SINGAPORE (July 5, 12 p.m. ET) — LMA International, a Singapore-listed company that designs and markets supraglottic airway devices, has opened a factory in Malaysia that includes the company's first captive injection molding operations.
CEO William Crothers said LMA decided to bring molding in-house to protect its intellectual property; to become more competitive; to aid in future R&D and to ensure a greater reliability of supply for its customers.
LMA started construction of the plant in November 2009. The Kulim Hi-Tech Park operation includes three tiebarless Engel Victory combi injection presses — two 330-ton machines and one 200-ton press. Each machine is equipped with a viper servo robot, and with Engel's CC200 control system.
Engel engineers worked with MEM Inc., a Madison, Conn., company that specializes in medical device manufacturing projects, to set up the plant, according to a July 5 news release from Engel.
“We not only designed the process — we also assisted with the design of the company's entire manufacturing facility in Malaysia, right down to heat loading for its HVAC system,” said MEM President Herb Dalo.
Advance Mold & Manufacturing Inc. in Manchester, Conn., designed and built the two-shot molds for the project, using a Mold-Masters hot-runner system.
According to the participants in the project, Engel's tirebarless press design allowed LMA to use a smaller-size injection press.
“You'd have to see that mold. It looks like it should be running in a 700-ton machine,” said Shaun Bogan of Gironi & Associates LLC, Engel's sales representative in New England.