Making Precision Plastic Components with Custom Blow Molding

Custom Blow Molding Bottles

If you’re curious as to how plastic bottles and containers are manufactured with hollow interiors, the answer is custom blow molding. At Currier Plastics, we’ve revolutionized the manufacturing process with both injection molding and blow molding in one facility, creating a streamlined outcome for our customers.

Blow molding is a specialized plastic injection molding process utilized by manufacturers to create products with hollow interiors. The molding professionals at Currier Plastics offer several different types of blow molding that process different materials and various geometries, including:

  • Extrusion blow molding (EBM) – where air is injected into the container inside the mold to create the product.
  • Injection stretch blow molding (ISBM) – where a preform is produced and manufactured using rotational symmetry.
  • Injection blow molding (IBM) – where a hollow, thermoplastic preform is inflated inside a closed mold, making the shape conform to the mold cavity.

Through these processes, Currier is able to manufacture plastic bottles and hollow containers for a wide range of industries.

How Design for Manufacturing is Utilized for Custom Blow Molding

The Design for Manufacturing (DFM) team kicks off the development process when initiating a new product application. When creating a new, custom blow molded product for a customer, the DFM team starts off by obtaining a solid understanding of the customers’ expectations before defining and documenting what they are looking for. Once they understand what the application needs are, the DFM team will:

  • Identify risk factors associated with the customers part design to ensure manufacturability
  • Design and develop processes to ensure success of qualification requirements (gauge R&R, FAI, IQ, OQ, PQ)
  • Review the specs against the proposal to make sure everything stays within the budgetary and timeline requirements

The key to making high-quality, custom blow molded products exactly to the customers’ specifications is ensuring our DFM process is optimized to their precise needs. Currier’s focus on customer service, flexibility and quality through the DFM process is what sets us apart from other custom blow molding manufacturers.

Components Made with Custom Blow Molding

Currier can manufacture a wide range of products with custom blow molding, and for each one we ensure they are made to the highest possible standards no matter the industry. Some bottle products we’ve made for customers in the past include:

  • Centrifuge bottles
  • Reagent bottles
  • Personal care bottles
  • Multi-neck bottles
  • Large cavitation small bottles
  • Single-use bioprocessing containers
  • Vials
  • Sample collection tubes
  • And more

Whether we’re customizing bottles for a medical clinic, or for a food & beverage production facility, Currier can create them to exact specifications, made with the highest-quality material and within budget.

What Materials are Used in Blow Molding?

When blow molding products for certain applications, it’s important to understand and apply the appropriate materials. Going through the proper material selection process is necessary when determining which material applies best for a specific purpose. While some types of plastic bottles or containers need to be more heat resistant, others may require greater impact strength.

Some of the materials Currier Plastics commonly uses for custom blow molding include:

  • HDPE
  • PVC
  • PET
  • PP
  • Tritan
  • COC
  • Copolyester
  • Other materials, depending on the application

At Currier, we include our resin distributor partners early in the material selection process and rely on previous experience in materials for different applications. Whether that is understanding what the materials will do in the blow molding process or undergoing full chemical capability study, our customers will always know they are getting the best quality products made by people who care.

Sustainability in Custom Blow Molding

Using recycled or eco-friendly plastic resin is as important to Currier as it is to our customers, and we make sure to always use sustainable measures when custom blow molding all our products. We utilize regrind for many products we manufacture, and some of our vendors require parts to be manufactured with at least 25% Post-Consumer Regrind (PCR). We also try to use all EBM moil and tail scrap, as well as biodegradable additives on certain products so as to make them more eco-friendly.

High-Quality Plastic Components Made by The Best

The Currier facility has 26 blow molding machines that produce an average of 1.2 million pounds of plastic annually. Our facility offers Injection Stretch Blow Molding (ISBM) and Injection Blow Molding (IBM), as well as Continuous Extrusion Blow Molding (EBM) processed in a Class 8 facility. Our customers utilize these molding processes from Currier when in need of consistent repeatable plastic products made with quality and precision.

Currier Plastics is a dynamic solutions provider utilizing DFM in our expanding, all-in-one custom injection molding and blow molding facility. We constantly strive to provide an environment that allows our customers to know they are getting the best possible product made with precision and expertise.

To learn more about Currier Plastics’ custom blow molding and injection molding capabilities under one roof, contact one of our reps today!


