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Plastics Engineering Goes Inside the Process Wars

Plastics Manufacturing | Pressure Forming | Thermoforming

Process Wars Graphic

You might not think of the plastics industry as a violent place, but that’s only because you haven’t read the Michael Tolinski’s “Process Wars” article in the June issue of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)’s magazine, Plastics Engineering.

Ok, maybe violent is an exaggeration.  “Contentious” might be a better word.

Michael’s article covers the rise in popularity of pressure forming, first reported right here in our annual survey.  It also covers some other advances in the process, and even gives an injection molder a chance to present his perspective.

All-in-all, a great read.  Not least of all because it quotes our very own VP of Sales & Development, Jason Middleton.  Read the entire account of the plastics manufacturing process wars right here.


Ray Products Profiled in Plastics Machinery Magazine

Plastics Manufacturing | Pressure Forming | Thermoforming

Brian Ray

You can have the greatest robot in the world being delivered, but if you don’t have the employees who want to embrace the technology, you will have a robot that is going to sit there and do nothing.
-Brian Ray, Plastics Machinery Magazine, July 2016

Unless you’re as obsessed about plastics manufacturing as we are, you might have missed Plastics Machinery Magazine’s interview with Brian Ray, Ray Products’ president.

But don’t worry—we’re always looking out for our non-plastics-manufacturing-obsessed friends. You can read the whole thing right here.

The interview covers some of Ray Products’ history, the changes we’ve seen over six-plus decades in the plastics manufacturing industry, advances in materials and equipment and where we see the future of plastics manufacturing headed.

So what are you waiting for? Check it out!



Trade Shows We Loved in 2015, & Why We Loved Them

Inside The Factory

Depending on who you ask, there are about 10,000 trade shows every year in the United States and Canada. That’s about 27 every day on this continent alone. Every single one of them offers both an opportunity, and a cost.

The opportunity is to connect with customers, both old and new, to interact with other companies in your industry and even learn a thing or two. The cost is time away from your business, and money spent on travel, booth space and more. READ MORE

A (re)New(ed) Commitment to Quality

Inside The Factory | Thermoforming

ISO 9001:2008

Let’s be frank. To survive for 66 years in the plastics manufacturing industry, you have to pay close attention to quality. For us, a commitment to quality is nothing new. In fact, it’s a commitment we’ve had that’s pretty much unchanged over the past 66 years.

What has changed are some of the ways we demonstrate that commitment. In 1949, ISO 9001 quality certifications didn’t exist. But in 2009, they did, and that’s when we decided that ISO 9001:2008 certification was one more way we could demonstrate our commitment to quality. READ MORE

Announcing our 2015 Plastics Manufacturing Survey Winner

Plastics Manufacturing

An Apple Watch

Every year, we like to thank our plastics manufacturing survey takers for their time with a giveaway. This year, the prize was an Apple Watch.

We’re happy to announce that John Omdahl, the Creative Director at Rocketship Design, was the lucky winner. John’s already answering calls, checking emails and tracking his heart rate from his wrist.

Feeling like you missed out? If you’re an engineer, designer or other professional who uses plastics manufacturing as part of your job, sign up below for your invite to next year’s plastics manufacturing survey.

Sign Up For Next Year’s Survey

2015 Plastics Manufacturing Survey Results: Overseas Manufacturing, Unhappiness and the Future of Plastics Manufacturing

Plastics Manufacturing | Thermoforming

It’s time to take a look at the results from the 2015 version of our plastics manufacturing survey. This year, we surveyed more than 4,000 professionals at companies who use plastics manufacturing across the country.

We asked them questions about their experience with plastics manufacturing, their current activities and their plans for the future. What we learned is a peek into the future of our industry.

Who We Surveyed

Our survey was distributed to key decision-makers at companies that use plastics manufacturing. Engineers, product designers, administrators and manufacturing executives. These people come from a wide variety of industries, from medical device manufacturing to green energy, automotive and more.

 Respondents’ Industries



Large-Part Pressure Former Sails Above Overseas Competition

Design | Large Part Thermoforming | Pressure Forming | Thermoforming


This article originally appeared in the May 2015 issue of Design2Part magazine. You can download a PDF of the original here.

By Rebecca Carnes

Supplying heavy-gauge, large-part pressure forming at lower quantities has insulated Ray Products from having to face much overseas competition. The simple reason, according to Jason Middleton, the company’s vice president of sales and development, is that heavy-gauge, large-part pressure forming doesn’t outsource well. READ MORE

Ray Products Focuses on Quality for Thermoformed Medical Device Enclosures

Design | Large Part Thermoforming | Thermoforming


This article originally appeared in the April, 2015 issue of Design2Part Magazine. You can download a PDF of the original here.

By Rebecca Carnes

Specializing in thermoformed plastic parts, Ray Products Co., Inc. understands the unique qualities needed for medical device enclosures, such as durability, aesthetics, and built-in, antimicrobial resistance. The Ontario, Calif.-based company has been manufacturing enclosures for more than 60 years, and focuses on translating that experience into high-quality medical devices. These devices include medical electronics housings; imaging (X-Ray, CT Scan, MRI) enclosures; sterile packaging; bins and trays; hospital room panels; hospital bed components; and stands and support equipment.

Medical device enclosures make up the bulk of Ray Products’ medical business, and pressure-formed and vacuum-formed enclosures can be found on surgical and diagnostic equipment in healthcare facilities across the country. READ MORE

An Introduction to Pressure Forming Tooling

Pressure Forming

Pressure Forming

We talk a lot about tooling here at Ray Products, but if you’re not familiar with pressure forming, you might not know what tooling is. So, we thought we’d help with a quick introduction to pressure forming tooling.

The Foundation of a Successful Project – Literally

A properly designed, and built tool is critical to every pressure forming project. It’s one area where cutting corners is definitely a bad idea.

At Ray Products, we stand behind our tooling. We’ll guarantee the performance of your tooling for life, as long you’re using it for manufacturing in our facility.

 What is a Pressure Forming Tool?

A pressure forming tool is the mold that creates the shape of a pressure formed part. It’s made to match the shape of the final part, and when the plastic is pressed against it, it takes on the shape of the mold. READ MORE

Jason’s Making The Case For Pressure Forming in MDT

Inside The Factory | Pressure Forming

Pressure Forming

Pressure forming makes sense for medical device enclosures. Lots of sense. It’s something we’ve talked about here in the past.

Recently, Medical Design & Technology ran an article written by our VP of Sales & Development, Jason Middleton. The article is titled, “Making The Case for Pressure Forming Medical Device Enclosures.”

Jason finishes up the article with, “if you don’t consider pressure forming for your next medical device enclosure, you might be leaving your best option on the table.” He couldn’t be more right.

Give the article a read, and let us know if you have any questions.

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