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Plastics Industry Pulse: Offshore Plastics Trends

Plastics Industry Pulse

In this Plastics Industry Pulse, we’ll dive deeper into the data in the 2019-2020 Annual Survey and look at overseas plastics manufacturing and quality. As we covered in our Plastics Industry Pulse: Offshore Manufacturing, overseas plastics manufacturing tends to be underutilized by most industries. As a review, the survey data showed that overseas plastics is utilized less than half the time and tends to be a bit unpopular. Further, of those industries who have utilized overseas plastics, a majority of respondents said they either have already reversed course and re-shored operations domestically or they planned to do so in the future.

Plastics Industry Pulse: Offshore Plastics Trends examines the data that might explain just why offshoring plastics manufacturing is trending so negatively. It picks up where Offshore Manufacturing left off in describing the vast array of industry data sources surveyed.

In short, as more specialized industries grow in their need for high-quality plastics with exceptional aesthetic value, the offshore plastics trend will likely continue to trend toward negative values.

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Plastics Industry Pulse: Offshore Manufacturing

Business | Plastics Industry Pulse

As we mentioned in our previous post we have been researching, processing, and interpreting data from over 200 manufacturing professionals on the use of heavy-gauge plastics manufacturing.

Did you know: This is the sixth year that Ray Products has been conducting this important industry research.

In this Plastics Industry Pulse, we’ll uncover the data in the 2019–2020 annual survey that deals with overseas plastic manufacturing. As offshore manufacturing grows in a number of other industries, you may be wondering about its impact on plastics manufacturing.

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The 2019-2020 Plastics Industry Survey Results Released

Business

Earlier this year, we gathered, processed and interpreted data from over 200 manufacturing professionals on the use of heavy-gauge plastics manufacturing. Now, we’re ready to share the results of our 2019-2020 plastics industry survey.

We’ve been conducting this survey and sharing our findings for the past six years, and we’re thrilled to be publishing this year’s edition.

Wondering what we found?

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MD&M West 2020

Trade Shows

MD&M West Anaheim 2020

It’s that time of year, again. MD&M – the nation’s largest medical device industry tradeshow – is hosting its West Coast conference in Anaheim, CA, and Ray Products is thrilled to be returning to the floor as an exhibitor. The showcase provides an excellent opportunity for our company to connect with hundreds of engineers, innovators, designers, and large-scale medical device corporations and share the full range of manufacturing solutions our pressure forming and vacuum forming capabilities can provide. We’ve met many of our long-term clients at previous MD&M showcases, and it’s always exciting and inspiring to not only learn of the cutting-edge innovations emerging within the medtech industry but to also be a part of their creation.

Medical devices have always comprised a significant portion of Ray Products’ manufacturing projects. In fact, the plastic product that put our company on the map over 70 years ago was a medical device: one of the earliest clear plastic baby bassinets on the market. Since then, we’ve thermoformed plastic parts and enclosures for countless instruments used in the field of healthcare, including this cancer diagnostic machine, this DNA sequencer, this hospital cart, and many others.

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Advancing Cancer Diagnostics and Improving Patient Lives with Thermoforming

Plastics Manufacturing | Pressure Forming | Thermoforming

The truth is, we get excited about every plastics manufacturing project that comes into our California-based facility. Still, there are plastic pressure forming projects that stand out for our whole team.

Let us tell you about one of those.

Recently, a leading biotechnology company came to us for help creating the housing of an advanced digital pathology slide scanner.

The project demanded impressive aesthetics, incredible levels of precision, and high-performance materials. In short, it was precisely the type of pressure forming project we love.

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BIOMEDevice Conference 2019

Pressure Forming | Thermoforming | Trade Shows

Over our 70-year history, Ray Products’ plastic thermoforming capabilities have helped to manufacture a vast array of important medical technology devices, including large-scale CT Scan, X-Ray, and MRI machines, DNA and Genome Sequencing and Lab Automation, as well as smaller, but no-less-important medical implements. It’s no surprise, then, that we’re thrilled to be attending this year’s San Jose BIOMEDevice conference.

