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Thermoforming, Ancient Egyptians and 3D Printing

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Egyptian Mummy sarcophagus

Medical Design & Outsourcing is running an article by our CEO Brian Ray that brings together ancient Egyptian spoons, thermoforming and 3D printing.

No, seriously.

Turns out that ancient Egyptians were some of the first thermoformers. Today, the modern version of a 5,000-year-old technique is helping to power everything from electric vehicles to cutting-edge medical devices. All at a cost that makes it easy to make the jump from prototyping to production.

Hopefully when The Mummy reboots in 2017, it’ll feature Tom Cruise discovering some thermoformed ancient Egyptian artifacts, shortly before he’s attacked by the undead. Fingers crossed.

An Interview with the CEO


Gayle Putrich from Plastics News sat down with our CEO, Brian Ray, and asked him about what it’s like to run Ray Products.

The interview touches on quite a bit of what makes us unique—from our desire to be a true partner for our customers to the legacy of a 67+-year history in this industry.

You should read the whole thing, but Brian’s quote at the end of the article sums it up pretty well:

“If I can look back at my time leading the company on the day I retire and honestly feel like I’ve even come close to living up to the standard set by my father and grandfather, I’ll feel like a success. That’s the goal that drives me every day.”

Helping Goodwill Save Money and Improve their Donation Bins


Thermoformed Goodwill GoBin Donation Bin

Plastics News wrote an article on our GoBin project for Goodwill Industries. If you’re not familiar with the GoBin, it’s a donation collection container that Goodwill is placing in the lobbies of apartment buildings and office complexes. The bins help make donating to Goodwill easier than ever.

The article touches on one of the key ways we were able to help the charitable organization. When Goodwill came to us with the original designs, the sides of the container were split into a 3-part assembly to accommodate another thermoformer with more standard sized equipment.

Thanks to our large, 10’ × 18’ thermoforming capabilities, we were able to accommodate the same design with a 2-part assembly. Eliminating the third part helped to cut per-unit costs, improve the rigidity of the final product and make it easier and quicker to assemble the GoBins when they’re delivered on-site.

But, don’t’ take our word for it. Head over to Plastics News and read the article.

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

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