Primex Design & Fabrication Improves Prototyping Time with New Appointment
Primex Design & Fabrication, PD&F, (formerly Woodruff Corporation), the leading manufacturer of reusable, returnable and recyclable plastic shipping containers, custom interior dunnage, point of purchase displays and retail packaging, recently announced the appointment of Debbie Robinson to the position of sample department coordinator. She was previously a design engineer for the company for twenty years.
Robinson will be responsible for the creation, production and delivery of prototypes and samples to PD&F customers. “Our design and rapid prototyping capabilities set us apart from our competition,” says Robinson. “We normally are able to design and deliver custom samples within a 24-48-hour window.
Robinson’s position represents a critical touchpoint with customers during the initial phase of a new project. “I will be communicating with customers, answering questions and helping them with design solutions. With my 20 years’ experience as a designer, I have a good insight on what a customer needs in a finished product,” Robinson says.
PD&F is committed to accurate functional prototypes. The goals are to provide a perfect solution to the customers’ design needs, faster turnaround and accurate prototypes the first time. The appointment of Robinson brings stronger, more experienced management to this function.
New CAD Table Speeds Time to Market
The addition of a Kongsberg C64 automated cutting table is helping Primex Design & Fabrication (PD&F) decrease time to market for its customers. The new high-speed table is capable of handling plastic sheet goods as large as 126” X 126” at thicknesses from 2 to 10 mm. This allows PD&F to complete both prototypes and finished products quicker and more accurately than before.
In conjunction with PD&F’s computer aided design center, Sample Coordinator Debbie Robinson is moving work from concept to production in record times, allowing the company to exceed customer demand and improve throughput. PD&F veteran Robinson was recently promoted to this position in order to manage work flow and ensure customer expectations are being met.
PD&F (formerly Woodruff Corporation) produces a wide range of plastic reusable, returnable and recyclable shipping, storage, point of sale, work-in-progress and internal protective packaging. According to Robinson, “most of our products are custom-designed for very specific needs, so our ability to go from customer request to sample and on to production quickly defines our competitive edge. The addition of this new cutting table greatly enhances that capability.”
As part of the Primex Plastics “One Company” family of companies, Primex Fabrication offers a full production lifecycle from raw materials and design, through prototyping and recycling. Through our “One Company” we can leverage all our resources, including technical development at our John J. Farber Technology and Innovation Center, centralized quality control, faster delivery and a single point of contact for the entire process. All our Business Managers are cross trained and well versed in the entire Primex family of materials, services and expertise, allowing them to offer our customers a more comprehensive approach to their needs.
Ray Schwartz and Justin Rosenbleeth Join the Primex Team
Primex Plastics Corporation is pleased to announce the addition of Ray Schwartz to the position of product manager-protective packaging and Justin Rosenbleeth to the position of territory business manager for the Southeast.
Rosenbleeth has extensive experience in the plastics industry, having managed sales, production and engineering for compounders, a molding equipment OEM, molded products manufacturers and materials suppliers.
Schwartz has extensive experience in the reusable, returnable packaging industry as a solutions provider of plastic pallets, bulk containers, hand-held containers, and custom sleeve pack and interior dunnage products. He will primarily focus on selling for Primex’s Design & Fabrication division. His previous position was with ORBIS Corporation.
Rosenbleeth will work from Atlanta, Georgia and report to East Region Business Manager, Jeff Gusaeff. He can be reached at (404) 213-5879. Rosenbleeth is a graduate of Florida State University, having earned a BS in mechanical engineering in 1998.
Schwartz will work from the St. Louis area and report to Primex Vice President of Sales & Marketing Tim Schultz. He can be reached at (636) 445-0933. Schwartz holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and has extensive post-graduate course work and sales training.
Rosenbleeth says he looks forward to leveraging his vast experience in materials, extrusion, injection molding and equipment to help solve problems for his clients and expand Primex’s presence in the Southeast. He will focus mainly on selling for the Primex Color, Compounding & Additives business.
Last year Primex introduced the unique Bubble-X™ extruded board and the Primex Fabrication Bubble-X Sleeve Pak shipping container. “My experience working with customers in designing custom protective exterior and interior packaging systems is directly related to the need at Primex,” said Schwartz. “I’ve been selling reusable bulk container/sleeve pack products for much of my career, so I know I will be able to increase Primex’s presence in this market.”
Automotive Manufacturer Protects Work with Bubble-X Sleeve Paks
A U.S. subsidiary of Israeli company Omen Casting Group has found a new way to protect its valuable products within the factory during manufacturing. Omen USA, based in Richmond, Indiana has chosen the Primex Design & Fabrication (PD&F) Bubble-X® Sleeve Pak container system to move valuable castings throughout its brand-new plant. Omen has purchased 100 Sleeve Paks, complete with pallets and covers, for internal use and is reviewing using them for shipment to its Tier 1 automotive customers. Omen produces high pressure aluminum castings such as axle and steering component housings. These valuable components require the ultimate protection while moving from station to station in the plant.
Omen USA is currently in start-up mode as the first U.S. location for the company which was founded in Kibbutz Hatzor, Israel in 1946. The parent company has been supporting the U.S. automotive market for 20 years. The new Richmond plant, which began construction in 2016, is currently producing supplier samples but will begin full-scale production in March when it expects to employ 50 with plans to be at 150 by the end of 2019.
PD&F (formerly Woodruff Corporation), in addition to its shipping container business, is a leading manufacturer of reusable, returnable and recyclable plastic totes, boxes, point of purchase displays and retail packaging.
According to Operations Manager Steven O’Brien, Omen replaced folding bulk hard-side shipping containers with the Bubble-X Sleeve Pak for several reasons. “Cost was a major factor. The Bubble-X system is about one-third the cost of the previous container we used. The Bubble-X is just as strong and durable as the folding containers but if the sleeve gets damaged it costs a lot less to replace just the sleeve than the entire container. And the Bubble-X Sleeve system takes up considerably less storage space when flattened than the older container.”
Combined with a matching pallet and cover, Sleeve Pak is the perfect lightweight, returnable, reusable and recyclable solution. Primex also produces custom internal components such as foam inserts and dividers for the Sleeve Pak. Primex’s high density bubble board delivers protective rigidity along with moisture and chemical resistance. All surfaces of the Bubble-X Sleeve Pak can be screen printed to ensure brand integrity.
Since PD&F Sleeve Paks can be folded flat, they require minimal space for storage and return shipment. Bubble-X Sleeve Pak is made from 100 percent recyclable polypropylene and comes in a variety of standard sizes and colors.
Bubble X is a unique three-dimensional board that is 20 times stronger than corrugated paperboard construction. No other process nor material produces this exceptional strength to weight ratio. Since Bubble-X is the only material of its type manufactured in North America, it allows PD&F to produce custom sizes, colors, wall thicknesses and other properties for its customers and provide rapid delivery for very specific applications.
Primex Design & Fabrication can custom-formulate the Bubble-X board itself to include characteristics such as UV protection, anti-stat and vapor inhibitor.