Stoesser Industries invested nearly $2 million in a recently completed expansion that included new equipment and the addition of a clean room. The Mountain View, Calif.-based custom injection molder added a Class 1,000 clean room that provides Stoesser's medical and electronics customers with molding, in-specting and packaging services.
The clean room is equip-ped with four new Van Dorn Demag ET presses with closed-loop process controls, and will be expanded as business dictates. Stoesser now operates 28 presses with clamping forces of 50-500 tons.
``Our goal is to expand our business in areas that are not found or not performed well outside of the country,'' said Vice President Robert Stoesser. ``The processes involved with tight-tolerance, high-volume, ultraclean manufacturing are processes not practically found outside the U.S.''
Stoesser has partnership agreements with several of its customers in which the original equipment manufacturer helps Stoesser with the equipment, and Stoesser provides part design assistance.
Other equipment added in-cludes an automated material delivery system to eliminate contamination of raw material, plus other process support equipment, new operations equipment for pad printing, sonic and vibration welding, heat staking and special packaging.
Stoesser also does part design, and mold design and construction. The firm now has 10 stations for computer-aided design and manufacturing, including Cima-tron, Pro/E, AutoCad and CadKey.
The firm also upgraded its entire computer system by installing 35 new personal computers throughout each department in the company.
Stoesser is ISO 9002 certified and is pursuing its Good Manufacturing Practices rating. The company operates in an 80,000-square-foot facility and employs about 100.