Plastics News staff members Don Loepp and Roger King gathered these items from Medical Design & Manufacturing West, held Feb. 6-8 in Anaheim, Calif.
Caco Pacific Corp. just added a wire electrical discharge machine and has three sinker machines on order, the latest step in a $10 million, five-year investment project at the Covina, Calif., mold maker.
The company has more than 30 wire EDMs. Some joke that the company has more of the units ``than an EDM manufacturer has in the showroom,'' said account manager Brian Kennedy.
Caco Pacific, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, has about 200 employees. The company makes high-cavitation molds and is vertically integrated: It can make its own mold bases and hot-runner systems.
Baxter unit seeks custom molding jobs
Baxter Healthcare Corp.'s IV Systems group is looking to get injection molding work - even outside of the medical arena.
The Round Lake, Ill., firm is seeking custom molding and contract manufacturing work at its IV Systems plants around the world, said spokesman Tim Halston.
The plants specialize in assembly, injection molding, tubing extrusion and blow molding.
Upchurch expands with extrusion line
Upchurch Scientific of Oak Harbor, Wash., is expanding its tubing extrusion operations with a new line that will process fluoropolymers, polyetheretherketone and other engineered materials.
The new equipment will improve tolerances over existing extrusion lines at the company's plant.
Mike Bailey, marketing director in the company's medical products group, declined to give details about the company's new or existing extrusion lines.
Upchurch Scientific also does injection molding, including insert molding. The 15-year-old company is privately owned by Paul Upchurch.
Tube maker Putnam adding 3 machines
Setting its sights on keeping up with multilayered, multilumen structures in polyolefin tubing for the medical market, Putnam Plastics Corp. plans to add three new coextrusion machines at its Dayville, Conn. manufacturing plant, its president said.
James Dandeneau said the machines will be placed in the 10,000 square feet of floor space the company added in mid-1994. It was at that time the company converted 3,000 square feet of warehouse space to clean-room operations, Dandeneau said.
Calif.-based Bolero bolsters CNC ability
Bolero Plastics, a pressure former based in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., has added three computer numerically controlled trimming machines in the past three years and is considering adding more.
The company has four pressure forming machines in its 19,000-square-foot plant, and generated sales of about $1.2 million, said Daniel Imasdounian, part-owner and general manager.
Bolero added the CNC trimmers for improved repeatability and quality over hand trimming, plus reduced chance of injury and lower workers' compensation costs, Imasdounian said.
C. Brewer boosts its CAD capabilities
Saying his company has ``gone deeper into the design side of the business,'' the sales manager for custom injection molder and mold maker C. Brewer Co. said the company has just hired its first engineer who specializes in computer-aided design.
``He insisted on bringing his own software, which we were only too happy to have,'' said Charles A. Brewer III of the new engineer at the Anaheim, Calif.-based company.
Although the 180-employee C. Brewer continues to operate in the same building it has occcupied since 1975, its facilities, which include 30 molding machines with clamping forces of 15-350 tons, are constantly being upgraded, Brewer said.
A recent upgrade included the expansion of the controlled environment for medical molding from 3,000 to 4,500 square feet.