Currier Operations Gains New Plant Manager

photo of Liviio CiciottiAuburn, NY Business at Currier is on a very aggressive growth trajectory for the foreseeable future. The custom molder has continued to add new business in markets such as healthcare including diagnostic testing consumables and surface sanitization packaging.

“To help manage this growth, we need to be sure that we are placing enough emphasis on the day to day operations as well as the facility requirements and front end operations side of the business development cycle. This is why I am pleased to announce that Livio Ciciotti has accepted the position of Plant Manager,” said Ray McKee, Director of Manufacturing.

A former Sergeant in the United States Marine Corp, Livio received the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and Navy Unit Commendation Medal. After the Marine Corp, Livio built his career guiding and developing operational staff at Cintas, Stonyfield Organic and most recently at ThermoFisher Scientific, where he was Plant Operations Manager over their injection blow molding business unit for their healthcare and life sciences industry. With Currier’s growth in this sector, Livio’s healthcare industry experience will be invaluable to the custom molder.

Livio’s personal achievements include Peak Production Award and an Outstanding Achievement Award while at Cintas, Six Sigma Green Belt Certification, School of Infantry Honor graduate and Tactical Small Unit Leaders Course Honor graduate. When asked why he accepted the position at Currier Plastics, “The culture really came through in the interview process. I also like that Currier is privately held and has a strong sense of family.”
Family is very important to Livio and his wife Courtney. They enjoy spending time with their 2 children playing golf, going to the movies and are huge Boston Red Sox fans.

Livio joined the team on June 15th and will report directly to Ray McKee, Director of Manufacturing.

About Currier Plastics:
Since 1982, Currier Plastics has been leading the industry in custom molding solutions for markets including healthcare, personal care, amenities, packaging and telecommunications. We provide our clients with unparalleled communication and project management with our total control approach to form, fit and function for the complete package. Our capabilities include design, injection molding and blow molding with a one team approach providing focus on quality. Based in the USA in Auburn, New York. ISO 13485, FDA registered, ISO Class 8 Cleanroom. www.CurrierPlastics.com

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Currier’s Growth in Healthcare Drives Quality Focus

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Auburn, NY An increase in healthcare business and the growing need to further support their emphasis on quality has driven some important changes to allow for focus in both production and development quality. Patrick Torres has joined the Currier Plastics team as Quality Manager effective June 1st.

Patrick earned his B.S. Quality Management Systems from Kennedy Western University in 2004 and comes to Currier with an extensive quality assurance background.

Most recently, Patrick served as Global Director of Quality of the Industrial Process Division at ITT, where he was Six Sigma Black Belt Certified, ISO 9001 Lead Auditor Certified and PROSCI Change Management Certified.  Patrick shared “I am excited to have the opportunity to guide the Currier Plastics quality program to ensure our customers continued satisfaction.”

Patrick and his wife Paula have 4 children. The family is heavily involved in Scouting with both of their sons earning rank of Eagle Scouts and Paula and both of their daughters having earned their Scouting Gold Awards. Patrick is also a US Hockey official.  When not working, Patrick enjoys fishing and kayaking with his family.

Patrick will report directly to John Currier, President.

 

About Currier Plastics:

Since 1982, Currier Plastics has been leading the industry in custom molding solutions for markets including healthcare, personal care, amenities, packaging and telecommunications. We provide our clients with unparalleled communication and project management with our total control approach to form, fit and function for the complete package. Our capabilities include design, injection molding and blow molding with a one team approach providing focus on the quality.  Based in the USA in Auburn, New York. ISO 13485, FDA registered, ISO Class 8 Cleanroom.   www.CurrierPlastics.com

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Currier Plastics Invests in Workforce Development

 

Auburn, NY With the increase in more complex custom molding programs, Currier Plastics has found they require a more skilled workforce and has made the decision to invest in the CPI Apprenticeship Program.  Six Currier employees will receive their Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Certification after completing a 16-month virtual course through Penn College of Technology.

The IMT program is a fully interactive curriculum with instructor led training covering Measurements, Industrial Math, Spatial Concepts, Introduction to Mechanical Components, Introduction to Fluid Power, Introduction to Industrial Electricity, Basics of Chemistry, Manufacturing Process, Quality, Lean and SPC Basics, Business Skills and Industrial Safety Readiness Training.

