CHICAGO (Sept. 19, 6:10 p.m. EDT) — Two custom molders — Matrix Plastic Products and Plastikos Inc. — reported expansions during NPE 2006 in Chicago.
Matrix of Wood Dale, Ill., is adding a Class 100,000 clean room with a Toshiba 22-ton electric press as it boosts its business in tight-tolerance molding. The clean room will occupy 1,300 to 1,500 square feet in the company's 30,000-square-foot facility in Wood Dale, said Andy Ziegenhorn, Matrix's marketing manager.
“We've just seen a general shift in that direction,” Ziegenhorn said of the need for the clean room. Tight-tolerance molding was a natural fit because of Matrix's tooling capabilities. The new clean room will use electric presses equipped with robotics and vision systems for unattended front-line inspection, with an eye on identifying any potential problems at the earliest possible stage.
The company operates 11 presses in Wood Dale with 50 employees.
Plastikos of Erie, Pa., said it will add a shift of employees, taking the firm to a 24-7 operating cycle. Company co-owner Bill Fogleboch said the firm is looking for sales people as growth in electrical and electronics speeds up.
“That's keeping us extremely busy,” he said of the electrical/electronics segment. “We're looking at adding two-shot molding in that arena.”
Officials upgraded the firm's Center II molding floor to create a climate-controlled, clean environment that will benefit employees and improve production controls, according to a news release. The project included creating a third, on-site quality-control lab for the 10 presses in that area.
Plastikos serves several end markets including automotive, consumer products, electronic, military and medical.