Staff reporters Joseph Pryweller and Steve Toloken wrote the following items from the Medical Design & Manufacturing East and EastPack 2002 trade shows, held June 4-6 in New York.
A.P. doubles size, launches company
Tube maker A.P. Extrusion Inc. has moved to a facility that doubles its size, and it has launched a company that will provide small, custom, specialized machines for the medical industry.
A.P., based in Salem, N.H., moved to a 12,000-square-foot building and added three extrusion lines, giving it a total of five, said President John Brusseau at Medical Design & Manufacturing East. The firm has expanded the diameter range of its tubing, and is spending about $500,000 on equipment in the expansion, he said.
A.P. has about $1.5 million in annual sales, Brusseau said.
A.P. also is helping to launch Saber Machine Design Inc., which will be housed in A.P.'s new facility. Brusseau said his partner in Saber, Jeff Kling, has a background in machine design and makes some tooling for A.P.
Saber evolved because A.P. customers, which include medical and fiber-optic firms, would ask for help in solving problems with their machines, Brusseau said.
``Companies often need machines built from scratch,'' he said.
Alloyd Ill. site gains rapid prototyping
Thermoformer Alloyd Co. Inc. has installed rapid-prototyping equipment at its Illinois facility to move its business into new areas.
De Kalb, Ill.-based Alloyd is adding services to expand operations, marketing director Ken Sullivan said at EastPack 2002. The rapid-prototyping equipment includes digitizing machinery and an optical scanning device.
The company also has added in-line labeling to its arsenal of operations, allowing it to print directly on consumer and blister packaging, Sullivan said. Both the labeling and prototyping operations represent a substantial investment, he said. Rapid prototyping has become a growth area for thermoformers, Sullivan said.
The investment helps Alloyd fill a gap left when it sold its calendering operation last year to KlÃ¶ckner Pentaplast of America Inc., Sullivan said. That business, producing PVC roll stock, did not fit Alloyd's core custom thermoforming work, he said.
Container Mfg. Inc. opens N.J. warehouse
Blow molder Container Manufacturing Inc. has opened a warehouse near its headquarters plant, in Middlesex, N.J., to meet growing demand.
The firm opened a 30,000-square-foot warehouse in nearby Summit, N.J., said President David Jennings. The first shipments from the site started in May, Jennings said at EastPack.
The company makes a variety of plastic dispensing containers for liquid and dry flowable products. Its major markets include containers for the pest-control industry and automotive lubricants.
The warehouse space was needed to help meet rising orders this year, Jennings said. Space was limited in the Summit facility, and the company has a current manufacturing backlog of about three months, he said.
If business continues to grow, the packager might look for a larger manufacturing space within the next two or three years, Jennings said. The company has hired three employees to run the warehouse.
* American Technical Molding Inc. in Upland, Calif., has added a vertical insert molding machine. ... TFX Medical in Jaffrey, N.H., introduced tubing with less than 0.001-inch wall thickness for the catheter market. ... Pexco Medical Products in Northborough, Mass., introduced what it considers a midrange line of two-layer, high-pressure tubing. ... Medical molder Comar Inc. in Buena, N.J., introduced oral dosage dispensers with rounded edges designed to be more child-friendly. ... Group GLP Hi-Tech Inc. in St. Jean sur Richelieu, Quebec, has added its first vertical injection molding machine, a 50-ton press.