Fast-growing B&R Specialities Inc. of Staatsburg, N.Y., develops about 10 new products per month and used the ProMat 2007 trade show to market its engineering ability, said director Robert Fried. B&R's trade names include Unifuse, Plubber and Unicore.
B&R makes much of its processing equipment in-house, including 12 proprietary vibrational molding (VIM) presses. B&R also operates six rotational molding machines and three thermoforming units. Recently developed products - all of linear low density polyethylene - include an 8-foot-diameter, dome-shaped equipment cover; a broadened line of material waste caster carts, commercial-sized sand-and-salt storage boxes; and a bear-proof lid for use with Toter Inc. containers.
In December, B&R delivered the dome to a domestic pharmaceutical processor wanting absolute containment for a drug powder during production.
B&R employs 20 and has a 40,000-square-foot facility, plus another 25,000 square feet for outdoor storage. The latter area holds many of B&R's standard molds, which number more than 2,000, mostly for VIM processing. Fabricated aluminum tools for VIM production are ``the lowest-cost molds available,'' Fried said Jan. 8 at B&R's ProMat exhibit in Chicago. ``Sheet aluminum can be modified easily so engineers do not need to be omniscient.''
B&R had sales of about $2 million for the fiscal year ended March 31 and is on track to reach $3 million in the current fiscal year, Fried said. Making parts accounts for about 90 percent of the business, with tooling accounting for the remainder.