2012 DSCC Spring Legislative Brunch & Manufacturing Conference

We recently attended the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Legislative Brunch & Manufacturing Conference.  The conference, which was held at the Sheraton Dover Hotel, recognizes how manufacturers like New Process Fibre have been at the fore of the recent growth of Delaware’s economy. Over 40 different manufacturers from around the state came to be part of some great discussions and to hear speeches from some of the biggest names in the Delaware business community. Ned Monroe (Senior VP of external relations for NAM), AstraZenica’s Mike Crawford , and Jim Wolfe (Pres. and CEO of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce) all touched on the importance of government regulation and tax policies that are business-friendly. They also spoke to the idea that Delaware’s manufacturers have to get involved in the political process in order to guarantee that their voices and concerns are heard at the state and federal levels.

Attendees also enjoyed an outstanding and informative keynote speech from Governor Jack Markell.  Gov. Markell let the assembled manufacturers know how grateful he was for everything the DSCC was doing for the state and for its people. Before his talk, we were lucky enough to get some quality one-on-one time Governor Markell at our booth. It allowed us to share with the Governor the role New Process Fibre plays in Delaware’s growth and prosperity.

Overall, it was a fantastic conference. It made everyone at New Process Fibre all the more proud that our high quality non-metallic stampings, sheet extrusions, and tooling are “Made in Delaware”.

Needed It Yesterday

We’ve been around for 85 years so we’ve seen a thing or two, but doing business in the 21st century means being ready for just about anything. While the basic concepts behind great customer service haven’t changed since 1927, things just move faster in the modern world of instant communication and instant gratification. But when it comes to “instant,” since we make most of our own plastics and tooling in-house, New Process Fibre has some of the quickest cycle times in the industry.

Recently, we got a call at 3pm on a weekday from a rather panicked new customer. He was in desperate need of a very particular plastic component with extremely tight tolerances. On top of it all, he needed 100,000 pieces, and he needed them… yesterday. After quickly reviewing our over 7,000 tools in stock, it became clear that we didn’t have the tooling to handle the tolerances demanded by the customer.

At this point, another company would simply admit defeat, but not us. Because of our unfailing in-house tooling capabilities, the impossible seemed quite possible. By keeping our team late into the night, we were not only able to make the tooling, but also completed the order. Finally, we same-day shipped it the very next morning.

There was no guarantee that we would ever get any more work from the client, but that wasn’t what we were worried about. We just knew that a customer needed our help and expertise and that was all the incentive necessary to go above and beyond.  As it turned out the client was grateful for our effort, because a couple of weeks later, they placed an order for 10 MILLON of the same part.

There’s a reason New Process Fibre has been so successful for so long. Commitment to the customer, ability to problem-solve, and hard work can never hurt you.  If you want to learn more about our in-house tooling non-metallic stamping and sheet extrusion capabilities, check out our website or give us a call.

Stamped Non-Metallic Epoxy Glass (G-10/FR-4) Washers

Epoxy Glass Flat Washers or Epoxy Glass Spacers are stamped from NEMA grade laminates such as GPO-1, GPO-2, GPO-3, G-7, G-9, G-10 and G-11. Similar fire retardant laminates such as FR-4 and FR-5 can be used. All of these grades exhibit excellent mechanical strength, flexural and impact strength properties. Epoxy Glass Washers or Spacers also yield very good electrical properties in dry and humid conditions.

All Washer Dimensions available in English and/or Metric Units.

  • Epoxy [glass] resin based washers offer a wide range of performance characteristics such as wear resistance and mechanical strength.
  • Our own tooling department creates hard tooling or die sets for stamping Epoxy Glass Flat Washers or Spacers. In addition, we have a library of over 7,500 existing compound washer dies for use with no extra tooling charges.
  • Wider dimensional parameters are a New Process specialty. Washers or Spacers can be created in materials from .005″ to .250″ thick, in sizes as small as .093″ and as large as 12″.
  • High volume punch press capacity is assured by an inventory of 75 presses, with cost-efficient small units and high volume equipment capable of 400 strokes per minute.

