ST. LOUIS — Pressure former Arrem Plastics Inc. has opted to buy a new pressure forming machine and a six-axis trimmer this year to replace two pieces of equipment bound for retirement after more than 30 years of service.
The company, based in Addison, Ill., also recently purchased a new six-axis trimming machine from Motionmaster Inc., said Arrem sales manager Jack Schrieffer. In late May, Arrem also will install a four-station pressure forming press made by Maac Machinery Inc.
The equipment will replace a five-axis and three-station machine bought in the mid-1960s, Shrieffer said. Shrieffer, interviewed March 30 at the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.'s Structural Plastics Division meeting in St. Louis, would not disclose the investment in the new machines.
The machines will increase the thermoformer's capacity by 8 and 10 percent at its 86,000-square-foot plant, Schrieffer said. Arrem needs the capacity to keep up with demand for its lighting and medical-device products. The company has patented a system, Arrem II, to make prismatic optical plastic lenses for fluorescent and high-intensity discharge commercial lighting products.
Arrem, which recorded $7.5 million in 1997 sales, also forms electronic enclosures and process controls for medical test equipment.
The company employs 70 and operates 11 trim stations.