Beaverton, Ore. — Elite Plastics is adding injection molding presses and advanced laboratory equipment.
“We are expanding a lot for us” and adding technologies, Dan Thurmond, president, said in a phone conversation.
Elite Plastics in Beaverton is a division of Seattle-based GM Nameplate Inc.
“We are getting to a point where GM Nameplate is becoming our biggest customer” with certain molded or overmolded parts going to another GM division for assembly, Thurmond said.
Elite Plastics capabilities include an automated six-axis paint line, an automated assembly line, computer-numerical-control pad printing, hot stamping, screen printing, three-dimension laser scanning and plastics machining.
Beginning in November, Elite took delivery of five Arburg single-shot all-electric presses: two of 110 tons and one each of 44, 66 and 165 tons. Each molding machine came with a full robotic system and auxiliary dryer and die heater systems, Elite Plastics engineering manager Bruce Wold said during a plant interview and tour.
Currently, Elite operates 26 presses of 44-600 tons including 14 Arburgs, nine Milacrons, two Nisseis and one vertical JSW.
In addition, Elite has a pending order for a two-shot 440-ton Arburg hydraulic that is expected to be operational in June.
Elite operates six robots on the production floor for part removal and secondary operations and two other robots for three-axis pick-and-place assembly tasks.