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  • Custom Rubber Backs MIT Research Task Force

    Custom Rubber President, Charlie Braun, was proud to serve as a member of the advisory board for MIT’s Work of the Future (WotF) taskforce, a research project recently completed and designed to understand the relationships between emerging technologies and work.

    As the project comes to a close and findings are presented, the taskforce found several important insights that will help business decision makers construct a path forward into future growth in a shifting business landscape.
     

    What is the Work of the Future?

    The MIT Task Force on WotF was convened in spring 2018 by MIT President Rafael Reif. Involved persons include 20+ MIT faculty members, 12 graduate-level MIT students and key stakeholders in relevant industries impacted by this research, including Custom Rubber’s President, Charlie Braun. 

    The WotF task force, or Congress, as it has been called, was created with the aim of understanding how new technologies would impact the current workday and how we can better increase shared prosperity using these technologies rather than fearing them. As we move into the future, many working people are wary of AI replacing jobs, quashing the working class and leading to mass unemployment. 

    The WotF Congress firmly believes that AI should be embraced, not feared, as we move into the future. By using evidence of how AI is impacting us today along with expertise on industry trends from MIT faculty and students and industry experts, the WotF project helped provide a path for growth in the form of a final report identifying AI trends and recommendations for business leaders.
     

    Critical findings and recommendations

    After over one year of research and development the WotF Congress put together a report on its findings, analyzing both the present and future. Here are just a few of the recommendations highlighted in the report:
     

    Robots & AI in the workplace

    Firms today are struggling to find and retain workers, which has been one of the main reasons investment in automation has increased. Robots can displace workers (a common fear), but they can also collaborate with them. As firms struggle to keep talent in the door, robots can complement and augment work at a low cost, making up for the labor shortage.
     

    Investing in the future

    Displacement via AI occurs most often with workers who have not received formal technical training. To combat this, places that teach technical skills will become invaluable. Community college enrollment should increase, as should placement in apprenticeship programs. Online learning should and will also adapt to accommodate technical training without in-person instruction. Better training can assuage and mediate fear of AI “taking” jobs.
     

    Rebalancing labor

    In the current U.S. model of manufacturing, workers are not seen as stakeholders. This model is out of date. Workers should be considered relevant stakeholders and firms should invest in their training and well-being, contradicting the model of the last four decades.
     

    Reinvigorating U.S. leadership in technology and innovation

    By embracing AI, the U.S. has the opportunity to lead the globe in taking advantage of AI opportunities and acting as an example for success. Investing in innovation is key to shared prosperity in the future. 

    These findings and recommendations, along with many others, can be found in the final Work of the Future Report. The WotF Congress and MIT AI department also recently sponsored a joint series of panels and a virtual summit to discuss and present the task force’s results.

    Custom Rubber is pleased and honored to have been a part of such critical research and discovery.

    MIT’s final report on Work of the Future can be read in full here.
    Posted Tuesday, November 24, 2020 by: Global Administrator
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  • Custom Rubber Corp. Upgrading and Expanding

    The Holidays brought new presents to Custom Rubber Corp.  A total of four new machines arrived December 23rd, just in time for the Holidays!
    Some of the machines are additional capacity, some are upgrades to machines that were old and needed to be replaced.  Custom Rubber Corp.'s commitment to our customers and our employees is to continuously upgrade our equipment to make sure every machine we run is dependable easy for operators to use.
     

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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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