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Local Company’s Products Featured on TODAY Show’s Tailgating Gadgets Segment with Kathie Lee & Hoda

BeraTek’s Hold & Go Slow Cooker and Magnetic Crock Skins featured on segment “10 gadgets to kick your tailgating party into the end zone” with Kathie Lee & Hoda. CEDAR RAPIDS, IA– Kathie Lee and Hoda featured “Tailgating Tech,” including the ultra-portable single handle Hold & Go Slow Cooker and Magnetic Crock Skins, made by...
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MUD base tooling reduces up-front tooling investment

In order to effectively explain MUD (Master Unit Die) base tooling, I must first explain tooling options on either end of the cost spectrum so you can better understand MUD base tooling’s place in the middle. Prototype Hand Tooling Prototype hand tooling is by far the most cost-effective means of injection molding a part. This option often comes...
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You’ve got a sketch, what are the next steps?

As the Director of Biz Dev at BeraTek, I get this question quite a bit. A potential client has a sweet sketch of a great idea and needs to start understanding the process of taking that sketch through design and on to prototyping. Let’s discuss the general path we take you down at BeraTek and...
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Design for Manufacturing

4 Reasons Why You Should Choose BeraTek Industries

There are many options to meet your design, manufacturing, and distributing needs so why should you choose BeraTek Industries? Lots of reasons, but mainly because we build strong relationships with our customers and have a unique and efficient process to get you from idea to product. VerTEKally Integrated BeraTek Industries has developed a vertically integrated...
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Prototyping: 3 Simple Questions You Should Always Ask

Why Prototype? It’s no secret, the most important piece of the product development cycle is a buttoned-up CAD model designed for manufacturing. However, prototyping plays a vital role in arriving at the manufacturable design. Product design is truly an R&D process. You design something you think will work, test it, iterate and repeat. With the...
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Plastic Injection Molding

Top 6 Reasons Why to Choose Plastic Injection Molding

Plastic injection molding is an established and widely used manufacturing process. Take a look around you…a majority of the objects you see were most likely injection molded. As the founder of a manufacturing company, I often get asked the question, why Plastic Injection Molding? Here are the top 6 reasons I recommend plastic injection molding:...
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5 Characteristics of Bad Product Design

Product design, like anything, can be done well, and it can be done poorly. If done well, a product has the potential to be used daily and loved by many consumers. Ideally, every product in the world would be a “perfect” design; however, nothing is perfect, and no product is without flaw. Below are 5...
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FliteBrite

Revolutionary Beer Paddle Designed and Manufactured in USA

BeraTek founder Gerald Beranek did a happy dance when he received a call from co-founder Ben McDougal inquiring about BeraTek’s manufacturing capabilities and design services. FliteBrite was seeking a budget-friendly injection molding house and wanted to work with a local company to manufacture their beer flight paddle. A beer lover himself, Beranek was pleased to...
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How 3D printing is shaping the future of product design

3D Printing and How It’s Shaping the Future of Product Design

As an industrial designer, 3D printers play an integral part in how I design products. Since my college education involved working with 3D printers, it’s no surprise that I quickly became the primary 3D printer operator at BeraTek Industries. 3D printing, or “additive manufacturing,” can be simply defined as, “a process in which successive layers...
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Product Design, Manufacturing and Launching Quickly the Foundation of Success at BeraTek Industries

My name is Gerald Beranek and I’m the founder of BeraTek Industries. I’m known by my colleagues as a problem solver and an ideas man. As an entrepreneur, I have firsthand experience about the cost and time necessary to bring a product idea to market. In January 2015, I opened the doors of BeraTek Industries,...
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