Reaction injection molder Rimnetics Inc. has added space, assimilated acquisitions and positioned itself to boost production.
Improvements at the company's three facilities started in 2003 and will be finished in 2004, said Walter G. Chew, president and marketing manager.
The company has its administrative offices and makes some RIM parts in Mountain View, Calif. The company has other operations in Loomis and Riverside, Calif.
Rimnetics employs 38, focuses on processing polyurethane and operates 13 RIM presses including two in Mountain View, five in Loomis and six in Riverside. Gary Quigley, engineering manager, oversees the production activities.
In January 2003, Rimnetics completed relocation of its mold- making shop, research and development and wood-replica molding about 75 miles from Concord, Calif., to Loomis.
In the same month, Rimnetics bought certain assets of RIM molder Western Polyform Inc. and took possession of 24,000 square feet that Western had leased in Riverside. Rimnetics intends to use the Riverside site for high-volume production under ISO 9002 quality standards now being put in place.
Back in November 2001, Rimnetics had purchased selected assets from Flintwood Products of Maplewood, Minn., a one-time manufacturer of window and door components and roof skirts. The RIM equipment and tooling was stored in Concord, a 10,000-square-foot facility, until the Loomis plant was leased and prepared for operations.
In setting up the Loomis plant, ``costs of moving and leasehold improvements were in six figures,'' Chew said. The 1-acre site has 17,000 square feet under roof and 3,000 square feet of covered storage.
Through parent firm Minimatics Inc., based in Mountain View, Rimnetics utilizes shared corporate resources in finance, accounting, quality, safety, personnel, marketing and purchasing. Established in 1963, Minimatics focuses on precision machining of metals, alloys and engineering and high-temperature thermoplastics.
Formed in 1985, Rimnetics initially made laboratory equipment enclosures and became known for tooling and molding skills in structural plastics and wood-replica products.
Projects are diverse. In a stainless-steel replacement, Rimnetics used a PU elastomeric to encapsulate metal tubes for rethermalization carts for Aladdin Temp-Rite LLC of Nashville, Tenn.
Rimnetics added bosses, tracks, ribs, encapsulations and thick sections for a portable clean room from Airex Corp. of Bellevue, Wash.
For the Alstrom undersea vehicle from Schilling Robotics LLC of Davis, Calif., Rimnetics encapsulated neodymium iron boride magnets in brushless-frameless DC motor rotors and attached glass-filled PU propeller blades directly to the stator.
And Rimnetics made PU structural foam for 6-foot-long panels and solid PU for an interface cover for a life-science-research bench-top cell analyzer from the BD Biosciences segment of Becton Dickinson & Co. of Franklin Lakes, N.J.
``We see Rimnetics in a substantial growth mode in 2004,'' Chew said, noting the volume of active projects and incoming developments. Sales for the wholly owned subsidiary are not disclosed.
Rimnetics may add equipment to micromold parts weighing a few ounces vs. its present capability to make parts weighing not less than 1 pound.