Caco Pacific Corp. expects to spend more than $3 million this year on new equipment to expand its capabilities. The Covina, Calif., mold maker, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, recently added a Hauser high-speed, precision jig grinding machine that represented an investment of nearly $1 million, according to Robert Hoffman, vice president of manufacturing.
Caco also added a 550-ton Krauss Maffei injection molding machine to its mold testing facility. The firm now has three injection presses for proving molds and establishing processing parameters.
Caco has room for another three to four presses, depending on size, so customers can ship in a machine and have the mold processed on that particular press. The mold and the press then are shipped together.
The service is particularly valuable for multiple-mold projects in which new machines will be used. Each mold is processed on the machine, with the last mold being shipped out with the machine, Hoffman said.
Other new mold-making equipment at Caco includes three additional Charmilles Roboform 20 electric discharge machines, four Fadel machining centers, a Kellenberger outer-diameter/ inner-diameter grinder and a Mattison surface grinder that is one of the first in the United States to be equipped with computer numerical controls. It cost more than $500,000.
Caco specializes in multiple-mold programs requiring high-cavitation, high-production molds.
Caco Pacific operates from its four-building campus in Covina, occupying a total of 70,000 square feet, and employs 200. The company serves markets including medical, packaging, electronic, optical disc, and cap and closures, in 27 countries.