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What: Managing Design Risk

This panel of industry experts looks at how to identify all the risks in development, and shares their knowledge of the latest emerging risks. The panelists offer a variety of perspectives –ranging from Mechanical and Electrical Design, Product Reliability and Parts Fabrication. Practical issues of how upstream design decisions impact downstream performance, quality and costs will be explored.

Who: Product Realization Group

When: Thursday, May 17, 2012 10:30am to 12:30pm

Where: National University 3031 Tisch Way, 100 Plaza East San Jose, CA 95128-2530

 

Speakers include:

Mark Brinkerhoff, President, FusionDesign

Mike Keer, President & CEO, Product Realization Group

Walt Maclay, President, Voler Systems

Barbara Roberts, President & CEO, Wright Engineered Plastics

Mike Silverman, Managing Partner, Ops A La Carte

What: 3RD ANNUAL NORTH BAY MANUFACTURING SUMMIT

Join us for the North Bay’s biggest manufacturing event of the year, where business owners and executives meet to discuss the latest trends, opportunities and challenges impacting the North Bay manufacturing community. The Corporation for Manufacturing Excellence (Manex) is proud to host the 3rd Annual North Bay Manufacturing Summit, in partnership with City National Bank, North Bay iHub and The HR Matrix. Manufacturing makes America’s economy great and is what allows us to remain a dominant force in the global economy. Join us on May 26, 2011, as we hear a panel of manufacturing experts share their thoughts on how the U.S. can compete in a global market, and how we can grow manufacturing in California. Attendees will also have an opportunity to participate in roundtable discussions on critical topics impacting the manufacturing sector in the North Bay.

When: May 26, 2011 7:30am - 10:00am

Where: Sonoma Mountain Village Event Center 1400 Valley House Drive Rohnert Park, CA 94928

 

Panelists include:

Wright Engineered Plastics - Barbara Roberts, President and CEO
TriVascular - Lou Molinari, Vice President, Operations
Raydiance - Steve Sapers, Vice President, Operations
Moderator – Gregory Cho, Financial Advisor, MorganStanleySmithBarney

What: Innovation Conference for Engineers & Product Development Professionals

The Silicon Valley Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) presents an exciting, one-day seminar which will explore new resources, materials, and processes that will help you and your team speed up, develop, and manufacture products in a competitive new world. We have speakers and panelists from medical devices to aerospace industries.

Who: Silicon Valley Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)

When: May 19, 2011 from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM (PDT)

Where: Santa Clara, CA

What: Short Run Plastic and Medical Device Manufacturing — an Overview.
This exciting, one-day seminar will explore new resources, materials, and ideas that will help you and your team develop, protect, and manufacture products in a competitive new world.
Who: Society of Manufacturing Engineers 
When: May 20, 2010
Where: Santa Clara Convention Center

Speakers include:
Prototyping and Short Run Production, Barbara Roberts - President & CEO - Wright Engineered Plastics
Innovative Methods for Introducing New Products, William Barry – Engineering Manager - Agilent Technologies
The New Marketing Landscape for Small Business, Shawn Roberts - Principal - Doxagle

Presentation: Green Certification for Manufacturers: A Triumph over Bureaucracy
Who
: Barbara Roberts - President & CEO - Wright Engineered Plastics
When: February 16, 2010
Where: Stanford University

What: Medical Design & Manufacturing Show
When:
February 8-10, 2010
Where: Anaheim Convention Center, Booth 3323
Who: Wright Engineered Plastics, Inc.
Collaborate ….Innovate… Realize… with Wright Engineered Plastics, a socially responsible injection molder and contract manufacturer providing creative, cost-effective solutions to our customers’ toughest manufacturing challenges. Our demonstrated abilities range from market entry to high volume production and include insert molding and decorating services. The company offers cleanroom molding, assembly and packaging and is ISO 13485, ISO 9001:2000, and FDA registered.

