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10 Interesting Facts about Plastic Injection Molding

by Administrator5. December 2016 13:09


We at Thogus find plastic injection molding fascinating and while we recognize that this might not be the case for most, we do think the facts below are pretty interesting. Enjoy! 

  • The first plastic injection molding machine was patented in the United States in 1872 by John Wesley Hyatt, with help from his brother.
  • The original purpose for the injection molding machine was to make billiard balls by injection celluloid into a mold. Celluloid went on to replace ivory in billiard ball production. 
  • In 1946 the Injection Molding industry was revolutionized by American James Hendry when he updated Hyatt’s design from a plunger to a screw injection molding. To this day most plastic injection molding machines use this technique
  • In the 1970s James Hendry also designed the first gas-assisted injection molding process, allowing for more complex parts to be made.
  • Injection molding is the most popular method of plastic processing.
  • In 1980 Apple selected the material ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) for personal computers.
  • There are over 80,000 different materials available for molding (including 17,000 plastics).
  • Injection molded parts can range in size as large as a car bumper or tractor hood down to a part smaller than the eraser on a pencil.
  • There are over 8,000 plastic injection molders in the United States including captive molders and contract manufacturers. 
  • Since 1949 Lego has injection molded over 400 BILLION Lego elements and currently they produce on average 35,000 Lego elements a minute. 

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Injection Molding | Manufacturing | Plastics

Top 3 reasons Thogus is exhibiting at Design2Part in October

by Administrator26. September 2016 14:31

A multi-industry event focused on our region

  • Design2Part is not limited to one specific industry which means we have the ability to network with a variety of companies.
  • Thogus is committed to supporting the region, and by taking part in this regional event, we feel this helps solidify that commitment. We want to make sure OEMs know we are here in their backyard to help them launch and manage their product lifecycles.

Quality of the attendees and exhibitors 

  • Design2Part has been around for over 40 years, so the reputation of the event ensures that the attendees are coming to find solutions, not just kick the tires.  
  • The top OEMs from the region will be exhibiting and that helps drive the right attendee.
  •  Design engineers, purchasing, quality are just some of the attendees we look forward to seeing!

Personal touch

  • Emails and phone calls are fine but even in this day and age, nothing can replace face-to-face interactions. Let’s face it, we buy from people we like and that often means needing to sit down and have a real life conversation.
  • With over 300 product categories and thousands of attendees, this show provides the opportunity to network with numerous people not only to show what Thogus is capable of but also to learn about other technologies that can help us grow our business.

Join us on October 12 and October 13 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, Ohio. You can find Russ, Matt, and Joe at booth 621 and learn about how Thogus can help you with your plastic injection molding and 3D printing needs! 

Russ Wolff

Matt Pickston

Joe Karpinski

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Cleveland Is the City Where We Come From

by Caroline15. January 2016 10:35



Cleveland has been called a lot of things: Mistake on the Lake; the buckle on the rust belt; unhappiest place to work, most miserable city, dirtiest city – all thanks to Forbes magazine (they do not appear to be fans of ours). But to those of us at Thogus, Cleveland is the phoenix rising from the ashes. We are tough, we are resourceful, we are proud. Just like Cleveland, manufacturing in Northeast Ohio is the same. We are tough. We are resourceful. We are proud. 

The past few years have been a great time in Cleveland. Of course, most people know about our beloved son, LeBron James, and his redemptive return home which helped bring our Cavaliers back to a finals appearance in 2015. Cleveland was host to the 2013 National Senior Games, 2014 Gay Games, 2015 Content Marketing World, and will host the 2016 Republican National Convention. We are becoming a destination, not a stopover.

Our downtown and surrounding inner cities are booming with residents, restaurants, and retail. People are moving back to Cleveland more than they have in years! We are becoming a foodie destination due to chefs like Michael Symon, Jonathon Sawyer, Zack Bruell, Rocco Whalen, and Doug Katz.  Great Lakes Brewing Company, Fat Heads, and Platform Brewery are just a few of the local craft breweries you can find on the North Coast.

None of these would be possible without the manufacturers who drive our economy and create our jobs. Vitamix, Parker Hannifin, Eaton, Lincoln Electric, PolyOne, and Sherwin Williams are just a few examples of our strength as a destination of world-class manufacturing. We are makers. We are doers.

As we look towards the future, Thogus is keeping a steady eye on what possibilities are next. With the strength of our medical community we know that new innovations and technologies in medicine will be discovered right here. The tech world is seeing Cleveland as a new hub for activity and possibilities. We are home to world-class universities that are acting as incubators for up-and-coming companies. And Thogus will be helping make reality the ideas that these companies come up with. It is what we do. If you want to see what the next generation of manufacturing looks like, come see us! We will show you what the future looks like, today. 

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Manufacturing | Northeast Ohio

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