Plas-Tech Engineering Inc. is building on its core of medical molding, adding a 65-ton JSW press, a Sodick 100T high-speed electric micro-molding machine and enhancing its tool room capabilities.
“We do a lot of small parts and we can use a standard JSW for a lot of what we do, but we had a customer who needed a tiny, tiny part,” said Robert Fesus, vice president of sales and marketing at Lake Geneva, Wis.-based Plas-Tech, in a phone interview.
The company has extensive experience using materials such as cyclic olefin polymers and copolymers for syringes and other optical products.
Plas-Tech has also taken steps to expand its tool room.
“We had a repair shop, but in the past six months, we've added a [computer-numerically controlled machine], an [electric discharge machine] and new grinders, so we have a fully functional tool room,” he said.
Fesus said the CNC machine is made by ProtoTrak and the EDM is from Sodick.
The company has 50 employees operating out of its 21,000- square-foot facility. It has portable Class 7 and Class 8 clean rooms. The setup allows for flexibility, according to Fesus, and provides for faster lead times.
Plas-Tech now has 14 injection molding presses ranging from 40 tons up to 310 tons. All but one are JSW machines. They also include a 70-ton vertical press for overmolding and insert molding.
Plas-Tech was founded as a mold design company in 1990. It added manufacturing in 1999 and has transformed itself into a medical company that is vertically integrated. It provides tooling, prototyping, manufacturing as well as secondary services.