ANAHEIM, CALIF. — Custom injection molder Plastikos Inc. is continuing to invest in its medical-device operations.
The Erie, Pa.-based company and its sister Micro Mold Inc. are installing updated AgieCharmilles mold-making and prototyping equipment for computer numerically controlled electric discharge machining and milling.
“This will be our second [CNC EDM machine] so we’ll be able to double our output,” said Dan Snyder, technical sales engineer with the family-owned firms. “And since we currently have one, that means training is not a problem.”
As previously reported, the firms also are adding a third press to a Class 7 clean room — an 88-ton, all-electric Arburg. The investments total more than $1 million.
With medical-device customers’ increasing requirements for precision and quality, Plastikos is investing to stay ahead of the demand curve, Snyder said at Medical Design & Manufacturing West, held Feb. 11-14 in Anaheim.
“These machines are highly automated so the objective is to take the manual labor out of the mold-making process,” he said. “The purpose of this year’s investments is to keep our overhead down and speed our throughput.”
Plastikos was Plastics News’ 2010 Processor of the Year.