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March 7, 2012

President & CEO of Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to Tour Albright Technologies in Leominster on Thursday

Leominster, MA - On Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Massachusetts Life Sciences Center President & CEO SusanWindham-Bannister will visit and tour Leominster-based Albright Technologies, a company that specializes in manufacturing prototype and low volume production silicone components for medical, pharmaceutical and life science applications. Albright has participated in the Internship Challenge, a workforce development program offered by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center that connects students and recent college graduates with paid internship opportunities, funded by the Center, at life sciences companies across the state.  The company hired two of their interns that participated in the program as project engineers at the conclusion of their internships.

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How Micromachining Patience Speeds Prototype Production

Article From: Modern Machine Shop, Derek Korn, Senior Editor

Albright Technologies has become adept at micromachining molds for silicone parts such as the one to the right. This has enabled the company to become effective in quickly generating prototypes for medical device manufacturers pressured to speed new products to market. Many of the silicone components it creates are either tiny themselves or have miniscule features measuring just a few thousands of an inch. What’s interesting is that the company has found it can produce prototypes faster by taking a slower, more conservative approach to micromachining molds using end mills that measure just a few thousands of an inch in diameter.

Plus, while one might assume that very high spindle speeds are needed to effectively mill molds using such small tools, the machine that performs micromachining at Albright—a 30-taper VMC—typically spins 0.005-inch-diameter tools at just 9,000 rpm. Although that means feed rates and cycle times are relatively slow, there are a number of reasons why a company focused on quickly turning prototyping work finds this acceptable. David Comeau, Albright’s president, and Robert Waitt, vice president, explained why during a recent visit to the New England-area molder.

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Tempering Urgency Within Your Shop

Modern Machine Shop Online

By: Derek Korn

Like many businesses, machine shops operate under an atmosphere of urgency. Part programs need to be created quickly so jobs can be released in a timely manner to the shop floor. First-article inspection must to be carried out promptly so necessary adjustments can be made and the production run can proceed. Once a job is completed, machine setups need to be torn down in short order so a new setup can begin for the next job.

These types of things happen at a New-England-area company I recently visited and will profile in next month’s issue. The company, Albright Technologies, has to move at a decent clip. A fast pace is necessary because its niche is rapidly creating prototype molds and small batches of tiny silicon parts for medical customers pressured to speed their new products to market.

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Small parts loom large in silicone molding

Written by: Kevin Franzino, Project Engineer, Albright Technologies, Inc.

Medical implants are complex components made from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene and other plastics, which act as cushions to minimize stress on the bone-metal interface. While softer than old-style metallic implants, plastic implants lack the elasticity needed for motile body features. Silicone rubber has stepped in to fit the bill. Note: This article by Kevin Franzino (Project Engineer, Albright Technologies) originally appeared in the June issue of Medical Design.com magazine.

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