Hosted by MD&M – the largest medical device trade show organization in the U.S. – this 2-day event features seminars, lectures, product debuts, and networking opportunities from the biggest names in the medical technology – or medtech – industry. This year’s event is sure to offer valuable insights into healthcare-oriented AI, digital health, and surgical robotics, as well as other new developments in the field.

Ray Products is attending not only to learn about burgeoning advancements in the field, but also to provide concrete manufacturing solutions to companies looking to bring their designs to the marketplace. Thermoforming and pressure forming are both great options for large and/or specialized medical equipment because they allow for high levels of detail and precision, are easily customizable, and are much less costly than injection-molding for items that won’t be distributed in mass quantities. We hope to connect with companies in the medical device industry whose products could benefit from the use of thermoformed plastic parts.

Our company has a long history of providing service to the medical technology industry. In fact, Ray Products origins stem from a medical project: our company was founded specifically to manufacture clear plastic baby bassinets for hospital nurseries – a cutting-edge product at the time. We’re delighted to continue to support our partners in the life-saving medtech field with our production capabilities and look forward to developing solutions for its newest advancements.

If you’ll be attending this year’s conference, come visit us at Booth #320 – we’ll be there to talk shop and answer any of your thermoforming, pressure forming, or plastic manufacturing questions. See you in San Jose on December 4 and 5!

Ray Products at D2P Pasadena

Pressure Forming | Thermoforming | Trade Shows

On October 9 and 10, 2019, Ray Products will be exhibiting at D2P, Design 2 Part, Southern California conference, located at the Pasadena Convention Center.  Home to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena has built a reputation as a hotbed for technological innovation, providing a great backdrop for showcasing our advanced plastic manufacturing techniques.

As an exhibitor, we’ll be showcasing and discussing an assortment of plastic parts that we’ve manufactured via our specialized vacuum forming, pressure forming and trimming technologies. We’re looking forward to sharing the benefits of thermoformed plastic solutions with attendees from Southern California and beyond. Here are a few of the processes we’ll be discussing:

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5 Reasons Why Top Manufacturers Are Switching to Pressure Forming

Plastics Manufacturing | Pressure Forming | Thermoforming

If you pay close attention to manufacturing trends, you may have already seen it happening: manufacturers are discovering the benefits of pressure forming, and realizing that they can’t help but switch.

Why are they switching, and is it the right choice for you?

At Ray Products, we’ve been pressure forming plastic parts for over 70 years, and have a keen sense of the types of projects that can greatly benefit from this process. Below are the most commonly noted reasons to opt for pressure forming for your next project.

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Ray Products Wins Gold Award for Pressure Forming Project at 2019 SPE Thermoforming Conference

Design | Pressure Forming | Thermoforming

We’re thrilled to announce that Ray Products has been awarded the Gold prize at this year’s SPE Thermoforming Conference for our work on the Stratasys F370 Industrial-grade 3-D printer!

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)’s annual thermoforming conference is the leading exposition where thermoformers, suppliers and clients assemble to attend workshops, discussions, and networking sessions on all things thermoforming. One of the most exciting aspects of the conference is its contest, which considers submissions from thermoformers all over the country across several manufacturing categories.

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Upcoming Thermoforming and Manufacturing Tradeshows

Trade Shows

Abstract photo of a trade show convention floor

We love what we do at Ray Products. Being at the forefront of both the plastics and manufacturing industries is of primary importance to our business, and sharing the work we do with our customers is a key component of our success. That’s why we’re very excited to announce our participation in four upcoming trade shows and conferences through the end of 2019 into early 2020. First up is AmCon in Salt Lake City on October 2nd and 3rd. Right after that, we head to the D2P conference in Pasadena on October 9th and 10th. Finally, December and February bring us two back-to-back MD&M shows – first is the more specialized BIOMEDevice conference in San Jose on December 4-5th, then the larger MD&M trade show in Anaheim from February 11th-13th. Read on to learn a little more about each show, and what you can expect Ray Products to provide as a featured business.

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