Innovation

Innovative Tools

Encouraging a Culture of Innovation

Innovation at Cascade Engineering means being curious, daring, and questioning the status quo.

Innovation means knowing something works, but being determined to make it better. It’s looking past limits and common perceptions. It’s having the courage to act on unusual ideas—especially ones that make the world better. Whether it’s a new method, technology, or product, innovation is at the heart of everything we do.

In-Mold Coating

Providing an exterior coating for large tonnage injection molding applications, this process eliminates the need for secondary coating operations. This reduces handling and inventory, therefore reducing manufacturing costs. A primer provides enhanced adhesion, elimination of surface contamination, and superior surface quality. In line with our environmental mission, the technology is thermoset formulation that is recyclable and has zero VOCs.

Lightweighting

When weight reduction is key, we lend our expertise in metal-to-plastic conversion. A strategic combination of material selection, part design, feature integration, and finishing enables a successful transition from metal to plastic, reducing a part’s weight and material.

Variable Mass Acoustics

Creating maximum acoustic performance with the lowest possible mass, we can reduce noise, vibration, and harshness with a combination of injection molding and specialty fibers. We can also integrate features such as molded-in hinges.

Sustainable Pallets

Fully recyclable and designed with Design for Environment (DFE) principles, the Decade's RACX® Pallet is fabricated of 100% recycled HDPE plastic and combines strength and economy in a lightweight, one-piece design. With an evenly distributed load, the pallet offers unsupported rack capacities up to 2,200 lbs.

Smart Products

Intelligence now comes encapsulated in plastic. Our RFID tags are shining examples of what happens when materials and technology are integrated as one. Today, this innovation can track resources in virtually any environment. Into the future, we expect to find new and innovative uses based on our ideas and the needs of the companies we work with.

Solar Racking


As the need for solar panels increased, so did the need for sustainable racking systems—so we designed one of the first made of injection-molded plastic. Rugged, weather-resistant, and effortless to install, our solar photovoltaic (PV) roof racking system minimizes material usage and cuts balance of system (BOS) costs by an estimated 25%.

Technology


Integrating plastic with technology can solve problems and make business a whole lot easier. Our most successful application to date is Cart Logic—a web service and mobile app designed for the waste and recycling industry. As we progress into the future, the implementation of technology is an area we plan on pursuing more and more.

Composite Concept Vehicle

In the spirit of pushing beyond normal limits, we partnered with Chrysler to manufacture one of the first cars with an all-plastic body. Manufactured mostly from thermoplastic, the concept delivered on a vision for a car that was more affordable, fuel-efficient, and designed for developing nations.

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