Oil and gas are natural resources harvested from beneath the earth’s surface. Sophisticated production, gathering, processing, transmission, and distribution systems can expose industry workers to the risk of natural gas poisoning — even in the oil business, as some underground crude contains natural gas.
The poisoning causes varying degrees of illness, from fatigue and headaches to the potential for suffocation if left untreated. Natural gas & oil industry OEMs understandably take the threat seriously and routinely issue personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep workers safe.
The power grid in the United States is shorting out. What began in the 1880s with some isolated power generation systems is now straining to support an estimated 7,300 power plants, and millions of miles of high- and low-voltage power lines in order to service about 200 million customer sites nationwide.1
The increasing number of rolling blackouts, prolonged outages related to natural disasters, and the looming risk of cyberattacks all point to the need for an electricity infrastructure overhaul. It’s an issue of ongoing debate in the political arena. In the meantime, energy distribution sector OEMs are actively seeking solutions to stem the impact of the current flagging power grid.
Many manufacturers are turning to their suppliers for guidance and innovation as much as for parts and products. Solutions for the energy distribution market must be versatile and reliable, which aligns with the benefits of injection molding.
With a facility expansion now complete, Kaysun Corporation is more prepared than ever to serve its customers while creating job opportunities in the Manitowoc area.
When you operate at the top of your game, reach higher.
Kaysun had already shown its commitment to excellence through its many certifications:
- ISO 13485:2016 (to produce injection-molded components for medical devices)
- IATF 16949:2016 (the quality management system standard for the automotive industry)
- ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations)
These certifications denote injection molding expertise within key industries. Yet, there are always ways to enhance already robust processes, even if few other U.S. injection molders can do it.
Injection molding is a dynamic, complex process that, simply by the nature of its many variables, requires some testing and adjustments to get it just right before you can start production.
Recent years have brought a fair share of challenges to global manufacturing and commerce. Massive supply chain disruptions found many U.S. manufacturers leveraging the benefits of reshoring to mitigate risk.
On the whole, reshoring is a solid strategy. Bringing production “closer to home” suggests a more comfortable level of control from a logistical standpoint. However, having production occur somewhere in the United States doesn’t necessarily mean a manufacturer’s domestic supply chain is less vulnerable than its global counterpart.
That’s where regionalization proves valuable.
Injection-molded parts are integral to the performance and aesthetics of a wide range of products. Manufacturers depend on the expertise of their injection molding partner to guide decisions and processes that lead to desired outcomes.
Two-shot injection molding (or, two-stage molding) and overmolding are popular choices for many applications. They are also often mistaken as being interchangeable.
Lower material costs. Lower wage costs. A profitable final product price point. There are many reasons why offshore production has been attractive to manufacturers. Then, 2020 happened.
The escalation of the pandemic and global trade tensions exposed inherent risk by disrupting the once-comfortable global manufacturing and supply chain dynamic. Today, concerns still persist regarding supply chain challenges and slow movement through ports. As manufacturers take firmer control of the global supply chain and invest in more local production, they’re enjoying the benefits of “Made In America” manufacturing solutions.
The first injection molding process of the 1800s was run on manual machines and was itself very basic. Plastic was forced through a heated cylinder and into a mold using a plunger. Pressure and time were the main predictors of success, but it was dubious. There was no consistent way to measure the manual process of squeezing plastic into the shape of the mold.