Vaupell Holding Inc.'s Constantine, Mich., facility installed its first press from Sodick Plustech Co. Ltd. in December. About 75 percent of the site's output is for medical applications.
Vaupell uses the 20-ton TR20VRE vertical injection molding press with a rotary table in a clean room to make components for implantable medical devices. The combination screw-and-plunger machine helps with shot control and quality on critical parts.
The Constantine site manufactures bioabsorbable and implantable products often weighing less than 1 gram and having wall thicknesses of 200 microns or less and makes domestic tooling.
In addition to medical work, the location has stringent quality controls enabling it to make flight-critical components and other aerospace parts for suppliers to the commercial airplanes unit of Boeing Co. and some defense customers.
Vaupell's Constantine site is structured as the firm's Midwest division. It employs 130 and operates 40 injection molding machines with 17-350 tons of clamping force. Sixteen of the presses are located in three clean rooms two qualified under the Class 10,000 standard and one under Class 100,000.
H.I.G. Capital LLC of Miami owns Seattle-based Vaupell, which also has molding sites in Seattle; Hudson, N.H.; Sanger, Texas; Agawam, Mass.; and Shenzhen, China.