Micro Mold Co., Inc. and Plastikos Inc., both headquartered in Erie, PA, recently announced that a major renovation is currently underway at Micro Mold. Once completed, a new Mori-Seiki five-axis CNC milling center will be installed coupled with a System 3R Workmaster robot to create a highly automated and efficient work cell. This capital investment will significantly reduce changeover time and resources and further enhance Micro Mold's hard-milling capabilities. The installation of the new CNC milling center, scheduled for completion in June of this year, will also play a "key role to further improve our overall production efficiencies that will translate into reduced lead times for our precision mold manufacturing services," said Micro Mold.
"Micro Mold views our investment in cutting-edge technology as critical to staying competitive in the precision mold building industry," said Ryan Katen, General Manager. "We feel that this investment is just one step toward fulfilling our vision of continuous innovation through technology advancement."
Over the last five years, Micro Mold has invested well over $1.5 million in facility and equipment upgrades. Additionally, the company continues to train and invest heavily in its workforce "to address the skills gap that continues to strain the domestic moldmaking industry," said Micro Mold. "Currently we have three employees who are in various stages of their apprenticeship, and who will receive detailed hands-on training on the latest equipment and technology at Micro Mold."
In conjunction with Micro Mold's new five-axis CNC machining center, Plastikos, the molding division, also recently completed its own large-scale investment in automation and high-speed robotic centers throughout the injection molding production facility. That project was completed in November of last year. Currently Plastikos offers medical molding in an ISO Class 7 cleanroom (Class 10,000) with press tonnages ranging from 88 to 220 tons.
"We will continue to research and evaluate machine tool advancements and to strategically invest in these technologies to further advance Micro Mold's capabilities in order to continue to provide world-class injection molds and tight tolerance injection molding services to the marketplace," Katen commented.