Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Excellence Through Continuous Improvement and 6S Methodology

"Excellence Through Continuous Improvement!"
- Spencer Industries moto

We strive to continuously improve our processes, product, and working environment at Spencer Industries.

We are implementing a 6s system as a way of improving organization and management of the workspace, efficiency by eliminating waste, the process flow, our overall working environment, and our safety program.

Our safety team is leading this effort through out our facility.

Friday, November 6, 2009

365 Days Without a Lost Time Accident and Counting !!

We have recently hit a milestone of 365 Days without a lost time accident at Spencer Industries Inc.!! 

What that means is that our employees have avoided work related injuries; where time was lost in recuperating from on the job injuries, over the last year.

Employees have been awarded a ZERO candy bar each month for "0" Lost Time Accidents.  When reaching the 365 day mark each employee received a Safety T-shirt that read-
Spencer Industries
Believed It - Achieved It

Monday, November 2, 2009

Thermoplastic and Thermosetting

Did you know all plastics fall into only 2 categories when it comes to their reaction to heating?  These 2 categories are called Thermoplastic and Thermosetting.

Thermoplastic materials become soft when they are heated and solid when cooled to room temperature.  This is similar to heating and cooling wax.  Thermoplastics are materials such as acrylics, cellulosics, polyamide, polystyrene, polyethylene, fluoroplastics, polyvinyls, polycarbonate, and polysulfone.

Thermosetting materials cannot be reheated and softened again.  Once these are formed they cannot be reformed.  This is simliar to baking a cake or boiling an egg.  Thermosetting are materials such as aminos, casein, epoxies, phenolics, polyesters, silicones, and polyurethanes.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

What's in a Company Name??

Did you know...
Spencer Industries Inc. is located in 
Spencer County, Indiana

 In 2008 Spencer County's Population was 20,111

We used this company name because of our involvement with the county.  Spencer County is known for it's beautiful scenery, rolling hills, and fields upon fields of corn.  I think the most scenic places to visit would be the St. Meinrad Archabbey and the Lincoln State Park.

Fast Fact...
Abraham Lincoln lived in Spencer county from 1816 to 1830, between the ages seven and twenty-one. His family moved to Illinois in 1830. The Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial is located at the site of the Lincoln family farm.

Spencer County has many places to visit!
You can Celebrate History and Holidays all year long!  Visit http://www.legendaryplaces.org/ for information on places to visit in Spencer County.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Plastic Manufacturing in the USA

We are proud to be a Plastic Manufacturer in the USA supplying Custom Thermoformed parts all over the United States!

Our molds are made in the USA, and our parts are all manufactured from resin made in the United States as well.

Keeping business in the United States is very important, as this strengthens our economy!

We fly our flag with Pride!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Light Penetration Properties of Plastic

We posted a quiz last week on Opaque Plastic. Here are the voting results of optical properties of Opaque Plastic.

20% voted - Light will pass through. Can be seen through.
40% voted - Light will not pass through. Cannot be seen through.
40% voted - Light will pass through. Cannot be seen through.

The 2nd choice is the correct answer
Opaque - Light will not pass through. Cannot be seen through.

This is something that is easily confused. Plastic is often classified relative to light penetration because many plastics possess unique properties. There are 4 different types of light penetration It is much easier to differentiate them when their properties are side by side.

  • Opaque - Light will not pass through. Cannot be seen through.
  • Transparent - Light will pass through. Can be seen through.
  • Translucent - Light will pass through cannot be seen through.
  • Luminescent - (a) fluorescent: emits light only when electrons are being excited, usually transparent; (b) phosphorescent: gives off light energy more slowly than it takes on light, translucent.
  • Tuesday, September 8, 2009

    Thermoforming Cost Reduction Opportunity

    Thermoforming is often a great cost reduction opportunity when producing custom products.

    methods can be used to reduce cost by eliminate painting and some sub assembly operations. This combined with the ability to mold in unique geometries that can replace components and additional hardware are just few ways to cut costs.

    Take our Door- In-a Door Refrigerator Door program for example.
    We used this similar theory in the design stage of the product to produce and improve the Door-In-A-Door program. Spencer Industries worked with the customer to develop a new twin sheet formed version of this product that greatly reduced the number of component parts and the overall cost, while yielding a product that was as aesthetically pleasing and functional as its predecessor.

