It's getting easier for small injection molders with limited capital to participate in the rapidly growing medical plastics market.
Sumitomo(SHI) Demag (Schwaig, Germany) is advancing a previously developed concept now called activeCell, which is a self-contained injection molding Class 10,000 cleanroom. It includes a platen-mounted six-axis robot, laminar airflow cabinets for particle-free air around the mold, and built-in packaging capabilities.
"For many medical and pharmaceutical manufacturers a cleanroom facility is often a significant investment, not always essential for their production needs, and can be cost prohibitive when looking to expand into niche markets," says Nigel Flowers Sumitomo Demag's managing director. "ActiveCell is a self-contained mini cleanroom system designed to address current market requirements for a low investment alternative with complete flexibility at a fraction of the cost of a full cleanroom."
The system is available in 100, 160, 220 and 280 metric ton formats and combines technologies from the company's UK-based technology partner Motoman (robotics), AVT (packaging) and Max Petek (laminar flow hood). The Motoman is a six-axis robot....