Albright Technologies Inc. is boosting its medical-device capabilities with the addition of a 1,000-square-foot ISO 7 clean room.
We want to make it very easy for a customer to deal with us, said President David Comeau.
Albright, a silicone rapid prototyper for the medical and optical industries, completed the new, controlled-environment area in May. It provides a cleaner environment for molding and assembly of implant-grade materials.
Albright plans to add a silicone molding machine later this year.
The firm needed a Class 100,000 clean room, but decided to make the area way above the standard, Comeau said. An ISO 7 clean room is Class 10,000. Alan Frechette joined as quality assurance manger early this year and is helping it toward ISO 13485 certification, which is expected by summer.
Comeau said the firm is working on micro implantable drug-delivery devices. It also does tooling and molding of optical silicones and thermoplastics, as well as overmolding of silicone.
Albright can create miniscule parts, including features down to 0.0005 inch, using a 3-dimensional micro machining process.
Customer John Frangioni, co-director of Frangioni Laboratory at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, praised Albright's work over the last two years.
They have provided innovative silicone molding technology to solve a vexing problem we were having in LED light sources. They also solved a major problem we were having in light collimation, Frangioni said via e-mail.
Albright began in 1994 as a medical prototyper that did tooling and molding on-site. In 2004 it shifted to silicone prototypes and short runs. In October 2007, it moved operations from Sterling, Mass., to Leominster.
Comeau said the firm doesn't release sales data, but it employs 16 vs. eight people about a year ago.