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  • Revitalizing U.S. Manufacturing
    There are some interesting ideas in a recent Wall Street Journal section entitled; Journal Report | The Future of Manufacturing published June 8, 2016.  
    Bob Tita's article talks about 9 different ideas out there to create a more level playing field for manufacturers and incentivise more R&D and advancement.  Custom Rubber Corp. is continuing to grow, despite some of the barriers that exist, by partnering with customers that recognize the value of sourcing manufactured product in the U.S.

    As Tita points out in his article, manufacturing leads all other industries in terms of generating additional transactions and economic benefit.  The graph here says it all (Dollars of additional transactions generated by every dollar of value added in these industries) ...
    Sources: Daniel Meckstroth, MAPI Fopundation; US Bureau of Economic Analysis

    Without manufacturing, economies are doomed.  According to Tita, "Countries that don't make anything eventaully start to lose their edge in research and product development."  Steven Schmid added, "If you lose one, you'll lose the other, too."   Custom Rubber Corp. is in the thick of manufacturing and research into improving productivity and product effectiveness.

    One of the nine ideas to reviatlize US Manufacturing presented has to do with looking at the true costs of offshoring.  I've written about this before when digging into the US Governments "Assess Costs Everywhere" project that outlines all the hidden costs associated with long, overseas supply chains.  Tita's article highlights the fact that these do exist and that in some ways they are becoming more significant.

    I also liked the ideas of "Spend More on Manufacturing R&D" and "Creating Regional Centers of Expertise."

    Custom Rubber Corp. constantly pushes the envelope of what we manufacture within the rubber industry - investing in inernal R&D daily.  We recently were successful in trialing and producing components that had three different materials combined in a part less than 1" x 0.25" x 0.25".  One of the materials is a translucent silicone material.  We are also investing reguarly in R&D - trying new materials for our customers that may lead to lower costs or better peformance.

    Lastly, being located in Cleveland gives Custom Rubber Corp. access to expertise in just about every manufacturing process there is.  Cleveland's rich history with manufacturing makes it easy to find suppliers to cast lead, do industrial sewing, supply specialty plastic inserts, and whatever else our customers need us to do.  This allows us to be more for our customers than a shoot-and-ship molder of rubber products.
    Posted Tuesday, June 14, 2016 by: Charlie Braun
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  • Custom Rubber Corp. continues to add new products and customers

    Custom Rubber Corp. continues to add new products and customers.  The website is a catalog of success - successes organized by industry and by application-product usage.  Some of the recent additions are in Automotive, Protective Cases, Rubber to Metal Bonding, Electronics, Round Gaskets and Seals, and more.

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  • More Part Examples Posted

    Custom Rubber Corp. has added two more part examples to the website.  Read on....

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  • Custom Rubber Corp. adds new Videos to YouTube channel

    Custom Rubber Corp. added five new videos to the company's YouTube channel.  All the videos will be used for instructional purposes during the shift-start meetings that take place every day. 

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  • Custom Rubber - Second Place, Educational Outreadh

    Custom Rubber Corp. won Second Place for the ARPM's Educational Outreach Award in late 2019.

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  • "Engineer for a Day" Tour

    On February 22, 2019, Custom Rubber Corp. hosted high school students for a day-long exposure to Engineering.  The event is organized annually by Cleveland State University and Custom Rubber Corp. has participated the last three years.  
    The tour event was also the first time Custom Rubber Corp. used a new audio tour guide system.  After winning a $750 prize associated with the "Educational Outreach" award from ARPM (Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers), CRC purchased a system of 10 receiving headphones and a microphone transmitter.  
     

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  • Custom Rubber Corp.'s Innovative Use of Vision Technology

    John Bellett presented at the Industry Benchmarking conference about Custom Rubber Corp.'s innovative use of vision technology, both for part inspection and also for mold safety. (Photo Courtesy of Creative Technology)

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  • Developing Next Generation

    Custom Rubber Corp. presented at the annual industry Benchmarking conference in Indianapolis back in October about their efforts to attract the next generation of folks to the manufacturing industry.

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  • Rubber News article: Custom Rubber Corp. hosts ARPM Tour

    The October issue of Rubber and Plastics News has a two page article discussing Custom Rubber Corp.'s approach to manufacturing employment and some technological investments the company has made.  The entire article is available here....

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  • Custom Rubber Corp. Tour

    On September 26, 2018, Custom Rubber Corp. hosted a tour of High School students from Warrensville Heights High School.  The students are in an Engineering and STEM class.  The students learned a bit about what makes manufacturing in general exciting and also some specifics about molding rubber.  At the end of the tour, the students were given a project....

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  • Custom Rubber - Building the Next Generation

    Custom Rubber Corp. is facing the same challenges many other companies are facing: Where can we find additional, dedicated employees who have some training?
    At Custom Rubber Corp., there is a movement to do something about it....

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  • Custom Rubber Corp Upgrades Quality Capabiltieis

    Custom Rubber Corp. has added significant quality inspection capabilities that utilize the latest in automated vision inspection equipment.

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  • Great Place to Work

    Custom Rubber Corp. released a new video sharing the experiences of employees.  Potential employees can watch to find out what kind of work environment Custom Rubber offers and see the type of work.  Custom Rubber Corp. is now hiring, $11.85 starting wage for night shift.

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  • Custom Rubber Corp. article in Inside Rubber Magazine

    Custom Rubber Corp. was featured in an article in the most recent Inside Rubber Magazine.  The article discusses the continuous improvement approach that Custom Rubber Corp. is taking with Mill Drills and Safety.

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  • Molded Round Seals / Molded Round Gaskets - How To

    Custom Rubber Corp. just updated and added information to the Round Molded Gasket / Round Molded Seals page.  The information includes the three primary ways to produce a round gasket or seal and what the advantages and drawbacks are to each.  Also discussed are three primary technical issues that are important to selecting the right type of round gasket and/or round seal.

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  • Colored Rubber Molding - How To

    Custom Rubber Corp. added content to its website with a host of information about molding colored rubber.  The information includes five reasons why Custom Rubber Corp. is one of the leaders in molding colored rubber products and four reasons why product developers, engineers, and companies in general should consider specifying a color other than black for their next rubber molded component. 

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  • Custom Rubber Grommets - How To

    When desigining a custom molded grommet, there are a number of things to consider.  Custom Rubber Corp. recently added detailed information regarding the issues or questions that need to be answered and an outline of how to work through the steps.

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  • Protective Case Design How-To

    Custom Rubber Corp. has added detailed, step-by-step information regarding how to design a custom silicone rubber protective case for your electronic device or instrument.

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  • Rubber Bellows Design How-To

    Custom Rubber Corp. added information related to designing molded rubber bellows and molded rubber convoluted boots.  Information is now available on the five steps or questions that designers need to consider when developing a custom molded rubber boot or bellow.

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  • New Look For Molded Rubber Products Website

    We're very excited about the recent launch of our new website. Much of the content is carried over - our old site had excellent illustrations of the types of products we make and customers we serve - but the look and feel of the site is much more up to date. We've included some larger photos showing some of our employees at work and have updated many of the product pictures.

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