Custom injection molder Plastikos Inc. agreed at NPE2012 to invest nearly $500,000 in three new Arburg presses that will replace three aging Demags in its Erie, Pa., headquarters facility later this year.
Plastikos manufacturing manager Robert Cooney said at the show, held April 1-5 in Orlando, that his firm on April 3 purchased one 220-ton, hybrid 570A-model press and a pair of 88-ton, all-electric 470A models.
This continues a trend toward Arburg for Plastikos, which with this deal now will count 11 Arburgs among its 30 total injection molding machines. The larger press should be delivered by June, with the two smaller machines due to arrive this fall.
“The level of engineering and technical support that Arburg provides us is very much like what we provide to our own customers,” Cooney said, noting that there is good synergy between the firms. That said, Plastikos does not intend to buy all of its equipment from any single source, and so will continue to look at other options going forward.
Plastikos intends to make further capital investments this year, for inspection and auxiliary equipment, and to expand and upgrade its current RJG Inc. process monitoring equipment.
While the new replacement presses will not increase the molder's capacity, Cooney said their higher levels of precision and accuracy are important to meet demanding applications in Plastikos' end markets of military, aerospace, electronic connectors and medical devices.
Plastikos' fledgling medical business continues to grow, Cooney said. At present, the company has just two presses in a Class 10,000 clean room in Erie, but they are running at full capacity on a project for a San Diego-based medical-device OEM. He said the company has finished building all six high-cavitation, hot-runner-equipped molds for the project and those tools are in various stages of approval.