Vista, Calif. — Distinctive Plastics Inc. decided it needed to get into molding for medical device components in 2010. A year later, when it obtained its ISO 13485 certification, medical devices accounted for 1 percent of sales.
"So far this year, about 25 percent of our sales can be attributed to medical devices," Timothy Curnutt, the company's president, said in an interview at the plant in Vista.
The 44,000-square-foot plant runs machines around the clock, up to six days a week, and Curnett noted, "with our two-shot and in-mold decoration abilities … we have much to offer the medical device industry."
Over three years, Distinctive has added three medical customers.
"By next year, we should be in production on two major medical device projects that involve 17 molds utilizing IMD, two-shot, ultrasonic welding, electrical testing, leak testing, serialization and several complex electronic assembly operations," Curnutt said.
Distinctive takes pride in maintaining a clean plant environment and is adding automated high-efficiency particulate filtration equipment made in-house in its work centers.
"We have built HEPA-filtered cells for our standard molding machines as well as our two-shot machines," Curnutt said. "And now we have HEPA-filtered sonic welding and assembly cells. We find that these cells improve quality in many of our cosmetic processes, such as optically clear lenses, IMD and medical devices."
Other than medical, Distinctive's legacy industrial products such as spa parts, pump housings and plumbing valves and manifolds account for about 50 percent of sales.
The remaining 25 percent comes from packaging and components for shopping-network-type consumer merchandise such as fashion, beauty, electronics, jewelry and home decor products.