GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (July 10, 2 p.m. ET) — Medical precision injection molding contract manufacturer Medbio Inc. is expanding its micro-molding capabilities for its implantable business with the addition of an Arburg all-electric injection molding machine with a micro-injection module.
“We have been successfully molding very small, intricate components for years, but the medical device industry is designing smaller and smaller devices,” said John Woodhouse, sales and marketing manager, in a news release. That necessitating the need to purchase the new Arburg micro molding press.
Woodhouse said the company would move its implantable business—and the new press—into the new molding cell in its Class 10,000 clean room in Grand Rapids, Mich., where the company is headquartered and has its manufacturing.
The company now has 15 Arburg presses, ranging from 17 tons to 165 tons.
The Arburg micro-injection module is considering ideal for medical applications with extremely small shot weights, between .05 grams and one gram. It operates with an 8mm injection screw and is combined with a second screw that prepares and feeds the melt. The modular platform of the injection unit enables the utilization of a series of standard quick-change screw sizes all the way up to 25mm, and a shot weight range capability of .05 gram to 36 grams.
The 8-year-old company has a Class 10,000 clean room for assembly, a Class 100,000 clean room for molding, and an isolated clean room for molding implantable resins. It currently molds implantables, surgical disposables, diagnostic, and instrumentation components for the orthopedic, cardiovascular, ophthalmology, neurology, and biotechnology markets.