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Thermoforming processor Kenson Plastics has added automation systems and new thermoforming equipment to increase the company's capabilities to meet demand, as well as to upgrade its operations. Kenson Plastics (Warrendale, PA) has installed a 6-axis router from KMT Robotics to enhance its ability to precisely cut and trim thermoformed parts. The robotic trimming system will allow the company to trim more parts per hour and reduce downtime, plus take what can be hazardous work out of the hands of employees.

Clare Goldsberry

April 1, 2011

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Thermoforming: New equipment helping Kenson Plastics meet growing demand

Additionally, the company just purchased a single station shuttle thermoforming machine from Modern Machinery, with quartz canister heating elements and a 60"x84" platen. The new machine offers 60 zones of heat control and will accommodate larger tools with reduced forming and set-up times, said the company.

Kenson specializes in enclosures for medical diagnostic equipment, but also forms enclosures for electronic and industrial equipment applications. Currently the company operates 5 mold bays with 4 machines - one of those being a double-bed, designed and built by Kenson, that is capable of running two different parts through the same machine.  

In addition to the new equipment, facility improvements include recently installed high bay T5 lighting across the manufacturing floor and the opening of a technical center. "These processing efficiencies will facilitate increased cost savings for our customers, and augment Kenson's standard of excellence in the thermoforming industry," said David O'Leary, VP of sales and marketing.

Kenson, which was founded in 1972, also received its ISO 9001-2008 registration this quarter. Currently the company has 18 employees. David O'Leary and his brother, Chris, purchased the company in 2008, and have since made a number of upgrades. "We have a background in plastics that extends back to our grandfather," David O'Leary explained to PlasticsToday. "It's been a good experience for us.  We've come a long way and business is good."

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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