Customer demand to further diversify into new materials, technology, and manufacturing capability has provided the opportunity for Micro Mold and Plastikos Inc., Erie, PA-based mold manufacturer and custom injection molding company, to invest $500,000 towards expanding automation capabilities.
Recently, Plastikos was awarded a program from a large global Medical Device OEM who develops Enteral Feeding Systems (among other devices). The finished component consists of rigid substrate material that is later over-molded with flexible thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). The TPU material acts as a sealant whenever the device is not in use.
The operation is heavily automated to support the yearly demand on the finished device. A high-speed robotic center was custom designed to properly load the rigid substrate into the second multi-cavity tool, unload the finished over-molded component, and ...