Recent News and Events:
Advanced Machining Technology
Our most intense DLA job to date, we manufactured 52 of these precision ordinance mounts. Each finished mount required full machining, engraving, two plating processes and one painting operation. To make each part, we started with an 8” cube of special-grade stainless steel and machined the entire finished shape in only 3 holding setups. The machining process from start to finish reduced the 145-pound weight of each steel cube to only 14 pounds for the finished part. In the total order, our high-speed machining processes cut a staggering 6,812 pounds of steel, reducing that in form to approximately 204-million cutting chips! In order to take on this huge machining task, El Dorado Molds used its DMG MORI NHX 4000 high-speed horizontal CNC mill coupled with a new cutter technology that we keep confidential. This is truly ‘cutting-edge’ work. The advanced machining process requires a spindle speed of over 5000 RPM in a cutting environment which is completely dry without coolant. Only a rigid machine like our DMG MORI can handle this aggressive cutting while still holding the close-tolerance and repeatability required. View this short video clip to see our cutting process in slow motion. Quality manufacturing such as this is how El Dorado Molds sets itself apart from the competition.
DLA Contract Work
This is an example of the type of DLA work that we do here at El Dorado Molds. These particular ‘bracket’ parts were individually machined from 4” x 6-1/4” x 7-1/2” solid billets of a specially certified grade of 316 stainless steel. Working originally from 2-D dimensioned drawings, our Engineers first modeled this part in 3-D, and then our CNC Programmers executed the precise manufacture in 3 machining setups. We used our DMG Mori NHX 4000 horizontal milling machine for all three of these operations. After complete machining, the parts were passivated then selectively masked off before a dry-lube coating was applied. As the final assembly step, several heli-coil and nut-plate inserts were installed. One of the parts had to be initially submitted for government ‘first article’ inspection before the remaining parts could be finished, packaged, then shipped off as a complete order.
Mold Maker Apprenticeship Program
We are excited to share that we've recently welcomed Anthony into the El Dorado Molds, Inc. Mold Maker Apprenticeship Program! As the leader of our shipping department for the past 6 years, Anthony has proven himself as a valued employee of El Dorado Molds. Already familiar with much of our specialized profession, Anthony plans to further solidify his career through this program and become a Mold Maker. He will follow in his father’s footsteps, Joe Nunes, who has also been an important part of El Dorado Molds for the past 10 years. By joining the Mold Maker Apprenticeship Program, Anthony will spend the next 4 years expanding his skill set and will emerge as a highly-skilled craftsman, machinist, and mold maker. This federally accredited, and SME sanctioned program, will guide Anthony through a minimum of 8400 hours of precision machine training and Tooling U-SME study sessions.
New N.C.I.M. Molding Presses
Further expansion at N.C.I.M. includes 2 new Nissei America, Inc. FNX 220 injection molding presses for the production floor. Featuring a max tonnage of 237 US tons, and a shot size of 16.9 oz., these machines should feel right at home amidst a growing fleet of high-precision injection molding presses. Investing in this new equipment will help to provide us with the additional capacity needed to handle the growth of our existing customer base, as well as meet the needs of our future customers.
Additional Arburg 470 S Injection Molding Machine
N.C.I.M. has added another Arburg 470 S injection molding machine to further expand the capacity of their Class 100,000 (ISO Class 8) Clean Room. This machine will be the third 88 Ton Arburg dedicated to medical molding, along with other similar machines of both larger and smaller capacity. Once the new Arburg has been precisely set in place, leveled and connected, an integrated MULTILIFT H robotic cell will also be installed. The robotic cell will automate the delivery of molded product into clean packaging.
Employee Safety Programs
The manufacturing environment at Northern California Injection Molding is a high-paced one. With so much activity, it is imperative that we foster a good safety environment for our valued employees. We strictly comply to Cal/OSHA standards and follow the California IIPP (Injury and Illness Prevention Program). In doing so, we schedule periodic safety meetings for all staff. We proactively maintain proper training, including First-Aid/CPR classes and detailed safety protocols for our equipment use and work processes. And beyond the many safety-checks that we have in place, there exists a team oriented environment where we simply watch each other’s back. This is the culture that we maintain, and it goes hand-in-hand with the high level of quality products that we produce for our customers.
In January 2017, we passed another milestone. The entire staff at N.C.I.M. has maintained a safe workplace environment for over 5 years! 1752 work days equates to over 1.25 million employee man-hours and millions of injection molded parts produced from thousands of orders for hundreds of companies. All of this done while maintaining safety as a priority in our workplace.
Congratulations to everyone at Northern California Injection Molding for this historic achievement.
New Mold Maker Apprentice
We’d like to introduce Brent, who has been selected for the El Dorado Molds, Inc. Mold Maker apprenticeship program. As our newest enrolled apprentice, Brent will be guided through a minimum of 8400 hours of precision machine training and Tooling U-SME study sessions spanning the next 4 years. The program is federally accredited, and sanctioned by the SME. By the end of the program this young man will successfully emerge as a highly-skilled craftsman, machinist and mold maker.
MD&M Show, Anaheim
Come visit Peter, Glen, and Todd in booth 3946 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) Trade Show in Anaheim to get the latest news on how Northern California Injection Molding, Inc., and sister company El Dorado Molds, Inc., have been utilizing their recently added 1100 square-foot, Class 100,000 (ISO Class 8), clean room to serve the medical industry, as well as find out what’s in store for the rest of 2017. We’d love to see you face-to-face.
Clean Room Upgrade
Our 1100 square-foot, Class 100,000 (ISO Class 8), dedicated clean room is getting an upgrade! In the coming months we will be adding three Arburg molding presses (Tonnage of 55, 88, 150) which include robotic auxiliary equipment as part of our clean room expansion. In addition, we will soon be adding two Nissei molding presses to our main production floor. Stay tuned for more details.
Graduate of El Dorado Molds Apprenticeship Program
Congratulations to Todd Skawienski, our most recent graduate of the El Dorado Molds, Inc. Mold Maker apprenticeship program. This program is federally accredited, and sanctioned by the SME. Through a period of four years, each chosen student is guided through 8400 hours of precision machine training and Tooling U-SME study sessions.
Todd is the Technical Sales leader for both El Dorado Molds, Inc. and Northern California Injection Molding, Inc. The additional knowledge of Mold Making compliments Todd’s great customer-care skills, allowing him to better guide and technically advise those in need of our services.
Pictured with Todd is the owner of El Dorado Molds, Inc., Bob Brewer (left) and V.P. of Operations, Glen Shrigley (right).
BIOMEDevice Show, San Jose
Glen, Phil and Todd, proudly attending the 2016 San Jose BIOMEDevice Show. One of N.C.I.M.’s most recent expansions is an 1100 square-foot, Class 100,000 (ISO Class 8) Clean Room. Northern California Injection Molding, Inc. has the advanced capabilities required to produce injection-molded parts for the Medical Industry. Its sister company, El Dorado Molds, is able to build the highest quality tooling that is required for this industry.