Presentation: An American Manufacturer: Who are you and what are you still doing here?
When:
January 22, 2010
Where: Stanford University
Who: Barbara Roberts - President & CEO - Wright Engineered Plastics

What: Biopolymers and Recycled Plastic Options
The biopolymer and recycled plastic options are changing quickly as the world is looking for ways to reduce carbon footprint and dependence on foreign oil. Did you know that biopolymers can now withstand >280F, have a tensile strength of 7900 psi, and the notched izod can go as high as 12 ft-lbs? New advancements in the field will now allow environmentally responsible product designers to specify recycled and biopolymer materials more frequently.
When:
December 11, 2009
Where: Hawk Ridge Systems, Mountain View
Who: Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Speakers:
Finding a Greener Option in Plastic Design - Barbara Roberts, Wright Engineered Plastics
Evaluating the Environmental Impact of Your Product Designs - Srihari Yamanoor, Hawk Ridge Systems
Realizing the Environmental Benefits of New Applications Available Using BioPolymers - Salvador Ortega, NatureWorks
Green Manufacturing - Barbara Roberts, www.GreenMoldingUSA.com
Boosting Performance from Biopolymers - Doug Hammond, PolyOne Specialty Engineered Materials
Cradle to Grave Manufacturing with Plastic - Dr. Mike Biddle, MBA Polymers

What: Short Run Plastic and Medical Device Manufacturing: An Overview.
Barbara Roberts, President & CEO , Wright Engineered Plastics. Explore the short run production options for a newly designed plastic component. The characteristics and economics of fused deposition modeling (FDM), casting, thermoforming, machining and injection molding will be presented.  The special considerations involved in the manufacture of medical devices will also be addressed in this presentation.
When:
November 10-12, 2009
Where: Santa Clara Convention Center
Who: Pacific Coast Machine Tool Expo and Conference 
How: Machinetoolexpos.com

What: Next Direction: Technology, Manufacturing and the Economy
At this event industry leaders will share their prospective on “what’s next” in three diverse areas: Technology, Manufacturing and the Economy. For manufacturing and technology companies, future business success will depend on understanding the discreet and interdependent business trends in each of these three areas.
When:
October 29, 2009
Where: Agilent Technologies, Santa Clara
Who: Society of manufacturing Engineers
How: http://nextdirection.eventbrite.com

Speakers are:
Dr. Will Grossman, Chief Technology Officer< JDS Uniphase
Dr. Robert Fry, Corporate Economist< DuPont Engineering Products
Ms. Barbara Roberts, President & CEO, Wright Engineered Plastics, Inc  

What: “On-shoring”….because the lowest price is not always the lowest cost
Why are some of the best companies moving the purchase or manufacture of components back to the USA from China? Many Bay Area companies have been purchasing components off-shore for more than five years primarily because the price is very attractive. Senior management has had time now to analyze the consequences of this decision on their bottom line. The results were surprising for many companies, who now must shift the direction of their organizations from off-shoring to on-shoring. The seminar will present the realities of off-shoring, and the hidden costs that should be considered. 
When:
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Where: 1300 Valley House Drive, Suite 100, Rohnert Park
Who: Sonoma Mountain Business Cluster
How: http://www.sonomamountainbusinesscluster.com

What: SFARI 2009
This world music event will support SF Engineers without Borders’ volunteer efforts to create sustainable and equitable solutions in developing communities around the world, including:
… renewable energy to rural villages
… sustainable systems for providing clean drinking water
… internet access in the jungles of the rainforest
Sponsorship from Wright Engineered Plastics, Barbara Roberts, ewb-sfp Treasurer 
When:
Thursday, October 15, 2009, 5:00PM – 9:00PM
Where: 111 Minna Gallery/111 Minna St. (at 2nd)/SF
Who: Engineers without Borders
How: www.ewb-sfp.org