“We have worked closely with the Workforce Development team at Penn College to supplement funding for the program and we look forward to the impact on our workforce.  We have six apprentice trainees in the program already,” said Diane Pisciotti, director of talent at Currier.

To learn more about the Penn College of Technology apprenticeship program, go to pct.edu.

 

About Currier Plastics:

Since 1982, Currier Plastics has been leading the industry in custom molding solutions for markets including medical, personal care, packaging and amenities. We provide our clients with unparalleled communication and project management with our total control approach to form, fit and function for the complete package. Our capabilities include design, injection molding and blow molding with a one team approach providing focus on the quality.  Based in the USA in Auburn, New York. ISO 13485, FDA registered, ISO Class 8 Cleanroom.   www.CurrierPlastics.com

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Currier Recognized with Developmental Partner Award

Currier Plastics team at TricorBraun event

 

San Antonio, TX  Currier Plastics was recognized as a 2019 TricorBraun Supplier Partner receiving one of the Developmental Partner Awards at TricorBraun’s 2020 Annual Sales Meeting & Supplier Showcase.

“Our supplier partners are essential to helping us meet our customers’ needs, so it’s important that we recognize the best of the best and celebrate our joint success,” said Mark O’Bryan, chief operations officer, TricorBraun. “Together, we create opportunities to grow our businesses while delivering world-class packaging solutions.”

TricorBraun’s Design & Engineering team chose Currier Plastics for this award because of the team collaboration that begins at the design concept phase and continues through production and which ultimately guarantees success.

 

About TricorBraun:

Founded in 1902, TricorBraun is North America’s largest distributor of primary packaging and a portfolio company of AEA Investors. The company provides innovative solutions across a wide array of customer end markets in plastic and glass containers, closures, dispensers, tubes and flexibles. TricorBraun operates from 50 locations globally. Our award-winning Design & Engineering Center provides forward-thinking design, driven by consumer insight and creative solutions. Other services include global sourcing, manufacturing oversight and global supply chain programs. www.TricorBraun.com

 

About Currier Plastics:

Since 1982, Currier Plastics has been leading the industry in custom plastics molding solutions for markets including medical, personal care, packaging and amenities. We provide our clients with unparalleled communication and project management with our total control approach to form, fit and function for the complete package. Our capabilities include design for manufacturability, injection molding and blow molding with a one team approach providing focus on the quality.  Based in the USA in Auburn, New York. ISO 13485, FDA registered, ISO Class 8 Cleanroom. www.CurrierPlastics.com

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Breaking the Mold with Lindsay Cronkright of Currier Plastics

Lindsay CronkrightAuburn, NY   Plastics News recently held a conference in Nashville, Tennessee titled Women Breaking the Mold.  This conference aims to develop and support the professional growth of females in the plastics industry.  Speakers shared their experiences that helped them get to their positions of leadership and included Lindsay Cronkright, Currier Plastics’ Director of Finance and IT.

Cronkright volunteered to speak on “Gender Dynamics – What you say and how you say it matters.”  Her presentation highlighted the differences in how men and women communicate. Cronkright shared her personal strategy for understanding the language differences of her male counterparts and advises young professionals to be cognizant of the differences.  Cronkright believes that mentoring men and women on how our behavior and communication can easily be misinterpreted helps to avoid gender communication issues.

Cronkright’s focus on gender dynamics comes natural: “I live it every week day!  I continuously focus on my choice of words and body language.  Would I do the same in a female-dominated workplace?  I don’t know.  But I do know that, over the course of 10+ years working in manufacturing environments, I’ve learned how to adapt.  I’ve learned to carefully to craft my communication style, whether it be verbal, postural, or written.  Doing so has contributed to my professional advancement.  I hope that, by sharing my experiences, I empower other women.”

