Injection mold designer and builder Pyramid Mold & Tool of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., invested about $700,000 during 2010 in new equipment, including two computer numerically controlled machines.
Pyramid began operating a S33-1000 CNC universal cylindrical grinding machine from Fritz Studer AG in December, and a Mitsubishi EA12V drop-tank CNC sinker electric discharge machine in October.
The Studer unit can do standard and thread grinding from inner or outer dimensions. Two employees have been trained extensively on the machine, said Tony May, director of business development and technical sales. The machine has enhanced capabilities and will help reduce lead times, he said.
The EDM has a chiller, System 3R robot and Dynafix fixed-reference system capable of changing work pieces, pallets and electrode holders for lights-out capabilities. Now the firm has three robotically automated CNC sinker work cells.
The firm also upgraded support equipment, to ensure it has ample utilities to expand. The new equipment is more efficient, delivering increased performance and output at about the same cost of the older equipment it replaced, he said.
Pyramid's 31,000-square-foot site employs 37, and conducts after-hour training of six young apprentices on the nuances of mold building. We are adamant about keeping the trade active and educating our youth from within, May said.
The firm doubled design engineering space to 400 square feet. It has four dedicated workstations, and its most recent expansion uses Dell Precision T7500 workstations, May said.
Pyramid exhibited at the UBM Canon shows, Feb. 8-10 in Anaheim.