What: Plastic Design Seminar
DuPont Engineered Polymers has joined with Wright Engineered Plastics to provide product development engineers with a presentation of the latest developments in materials and plastic design solutions.  The seminar will include general material selection tools, as well as new custom material options, such as the super structural, high temperature and UV resistant material developed for alternative energy applications.  Experts in plastic processing will present the basic design rules for assuring higher quality plastic parts.  Custom injection molding solutions developed for leading OEMs will be featured, with particular attention to savings achieved by incorporating insert and overmolding into product design.
When
: Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 9:00 to 12:15
Where: Agilent Technologies, 5301 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara
Who: Society of Manufacturing Engineers
How: http://injectionmolding.eventbrite.com/
Presenters:
Barbara Roberts, President & CEO, Wright Engineered Plastics
Vince Ciriello, Engineering Manager, Wright Engineered Plastics Michael Cole, Sales & Marketing,
Distribution Manager, DuPont Engineering Polymers
Kwa King, Technical Development Representative, DuPont Engineering Polymers

What: An Engineer's Guide to Green - New Rules - New Tools
Both the American public and our new administration are accelerating our pursuit of environmentally friendly solutions.  As a result, future investment will be focused on green technologies and green products.  This seminar will provide tools, contacts and resources for the engineer to capitalize on this growing trend. Alternatives in green processes, materials and markets will be presented, with particular emphasis on product design and development.
When:
May 21, 2009
Where: Santa Clara Convention Center
Who: Society of Manufacturing Engineers
How: http://smegreenseminar.eventbrite.com/
Program Content:
Green Product Development - Mark Brinkerhoff, President - Fusion Design
Green Materials - Greener Options in Plastics - Barbara Roberts, President - Wright Engineered Plastics and - Kwa King - DuPont Engineering Polymers
Global Regulatory Trends - JoAnne Moody, President - Zeta Scientific
Usability Aspects of Green Technology - Tony Fernandez, President - The EU Group
Renewable Energy Infrastructure - Chris Cortez, President - Green Mountain Engineering
Green Markets and Workforce Trends - Doug McNeil, V.P. Operations - AOptix Technologies, Inc
Green Certification in SF Bay Area - Barbara Roberts, President - Wright Engineered Plastics
Green Economics - James Wasserman, Energy Efficiency Specialist - PG&E
Laser Processing -  Neil Ball, President - Directed Light Inc. and Mark Rodighiero, V.P. Laser and Systems Division - Miyachi Unitek Corp

When: Thursday, October 23, 2008 5:30PM – 9:00PM
Where: 111 Minna Gallery/111 Minna St. (at 2nd)/SF
Who: Engineers without Borders
How: http://sfari2008.eventbrite.com/
What: SFARI 2008 – Design, Develop, Empower!
Please join us for a high-energy evening featuring the Latin Flavor of FUGA and world beats spun by DJ M3.  This world music event will support SF Engineers without Borders’ volunteer efforts to create sustainable and equitable solutions in developing communities around the world, including…
… renewable energy to rural villages in Guatemala
… a locally sustainable system for providing clean drinking water in India
… cooking stoves designed to reduce mortality rates from smoke inhalation in Brazilian communities.
Tickets:  $25 Advance (includes raffle ticket) / $30 Door  Or mail a check to: EWB-SFP, PO Box 190242, SF, CA 94119.
Sponsorship from Wright Engineered Plastics, Barbara Roberts, ewb-sfp Treasurer. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres by Lady J Catering and Whole Foods.

What: Possibilites of Plastics: Litepipes, Actuators, Connectors, and Board Mounts
Program Description:  Reduce cost and improve product performance by using custom plastic solutions.  The seminar will include a review of custom material options, highlighting anti stat, static dissipative and conductive polymers, as well as the benefits of using newly developed nanocomposites. Custom solutions developed for leading OEMs will be featured, with particular attention to savings achieved by incorporating insert and overmolding into product design.
When:
April 30, 2008
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds, San Diego
Who: Del Mar Electronics Trade Show
How: http://www.vts.com/delmar/
Speaker:  Barbara Roberts ~ Wright Engineered Plastics
About this Speaker: Ms. Roberts is President and CEO of Wright Engineered Plastics, supplier of plastic components to technology leaders such as Cisco Systems, Agilent Technologies, and Parker Hannifin.   She is also Treasurer of Engineers without Borders, past President of the Silicon Valley Engineering Council, past President of the Society of Plastic Engineers, and past Chair of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.  She has produced more than 16 educational seminars on custom plastic design.