 

About Plastics News:  

Founded in 1989, Plastics News covers the business of the global plastics industry. It focuses on commercial, financial, legislative and market-related developments worldwide that affect North American plastic product manufacturers and their suppliers and customers.  Women Breaking the Mold Networking Forum has a mission to help support and nurture the growth of female professionals in the plastics industry and help them move to positions of greater authority. Speakers include many top female executives sharing their journeys and success strategies and those offering advice in such areas as mentoring, recruitment/retention, overall issues facing female employees and working with customers and shareholders. Small group networking sessions also foster communication among those in attendance. www.PlasticsNews.com

 

About Currier Plastics, Inc:

For over 37 years, Currier Plastics, Inc. has been leading the industry in custom plastics molding solutions for markets including medical, personal care, and amenities. We provide our clients with unparalleled communication and project management with our total control approach to form, fit and function for the complete package. Our capabilities include design for manufacturability, injection molding and blow molding with a one team approach providing focus on the quality of your products. Based in the USA with a 128,000 square foot facility in Auburn, New York.   www.CurrierPlastics.com

 

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Proudly Received MAPP’s Annual Safety Best Practices Competition

Auburn, NY Currier Plastics has received the recognition from MAPP (Manufacturing Association for Plastics Processors).  Currier is described by their peers as “world class, state-of-the-art, top echelon, industry leaders, innovative, and superior.”

“Currier Plastics has always had a belief that we need to place value in our employees and create a work environment that is truly a great place to work. As we looked at our core values, we identified Safety as being a place that we could improve. For years, we have tracked key incidents as they have occurred and worked to reduce the total number of recordable and lost time incidents. By the end of 2017, our number of incidents had plateaued, and we decided that it was time to reevaluate our system and develop a plan. Safety had become something that happened but wasn’t a primary focus,” said Ray McKee, Director of Manufacturing.

Development of the plan was expanded on by McKee. “We needed to create something that wasn’t going to be a flavor of the week or a short-term exercise, we knew that we had to identify some key elements of a comprehensive safety program. We identified focus areas including Leadership, Conditional Based Safety, Behavioral Observation, Communication, Training, Incident Reporting, Recognition, and Continuous Improvement. Within each of these areas, we wanted to focus on how we promote engagement, use data to make decisions, and make safety a part of the conversation within the facility on a day in and day out basis.”

The results spoke for themselves.  Currier Plastics has grown in total employees over the past several years and recently broke their record for longest period of time without a recordable incident (previous record was 233 days), the safety committee is engaged and having the strongest turnout in years, and they have the high level engagement as shown by the 550+ close call/first aid reports that have been submitted since the start of 2019. Their recordable injury rate is on pace to be the lowest in their history, and they continue to make significant improvements to their safety engagement and culture. “We believe that placing the priority on safety that we have is a major part of what makes Currier Plastics a preferred employer as well as a preferred supplier to our customers,” added McKee.

About MAPP:

Established in 1997, The Manufacturer’s Association for Plastics Processors, Inc. (MAPP) is the largest grassroots organization in the United States plastics industry, serving over 400 member companies representing more than 45,000 employees.  As a national non-profit Trade Association for plastics manufacturers, MAPP provides its Members with access to the most powerful networking in the industry.

MAPP is driven by a Board of Director’s made up of owners and presidents of leading plastics companies. Having over 2,000 industry professionals involved in the organization provides a variety of channels to expedite solutions and build momentum for continued growth and development in areas that will positively impact the plastics industry.

About Currier Plastics, Inc:

For over 37 years, Currier Plastics, Inc. has been leading the industry in custom plastics molding solutions for markets including medical, personal care, and amenities. We provide our clients with unparalleled communication and project management with our total control approach to form, fit and function for the complete package. Our capabilities include design for manufacturability, injection molding and blow molding with a one team approach providing focus on the quality of your products. Based in the USA with a 128,000 square foot facility in Auburn, New York.   www.CurrierPlastics.com

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Ray McKee Receives Engineer of the Year Award

Auburn, NY  The Injection Molding Division (IMD) of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) presented Raymond McKee, Director of Operations at Currier Plastics, the Engineer of the Year Award.  The event took place at ANTEC 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. The Engineer of the Year award is awarded on an annual basis to recognize a board member for their service to the society.

McKee has been an active member of the IMD board for over 10 years. He has served in a number of ways including acting as the Technical Program Chair for the IMD at ANTEC 2015, participating in a number of technical paper reviews from 2013-2018, served as the division chair from 2016-2018, and is currently the co-treasurer of the division and a member of the awards and scholarships committee.  McKee commented, “I am quite honored to receive the award from the Injection Molding Division. I value the relationships, mentoring, and knowledge sharing that we are able to do while interacting at various events. I have grown significantly as a professional as a result of the interaction that I have had with this diverse group. I hope to serve the division and society for many years into the future.”

