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Durometer. Do You Know What It Is?

Posted on August 14, 2015 by Nick Cusatis

screen-shot-2015-08-14-at-10-46-28-amThe word DUROMETER comes from DURUS meaning hard and METER loosely meaning measuring instrument. In practical use today, durometer can be used to describe the instrument used to measure hardness, as well as the material’s hardness. Durometer is measured by the depth of an indentation into a test specimen under a standardized force. Softer material will allow a deeper indentation. Continue reading


MDI Chemist Explains Updates in Polyurethane Industry

Posted on July 31, 2015 by Nick Cusatis

Written By: Tony Lukas, Chemist Molded Dimensions Inc

screen-shot-2015-07-31-at-9-33-35-amPolyurethane suppliers and processors are continually looking to develop new materials and applications to take advantage of the unique properties of urethane.  One advantage that urethane has over rubber is much higher abrasion resistance.  This has historically been particularly true as the hardness reaches Shore 80A and above.  Although materials of softer hardness have long been available, the physical properties and abrasion resistance has not been a good as rubber in the 50A-70A range.  New developments are allowing for both polyether and polyester based materials that are great improvements over currently available urethanes and even better than natural rubber and SBR.  Typical applications for these types of materials would be in systems with heavy flow of particulate containing liquids or slurries. Continue reading


Balanced Scorecard Approach to Business Management

Posted on July 15, 2015 by Nick Cusatis

Written By: Pat Roddy, VP Sales and Marketing

13-046_621Molded Dimensions was founded in 1956 as a custom molder of cast polyurethane, Pentathane®, and molded rubber goods.  The business cut its teeth in the early days of our development and growth modeling our business management procedures based on the Balanced Scorecard Approach to Business Management.  This approach was originated by Drs. Robert Kaplan and David Norton as a performance measurement framework that added non-financial performance measures to the traditional financial performance measures utilized by businesses. Continue reading


Joining The Board of Directors of Polyurethane Manufacturers Association

Posted on June 30, 2015 by Nick Cusatis

Written by: Linda Katz CEO

pma-logoAt the end of April, I was elected to serve as an Officer on the Board of Directors of the Polyurethane Manufacturers Association.

The PMA is a wonderful, global, collaborative organization comprised of over 150 companies who are urethane processors, suppliers, and others all working together to share best practices and drive polyurethane industry growth in diverse markets.  PMA members share the latest industry research and knowledge, and work together to promote polyurethane’s many advantages over other materials like rubber, plastic, and metal.  Continue reading


Awards Result From Strategy

Posted on June 17, 2015 by Nick Cusatis

img_2958At Molded Dimensions, Inc., every decision made, every capital purchase, and every long-term strategy implemented is done with one goal in mind: to make MDI “a place where great people choose to work.”  At the foundation of our company are great people who make quality product, delivered on time.  This, in turn, draws great customers to our business.  Great customers provide for stable, profitable business growth benefitting our employee owners. Continue reading


Taking A Closer Look at Abrasion Resistance

Posted on May 27, 2015 by Nick Cusatis

There are two types of abrasion – sliding and impingement. Sliding is the passing of an adjacent surface across the rubber surface. Impingement is wearing of the rubber exemplified by sand particles hitting the surface. Most wear in actual service occurs as a combination of both sliding and impingement.

When sliding, localized friction forces can impose high energy levels on the rubber. Abrasion and wear takes place when the rubber cannot withstand these forces.
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Molded Dimensions Journey Into Employee Ownership

Posted on May 13, 2015 by Nick Cusatis

screen-shot-2015-05-13-at-9-23-14-amWhat’s In an ESOP?
Written by: Mike Katz, President
In late 2000, when I learned about employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), I became intrigued at the notion of shared ownership and what it could mean for an organization’s health. Imagine if each person who works at a company truly thinks and acts as an owner would. An organization where the notion of “other people’s money” does not exist because it is everyone’s money. Continue reading


On Being a Woman in Manufacturing

Posted on April 30, 2015 by Nick Cusatis

Written by: Linda Katz

linda-kIf you record “How It’s Made”, have passion for hands-on continuous improvement, and thrive working on high functioning teams, you likely understand that some people are simply destined to work in manufacturing.  And some of them are women, like me.  I am Linda Katz, proud CEO and owner of Molded Dimensions, Inc.  Despite my gender, I have always felt supported in my quest to work in engineering and business. Continue reading


Why does Cast Polyurethane (PU) Make Such a Great Roller?

Posted on April 14, 2015 by Nick Cusatis

Cast polyurethane, formulated to have a balance of characteristics associated with premium materials, is a great solution in demanding roller applications.  In addition to its superior material characteristics, urethane can be molded and finished easily.

Material Properties
screen-shot-2015-04-14-at-12-24-51-pmSuperior abrasion resistance
In applications, such as manufacturing diapers, forming food product bags, or cash counting systems, urethane offers the abrasion resistance necessary to reduce wear, thereby reducing the frequency of worn roller replacement. Continue reading


Compression and Shape Factor for Molded Rubber and Urethane Mechanical Components

Posted on March 30, 2015 by Nick Cusatis

A lot of what we do here at Molded Dimensions Inc. is technical, precise, and extremely detailed. This blog post breaks down compression and shape factor for molded rubber and urethane mechanical components in a way that can be understood by engineers and lay persons. These basic principles described here are useful when applied by designers throughout the part design process. Continue reading

A PEEK AT OUR PARTS

Pentathane Applications - Wipers Wiper used to material handling in food processing equipment. This material is both FDA approvable and abrasion resistant for durability.
Pentathane Applications - Wheels Pentathane® chemically bonded directly onto precision sealed bearing molded to tight concentricity specifications.
Elastomer Applications - Hose Hose configured for limited space in marine engine application.
Elastomer Applications - Tube Oil resistant molded tube used on combustion engine.