What: “Design for Injection Molding” seminar
When:
November 29, 2007
Where: Rheodyne, LLC, 600 Park Court, Rohnert Park
Who: Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
How: m_brinkerhoff@fusionnet.com
The presentation will include:
Design Basics: Nominal wall, Draft, Radii, Ribs, Bosses, Gussets, Holes, Undercuts
Joining & Fastening: Snap and press fit, welding, insert and overmolding
Material properties: Comparative characteristics for additives, high temperature resins, holding tight tolerances, chemical resistance, and shielding
New materials: Bio-compatible, corn-based, fillers/additives, etc. 
Presenters:
Barbara Roberts, President & CEO, Wright Engineered Plastics,
Vince Ciriello, Engineering Manager, Wright Engineered Plastics
Mike Kroth, Sales Engineer, RTP Company

What: SFARI 2007

When: October 18th, 2007
Where: 111 Minna Gallery/111 Minna St. (at 2nd)/SF
Who: Engineers without Borders
How: http://www.ewb-sfp.org/SFARI2007/index.html
The local chapter of Engineers without Borders http://www.ewb-sfp.org/, a volunteer organization working on engineering projects benefiting developing communities around the world, is  hosting an fundraising event  in San Francisco (111 Minna).  Tickets are $20 Advance/$25 at the door. Proceeds will assist with ongoing projects in Tanzania, Haiti and launch additional projects where the need is greatest.The SF chapter was just featured in Newsweek as one of the partners on the Darfur Stoves Project, which saved lives by designing a fuel-efficient cook stove for refugees.

What: Commencement Address by Barbara Roberts, President & CEO, Wright Engineered Plastics

When: May 6, 2007
Where: Golden Gate University

What: SVEC Engineering Hall of Fame Banquet

When: February 25, 2007
Where: Hilton Hotel, Santa Clara
Who: Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC), Barbara Roberts, SVEC President
How: http://svecbanquet2007.eventbrite.com/
Keynote speaker: TJ Rodgers, SunPower Corporation
The SVEC will honor several outstanding individuals for their remarkable contributions by welcoming them into its Hall of Fame. The banquet will also feature a distinguished keynote speaker and award several scholarships for academic excellence. The Hall of Fame ceremony will recognize local engineers for their outstanding professional achievements, both in engineering and technology-- and for significant contributions to the community.


Press Coverage For Wright Engineered Plastics

U.S. exports growth pledge checkup

San Francisco Chronicle, July 23, 2012

 

While President Obama spent Monday in the Bay Area engaged in the presidential campaign fundraising contest, one of his senior officials was also in town, flying the flag for the administration's core international trade goal: increasing U.S. exports, thereby increasing U.S. jobs.

 

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Manufacturing Awards 2011: Environment: Wright Engineered Plastics leads the way

North Bay Bussiness Journal, July 18, 2011

Wright Engineered Plastics, winner in the Environment category, is also a winner in the offshore manufacturing battle.The plastic injection molding company’s combination of speed, flexibility and green practices is wooing back customers who had moved manufacturing overseas.

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Wright Engineered Plastics Named 'Top Manufacturer'

PR Newswire, July 14, 2011

Wright Engineered Plastics, a San Francisco Bay Area plastic injection molder with expertise in manufacturing complex and sophisticated plastic components, announced today that it has been named a 'Top Manufacturer' by the North Bay Business Journal. The company was recognized in the Environmental category for its leadership in developing an environmental certification program for manufacturers that was adopted by the Association of Bay Area Governments.

