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StackTeck Responds to Urgent Request for Face Shields

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It delivered a stack mold to produce personal protective equipment in just three and a half weeks.

During the coronavirus pandemic, StackTeck Systems, a designer and builder of high-productivity injection mold tooling, has been responding to demand for medical products. In one case, the company delivered a stack mold in just three and a half weeks to Novolex, a manufacturer of diverse packaging and food service products.

Challenged by Novolex to build a mold for a face shield headband in four weeks, StackTeck delivered a production stack mold with a full hot-runner system and produced samples three and a half weeks after the start of the project. Image courtesy StackTeck Systems.

“We were challenged by Novolex to build a Class 1 high-performance stack mold in just four weeks to meet the demand to fight the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Vince Travaglini, StackTeck CEO. “This project included complete mold design, manufactured molding surface components, assembly, and mold qualification. We were able to produce samples molded with customer resin and colorant to final product specification, and we were proud to deliver even faster than requested.”

To accomplish this, StackTeck leveraged all the advantages of hot runner and stack mold frame technology to achieve high levels of productivity. In response to the urgent demand for medical parts needed in record time, StackTeck delivered a production stack mold with a full hot-runner system for a face shield headband, producing samples within three and a half weeks of the project start.

“StackTeck truly delivered for us in the incredibly short timeframe we required to make the injection molds needed to produce face shields for healthcare and other frontline workers,” said Ken Meyers, Vice President of Operations for WNA, a Novolex company. “We’ve worked with and depended on StackTeck technology for many years and our trust in their know-how was renewed yet again on this emergency project.”

Lou DiMaulo, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing at StackTeck, also commented on the challenge that required the company to push to the limits and get it done. “We have a really dedicated team here, and I knew that nobody would back away from getting this done as fast as it could be,” he said. “Everybody had to get creative and work together to make it happen. In the end it was very satisfying for the whole team to see the results, and to know we delivered early to a customer who is providing such essential PPE for the people on the front lines.”

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