ICM adds clean rooms to Minn. molding site
ROGERS, MINN. - Imperial Custom Molding Inc., operating as ICM Plastics, installed two modular portable clean rooms in its blow molding unit in July.
The custom processor and contract manufacturer uses the clean rooms for high-purity work on its intermittent and continuous extrusion blow molding equipment and related assembly operations. ICM Plastics' 13 blow molding machines include single- and dual-head equipment with shot sizes of 15 grams to 35 pounds.
The firm is blow molding parts for a pharmaceutical mixing device in a 2½-pound machine, and making medical containers, said Michael Glynn, vice president of sales and marketing with ICM in Rogers.
Clean Air Products of Brooklyn Park, Minn., supplied the 16-foot-high clean rooms, one measuring 9 by 12 feet and the other 12 by 15 feet. ``Both are capable of providing a Class 100,000 environment and are equipped with Hepa filters and pressurized air flow,'' Glynn said.
ICM employs 250. It also operates thermoplastic injection molding machines with clamping forces of 35-650 tons and thermoset compression, transfer and injection molding machines of 100-750 tons.
In addition to the plant's 135,000 square feet, ``we have a new, 50,000-square-foot facility near us that is our finished-goods storage and shipping point,'' Glynn said.
Jeco thermoforming at its Indiana facility
PLAINFIELD, IND. - Jeco Plastic Products LLC has expanded its business from rotational molding into thermoforming.
The Plainfield-based firm installed its first thermoforming machine in May, according to thermoforming sales manager Tom Garcia. Jeco also installed a particle-controlled clean room as part of an overall investment of more than $1 million.
The thermoforming operation has single- and twin-sheet capability and can handle all major thermoplastics. It's expected to draw work from the automotive and pharmaceutical markets, Garcia said. The new machine features an internal pressure chamber, flash halogen heaters and a sheet loader.
The expansion also will create 10-15 jobs at Jeco, bringing the size of its total workforce to 35-40.
Garcia said the thermoforming business will be complementary to Jeco's existing rotomolding work.