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Aug 30, 2023

A large outdoor commercial equipment OEM approached CEW to completely design a no flat wheel assembly to match their available space envelope and gear interface requirements for brand new equipment being launched into the market. CEW provided multiple iterations to customer so they could chose the cosmetics that best matched their overall unit. This as a no flat wheel system that provided the durable and reliability required by commercial equipment operators. Performance and preventing downtime are critical to their bottom line. CEW was able to meet required cost targets and navigate the global supply issues to deliver this product on... Read More

What are the Male Mold and Female Mold?

Apr 10, 2023

A pair of molds is composed of an upper mold and a lower mold. The male die is a concave die, also known as the upper die. The design of the male mold is very important, and the structural characteristics of the female mold itself change with the structure of the product and the processing method of the mold, which is flexible. What are the Male and Female Molds in the Mold Industry? The mold is divided into the male mold and female mold according to the concave and convex. The mold is generally made of 2-3 parts. The concave... Read More

Revolutionizing Turf Care: CEW Engineers the Perfect Wheel for a New Mower Line Launch

Oct 17, 2022

Summary: When launching their own walk-behind mower line, a customer approached CEW for their expertise in wheel design. Armed with rough models and a vision, they needed CEW's experienced engineering team to develop a wheel that was functional, aesthetically pleasing, and economical. Through multiple iterations and close collaboration, CEW delivered a wheel that satisfied all criteria, enabling the customer to successfully launch their new product line.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator border_width="2"][vc_column_text]Industry: Lawn & Garden Category: Custom Wheel Design Processes: Custom Design, Multiple Iterations, Optimization for Manufacturing and Performance[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]A customer was preparing to launch their own walk-behind mower line. While they had a clear vision... Read More

Paving the Path to Performance: CEW’s No-Flat Wheel Assembly Fuels a Commercial Equipment Launch

Sep 17, 2022

Summary: CEW partnered with a large outdoor commercial equipment OEM to design a custom no-flat wheel assembly that met specific space and gear interface requirements for a new product launch. Providing multiple design iterations, CEW helped the customer choose the optimal cosmetic look while ensuring durability and reliability. Despite global supply chain challenges, CEW delivered the project on time and within cost targets, using their internal manufacturing processes and globally sourced materials.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator border_width="2"][vc_column_text]Industry: Industrial & Commercial Category: Custom No-Flat Wheel Assembly for New Product Launch Processes: Custom Design, Multiple Iterations, Internal Manufacturing Processes, Global Sourcing of Materials[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]A large outdoor commercial... Read More

Revolutionizing Mobility: Unveiling CEW’s D-Flex Suspension Caster at REHACARE International 2022

Sep 14, 2022

Summary: CEW leveraged the REHACARE International Trade Show to introduce its innovative D-Flex suspension caster system to the global market. Designed to offer superior ride quality and vibration dampening without altering rolling resistance, D-Flex aims to revolutionize caster technology. The patent-pending design marks a significant step forward in enhancing the mobility experience for users.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator border_width="2"][vc_column_text]Industry: Medical & Mobility Category: New Product Introduction Processes: Patent-Pending Design, Suspension Caster System[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The REHACARE International Trade Show serves as a hub for innovation and networking in the healthcare industry. It's a platform where CEW not only meets international clients but also hears firsthand about challenges... Read More

Understanding Fountain Flow in Injection Molding

Sep 14, 2022

To mold acceptable parts that meet cosmetic and dimensional specifications, it is important to understand the basics of fountain flow and how it exerts itself throughout the entire molding process. In thermoplastic injection molding, the mold is always said to be “cold”—that is, relative to the temperature of the plastic melt. A mold temperature of 330 F for a PEI material is still “cold” compared with the resin’s 750 F melt temperature (Fig. 1). As the plastic melt touches the cooler mold steel, the plastic will freeze instantaneously and form a skin. The incoming plastic will then move farther ahead... Read More

How to Avoid Costly Mistakes in Injection Molding

Sep 12, 2022

To cut costs associated with injection molding, prioritizing part moldability during the design phase is critical. Optimizing moldability from the outset can saves thousands of dollars. Wall thickness is the foremost consideration in designing for moldability, according to one process expert, followed closely by optimizing ejection from the mold. The Goldilocks principle applied to wall thickness To avoid walls that are too fat or too thin, designing a wall thickness between 0.040 and 0.140 in. (1.0 to 3.5 mm) is ideal, according to injection molding engineer Jack Rulander of Protolabs in Maple Plain, MN. The company provides an array of... Read More

How to Choose Composite Core Materials for Your Application

Sep 07, 2022

It is important to choose the right kind of composite core material that works as intended and offers the properties specified for users’ applications. However, there are many practical material options available, which make it important to first identify the criteria that have to be met by the material to help narrow down the decision-making process. In this article, General Plastics covers the various factors that should be taken into consideration when choosing an appropriate composite core material. The company also specifically discusses material compatibility elements, significant processes, and application considerations. Core Values The main function of composite core material... Read More

What Is Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU)?

Sep 05, 2022

If you’re shopping for a smartphone case, your choices in the material are often silicone, polycarbonate, hard plastics, and Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU). If you’re wondering what TPU is, we’re going to (figuratively) break it down. What’s a Thermoplastic? Plastic, as you probably know, is a (usually) synthetic material made from synthetic polymers. Polymers are substances made up of monomers. Monomer molecules form long chains with their neighbors, creating huge macromolecules. Plasticity is the property that gives plastics their name. To be plastic simply means that a solid material can be permanently deformed. Plastics can be reshaped by molding, extruding, or... Read More

Rolling into Reshoring: How CEW’s Local Production Transformed a Cooler Manufacturer’s Costs and Environmental Footprint

Aug 17, 2022

Summary: CEW successfully partnered with a prominent cooler manufacturer to reshore Polyurethane Wheel Assembly production to North America, providing substantial cost savings and reducing supply chain length by over 9,000 miles. In addition, CEW's local production positively impacted the client’s ESG performance by reducing freight and employing cleaner manufacturing processes. During the transition, CEW also suggested cosmetic changes to the product, offering extra value at no added cost.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]Industry: Industrial & Commercial Category: Reshoring Polyurethane Wheel Assembly Manufacturing Processes: Local Manufacturing, Cost-Saving Measures, ESG-Friendly Processes[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]A well-known cooler manufacturer aimed to reshore production to North America and sought CEW's expertise in manufacturing... Read More

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