A manufacturer of electronic enclosures has formed a new division, JMR Plastic Technology, to make molds and custom mold parts for outside customers. The move recognizes the market's growing demand for plastic components, according to Moty Ginsburg, division general manager, and continues a trend at Chatsworth, Calif.-based JMR Electronics Inc. to make profit centers of captive operating departments.
The privately owned firm employs 500, while the plastics operation employs 30 and operates five Arburg Inc. and two Van Dorn Demag Corp. injection molding machines with clamping forces of 40-230 tons.
``We are expanding and will place orders for more equipment,'' Ginsburg said.
The fully integrated parent makes enclosures for computer peripherals and sells the units to original equipment manufacturers for insertion of drives and CD-ROM units.
JMR operations meet ISO 9001 certification.
JMR Plastic Technology has supplied the company with enclosure parts for 13 years and has developed the capability to make aluminum molds. Engineers assist in design and manufacturing processes.
Secondary plastics operations include hot stamping, pad printing, silk screening, conductive painting and ultrasonic welding. An in-house laboratory can test various capabilities for electro-magnetic- and radio-frequency interference shielding.
The 33,000-square-foot plastics facility in Chatsworth is about a mile from the company's 132,000-square-foot electronics plant.
Thermoplastic materials in use include ABS, polycarbonate, ABS/ PC blends and elastomers.
JMR Components, formed as a division three years ago, concentrates on connectors and cabling. A February acquisition, a division known now as JMR Europe in Leeds, England, employs 100 and manufactures enclosures for the European market.