New capabilities for materials research and development, product design, engineering and product testing, and a quality-management system ISO/TS-16949 will govern improved communication with customers, says Minnesota Rubber, Minneapolis, (mnrubber.com). In addition, the company says it has invested millions in new plant equipment for all seven of its worldwide manufacturing operations and now directly manages all its facilities through its new Minneapolis campus. Everything from the latest 3D CAD design tools, to materials R&D, mold design, and prototypes through product testing has been redesigned using the latest hardware, software, and process management systems. For example, computer-simulated mold design and flow analysis ensures a useful mold long before its cutting begins. Material formulations have been expanded with large-scale equipment and testing laboratories.