Infinity Molding & Assembly Inc. is spending $1.9 million to install a clean room and equip it with two electric injection presses.
The Mount Vernon, Ind., firm is building an 11,500-square-foot, Class 10,000 clean room and expects the facility to begin operating by the end of May. It will focus on medical parts.
``We have realized modest success in working with several new medical customers,'' said Infinity President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Carpenter in a news release. ``However, in order to progress to the next level, we recognize the necessity of creating an entirely new culture that focuses on clean room molding and assembly.''
Infinity is equipping the clean room with two Engel E-motion tie-barless, electric injection presses with clamping forces of 110 tons, Infinity Vice President Scott Titzer said in a telephone interview. The absence of tie bars means less air volume to condition, making the machines more energy efficient in exhausting particulates, Titzer explained. Also, the ventilation system surrounds the plasticizing cylinder, providing exhaust at one of the highest areas of particulate contamination.
Other features that swayed Infinity's press decision included intuitive controls, high productivity and ability of the press to reach its operating conditions rapidly.
Infinity broke ground on the clean room in early October, about a month after it received ISO 13485 registration for medical-quality systems and only two months after beginning the registration process.
Infinity has annual sales of about $15 million. Titzer said 80 percent of the company's sales are transportation-related, 10 percent are in electronics and the rest are in medical.
Examples of its medical components include tube connectors, special caps and test strips.
Medical jobs will be moved from the existing press room into the clean room when the facility is completed. Infinity runs 40 presses, with clamping forces of 35-610 tons.