Molded Dimensions is Essential Business: Open and Shipping Product.

The Coronavirus situation continues to change daily. Here are the updates from Molded Dimensions.

1) Employees: We are initiating work from home for positions where this is possible. Our manufacturing employees, and other essential staff, in Wisconsin continue to report for work and production continues as normal. In addition to regular workplace sanitizing, we continue to provide ways to social distance ourselves and reduce cross-contamination between departments and facilities.

2) Raw Material Supply: We continue to monitor our supply base to assure our raw material stock is available to provide uninterrupted supply for our customers.

3) Production Commitment: Our manufacturing employees are considered "Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers." We do not plan to shut down manufacturing and shipping unless required to do so by governmental restrictions.

Best regards,
Patrick Roddy
VP Sales
(262) 284-9455
(262) 284-9455

4 Causes Behind Today’s Supply Chain Issues

Posted on October 13, 2021 by The Molded Dimensions Team

Global supply shortages are a dilemma that is all too real for many manufacturers today. While the COVID-19 pandemic is the undisputed root of the supply chain crisis, the fallout from changes in supply and demand have provided opportunities for some companies and a final death blow to others. Today’s supply chain challenges can be boiled down to these four causes:
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Chemist’s Corner – Part II: Success From Failure

Posted on September 7, 2021 by The Molded Dimensions Team

“Failure is success if we learn from it.” — Malcomb Forbes

When a component fails, it is imperative that the root cause of the failure be determined quickly and accurately, and that proper corrective measures be taken in order to prevent future occurrences. When Molded Dimensions is asked to provide an estimate for a part that is not meeting the expectations of a customer, they will request samples of the part and take it through a simple five step process:
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Chemist’s Corner — Why Parts Fail

Posted on July 27, 2021 by The Molded Dimensions Team

This is the first of two articles about parts that fail and why. Rubber components are generally known for their durability, elasticity, strength, and reliability. However, when subjected to certain conditions, the rubber material is susceptible to fatigue and failure. These can be avoided through proper testing and good chemistry, but if a part does fail to meet your performance expectations, how do you determine why?

Technically, there are a number of possible causes related to a rubber part failure, but three leading indicators would come from knowing the component’s working environment, tolerance for temperatures, and mechanical performance. Let’s look at each area:
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Relationships and Flexibility Address Supply Chain Headaches

Posted on May 6, 2021 by The Molded Dimensions Team

On Feb. 5, the Biden administration announced plans to leverage the Defense Production Act (DPA) to bolster vaccine production, boost the availability of virus tests, and increase the supply of personal protective equipment such as masks, shields and gloves.

So how does this effect the manufacturers of urethane parts such as Molded Dimensions? One of the main polyols used in the manufacturing of urethane is polytetramethylene ether glycol (PTMEG) and it made the DPA list. With the domestic supply of PTMEG already running short, an unanticipated government order created a significant hurdle. This crisis materialized quickly, but a solution seemed quite the opposite.
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Best of Both Worlds: Molded Dimensions bridges the gap between domestic and off-shore parts manufacturing

Posted on April 19, 2021 by The Molded Dimensions Team

Outsourcing parts production overseas may come with some labor cost savings, but the tradeoff in quality, project management and freight are often much more costly. When researching rubber molders around the globe, the considerations need to go beyond just flat cost per part.

To help customers find the best total project cost without sacrificing quality and service, Molded Dimensions offers its exclusive GlocalSource program. Molded Dimensions takes on all the responsibility for quality, logistics and inventory by using qualified partners with lower labor costs in Asia.
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Our People Are the Difference

Posted on March 24, 2021 by The Molded Dimensions Team

When our company incorporated in 1954 as Robbins Plastics and Rubber, our manufacturing plant was located in Cedarburg and we produced rubber O-rings, tubes and sheets. Our signature rubber and polyurethane custom manufacturing didn’t become part of operations until more than a decade later.

No matter how small the output in those earlier days, there were many good people behind the products being made to help the business succeed.
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5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Designing Polyurethane Parts

Posted on March 1, 2021 by The Molded Dimensions Team

Ever since their introduction in the late 1930s, polyurethane has proven to be an extremely valuable material that is adaptable to a wide variety of forms and functions. This versatile elastomer has mechanical properties that can be isolated and manipulated through chemistry for use in foam, liquid or solid products.
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5 Benefits of Having an In-House Chemist

Posted on January 6, 2021 by The Molded Dimensions Team

In the not-so-distant-past, most rubber and urethane parts manufacturers had a resident Chemist on staff. Over time, manufacturers streamlined, trimmed costs and left these chemistry functions to their raw material suppliers. Some significant trade-offs occurred as a result.
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