    Twin Sheet Thermoforming is one of the thermoforming methods that can be used. We chose the Twin Sheet thermoforming process on this door which eliminated the sub assembly of the traditional separate interior and exterior injection molded pieces. Our process allowed us to trap hidden structural components between the two sheets.

    This provided a huge savings for our customer!

    Feel free to contact us to review your cost cutting needs.

    Thursday, September 3, 2009

    What does ABS Stand for?

    ABS is an acronym that is very commonly used in the plastics industry. This acronym has become part of our every day vocabulary, but do you know what it really stands for?

    Monday, August 31, 2009

    Basic Design Guidelines for Thermoformed Parts

    It is our recommendation that each part be discussed prior to and after the quoting process. We have published our Basic Design Guidelines to help you in the design process. We stand ready to assist in these discussions and any questions that may arise.

    Excerpt from our Basic Design Guidelines ....
    Materials chosen for a product play a large role in the tolerances of a part. These guidelines are based on experience with dimensionally stable resins such as HIPS, ABS and TPO. They guidelines would also not be recommended for dimensionally sensitive materials such as HDPE, HMWPE, PP,etc..

    All trimming is done at ambient plant conditions. Dimensions are based on these temperatures.If parts are measured subsequently in varied temperature conditions, dimensions will change. All materials have differing thermal expansion rates. If wide temperature swings will affect the part it should be noted up front so adequate steps can be taken to insure that the part will function as designed.

    Please Rate our Thermoforming Design Guidelines here!

    Basic Design Guide

    Wednesday, August 26, 2009

    Innovative Living Hinge Roll-up Door for Box Trucks

    Imagine this could be the Last Door you ever have to purchase for your Box Trucks!

    This door was designed by Spencer Industries using our twin sheet thermoforming method with a living hinge to reduce hardware cost and assembly. Doors can be made up of as many panels as required depending on the various truck heights. The living hinge door is made from TPO material. This door has been rigeriously tested to extreme temperatures and environments, and has proven it could last a lifetime.

    Click here for more information on our Living Hinge Roll-up Doors

    Friday, August 14, 2009

    Twin Sheet Thermoforming Advantages and Features

    Twin Sheet Thermoforming is accomplished by heating of two extruded plastic sheets simultaneously and then forming and sealing or fusing these two sheets together during the thermoforming process. In many cases, the twin-sheeting process produces parts that can resemble a blow-molded or rotational molded product, but with several advantages.

    • A two-color product option
      Ability to have 2 different material thicknesses

    • A higher esthetic product because of complete tool contact of both exterior sheets

    • A hollow product with a separate component trapped inside the two sheets as the part is being twin sheet thermoformed.

    • Allows a parting line that varies in locations around the perimeter of the two halves

    • Increased Structural Integrity and helps Rigidify otherwise weak areas

    • Multiple Materials that we commonly Twin Sheet Thermoform - HIPS, ABS, TPO, HDPE, PP, TPU, & PETG

    • Size capabilities range from as small as 8" x 8" to as large as 7' x 11' x 36" Depth

    Monday, August 3, 2009

    Spencer Industries Incorporated ISO 9001:2008

    Spencer Industries Incorporated is proud to announce their Quality Management System has been assessed and found to be in conformance to the new ISO 9001:2008 standard at our facilities in Dale, Indiana. This is following an upgrade reassessment audit conducted on July 7th and 8th by NSF-ISR. Spencer's Quality Management System is a processed based system that focuses on the eight quality management principles in order to lead the organization towards improved performance, greater customer satisfaction and continual improvement of the processes.
    • Customer Focus
    • Leadership
    • Involvement of People
    • Process Approach
    • System approach to management
    • Continual improvement
    • Factual approach to decision making
    • Mutually beneficial supplier relations

    Friday, July 31, 2009

    Plastic Is Here to Stay! - 28 Years and still strong ....

    Plastic is one of the world's most widely used materials, and it is here to stay. The recycling efforts that businesses and communities are putting into place are keeping the plastic industry alive! I have even just seen lately that a Thermoformer is doing some recycling of their own and forming products from recycled plastic bottles all in the same facility.

    The economy has definitely had an effect on this market, but there will always be a need for plastic! We, Spencer Industries, have been a Plastic Thermoformer for 28 years strong, and we will be open for years and years to come.

