Outsourcing in medical is growing at around 10%, said Robert Schwenker of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, speaking at Engel's Technology Symposium, but suppliers need to be aware that “OEMs are looking to distribute risk in quality and regulatory matters.”
The company donated a 200-ton all-electric molding machine with an integrated LRX 150 robot to Schoolcraft College in Livonia, MI. Starting in September 2017, Schoolcraft will begin offering a two-year associate degree in plastics technology.
They’re extremely nimble and versatile, getting cheaper by the year and just plain cool. But there are several factors to consider when purchasing and installing a cobot. A compliance officer at Universal Robots (Ann Arbor, MI) offers some tips.
To meet high-mix, low-volume demand, RenyMed (Baldwin Park, CA) has learned to be flexible and adaptive, which means it also needs equipment that moves as quickly as it does. That’s where Wittmann Battenfeld (Torrington, CT) comes in.
In collaboration with partners Hekuma and Hack, Engel has developed a first-of-its-kind production process for the direct molding of an interdental brush with up to 500 bristles. The company will demo the system at PLASTEC West in Anaheim, CA, on Feb. 7 to 9.