Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Thermoforming Job Opening: Quality Assurance Manager - Hampton, South Carolina

Thermoforming Business is picking up and moving forward...

  Spencer Industries Inc. is searching for a Quality Assurance Manager to join our team in Hampton, South Carolina.

To apply please fill out an application
 in our front lobby or email your resume here

This position has been filled.  Thank you to all the applicants!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Spencer Industries 2010 Scholarship Winners Announced

We are proud to announce that recipients of the 2010 Spencer Industries Primary Scholarship in the amount of $1,415 each are Derek Brown, son of Kenny and Darlene Brown, and Jessica Ritter, daughter of Jody Dodd.

The winners of the Special Supplemental Scholarship Drawing in the amount of $250 each are Caitlin Hedinger, daugher of Lisa Hedinger, and Joshua Rhoades, Son of Randy Rhoades.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Reduce Product Production Cost by adding a Plastic Living Hinge Vs. Traditional Metal Hinges

I have been writing about different ways to reduce the cost of producing products.  Design and Engineering are key to producing a high aesthetic product, but one goal usually is to keeping the total project cost down. 

Here is another idea to ponder....
  • Replace a Traditional Metal Hinge with a Plastic Living Hinge
  •   Plastic Living Hinge ??  A Living hinge is similar to the hinge on a Tic-Tac breathmint container.. but picture it on a much larger scale....   
    Imagine the Savings!
      • No hinges to order! Lower Inventory costs!
      • No extra labor/machine time to fasten them to the product. They are already there molded into the product.
      • No risk for rust, and no need to grease the hinge.
Plastic Living Hinge
similar to the hinge on a Tic-Tac Container but large scale

We have put together an example of a Twin Sheet Thermoformed Roll-up Door with a Plastic Living Hinge.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Plastic Can Reduce Manufacturing Costs... Replace Metal with Plastic

Naturally plastic weighs less than most metals.  There are many things that can be done to save on manufacturing costs of a product if you can reduce the weight or components.  Here is an idea to ponder...

  • Replace Metal with a Thermoformed Plastic Component
    • Replacing any size piece of metal with Thermoformed plastic Component can reduce the weight of the product.  This will also lower the packing requirements and shipping costs.
    • Worried about Strength?  Twin Sheeting is a proven solution to add structural integrity to a plastic thermoformed component.

The Velocity Tanning Bed is a great example of a product where a Thermoformed Plastic Component was used in place of Metal to reduce production and shipping costs.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Plastic Can Reduce Manufacturing Costs... How??

The economy has many companies thinking about different ways to reduce manufacturing cost.  There are many ways to do this, but many Innovative American Companies are looking into using different materials, or parts to reduce costs.

Naturally plastic weighs less than metal. There are many things that can be done to reduce cost if you can reduce the weight, eliminate painting with molded in color, or reduce the number of components needed to produce a product.

Other related Blogs  :  Plastic Can Reduce Manufacturing costs - Replace Metal with Plastic

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Taking a Plastic Product Concept and turning it into Reality!

We have just published an additional page on our website to explain how we turn a Unique Plastic Product Concept into Reality! 

This webpage will step you through how our plastic thermoforming process flows from the initial rough draft a customer sends in, all they way to a finished consumer product.

Please view our Thermoformed Product "Concept-To-Reality" page to see how we can work One-on-One with you to help manage your project!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Spencer Industries Employees take the Biggest Loser Challenge

Spencer Industries employees participated in "The Biggest Loser" contest that started Jan. 6th, 2010.  We had 23 Employees committed to weighing in each week for twelve weeks.

Employees were constantly watching their opponents, and seeked healthy advise on how they were losing weight. Like any other competition it came down to the wire between two employees. Between the both employees they have lost a total of 104.5 lbs. The winner was Randy Rhoades, and Kevin Martin falling only 4 lbs shy of winning.

There has been talk about starting a "Maintain Program" for those who participated in the contest to keep those pounds off.
Total Company Weight Loss  303.9 lbs

Monday, March 15, 2010

Thermoforming Plastic .. use your imagination!

Plastic can be formed into almost any shape and size, and can be used for almost anything!!

Use your Imagination....  The band DEVO did!

Do you remember the band "DEVO" from the 70's & 80's?  
Do you recall their famous Energy Dome hats?  Devo is a band that is known for their originality.

the band DEVO, The Blue Plastic Energy Dome hats we Thermoformed, Pictures, and to also view a Video of the plastic energy domes being worn at their concert at the 2010 Olympics.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Indiana Thermoformer Receives Kubota Manufacturing of America’s Kaizen Award

Spencer Industries Inc. received Kubota Manufacturing of America’s Kaizen Award for the best over-all Kaizen and commitment to Kubota Manufacturing of America.

This award is based on an eight month competition between Kubota suppliers to improve processing and reduce the cost of not only Kubota components that Spencer Industries Inc. produces, but an overall commitment to the Kaizen philosophy of process improvement.  To further utilize the Kaizen approach in their overall manufacturing process, Spencer Industries Inc. is visiting Japan (the home of the Kaizen Philosophy) for additional training and in-depth observation.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Twin Sheet Thermoforming - Advantages and Features

Twin Sheet Thermoformed parts/product are made by very few thermoformers. Spencer Industries is one of the few that Specializes in this skill. When using the Twin Sheet Thermoforming method there are many unique advantages that allows the engineer to think "outside the box."  Using the Twin Sheet Method can also be a huge cost savings!

Twin Sheet Thermoforming is accomplished by heating 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.

Advantages of Twin Sheet Thermoforming
  • 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
Features of Twin Sheet Thermoforming
  • Hollow Formed Parts
  • Two Color Part Option
  • Foam Filled
  • Living Hinge Capabilities
  • Custom Color Layering
  • Variable Wall Thickness
  • Multi Textures
  • Air and Wiring Ducting

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Spencer Industries Announces Expansion in Hampton, SC


Spencer Industries, Inc. has announced that the company will expand operations at their Hampton County facility to increase production capacity and capture a larger market share in the thermoformed plastics industry. According to Plant Manager Todd Warren, the expansion represents a capital investment of $1.2 million and will create a total of 12 jobs at the Hampton County location. (view the complete article here)