New Albany, Ind. — PTG Silicones Inc. is a lean, mean, automated machine.
And that's just the way President Brendan Cahill likes it.
The firm, approaching its 10-year anniversary, remains small in size with just 12 employees. But that's because of a core philosophy to focus on highly automated processes to produce liquid silicone rubber parts.
“It drives consistency,” Cahill said. “When you look at a cycle time with automation and having a molding cell that's varying by plus or minus a hundredth of a second, when you have that kind of capability your stability is very good. You have very little variability in part quality.
“The challenge with a manual process is no matter how diligent people are, you're always going to have that variability in the cycle time. With automation and having that kind of a manufacturing style, you don't have that.”
The firm operates one facility spanning 5,100 square feet in New Albany. This includes about 3,000 square feet of manufacturing space with five LSR molding machines and 12 employees, a 1,000-square-foot Class 100,000 clean room, and 1,100 square feet of office space.
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