw material tends to be a little more expensive and there are fewer mold manufacturers with the knowledge and capability of manufacturing molds.  Compression set, sensitivity to molded-in stress, variable wall thickness, and very thin wall sections are all strong indicators that an application may be best suited to LSR.



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It’s Time for Manufacturing Day!

By Alyssa Cannella- Business Development Admin.

In New England, the first chill in the air is met with excitement for pumpkin spice everything, the return of the NFL and the approaching holiday season.  For manufacturers though, the first sign of fall means it’s our time to show off!  It’s time for Manufacturing Day!

Manufacturing Day means we, as manufacturers, have another large scale opportunity to change some minds.  We get another chance to inspire someone, big or small, and adjust their misshapen views of American manufacturing. This is our chance to add another spark to a movement that, if tended to appropriately, could start a wild fire that eventually closes the skills gap in manufacturing. It is every manufacturers chance to help fuel the future of manufacturing in America!

Imagine if with each Manufacturing Day, each manufacturer across the country was able to inspire just one person. If your event gets one child to enroll in STEM courses, or convinces one parent that manufacturing can be a path to success and stability for their child, you are making a difference. Consider the effect it can have if that one person could then inspire their children, their students, their Girl Scout Troop or their family members. Just imagine the ripple effect that could cause!

While it is the younger generations that we bait our hooks for, eager for a bite, parents play a crucial role in the movements success. According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), only 37% of parents encourage their children to enter into manufacturing and only 18% view it as a top career choice. (NIST Infographic). These numbers are surprising, considering data from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) which states that in 2013, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $77,506 annually, including pay and benefits. The average worker in all other industries earned $62,546. (NAM Manufacturing Facts).

Manufacturing often isn’t what it used to be. Technologically advanced facilities exist, where clean, automated and safe manufacturing happens every day.  Manufacturing holds an ocean full of opportunities for anyone willing to jump in. So this year, manufacturers-cast a broad net and see what you can pull in. And parents-be the hand that guides them, not the one that holds them back.

Manufacturing matters to everyone. It is the source of every product you use, every day. Why not be a part of it?

National Manufacturing Day takes place on Friday, October 2, 2015. Find an event near you!

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# 3105 in The 2015 Inc. 5000!

We are excited to announce that Dymotek has been recognized as one of the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America, coming in at #3105 overall!

Additionally, Dymotek ranked # 22 out of the 49 Connecticut companies to make the list and #72 out of the 177 manufacturers nationwide.

It is both an accomplishment and an honor to be a part of this list.  We hope to make the list in the years to come as we continue to fill our second space with both people and manufacturing.

Congratulations to all the companies who made the list in Connecticut, in manufacturing and nationwide!

You can see the entire list here!

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Plastics News Women in Plastics

Plastics News highlights women who made a career in Plastics and Shelley Fasano, our VP of Operations, is featured! Check it out here: Shelley Fasano-Women in Plastics

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Joe Courtney Congratulates Dymotek on Presidential ‘E’ Award

Congressman Joe Courtney : Press Releases : Courtney Congratulates Dymotek on Presidential ‘E’ Award.

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