Performance Plastics Ltd. (PPL) of Cincinnati, Ohio marked its fortieth anniversary this year as a leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance thermoplastic components. The company works with specialized polymers and tight tolerances, and follows rigorous quality assurance protocols. It anticipates big growth shortly, based on its wealth of experience and cutting-edge products such as EnduroSharp® aerospace maintenance tools.
ProVantage AutomationThis Unique Systems Integrator Celebrates a Corporate Milestone
ProVantage Automation, a Brantford, Ontario-based systems integrator and custom machine builder, marked its tenth anniversary in business this April. With its three in-house engineering and design disciplines of automation control, data management, and mechanical design, the company designs and builds automated solutions for clients in the food and beverage, paper converting, and consumer products sectors. ProVantage’s industrial solutions boost productivity and improve quality and efficiency for clients. The team at ProVantage has the expertise to design and deploy a complete end of line packaging system or cater the solution to be a retrofit versus a new asset.
Patriot Products GroupTechnical Skills, Customization Expertise, and Big Ambitions
Patriot Products Group designs and manufactures pump system packages. The company offers diesel dry prime, diesel wet prime, sound attenuated, electric dry prime, and electric wet prime packages that can incorporate skids, trailers, control panels, and fuel cells as well as pumps and engines from various manufacturers. The young business is presently in a growth spurt, spurred by technical know-how and a flair for customization.
CO-AX Valves, Inc.Showing Grace Under Extreme Pressure
co-ax valves inc. (CVI) has come through the COVID crisis in a strong position, with new markets, new products, and new ways of doing business. The Bristol, Pennsylvania-based subsidiary of German parent company müller co-ax gmbh designs and manufactures valves for a wide array of customers. Its valves are used in industrial settings to control vacuums, liquids, gaseous substances, and gelatinous materials.
The International Safety Equipment AssociationKeeping Employees From Harm: The International Safety Equipment Association Advocates for a Safer Workplace
The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) represents companies that make the workplace safer. Due to COVID, the association’s mission has taken on a new urgency. When the pandemic began, ISEA worked with its members and the federal government to replenish depleted supplies of crucial protective equipment that would mitigate the spread of the virus.
Handling Systems & ConveyorsMoving Parts
Handling Systems & Conveyors, Inc. (HSC) of Little Rock, Arkansas, specializes in large material handling equipment used to transport parts and structures in industrial settings. More specifically, the company—which marked its thirtieth anniversary this year—designs, manufactures, builds, repairs, services, and installs cranes and industrial conveyor systems. Its clients are primarily found in the heavy manufacturing sector, where conveying and lifting large items are central to the workflow.
Dynamic BlendingUtah Contract Manufacturer Enjoys Breathtaking Success
Fast-rising contract manufacturer Dynamic Blending makes cosmetics, personal care items, nutraceuticals, and dietary supplements. From its base in Vineyard, Utah, this young company offers turnkey services with an emphasis on innovation and quality. The firm has been gaining attention thanks to its rapid growth and some high-profile projects.
Harcourt IndustrialFrom Battleships to Outer Space, this Family-Owned Engineering Tooling Company Sets the Pace
Harcourt Industrial, Inc. boasts a legacy spanning over a century, a culture of innovation and engineering excellence, and a project portfolio that includes battleships, jumbo jets, and rockets.
IDP GroupPivoting to a Prefabricated Construction Solution
The IDP Group has done a major pivot, with a new focus on steel-based pre-fabricated construction solutions that might help address housing needs in rural or isolated locales. The company has also embraced an innovative manufacturing methodology that aims to “turn construction into Advanced Manufacturing,” as Operations Manager and Partner Hamed Asl puts it.
LasX IndustriesShifting Gears with an Innovative Product Line
LasX Industries, Inc., founded in 1998 in St. Paul, Minnesota, has new products, a new customer service initiative, and a new focus. When profiled April 2018 in Manufacturing in Focus magazine, LasX custom designed and manufactured industrial laser systems for materials processing. Since then, the company has been shaping its most popular ‘Engineer to Order’ platforms to a ‘Configure to Order’ product line to offer customers more competitive options with quicker order fulfillment—still customizable, and tailored to meet customer requirements.
ArtiFlex ManufacturingPositioned for Growth
From its Grand Rapids, Michigan headquarters, ArtiFlex Manufacturing, an innovative, vertically integrated enterprise, has big plans for growth based on partnerships with other businesses. The firm’s name—an amalgam of artisan and flexible—summarizes its unique approach to design and manufacturing, with the company organized into four groups devoted to innovation, tooling, automation, and manufacturing.
Machining Tolerance Measurement Meets Industry 4.0The Strictest Specifications
Metrology equipment manufacturers are increasingly adding Industry 4.0 features to instruments that measure machining tolerance. The goal is to improve accuracy, speed inspection times, enhance data collection and analysis, and lower verification costs.
Metro Compactor Services Super Service and Top-of-the-Line Waste Management Products
If there is a secret to the success and longevity of Metro Compactor Service, Inc., it is that the family-run firm offers top-of-the-line waste and recycling equipment as well as ‘Super Service.’
Columbia PlasticsCelebrating 75 Years of Innovation and Employee Relations
Last year marked the seventy-fifth anniversary of Columbia Plastics, a family-owned, custom injection moulding company based in Surrey, British Columbia. Unfortunately, the advent of COVID-19 meant that birthday celebrations, as well as the company’s traditional summer barbeque and Christmas events, were cancelled in 2020. While staff parties are fun, putting the health and welfare of its workforce came first.
Industrial Magnetics, Inc.Expanding its Staff, Facilities and Portfolio
Industrial Magnetics, Inc. (IMI) designs and manufactures both standard and customized magnetic workholding, material handling and separation devices. Most of these products are made in the United States—a point of pride for the company, which also offers magnet-related services to its clientele.
KSPTMarking a Major Milestone with New Products and a Spirit of Determination
KSPT SGS Precision Tools (KSPT) of Ohio is marking its sixtieth anniversary with new products and a spirit of optimism.
Foam Expo North America and the Adhesives & Bonding ExpoBringing Innovative Solutions Back to an in-Person Event Format
The Foam Expo North America and the Adhesives & Bonding Expo are back! Representatives from the industrial foam, adhesives, and bonding sectors are gearing up for a dynamic exposition running July 13–15 at the Suburban Collection Showplace venue in Novi, Michigan. The event promises to be big—and not just because it features hundreds of exhibitors and leading industry specialists.
Industry 4.0How Technology is Transforming Traditional Manufacturing
Pundits love to use the term Industry 4.0 to describe the future of manufacturing. But what does the term really mean, and how will the tenets of Industry 4.0 impact day-to-day manufacturing operations?
GROB Systems Inc.Electrifying Success in Midst of COVID
GROB has been transitioning to new markets, introducing new products, and maintaining its usual high standards since Manufacturing in Focus last profiled the firm in December 2019. COVID has changed some of the ways the company does business but has not slowed its forward momentum.
Coherix, Inc.Seeing Past COVID: A 3D Machine Vision Leader Soldiers On
Coherix, Inc., of Ann Arbor, Michigan has been consolidating its position as a leader in the three-dimensional machine vision sector. As profiled in the February 2020 issue of Manufacturing in Focus magazine, the firm’s technological solutions allow machines to ‘see.’
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