RenyMed (Baldwin Park, CA) began its one-man operation in the mid-1980s using borrowed equipment in a rented space. Today the company molds medical parts for Fortune 100 medical device companies across the globe. It has more than 50 employees operating 17 injection molding machines in a 20,000-square-foot facility that includes a 4,000-square-foot cleanroom. How did RenyMed go from a side project for Steve Raiken to achieve this level of success? According to Raiken, CEO at RenyMed, “We have always been innovative. I think we are attracted to the jobs that other companies can’t or won’t do.”
RenyMed prides itself on its capabilities including fully integrated injection molding and mold design and build. Many of the jobs that come RenyMed’s way are ones that were attempted at other molding shops and failed. RenyMed succeeded due to the company’s expertise in advanced manufacturing. Combine that with its specialty in the medical market, which is oftentimes “high mix and low volume,” and the company has developed an ability to rapidly change parts in production. The need is to be flexible and adaptive, which means it also needs equipment that can move as quickly as it does. That’s where Wittmann Battenfeld (Torrington, CT) comes in.
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“We first became aware of Wittmann Battenfeld at the K show [in Düsseldorf, Germany], where we saw an integration of one of its robots on a Battenfeld 40-ton machine,” said Raiken. “Our engineers were impressed, and had a vision of using the robots to improve not just our process but our employee safety. We went for it and have been using Battenfeld robots ever since.”
Another major reason for the purchase of Wittmann Battenfeld robots was that it simply made the most sense given RenyMed’s space and the application requirements. Being in California, real estate and labor are expensive resources. Because of this, RenyMed is acutely aware of space utilization. The company fit as much molding power as it could into its cleanrooms, and it wanted a robot that would accommodate a smaller footprint. Wittmann Battenfeld’s robots were the only ones that RenyMed tested with a low enough ceiling height to execute a full stroke inside the cleanroom. Wittmann Battenfeld also provided support from day one.
“Wittmann Battenfeld was very helpful with solutions when we presented problems,” said Raiken. “They modified the robot to better fit in the room. We told them what we needed and where it needed to reach and they trimmed the rack, positioning it to fit perfectly. Today it’s running 24/7.”
RenyMed also worked with Wittmann Battenfeld to integrate a vision system into the robots. After connecting with a camera supplier to get the right operating system, company personnel designed and built a custom end-of-arm tool for the robots to