Medical products molder Juno Inc. is boosting its multishot molding capability with the addition of a 200-ton injection molding machine as part of an Engel Victory Combi system.
The new system will be used for the production of more than 10 million multicomponent medical parts annually for an unidentified customer, according to Juno production manager Larry Johnson.
We have four two-shots already and we're expanding that part of our business, he said in a telephone interview.
Johnson said the company sees opportunities in multicomponent molding as well as in micromolding, which it entered last fall with the purchase of a Sodick micromolding machine.
Juno is a contract manufacturer of plastic and metal components. It specializes in multicomponent and micromolding for medical applications. It operates in white and clean room mini-environments and is certified under ISO 13485 standards. Juno also supplies the defense, aerospace, industrial and consumer industries.
Johnson said the company compared about six machine manufacturers while looking to boost its capacity, and Engel came out on top. Juno's product needs included an intricate spin stack tool and specialty molding in a white room operation.
The Engel Victory Combi unit offers tie-barless clamping with barrier-free access to the molding area, unrestricted use of the platen surface and platen parallelism for precision requirements.
The Victory Combi system features an L-shaped configuration that places the injection units at a 90-degree angle to each other, said Larry Davis, an account manager with Engel Machinery Inc. of York, Pa.
Johnson said Juno plans to add two more presses this year. It now runs 30 injection presses from 30-440 tons, and employs 120 at two sites in Anoka, Minn.
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