Plastics processor Natech Plastics Inc. has added six pieces of new equipment in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Ronkonkoma, N.Y.-based Natech installed two Arburg injection molding machines, bringing its total to 16 presses, officials said in a news release. The site also includes a cleanroom, engineering and design services and secondary operations.
The two new machines, as well as the cleanroom, will be used to make medical and diagnostics products for medical device and biotech startups that need injection molded plastic components and finished devices.
Officials added that the new Arburg machines "allow for deeper insight and increased control over process variables." Integration of the machine, conveyor and robot also streamlines the manufacturing process. Natech officials said that the firm aims to keep its injection molding machines below the industry average of 15 years old.
Natech also installed four new filling and sealing machines to its cleanroom. The machines were custom designed and built for Natech. They have a modular, interchangeable design that allows for a variety of processes to run on a single machine, officials said.
"In a post-COVID world, demand is high for quality medical devices. We want to serve our customers as expeditiously as possible," Engineering Manager Mike Botta said.
One application for the new filling and sealing machines is the filling and sealing of containers that house extraction buffers, which are then used downstream for rapid COVID-19 antigen tests.
Officials added that the additional equipment "will allow [Natech] to increase both our capacity and our capabilities, while also adding redundancy and security in the supply chain for our clients."
Natech is a contract development and manufacturing firm that specializes in end-to-end services for clients in the medical device and diagnostics markets. The firm offers design, engineering, injection molding, assembly, filling and sealing, and packaging.