Expanding on its turnkey solutions approach, Southwest Mold Inc. is moving across town to a new, $4 million customized facility in a Tempe, Ariz., high-technology industrial park. It also is ordering two more injection presses.
Effective July 6, the firm will complete relocation to an expandable, climate-controlled, 42,000-square-foot facility after leaving another Tempe location with 27,000 square feet of space, sales manager Steve Larson said in a telephone interview.
The business began making molds in December 1975 and added molding capability in 1983. Full service started in 1987.
Now, the firm operates five Van Dorn and three Cincinnati Milacron presses with clamping forces of 33-170 tons and plans to buy two new machines. It may add 220-, 300- or 400-ton machines within a year, contingent on customer requirements.
The tool shop has three Charmilles sinker electronic discharge machines, two with automatic tool changers and three-axis capability, and two computer numerically controlled machining centers.
Engineering uses Cadkey 7.0.2 for design, and the tool shop uses Tek-Soft for CNC programming. Both software programs operate on a common server.
Warehousing takes up about 20 percent of the new space.
Southwest Mold employs 62 and plans to add another eight to 12 employees by year-end.
Recently for a health-care customer's infusion pump, Southwest Mold helped with part design, made 22 certified molds, did all the injection molding and provided just-in-time delivery. Other markets include computer peripherals, electronics, consumer, aerospace, lawn and garden and automotive.