Plastic Components Completes Expansion
Plastic Components, Inc. (PCI), Germantown, Wisconsin, has opened a $2.2 million expansion to its Bunsen Drive manufacturing facility that includes $1.2 million in new capital with four new manufacturing cells and support equipment.
The expansion more than doubled the total square footage of the building to approximately 40,000 square feet. PCI installed two machines in February within the expansion, and more machines are scheduled to be added to production on a quarterly basis. The aggressive installation timeline of manufacturing cells reflects the growth expected in the years to come.
The facility has operated on a fully-automated basis since its original grand opening in November 2011. The addition of another four cells brought the total to 14 fully-automated cells by March 1, 2016. By taking the existing manufacturing footprint and building a mirror image to the end of the property line, PCI has allowed for a total of 40 manufacturing cells when filled to capacity. The facility houses presses ranging from 55- to 90-ton as well as a 5-ton crane which will allow for larger tonnage machines. The manufacturing model has proven successful with parts and tools of any size; however, the addition of a larger crane enables the company to apply its successful manufacturing strategy to all components.
The manufacturing process at PCI’s Bunsen Drive facility is so unique that the company was awarded the issuance of US Patent No. 8,827,674 B1, for the revolutionary process that relates to a specialized injection molding factory system and an associated facility comprised of machines on a first floor with the resin supply placed on a mezzanine level.
For more information, visit www.plasticcomponents.com/bunsen.