Stamped Non-Metallic Gaskets for OEM’s

New Process Fibre offers Gaskets of Detroiter, Vulcanized Fibre, Vegetable Fibre, Fishpaper, HDPE, LDPE, Acetyl, Mylar®, Polypropylene, Nylon 6, 6/6, MDS, PTFE, Epoxy glass, Phenolic paper, Glass Polyester, & other NEMA grade materials plus, Kapton®, Klinger®, Nomex®, Cork, Felt, Viton®, Garlock®, Thermoseal®, and Silicone rubber. Gaskets have many uses as can be seen from the list below.

  • Gaskets are available in thicknesses from 0.005″ – 0.250″
  • Maximum stamped size is 24 x 24 inches.
  • Gasoline Motor Exhaust, Oil Field, Electronic Power Tool applications
  • Consumer products such coffee makers and blenders
  • High degree of repeatability, precision and cost effective designs are standard

Tough, Chemically Resistant Kapton® Washers

Kapton® film, manufactured by DuPont Electronics, is an excellent choice for Kapton Washers in applications requiring a tough, chemically resistant material. Kapton exhibits additional flexibility properties, superior electrical properties and is heat stable under a wide range of temperatures.

Kapton® film, manufactured by DuPont Electronics is an excellent choice for Kapton Washers in applications requiring a tough, chemically resistant material. Kapton exhibits additional flexibility properties, superior electrical properties and is heat stable under a wide range of temperatures. It also is a lightweight and an easily workable material. A great selection for fastener applications.

All Washers are available in English and Metric Units.

  • Typical properties* @23C
    • 231 Mpa – Ultimate Tensile Strength
    • 72% – Ultimate Elongation
    • 1.42 g/cc – Density
    • 2.5 GPa – Tensile Modulus
  • Typical properties* @200C
    • 139 Mpa – Ultimate Tensile Strength
    • 83% – Ultimate Elongation
    • 1.42 g/cc – Density
    • 2.0 Gpa – Tensile Modulus

* Information courtesy of DuPont Electronics. Kapton is a registered trademark of E.I.DuPont

New Process Fibre Aces ISO 9001:2008 Audit

On December 15, QMI-SAI Global a well respected registrar in ISO standards performed a one day surveillance audit at New Process Fibre Company.  The audit report results show no non-conformances and no areas of concern, in other words, a “perfect” audit.  This audit validates New Process Fibre Company’s ongoing commitment to be a manufacturer with a reputation for providing a quality product and excellent service through customer satisfaction and continuous improvement.

New Process Fibre’s Quality Management System was originally registered to the ISO standard on April 17, 2002 and is due for re-registration in 2014.  The Quality Management System of New Process Fibre is currently registered to ISO 9001:2008.

Vulcanized Fiber Sheets, Coils and Roll Stock

Vulcanized Fiber has been at the heart of our company since we began in 1927.  It is still a significant part of our business today, both in the creation of stamped Vulcanized Fiber components and through the sale of Vulcanized Fiber Sheets, Coils and Roll stock. Vulcanized Fiber is a chemically pure Cellulose material which remains popular due to many valuable attributes.

Vulcanzied Fiber is available in English and/or Metric Units.

· Excellent for Gasket Applications

· Uses in Decorative Knive Handles

· Fiber Sock Hangers

· Epaulets

· Custom Tags

· Electrical Motor Components use – End Laminations

· Washers and Spacers

· Electrical Insulation Applications

· Non-magnetic and Corrosion Resistant

· Excellent arc resistance

· Wear and abrasion resistant

· Functional consistency in extreme temperatures

· Machinability without splintering, ripping or cracking

· Resistant to solvents, oils and grease

Standard Colors available are Red, Black, White and Grey. Additional colors available upon request.

