The following news briefs on processors were collected by Plastics News correspondent Roger Renstrom at the Medical Design & Manufacturing West trade show, held Feb. 13-15 in Anaheim, Calif.
Nypro's NPA thrives in medical molding
Contract manufacturer Nypro Inc. may attempt to replicate its Tijuana, Mexico, medical device capability at other locations.
The site is experiencing annual growth of 15-20 percent and may have 2007 sales of about $40 million, said Jay Poe, president of Nypro Precision Assemblies, the major owner of maquiladora NPA de Mexico SA de CV in Tijuana.
To support its existing assembly operations, NPA began injection molding components on 14 Milacron electric presses, ranging from 55-165 tons of clamping force, in January 2006.
NPA makes disposable medical devices for enteral feeding, blood contract media reading and surgical blood storage. It employs 700, up from 550 in January 2006, and occupies 60,000 square feet, including a 28,000-square-foot Class 100,000 clean room.
Another 10,000 square feet is available for expansion.
Parent firm Nypro is based in Clinton, Mass.
PTI to build plant, combine operations
PTI Engineered Plastics Inc. will construct a 130,000-square-foot facility in Michigan and, by late 2008, combine its operations at two separate plants in the state.
Medical work makes up 49 percent, and automotive 41 percent, of PTI's total volume, said Gerald Heckendorn, sales and marketing director.
The firm's facilities in Clinton and Shelby townships are about six miles apart and employ 100 and 55, respectively. The plants operate as separate corporate cultures, focusing on rapid prototyping and high-volume molding.
A spring groundbreaking is planned for the new centrally located site, in Macomb Township. A Class 100,000 clean room will replace two temporary clean rooms, PTI said.
The firm began operating a Stratsys fused deposition modeling machine in January for rapid prototyping, and hired its first in-house designer in December.
Recently, PTI added a 35-ton shuttle injection molding press, giving the company 36 presses of 12-500 tons.
Unit adds hydraulic, all-electric presses
Unit Industries Inc. of Fullerton, Calif., has added four all-electric presses and two vertical hydraulic machines, giving the firm a total of 34 injection molding presses of 5-120 tons.
The electrics included Demag 55-, 80- and 110-ton presses and a 5-ton Toshiba. The hydraulics were 14-ton Arburgs.
Unit uses the 55-ton Demag and one of the Arburgs for silicone liquid injection molding. The company entered the niche in 2006 and expects the business to account for 12 percent of 2007 sales, according to Anthony Codet, Unit's owner, president and chief executive officer.
Unit Industries employs 49 at its 18,000-square-foot facility that includes a Class 100,000 clean room. The firm had 2006 sales of about $5 million.
The firm serves the aerospace, aviation and medical markets.
MOS Plastics molding in controlled room
MOS Plastics Inc. installed a 1,000-square-foot controlled-environment molding and manufacturing room in its 55,000-square-foot plant in San Jose, Calif.
The room has a 15-foot-high ceiling and an air-filtration system, the company said.
In November, MOS began operating a new, 110-ton Arburg all-electric injection molding press in the controlled-environment area. Outside the room, MOS operates 32 other presses, with clamping forces from 28-550 tons.
The company may purchase two more electrics for use in the controlled environment, said Douglas Cullum, MOS president and chief executive officer.
MOS employs 120 and doubled its sales from 2003-06, Cullum said. Also, MOS doubled its percentage of medical-related work to 60 percent of the total from 30 percent. The company withholds sales figures.
MOS is doing more turnkey contract manufacturing, Cullum said. At the Anaheim show, MOS displayed an electrophoresis gel DNA sampler from Cambrex Bio Science Inc. with color-compounded polystyrene components. Also shown was surveying equipment with parts of a polycarbonate/ABS blend, PC and thermoplastic elastomer from Topcon Positioning Systems Inc.
KS Manufacturing Group of San Leandro, Calif., owns MOS.
Pelham increases space at N.H. plant
Pelham Plastics Inc. of Pelham, N.H., invested about $200,000 to outfit a 4,000-square-foot space for catheter-assembly work and offices. The addition brings total space to 15,000 square feet.
In 2006, Pelham Plastics acquired a Class 100,000 clean room and a Deco Technology pad printer capable of imprinting on a delivery catheter up to about 31½ inches in length, according to President John Mackey.
Pelham Plastics operates six injection molding presses of 40-110 tons and employs 32. Mackey said the firm may add a second shift in three to six months.
About 98 percent of the company's work involves medical components.
Acorn-Gencon adds two larger presses
Acorn-Gencon Plastics LLC of Chino, Calif., replaced two smaller injection molding presses with a 650-ton Van Dorn and a 500-ton Toshiba, said sales manager Ed Montelongo.
Now the company operates 26 machines of 55-650 tons.
Recent work includes polystyrene DVD holders for Spectrum Concepts Inc. of Carlsbad, Calif.; polyester valves for a unit of holding company Acorn Engineering Co. of City of Industry, Calif.; and polypropylene pressure-cleaner components for KÃ¤rcher Commercial Products of Camas, Wash.
Creganna relocates Screentech near HQ
Creganna Medical Devices is moving operations of recently acquired Screentech Ltd. of Bray, Ireland, about 140 miles to Creganna's headquarters in Galway, Ireland.
Creganna acquired the firm, which does business as Screentech Medical, on Nov. 3, to expand molding capabilities. Terms were not disclosed.
The move, which is scheduled to be complete by September, includes nine injection molding machines of 1.1-137 tons. Screentech can mold parts weighing as little as 0.08 gram.
Using metals, plastics and composites, the Creganna plant supplies catheter-shaft components and subassemblies for minimally invasive medical devices and, in Galway, operates three injection molding machines, two of 44 tons and one of 33 tons.
Creganna and Screentech began their business relationship in 2001.
In addition to molding small parts, Screentech has capabilities in insert molding, ultrasonic welding, adhesive bonding and pad printing.
About 75 percent of Screentech's 30 employees are expected to relocate. At the time of the acquisition, Creganna employed about 400.
A Creganna unit in Marlborough, Mass., operates two lines for production of prototype quantities of extruded and braided catheter tubing. The plant plans to add more lines.