Plastics News correspondent Roger Renstrom reported these items from Medical Design & Manufacturing West '99 and the Pacific Design Engineering show, held Jan. 26-28 in Anaheim, Calif.
Accutech doubles size of clean room
Accutech Plastics Inc. of Marlborough, Mass., has doubled the size of its Class 100,000 clean room to meet demand for molding of medical diagnostic products and syringes.
Accutech completed the clean room enlargement to 10,000 square feet in December. It has seven injection molding machines with clamping forces of 60-154 tons, including three Engels, three Kawaguchis and a newly acquired 110-ton Milacron Roboshot electric.
The clean room has space for five more presses, said Paul Cherubini, sales and marketing manager.
Outside the clean room, Accutech operates 13 other injection molding machines from 55-309 tons. All 20 presses are equipped with closed loop process controls. The firm anticipates adding four or five machines by 2000.
In August, Accutech established a 3,000-square-foot tool room with extensive computer numerically controlled capabilities including a Haas CNC Fanuc four-axis machining center.
Accutech employs 64, recorded 1998 sales of $7 million and occupies 43,000 square feet.
Calif. molder shows new PP floor panels
Custom injection molder Jacobson Plastics Inc. of Long Beach, Calif., introduced interlocking 1-foot-square plastic-grid floor panels for hospital laboratories, locker rooms and trade booths.
The firm molded demonstration panels of low density polypropylene with underlying pegs at different heights. The pegs provide a cushioning effect, said President Jeff Jacobson, who holds more than 20 patents.
He anticipates using additives such as antifungal agents for medical applications and ultraviolet ingredients for outdoor protection.
Jacobson is testing polyethylene as an alternate material.
Jacobson Plastics employs 40-50 in a 30,000-square-foot facility. The firm operates 14 injection molding machines with clamping forces of 80-1,150 tons.
N.J. adhesives firm adds medical unit
Engineering adhesives manufacturer Permabond of Englewood, N.J., consolidated a range of material technologies within a new division supplying medical device makers, effective Jan. 1.
The division's lines include photocurable, cyanoacrylate, epoxy, urethane and silicone products for the assembly of syringes, blood reservoirs, intravenous bags and catheters.
Permabond obtained some adhesive technologies from parent company National Starch & Chemical Co. and sister units Ablestik Laboratories and Emerson & Cuming within NSC's electronic and engineering materials division. NSC is a unit of Imperial Chemical Industries plc.
Permabond has annual sales of about $35 million, said Jon Ward, Permabond's global marketing manager.
Baxter takes delivery of Sencorp sealers
Sencorp Systems Inc. of Hyannis, Mass., delivered its first three Series MD-1600 dual-shuttle bench-top tray sealers to Baxter Healthcare's Irvine, Calif., facility in late 1998.
Customers were looking for equipment that met requirements for ISO 11607 for process control verification, said Kent Hevenor, product manager of Sencorp laboratory machinery.
``We took the input and did what was necessary to make the machines compliant,'' he said. A lot of older equipment was not meeting validation and calibration requirements of the Food and Drug Administration, he said.
Baxter Healthcare's cardiovascular group did a beta test on an initial unit and now packages some sterile surgical products with the new equipment.
Sencorp employs almost 200 and is a division of DT Industries Inc.'s packaging group.