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10 MoldMaking Technology —— OCTOBER 2018 Profile Images courtesy of Fairway Injection Molds. A year ago, Westfall Technik Inc. (Westfall) acquired Fairway Injection Molds Inc. (Fairway), which originally was a family-owned business. How has this changed the way that Fairway operates and serves its customers? Dave Cockrell, vice president and general manager: Being part of a larger group is good for Fairway, its employees and its customers. One of the nice things about having a part- ner company in Westfall is that it is vertically integrated. We now have companies in place that start at the product-design level and migrate through proto- type and development tooling and production tooling with 20109 Paseo Del Prado Walnut, California 91789 909-595-2201 • Founded in 1977 by Ed McKeown, Steve Katona, Ron Biewener, Jim Hagin and Lee Crumbley and currently has 60 employees. • Acquired from the Henn family in 2017 by Westfall Technik Inc., a global holding company based in Chandler, Arizona, the goal of which is to provide highly productive plastics manufacturing solutions to serve the medical, packaging and consumer goods industries. Sister companies currently include AMA Plastics Inc. (Riverside, California), AMS Plastics Inc. (San Diego, California), 10 Day Parts Inc. (Corona, California), Elfy's Inc. (Hayward, California) and most recently, NPI Medical Inc. (Ansonia, Connecticut) and Inceptive Design Group (Costa Mesa, California). • Specializes in the engineering and manufacturing of high-precision, high-volume multi-cavity injection molds. • Has an In-house Mold Test and Systems Integration Center that ensures mold functionality, part accep- tance and production-readiness meet customer requirements before shipment. This Mitsubishi sinker EDM cell is integrated with an Erowa Robot Multi. It is one of several equipment purchases that will help Fairway Injection Molds expand its capabilities and grow as part of the Westfall Technik group of companies. A Conversation with … Fairway Injection Molds Inc. Fairway and on to production molding. Several partners are doing production molding all the way through to executed, assembled products ready for shipment to the customer or potentially even to the customer's distribution centers, depending on what is needed. So, it is kind of neat to be part of the value stream where some of our customers are our sister companies, and that is what makes it a little different regarding moldmakers getting bigger. For example, we have three molding machines used for sampling molds, but we do not have a clean room. If we had to do a mold trial for a cus- tomer in a clean room, all we would have to do is call one of our sister companies and start making plans. Many shops in the United States are family-owned and built up to a certain level, and then they are looking for that next step and next evolution. Sometimes it is dif icult to igure out what that next step is going to be. Fairway landed with a group of plastics experts that truly value what Fairway is and what it can contribute. The goal of the company here is for Fairway to grow and become much larger than what it is today. The current management team at Westfall backs that up with very aggressive capital spending for the company. Through July this year, we have put in well over a million dol- lars' worth of improvements, and we are not done. It is all an effort not only to solidify our current standing as a company but to do so with an eye on future expansion plans and where we want to be three years from now. Describe some of the improvements that you mentioned? Cockrell: We have made signi icant improvements already in our EDM group. For example, we added a new EDM cell with two new Mitsubishi sinker EDM machines that an Erowa robot serves. We also have purchased a brand new Yasda

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