Custom injection molder Bruce Plastics Inc. has invested $2 million this year to add a clean room, new machinery and liquid silicone rubber capability.
The clean room recently opened with three all-electric injection molding machines with clamping forces of 110-200 tons. The clean room also has automatic assembly equipment and will allow for more medical-device and food-packaging work, according to Barry Roos, national sales and marketing manager.
Roos said the liquid silicone rubber capability will address needs of the medical, appliance and electronics markets. The product has a temperature range of minus 75° to 500° F and complements Bruce's 35 years of experience with thermoplastics elastomers.
The Pittsburgh-based company hopes for a 10 percent rise in sales this year, after a flat 2003, according to Roos.
Bruce Plastics, founded in 1952, operates a 136,000-square-foot facility with 37 molding machines with 39-700 tons of clamping force.