NPI/Medical , Ansonia, CT, has has invested more than $1 million in molding and quality equipment in the past few months to enable accelerated product development and faster speed-to-market for its medical device, life sciences, and healthcare customers, according to the company.

The equipment upgrades offer several advantages for NPI/Medical’s customers that require speed to market, closed-loop machine capabilities, and stringent process monitoring, which are vital for new product launches, says Randy Ahlm NPI/Medical's CEO .

“The new machinery is a part of NPI/Medical’s ongoing continuous improvement measures to benefit our customers through state-of-the-art enhancements,” Ahlm says. These additions also support our engineering and new product introduction development efforts.”

NPI/Medical recently purchased and installed one 330 ton Milacron Roboshot, an all-electric machine to support expanded medical device programs and accommodate larger shot size programs, an 80 ton Milacron MV80 Shuttle press to enhance our insert molding business, a 40 ton Arburg All-Rounder 270A, all-electric with an integrated servo-driven sprue picker, and a Zeiss Contura (CMM) Vast XT Gold Coordinate Measuring System with active scanning and multipoint sensor with dynamic RDS, for accurate part inspections for its in-house quality assurance lab.

The machinery upgrades, Ahlm says, are part of NPI/Medical’s ongoing equipment replacement plan to facilitate current business growth.

“Growth from our medical device and life sciences production segment was nearly 20 percent, while our QTM (Quick-Turn Manufacturing) business grew over 30 percent in the last 12 months," he says. "Our unique prototype-to-production capability is creating huge dividends for our customers who wish to seamlessly launch new programs faster and without the disruption of changing suppliers during each phase of the new product launch process.”