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In Pursuit of the Perfect Part


Recalls in the automotive industry are to be expected.  Complicated machinery powered by state-of-the art technologies and systems are subject to glitches and performance challenges.  Minor and major recalls do add up, affecting the OEM’s bottom line.  Automakers are becoming more proactive, taking steps to protect their bottom line by lowering their risks of a costly recall.

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Quality Components Produced by a World-Class Team


A major recall for an automotive brand can have a ripple effect, impacting a company for years to come.  Much is at stake whenever this occurs.  A company stands to lose credibility, trust and future sales when a major recall occurs.  We understand how important systems are to developing the perfect part, and we at Dixien have invested in world-class training for our team members.

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CAFE Penalties for OEMs


The NHTSA recently agreed to push back the model year efficiency standards for OEMs.  The new fuel saving technologies will be required of 2019 models.  The CAFÉ standards for OEMs will soon be reconciled with EPA standards as outlined as a part of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Program.  Continue reading “CAFE Penalties for OEMs”

CAFE Standards with Smaller Engines


Fuel efficiency standards drive much of the design modifications for car manufacturers.  Fuel economy can be achieved through material selection and system modifications.  Automotive suppliers have opted for smaller engines as a part of the overall effort to meet CAFÉ fuel efficiency standards. Continue reading “CAFE Standards with Smaller Engines”

Big Year for Innovation Centers


Innovation has been a focal point for major automotive brands.  Major automotive brands have announced the opening of several innovation centers.  These innovation centers have been constructed specifically for the purpose of creating groundbreaking technologies to answer tomorrow’s challenges.  Here are some of the major innovation centers that have opened their doors in recent years.

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Quality As a Culture


Quality is something all companies strive to achieve in their manufacturing processes.  A solid LEAN program is essential in creating a culture centered on quality.  At Dixien, we actively promote a LEAN-conscious culture on all levels.  Our commitment to LEAN will advance our goal of producing quality plastic and metal parts with zero defects.

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Robotic Autonomous Lawnmower Innovations-What to Expect


Autonomous vehicles will change the way drivers commute to and from work.  Autonomous robots promise to deliver a much less labor-intensive lawn care maintenance experience for those who want to maintain their lawns, independently.  Although robotic lawnmowers are a relatively new concept, there are still some standard features the consumer can expect of the specialty lawn care maintenance devices.  Continue reading “Robotic Autonomous Lawnmower Innovations-What to Expect”

Lawn Equipment Manufacturing Trends-Electric Mowers


Approximately, five gallons of gas is required for mowing a lawn, according to Paul Tukey, founder of People, Places and Plants magazine.  The EPA estimates that over 17 million gallons of fuel is wasted when filling up gas-powered lawn equipment.  One conventional gas-powered motor is capable of emitting 11 times more emissions than a late model car.  Lawn equipment manufacturers have gone to the drawing board to develop high-powered, electric counterparts capable of delivering comparable performance without the harmful emissions. Continue reading “Lawn Equipment Manufacturing Trends-Electric Mowers”

What Is Insert Injection Molding?

Insert injection molding reduces waste while adding value when used in plastic parts production.  Plastic parts and components produced using insert injection molding process are extremely accurate.  Learn more about the insert injection molding process!


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