Moldmaker opens new R&D facility
Mississauga, ON-based moldmaker Profine Molds Inc. is opening a new 5,000 sq. ft. research and development and prod...
January 30, 2003 by Canadian Plastics
Mississauga, ON-based moldmaker Profine Molds Inc. is opening a new 5,000 sq. ft. research and development and product testing facility. The facility, a leased building located close to the company’s manufacturing plant, will house a dedicated R&D team of engineers/designers, technicians and equipment, with a focus on using innovative approaches for optimizing product and tooling development.
"We are moving to the next level of growth," says Manuel Gomes, Profine president. Gomes reports that while R&D has always been an integral part of the company’s business, the new building formally integrates these activities into the company’s business strategy, allowing R&D and testing to be more focused and effective.
Gomes says the R&D team will focus on projects related to lowering production costs and improving efficiency through the use of various in-mold processes. Such projects include ejection and mold closing mechanisms, low maintenance mold systems, mold designs for aggressive environments, cycle time reductions and more.
The facility will house 30-ton to 350-ton injection molding machines for product and tooling testing, as well as cycle time optimization. The machines will also be used for regular mold trials to verify mold performance meets customer requirements. Profine designs and manufactures medium-size molds for the pharmaceutical, medical, cosmetics and personnel care, consumer, automotive and industrial markets.