California Quality Plastics helps Royal BC Museum give guests a clear perspective

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The next time you’re in the Northwest, stop by the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. There you’ll find an amazing diversity of interesting and educational exhibits, including some clear acrylic displays manufactured by California Quality Plastics. From natural and human history to climate change and biodiversity presentations, there’s always something at the Royal BC Museum to stir your curiosity.

The photo above shows several acrylic domes that we created to help display and protect an environmental ...

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How California Quality Plastics Helps B-Wave Use Tech To Increase Plant Yields

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It may look like the neon-green cousin of R2-D2, the famous Star Wars droid, but the model DL-1000 “Mini” from B-Wave Technology is based on real science. This unique device produces subsonic, harmonic waves that stimulate plants’ CO2 intake, causing them to take in more nutrients and thereby providing higher yields—whether it’s basil, marijuana or zucchini.

The Mini provides about 500-square feet of coverage, and there are larger models available to treat bigger grow operations. While the sound waves emitted ...

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DeadMau5 heads and more!

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It’s another day in October when suddenly the phone rings.

Sales Person: “This is California Quality Plastics – how can I help you?”

Customer: “Hey, do you guys make DeadMau5 heads?”

Sales Person Shouts Out: “It must be Halloween again; they’re calling about Deadmau5 heads!”

For those who don’t know, DeadMau5, aka Joel Thomas Zimmerman, is an Electronic Dance Music DJ. The story goes that when he was young his computer stopped working and he smelled a strange odor. He took his ...

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Bob’s Law: Old Business Guys Rule

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After 30 years of business, it becomes obvious that there are certain unofficial laws that phpThumbextend beyond what Murphy taught us.  I call them “Bob’s Laws of Business”. In this newsletter, I will explain “Bob’s Law: Old Business Guys Rule”

We’ve all seen the funny T-Shirt “Old Guys Rule.”  I think my wife bought me one when I turned 50. ...

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Words from the President – California Quality Plastics is ready for Prime Time!

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Calling all Producers! We are ready for prime-time television.

I have all of my teeth, I don’t speak with a crazy accent, I have no piercings or tattoos, and have never stuck my entire fist into the mouth of a catfish, but let me tell you, the stuff we do here is worthy of reality TV.

Some of you might be familiar with the shows Tanked on Animal Planet, or Fish Tank Kings on National Geographic. You might not know, ...

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Garden Sculptures

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I am often asked, “What do customers do with your spheres?”  We have no shortage of creative customers, but one interesting and elegant application is the use of our spheres as fountains.  In our opinion, no one does this better than the artist, Allison Armour.

By combining clear acrylic spheres with water, stainless steel and light, Allison’s sculptures are inviting, beautiful and relaxing. California Quality Plastics enjoys working with Allison, providing some of the spheres and ...

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Mash up = Best Value

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mashup“Fast, cheap or good — pick any two.” Ten years ago, I use to hear that saying a lot, and it made sense at that time.  In today’s economy, however, customers want and expect all three, which is a challenge.

A new catchphrase, “mashup,” is making its way into the lexicon – applied most often (so far) to music, software and ice cream (Coldstone).  I ...

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Butts and Chairs

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Every month, I will introduce you to one of “Bob’s Laws of Business,” the unofficial laws that extend well beyond everything Murphy taught us. This month, I will explain the “law”: “Butts don’t Learn Anything from Chairs.”

In my 30 years in business, I’ve had the good fortune to get to know many managers and executives of manufacturing companies, and have noticed that they are different than the managers and executives of sales companies.  Manufacturers are factory focused, with good reason ...

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What’s your expectation regarding expectations?

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At California Quality Plastics, much of the work we do is creation of custom products.  In fact, many of our production runs aren’t “production” runs at all. If you make one item, and only make it once, can you really call it a “production” run?  When we only get one shot at making the product right, knowing our customer’s expectations upfront is critical.

Custom domes, spheres, and hemispheres ...

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Collaboration Creates Underwater Observation Tube

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The dive boat arrives at its destination and drifts slowly over a beautiful coral reef.  What if you could enjoy the coral reef up close, without having to get wet? Our customer, Harold Conyers, wanted to provide just that experience for his customers.

Harold asked us to make an underwater observation tube that was 27” diameter x 48” high cylinder with a curved bottom.  Because the project had a number of unique engineering challenges, CQP directly connected Harold with the design ...

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“I Had No Idea You Guys Did All That”

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It’s Hard to Drop the Rope

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After 30 years in business, I’ve learned that there are unofficial “laws” that extend beyond what Murphy taught us.  I call them “Bob’s Laws of Business.” In this newsletter, I will explain “Bob’s Law of Stubbornness.”

You have a great idea. Perhaps it’s a new product idea, a new process or even an entire new business you just created or purchased.  You work on it; you put your all into it.  In spite of your hard work, however, you sense that ...

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A Unique Bubble -Top Plymouth Fury

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“Excuse me, you want us to do what for you?“   It’s not every day that a customer wants a giant polycarbonate dome top custom built for his classic, 1963 Plymouth Fury.  As it turns out, our customer Andy Wick is no ordinary guy.  Andy is a member of the Dead Man’s Curve car club of New Jersey, and his classic car builds are head-turning masterpieces.  Andy called us when faced with a convertible Plymouth Fury rebuild where the top was ...

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“Pallets are loaded. Fingers are Safe.”

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If you have ever loaded a pallet with boxes, you know that the constant bending and stacking can be a real pain in the back.  Working hand-in-hand with our customer, Bishamon®, the finger guard for the EZ Loader® evolved from a flat disk, to the vacuum-formed finger guard shown in the video.  Located just under the spinning platform, these 43” polyethylene safety covers serve the import purpose of keeping fingers out of harm’s way.

The customer was looking for an economic ...

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Bob’s Law of Warehousing

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After 30 years of business, one starts to determine there are certain unofficial laws that extend beyond what Murphy taught us.  I call them “Bob’s Laws of Business”. In this newsletter, I will explain “Bob’s Law of Warehousing”.

So after being crammed like sardines in a tin can, you just moved into a new building with ample amounts of “extra” space. You’ve finally got the bull by the horns and there’s no way you could ever possibly fill it.  Really? You ...

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“At CQP, Customer Service is Everyone’s Job”

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At California Quality Plastics, we understand that every employee works for you, our customer.  It makes no difference if it’s the shipper, fabricator, or your direct sales person; their actions will directly shape your experience and opinion of the company.  So, to put it simply, all employees at CQP are in the Customer Service Department. In fact, Customer Service is our Mission.

At times, customers have trouble getting what they need from other suppliers.  Frank does not work directly in sales, ...

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Super-Tough Underwater Protective Housings

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These 36″ and 60″ diameter, conical-shaped, polycarbonate domes were made for the US Geological Survey’s California Water Science Center.  The domes are sunk into rivers, ponds, and lakes, and used to protect sensitive, electronic equipment.

Because the domes were strictly for industrial use and optical clarity was not a concern, CQP was able to recommend and utilize inexpensive, short lead-time tooling.  This ...

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