Diversified Plastics, Inc. has just finished building an environmentally controlled room for injection molding parts that require a cleaner-than-normal manufacturing environment, but not as clean as a certified clean room. The 1,800 square foot space will house one horizontal and two vertical injection molding machines with additional space for sonic welding and packaging—meeting customer demand and providing opportunity for growth.
“We’re responding to increasing customer requests for their contamination-sensitive parts to be produced in a clean environment,” said Annette Lund, vice president at Diversified Plastics. “Many of our customers are in the medical device, aerospace and electronics industries and some of their parts have requirements to be produced in a cleaner environment. Although the cleanliness in our production area is more than satisfactory for most customer needs, our new facility bridges the gap between providing a production space that is cleaner than a typical molding facility, but not necessarily the level of an ISO-rated clean room.”
The company’s environmentally controlled molding area features venting systems directly over the injection nozzles of each machine to remove fumes from the molding process. All wall surfaces are coated with a special paint for clean areas. Resins are dried and stored in an external room and supplied by way of a vacuum system. Employees follow clean area procedures by wearing gowns and cleaning shoes with clean room sticky mats when entering the work area.
Diversified Plastics, Inc.