VISTA, Calif.—Delivering on a customer-forward strategy for future growth, Pacific Plastics Injection Molding (PPIM), a division of Diversified Plastics, Inc. (DPI), has unveiled a 5,000-square-foot addition to its existing production facility. Started in September of last year, the expansion further increases PPIM’s capability of always exceeding customer requirements, simultaneously reducing lead times while improving production and safety conditions.
Rob Gilman, PPIM general manager, said the expansion includes 3,000 square feet of additional manufacturing area and 2,000 square feet of office and assembly space.
“In our initial concept, we wanted this new space to facilitate an increase of our production capacity, reduce lead times and give our team more room to operate on the floor,” Gilman said. “Now that it is done, I’m pleased to report that we exceeded that target. This enables us to support future growth for our customers. It’s a world-class upgrade.”
The PPIM facility expansion is not merely space. Continuing its culture of production excellence, PPIM renovated HVAC equipment to accommodate the additional square footage and enhance existing working environments. A 165-ton vertical injection molding machine was added to accelerate product delivery and meet expanding customer demands. PPIM also has plans to install five additional presses.
Acquired by DPI in late 2018, PPIM has since delivered on a series of production and equipment upgrades that have proven valuable to customers. Last April, PPIM met rapidly growing business demands with the installation of a customized automated loading system. Employing advanced robotic technology, the new system operates around the clock, decreasing production times by 34 percent and reducing scrap material by half. These reductions provide PPIM customers with faster service and even better pricing.
While recent investments in production and facilities give PPIM a strong competitive advantage, its synergetic relationship deriving from the DPI acquisition has opened even more possibilities for both enterprises.
“As our companies continue to work together, we’re realizing more mutual benefits every day,” said DPI CEO Kevin Hogan. “Whenever DPI brings something to the table, like our experienced sales team, or advanced technologies like Carbon® Digital Light Synthesis™ additive manufacturing,” continues Hogan, “PPIM strengthens our position further with geographic and sourcing strategies and diverse experience in new industry segments. We couldn’t ask for a better partnership.”