Injection molder Vision Technical Molding LLC has expanded and added a clean room to meet increasing demand for rapid turnaround of complex medical devices that often require post-molding operations.
The 27,000-square-foot expansion of its Manchester, Conn., headquarters plant includes a 10,000-square-foot Class 8 clean room, and space to expand that clean room 50 percent, said President Steve Arnold in a phone interview Oct. 7.
We were space-limited the last year or two. This gives us the flexibility to further develop high-level automation in a clean room environment, he said. The demand for high-quality, injection molded single- and multi-use medical devices is increasing.
The expansion, announced Oct. 6, was completed in June. It also includes a new materials-drying and -conveying system, laboratory space, a dedicated metrology department, a full-service toolroom and more space for secondary operations such as pad printing, labeling and ultrasonic welding.
Arnold said Vision has moved 25 existing all-electric presses into the new clean room space, which has room for nine more work cells and injection molding machines. The machines in use have clamping forces of 28-275 tons.
Vision now has more than 80,000 square feet of manufacturing, office and warehouse space in Manchester.
That total includes a 24,000-square-foot facility across the street from its main plant where it has another clean room and does post-molding work including assembly, pad printing, ultrasonic welding and labeling.
Just five years ago, Vision moved from its original 18,000-square-foot plant in South Windsor, Conn., into the 30,000-square-foot plant that it just expanded to 57,000 square feet.
This project underscores our commitment to the medical industry, said Arnold, adding that the expansion will increase the company's ability to handle multicomponent molding and assembly.
The company plans to add equipment and start additional work cells in the new clean room late in the fourth quarter, Arnold said, and is looking into investing in micro-molding and liquid injection molding.
Arnold said the company has grown at double-digit rates the past three years and now has 120 employees more than twice as many as it had three years ago.
Vision primarily makes drug-delivery devices, implantables, safety devices and ophthalmic products for the medical and pharmaceutical industries, said Arnold.
It also custom molds parts for the automotive and consumer electronics industries.
Vision uses a variety of plastics to manufacture its components including engineered materials, glass-filled resins, high-temperature resins and thermoplastic elastomers.
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