Pyramid Mold & Tool has invested about $200,000 for a second injection molding press, a water-temperature controller and a material dryer for its year-old technical center.
The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., firm expects to invest about $350,000 during 2010, primarily for mold-making equipment.
Pyramid installed and began operating the electric 220-ton Arburg 570A press, Frigel Microgel RCD60/12 dual-zone high-precision water-temperature controller and Maguire LPD 100 low-pressure vacuum material dryer with dry-air conveyor prior to the end of 2009, to take advantage of tax incentives, said Tony May, director of business development and technical sales.
The Arburg has a Selogica direct controller and is equipped with dual core pulls and RJG interface, similar to Pyramid's first injection molding press, a 110-ton Arburg 470A electric. The new press also has an eDart conx process stabilization system from RJG.
The company's tech center occupies 1,200 square feet within Pyramid's 31,000-square-foot building with adequate space for internal expansion.
Our next addition will require moving a wall to expand the [tech center] room, May said. The projection at that time will be approximately 3,500 square feet.
With tech center capabilities, Pyramid can provide in-house sampling and first articles to customers.
Tools are scheduled for sampling seamlessly and immediately upon being completed, May noted. The center can sample tools as small as single-cavity unit die prototypes on the 110-ton machine and as large as those able to fit within the 22.4-inch tie-bar spacing of the 220-ton machine.
Since mid-2009, Pyramid has added three employees bringing its total workforce to 35.
The employees were added in the shop, May said. They include a computer numerically controlled machine operator, a mold maker and an apprentice.
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