Dear Colleagues and Injection Molding Industry Professionals,
This letter is to announce that I have accepted a permanent position as Business Unit Leader for Berry Plastics' Mold Manufacturing (BPM) Division in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. The Buffalo Grove campus housed North American Headquarters for Rexam Healthcare's C&C division, which is now also owned by Berry Plastics. Eight molding/manufacturing plants plus BPM are included worldwide as added to Berry Plastics from the purchase of C&C from Rexam Healthcare.
For those of you that are not aware, the campus was previously owned by Precise Technologies and started business as Courtesy Mold.
My position at BPM began June 2, 2014. Len Graham Consulting has been dissolved as a business as of May 2012 and it has ceased functioning as a business.
I want to thank everyone for the support and well wishes I have received since accepting this new and exciting position. I also want to thank all of my Len Graham Consulting customers, some of whom were there at the beginning in early 2004.
Many of you are aware of and supported the Super Cell project I initiated, but was never able to complete in Arizona. You may also be aware that Rexam had initiated cell 1 of 5 cells that would have eventually become the Mega-Cell. This venture has been the subject of many industry articles published last year and continue as of this writing. Berry Plastics has embrased the continuation of this project. There will be updates published in at minimum the same industry periodicals which have followed it to this point i.e.: Plastics News, Moldmaking Technology Magazine, Modern Machine Shop, Cutting Tool Engineering, and EDM Today.
For those not aware of the details, we are operating within nearly 100,000 square feet of the larger facility on campus in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. We intend to not only automate the manufacture of mold inserts and electrodes, but manufacture mold bases in a palletized, associated fashion, as well. Once again, since this is blazing new trails, it will not happen overnight, but we have an aggressive BPM team already working on the finishing details after initiating the first stages of the concept I have given them. Plastics News visited on March 8th, 2012 to gather the details surrounding this exciting new concept which will leapfrog my Super-Cell project. The April issue carries the breakout story. There are various videos on You-Tube as well, under Rexam Mold Manufacturing. Del-Cam, Makino, Mitsubishi, Agie Charmilles Technologies, Zeiss, Tri-State Machinery, and Systems 3R are the initial automation suppliers.
Some of you are aware of the work I was involved in with Omega Plastics in Clinton Township, MI. That is where the Omega team and I have automated the manufacture of prototype and low cavitation mold tooling. Omega and BPM have adopted the same style of associated mold design, machine programming, manufacturing, and inspection in a team style of operations. All data is associated to the ADP-MI pallet-mounted Gage Ball found on my web site (though no longer available, the process surrounding it can still be reviewed there), and in-process certification of all components.
Therefore, Omega and BPM are ready and willing to offer any OEM or other mold/molding/value added customer who may be interested in utilizing a synergistic prototype/manufacturing team to help them make a seamless transition from prototype/developmental mold tooling/molded components to full production tooling qualified to production status in a more rapid, concurrent fashion. Anyone interested in improving speed to market can contact Chris Buch 586-954-2100 ext 2825 at Omega Plastics or Jeff Barhoff 978-906-1127 at BPM for the details.
All production/manufacturing services offered by Berry Plastics are now available to any OEM/customer requiring any of those services.
For those seeking only production mold tooling or production mold tooling along with molding/value added operations can contact either Jeff for mold tooling or Mark Howell 847-325-3101 in Buffalo Grove for complete/partial molding programs including any contract manufacturing needs. My contact number is 847-325-3054.
Thank you all for past and future support for my efforts.
I look forward to working with many of you in the future at BPM.
Sincerely, Len Graham