Specialty Washers For Your Most Demanding Designs

New Process has a large array of materials to meet your Specialty Washer designs.  Made-to-Print, a large array of materials are available.  We possess an in-house capabilitiy to extrude, Acetal, High Density Polyethylene, Low Density Polyethylene, Nylon; 6, 6/6 and MDS with Polypropylene rounding out thermoplastic offerings.  All other materials are purchased from Epoxy Glass, Phenolic, Mylar®, PTFE, for our PTFE washers, and much more.

Specialty Washers are available such as; “C” Shaped, “D” Shaped, “D” Shaped Tab, Flange Square, Flange Round, Flat Shaft, Hexagon Hole, Internal & External Tab, Off-Center, Rectangular, Retaining Type, Square, Square Hole, Star Disc, Star, Tab, Thin Sidewall, Wide Sidewall.

New Process Fibre also has an in-house Tool Room with wire EDM capability which allows us to create our own Match-Metal Stamping Dies.  An extensive inventory of production equipment makes it possible to complete virtually any job from a small prototype runs to an order in the millions of pieces without outsourcing.

Give us a call at 800-497-4520 to discuss your design with one of our knowledge company representatives and/or go to the left hand navigation pane of our web site and select “Custom Washers.”  There you’ll find our “Specialty Washer” section and you can fill out our Request Information form to have us prepare a quote for you.

The third generation descendents of founder, F. Carl Porter, run New Process. They make sure the same dedication to improving products, maximizing quality and maintaining cost effectiveness is still at the company’s heart.

No Tooling Charges for Standard Non-metallic Flat Washers

If you have Non-metallic Flat Washer needs with outside diameters measuring up to 2.5 inches,  New Process Fibre will stamped them and not charge you any tooling costs for quantities beginning at 5,000 pieces.

New Process Fibre is an ISO 9001:2008 non-metallic stamping company manufacturing Flat Washers and Specialty Washers from a large variety of materials such as; Nylon, Nylon 6, Nylon 6/6, High and Low Density Polyethylene, Polypropylene, PEEK®, Flame Retardant Polypropylene, Acetyl, Mylar®, PTFE, Vulcanized Fibre, Fish Paper, Nomex®, Viton®, Paper Phenolic, PVC, Polycarbonate, Ultem®, and Epoxy Glass.

We possess over 7,500 washer dies so we can meet most of your requirements in as little as 1 week or less. We can fabricate washers with outside diameters from 0.093” to a maximum of 12.000” and thicknesses from 0.005” to 0.187” and quantities from 1 into the millions per order.

A large array of colors and/or color matching is available on certain materials. Minimum quantities may apply.

All Custom Washers available in English and/or Metric Units

  • Fast delivery in any quantity
  • Over 7,500 Standard Washer Dies
  • Outside Diameters from 0.093″ up to Maximum OD 12.000″
  • Thickness from 0.005″ to 0.187″
  • No quantity too small or too large, from 1 part to quantities in the millions
  • We supply all washer sizes from very small to large
  • OEM Washers
  • Plumbing Washers
  • Standard Flat Washers and Spacers
  • Flat Teflon® PTFE Washers are available
  • Specialty Washers and Spacers are available
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H. Hoyt Heinmuller – 6 Sigma Black Belt -Joins New Process Fibre

We are pleased to announce the addition of H. Hoyt Heinmuller as the new Director of Quality Assurance for New Process Fibre Company.  Hoyt began working at New Process Fibre on March 30th.  Hoyt comes to us from Hi-Tech Plastics in Mission, TX where he was the Corporate Quality Manager.  Prior to that, Hoyt worked for many years at Black & Decker, working in such diverse areas as Purchasing, Manufacturing and Quality.  Hoyt is a 6 Sigma Black Belt, an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer and holds a Masters Degree in Business from Wilmington College.  Hoyt can be reached via email at hheinmuller@newprocess.com or by phone at 800-497-4520 at extension 213.


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