Plastic Components Inc. (PCI; Germantown, WI) has announced the official opening of the expanded Bunsen Drive manufacturing facility. The 23,000-square-foot, $2.2-million expansion began in May 2015 and includes $1.2 million in new capital equipment with four new manufacturing cells and support systems. The expansion more than doubles the total square footage of the building to approximately 40,000 square feet.
The facility has operated "flawlessly" on a fully automated basis since its original grand opening on November 11, 2011, growing from three original manufacturing cells to 10 in the fourth quarter of 2015. The addition of another four cells will bring the total to 14 fully automated cells by March 1, 2016.
The manufacturing process at PCI's Bunsen Drive facility is so unique that the company was awarded US Patent No. 8,827,674 B1 for the process: A specialized injection molding factory system and associated facility comprising machines on the first floor with the resin supply placed on a mezzanine level.