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Wright Engineered Plastics to Display at Intersolar North America

greentechmedia, July 11, 2011

 

Wright Engineered Plastics, a San Francisco Bay Area plastic injection molder with expertise in manufacturing complex and sophisticated plastic components, announced today that it will exhibit at Intersolar North America, taking place July 12-14, 2011 at San Francisco‘s Moscone Center. The company will present its capabilities during all open exhibition hours at Booth 7948.

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A Woman's Touch
North Bay Biz, May 2010

[Wright Engineered Plastics CEO Barbara] Roberts convened a roundtable of local companies and formulated the first draft of a green manufacturers’ checklist that was eventually accepted by the county. “It was important to me. It took three years to make it happen."

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A Grand Goal for More U.S. Manufacturing Jobs
Business Week, August 31, 2009

In the last six months, Wright Engineered Plastics, a small injection-molder in Santa Rosa, Calif., with clients in the medical and telecom industries, has signed three new clients that have decided to move production back to the U.S. "Their reasons ranged," says Wright President and CEO Barbara Roberts. "Higher transportation costs and rising wages in China are making it more cost-effective for some to manufacture here. Two, in particular, were having significant quality issues."

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Some manufacturers find California cheaper than China
San Francisco Business Times, July 24, 2009

Four Northern California companies in the past five months have reshored products from China to Wright Engineered Plastics, said President and CEO Barbara Roberts. Their reasons range from costs to vicinity to market and from quality to finance.
Chinese manufacturers, for example, won’t ship until a product is completely paid for, Roberts said, and then transportation could add another 30 days or more.

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A whole new way to flag down that waiter: Servisensor

North Bay Business Journal. July 13, 2009

The devices are manufactured by Wright Engineered Plastics in Santa Rosa. 

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Marin firm moves manufacturing back to U.S.
North Bay Business Journal, May 4, 2009

“Companies with experience doing business in China are very aware of what they pay for,” said Ms. Roberts. “Duties, fees, export and import documentation, transportation and the need in some cases to pay before shipment all add up.”
Poor quality, or the perception of it, negates the advantages of low cost. Also, factory operations in countries with weak environmental regulations are causing widespread pollution.
The fact that pollution produced in overseas plants eventually drifts back to North America isn’t lost on U.S. companies,” said Ms. Roberts.

READ MORE: Marin firm moves manufacturing back to U.S.
California Molder Wright recovers offshore work
Plastics News, April 27, 2009

 

“At a time when the U.S. is losing manufacturing jobs at a breakneck pace, it's heartening to see companies such as CP Lab return operations to the United States,” Roberts said. “Manufacturing at home cannot only save businesses money, but it can strengthen local economies.”

 

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Overseas manufacturers losing price advantage
San Francisco Chronicle, April 26, 2009

 

"We're actually winning bids based on quoting prices, which is extraordinary," said Barbara Roberts, chief executive of Wright.


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Novato lab products maker will return ‘onshore’:
Marin Independent Journal, April 23, 2009

 

Roberts said although transportation costs seem to be the major reason for the onshoring, there are other factors involved. She said the maker of baby products was concerned about the materials being used by Chinese manufacturers and the safety of the products they make.

 

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Local high-tech manufacturer resurges
North Bay Business Journal, June 16, 2008

 

Wright Engineered Plastics is signaling a turnaround in local high-tech manufacturing, demonstrating it has learned to play a strong game on a completely new field.

 

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Motherland of Invention
Santa Rosa Press Democrat, November 18, 2007

[Welling] needed to find a company to make the Tie Buddies. Researching plastic types, including density and quality, Welling came across Wright Engineered Plastics and picked the Santa Rosa company.
"I'd rather give local business a boost," she said.
Cost, however, remains her paramount concern as a startup enterprise. Wright Engineered Plastics offered Welling a competitive deal, she said.

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