Designing and molding a plate to sample DNA is one of the more complex projects longtime custom molder REC Manufacturing Corp. has worked on and the company showcased the results at massPlastics.
We developed the idea on a napkin from a customer at a dinner conference, Jim Ludovicz, general manager of REC Manufacturing Corp., said at the show, held March 15-16 in Fitchburg.
The polymerase chain reaction plate is an overmolded piece that includes 384 gates on individual welds.
REC is a family operation that was incorporated in 1943. It was started by the late Robert Chick Sr. His sons Robert Chick Jr., president, and Steve Chick, vice president, make it a second-generation company.
The Hopedale, Mass., molder has been around a long time, but the event was its first trade show, according to Steve Chick.
I think it is a good idea to branch out and see what's out there, he said.
REC does precision work for medical, military and electrical customers. The last two years have been very good, he said.
Ludovicz said REC has made a variety of items including the PCR plates, connectors for aircraft and many plungers and pistons.
REC operates 26 presses with clamping forces of 22-280 tons. It has a 40,000-square-foot facility and a Class 10,000 white room.
Ludovicz said the company plans to add another vertical press in the next six months.
We try to be green, he said, noting that the company replaced all of its lighting 11/2 years ago and installed a new tower system about a year ago.