Quashnick Tool adds injection presses
LODI, OHIO — Quashnick Tool Corp. of Lodi has expanded its production capability and now operates 10 Van Dorn Demag injection molding presses with clamping forces of 35-230 tons.
``We brought in five [presses] and traded two,'' Duane Saville, plant manager, said in a telephone interview.
The new arrivals included two 50-ton and three 35-ton machines; the departures were a 50 tonner and a 28 tonner.
Quashnick employs 30 in two divisions. About two-thirds of the work force concentrates on custom injection molding jobs, and one-third focuses on mold making and complex high-production tools, primarily for in-house use.
Saville noted that engineers with computer-aided-design systems are incorporating cosmetic curved surfaces in more and more products. More intricate complex high-production tools are one result, he said. Mainly, Quashnick supplies the telecommunication, electronic and medical markets.
Quashnick has a state-certified mold makers' program, training three apprentices who take night courses through Delta Junior College in Stockton, Calif., as part of their curriculum. By learning in a shop with injection molding activity, an apprentice ``immediately gets to see the results of what he does and the problems that come up,'' Saville said.
Creating a mold maker takes patience—because of the training costs and the difficulty in ``finding people with the skills and determination to go through the program,'' Saville said.
Calif. molder boosts assembly work area
SIMI VALLEY, CALIF.—Mold Precision Engineering Inc. of Simi Valley has added assembly work and is handling more orders for precision molded gears, Peter Minaskanian, president, said in a telephone interview.
To accommodate the assembly work, in March the firm completed an addition of 5,000 square feet to its existing 10,000-square-foot facility. Previously, assembly operations were limited, Minaskanian said.
Also in March, the close-tolerance molder installed a 250-ton injection molding machine to make larger housings for customers, particularly in the computer peripherals market.
Seven other presses have clamping forces of 28-165 tons and some capability for transfer and compression molding.
The company employs 10 and had 1997 sales of $1.1 million, up 10 percent from the previous year. Key end markets include consumer electronics and business machines. Processes at 25-year-old Mold Precision Engineering include injection, structural foam and insert molding.
Clean room molding drives ATM growth
UPLAND, CALIF.—American Technical Molding Inc. extended its work week and plans to both enlarge clean room capabilities and establish an engineering and testing center.
The Upland molder added an entire shift of about 25 employees when it began a seven-day, 24-hour work schedule Jan. 1. Previously it had a five-day work week, but the new schedule avoids the inefficiencies of shutting down and starting up, said Walter Gacek, sales and marketing manager.
``Customers love it [and] we can get a jump on some requirements,'' Gacek said.
ATM operates 26 injection molding machines, mainly Sandrettos, with clamping forces of 30-300 tons in a 12,000-square-foot Class 100,000 clean room.
By the end of September, the firm plans to install another Class 100,000 clean room of about 5,000-7,000 square feet for 12 more presses, mainly from 30-50 tons.
The firm also is establishing an engineering and testing center to work with existing clients on product development, evaluation and changes and with new customers on prototypes for start-up jobs. An engineering group of five project and process specialists will operate three dedicated injection molding machines of varying sizes to test molds.
ATM employs 100 and recorded 1997 sales of $8 million, with a growing portion in molding high-volume intravenous disposables for the medical market. The firm had reported on a fiscal-year basis; sales for the year ended Sept. 30, 1996, were $6.5 million.
Prototyper planning Ohio plant expansion
HOLLAND, OHIO — Prototype parts maker DRS Industries Inc. has added new rapid prototyping equipment and plans an expansion that almost will double its plant size.
The Holland-based firm will add 10,000 square feet to its existing building by year-end, said DRS sales representative Allison Cunningham. The company operates from a 15,000-square-foot plant, with another 6,000 square feet for warehouse space.
It needed the extra room to keep pace with demand for its services, which include computer-aided mold design, aluminum and steel mold production and precision molding, he said.
With the expansion, DRS plans to hire six to 10 more employees, Cunningham said. The company now employs 26.
DRS also recently purchased its first piece of rapid prototyping equipment: The Stratasys FDM 8000 makes prototype parts through fused deposition modeling. That process uses extruded ABS to form parts from a stereolithography file.