Plastikos expands automation capabilities, eyes further growth


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 ...
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