    We were founded in 1981 here in Dale, Indiana. This was accomplished by our purchase of the Plastics assets of Thermwood Corporation at the time that Thermwood made a corporate decision to become a total CNC Automation Manufacturing company. Our first year of production took place in the Thermwood plant while we were in the process of building our new plant next door. Our company began with 58 employees.

    The economy, environment, and people will be forever changing. We will adapt to the customer's needs wherever that may lead us

    Today with many expansions and four locations in Dale, Indiana, plus one in Hampton, South Carolina we have over 440,000 square feet to help support our customers' needs. We are here to stay!

    Thursday, June 25, 2009

    Thermoformer Receives Supplier Award

    Spencer Industries Incorporated is proud to receive a Hunter Engineering Company 2008 Supplier Excellence Award for their outstanding Quality and Service.

    The criteria for selection of this award included the reject rate of parts shipped as well as the number of lots rejected during 2008. Hunter's business with Spencer Industries nearly tripled from 2007 to 2008 due to the addition of new cartons they supply for HawkEye systems.

    From a service standpoint, the team at Spencer has been consistently proactive in addressing issues before they arise while handling those that do arise in a very timely fashion. In addition, Spencer has a firm understanding of Hunter's stringent quality requirement and has supported this requirement with a .50% reject rate and a 1.02% lot reject rate. Spencer also worked with Hunter on a release system that is controlled by their plant which has proven to be successful for both.

    Spencer is a unique custom thermoformer because they can be a complete supplier to customers. Their added in-house Extrusion and Assembly capabilities allow them to streamline the product. This in turn is reducing leadtime and eliminating added costs for the customer. Spencer Industries is proud to be a complete supplier for Hunter Engineering.

    Thursday, June 11, 2009

    Thermoformers enter the Social Networking World

    Social Networking is rapidly growing in the plastics industry. We have seen the Society of Plastic Engineers and Plastics News are now using these online social tools along with many many other plastic companies and thermoformers. These groups are very valuable and keep customers, vendors, and prospects up to date on what is happening in the company.

    Spencer Industries is now on Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin. We post Website updates, Company News, and will be posting job openings as they become available. We would like to invite the Social Networking world to join our groups, and share with us! Please visit http://www.spencerindustries.com/ and choose one of the links at the bottom of our page.
    Spencer Industries was established in 1981, and is locally owned and operated. We provide Rotary, Shuttle, Inline, and Award Winning Twin Sheet Thermoforming products. Our specialty is in providing high definition Pressure Formed cosmetic parts. We have In-house co-extrusion sheet lines that can gauge from .032" up to .500", Full Assembly, In-house painting, Foaming, Decorating, and custom requests.

    Thursday, May 28, 2009

    Spencer Industries Announces Scholarship Winner for 2009

    Spencer Industries Inc. Scholarship Winner for 2009

    We are proud to announce that Miranda Kline is the recipient of the 2009 Spencer Industries Inc. Scholarship. Miranda is the daughter of Madonna and Michael Kline, and she plans to pursue a degree in occupational Therapy at Indiana University.

    Wednesday, April 22, 2009

    Did you know that April 22nd is Earth Day? What does that mean?

    It is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment. It was started back in 1969. That has been 40 years ago but there are still so many people that don’t try to recycle. Here at Spencer Industries we started our major recycle program in December 2008.

    We have reduced our monthly cost for our trash disposal by almost 75%.

    Are you doing your part? Look in your trash can. Do you have to dump it very often? If you have any office paper, envelopes, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, metal, wood, etc. in your trash then you are not doing your part. Almost everything is recyclable these days. Not only does this help save the Earth but it also helps companies with unneeded expense for disposing of the trash in dumpsters.

    It takes everyones effort to do this. Don’t expect others to pick up your trash if your not recycling, do your part and start recycling today and don’t forget to recycle at home.

    ~ Paul

    Friday, March 13, 2009

    Proud Supplier of Hoshizaki

    We are proud to be a supplier to Hoshizaki! Be sure to see our add in the next issue of Manufacturing Today Magazine!

    Monday, March 9, 2009

    Kubota Awards Spencer

    Feb 2009
    Kubota Awards Spencer

    Spencer Industries is honored to receive the Kubota Manufacturing of America Corporation's prestige "SUPPLIER EXCELLENCE AWARD" in February 2009. This award is based on outstanding "Quality, Delivery, Cost & Commitment"