Armstrong Medical installs new plastic injection moulding machine

Photo by Armstrong Medical Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Systec machine at Armstrong Medical

Armstrong Medical, based in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, has installed a new Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Systec Servo 160 plastic injection moulding machine.

The new addition follows the medical device manufacturer winning a new contract to supply carbon dioxide absorbent used in anesthesia delivery systems. The devices are produced using a new suite of mould tools.

The installation further features integrated process automation delivered by Sepro Group.

Speaking about the new machine, Nigel Simpson, plastics project manager at Armstrong Medical, said: “The control system is great and our operators know that when they start working on a brand new machine it will be familiar to them, which helps with our productivity levels.”

The moulding company now features 11 injection moulding machines, two bench top moulding machines and a liquid silicone rubber (LSR) production cell. The plant further features 10,000 and 100,000-type assembly cleanrooms.

Armstrong Medical has been growing its portfolio of injection moulding machines since the company plant was destroyed by fire in 2007. Just two years after the fire, the moulder was given the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.

The company exports respiratory disposables for anesthesia and critical care to more than 120 countries.