McKee was unable to attend the event but his friend and colleague Sriraj Patel, accepted on his behalf.  Patel, the Director of R&D at Currier Plastics said “They gave Ray this award to recognize his commitment and dedication to the SPE Injection Molding Division.  Ray served 2 consecutive terms as Division Chairperson.  He’s been actively involved in the planning and hosting of the annual meetings.”

About SPE:

84 countries and 22,500+ members strong, we unite plastics professionals worldwide –helping them succeed and strengthening their skills through networking, events, training, and knowledge sharing.

About the Injection Molding Division:

The Injection Molding Division exists to encourage the development, coordination and dissemination of engineering knowledge and technical information on injection molding. It will foster the education of people for the purpose of implementing the above objective.

About Currier Plastics, Inc:

For over 35 years, Currier Plastics, Inc. has been leading the industry in custom molding solutions for markets including medical, personal care, and amenities. We provide our clients with unparalleled communication and project management with our total control approach to form, fit and function for the complete package. Our capabilities include design for manufacturability, injection molding and blow molding with a one team approach providing focus on the quality of your products. Based in the USA with a 128,000 square foot facility in Auburn, New York.  ISO 13485:2016 and FDA Registered.  www.CurrierPlastics.com

 

 

 

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Currier Plastics Honors Memory of Pearl Harbor

Auburn, NY  Currier Plastics will raise an American flag that was previously flown over the USS Missouri last year on December 7th, in recognition of the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Michael Cartner, CFO and one of the owners of Currier Plastics purchased the flag while in Hawaii earlier this year while visiting the Pearl Harbor Memorial site.  The USS Missouri is perhaps best known as the site of the unconditional surrender by the Japanese to the Allies on September 2, 1945, ending world War II.
The USS Missouri is docked at Pearl Harbor and now a popular tourist attraction and now maintained by the National Park Service with proceeds from daily visitors, donations and partners helping to pay upkeep.  Cartner said he purchased the flag to support the memorial and to keep the history alive.

Currier Plastics hosted the flag raising ceremony Friday morning at 8:15am with Eagle Scouts Tim Walawender and Jason Schmidt raising the flag, and former military members Mike Rojo, Corey Richardson, Pat Hahn and Jason Kelley taking part in the ceremony. Also saluting the flag was a former Vietnam Veteran from the community.

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Currier Plastics Awarded ISO 13485:2016 Certification

Auburn, NY SRI Quality System Registrar has recently awarded an ISO 13485:2016 Management System certificate to Currier Plastics, Inc., located in Auburn, New York, for a Contract Manufacturer of Plastic Consumables for general non-active, non-implantable medical devices.

According to Edward L. Maschmeier, Associate Vice President, Certification: “We are pleased to acknowledge that Currier Plastics, Inc. has demonstrated effective implementation of a management system. ISO 13485:2016 certification provides evidence to customers, suppliers, employees, and their community of their commitment
to producing a quality product (service) and providing customer satisfaction.”

ISO 13485:2016 is process-based; certification recognizes organizations that can link business objectives with operating effectiveness. Companies that achieve Management System certification to ISO 13485:2016 have demonstrated effective implementation of documentation and records management, top management’s commitment to their customers, establishment of clear policy, good planning and implementation, good resource management, efficient process control, and measurement and analysis.

 

About SRI Quality System Registrar:
SRI Quality System Registrar is an internationally accredited registrar for management systems standards, such as ISO 9001, AS9100, IATF 16949, OHSAS 18001, ISO 13485, ISO 20000-1, ISO 27001, ISO/FSSC 22000 and environmental management systems standards such as ISO 14001, RC14001, and RCMS. SRI also provides public training for auditing, implementing, and maintaining these standards.
www.SRIRegistrar.com

About Currier Plastics, Inc:
For over 35 years, Currier Plastics, Inc. has been leading the industry in custom plastics molding for
markets including medical, personal care, and amenities. We provide our clients with unparalleled
communication and project management with our total control approach to form, fit and function for
the complete package. Our capabilities include design for manufacturability, injection molding and blow molding with a one team approach providing focus on the quality of your products.  Based in the USA with a 128,000 square foot facility in Auburn, New York.
www.CurrierPlastics.com

 

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