Delcam’s PowerMILL CAM software for high-speed and five-axis machining has helped Muroplás SA, a Portuguese manufacturer of medical devices, to make its own moulds quickly and efficiently, and so develop a successful and growing business.
Muroplás SA is located in the North of Portugal, close to the city of Trofa. It was founded twenty years ago with one second-hand injection-moulding machine. Although the company started out with a general goal to develop parts made by thermoplastic injection, Muroplás has subsequently become a specialist provider of medical devices, in particular dialysis products.
Over the years, Muroplás achieved continuous growth through an emphasis on research and development in the manufacture of moulds, and in the use of plastic injection for different markets like medical devices, automotive, civil construction, tools and food packaging.
The decision by Muroplás to have its own machining area, allowing the company to manufacture its own moulds, has proved to be fundamental to its success. The facility has allowed the company to respond more quickly to customer demands and, above all, to meet delivery deadlines. PowerMILL has been an essential part of the company’s mouldmaking since the beginning, by providing a very flexible machining solution, while still being very easy to use.
Muroplás was similar to many other companies that want to move to producing and maintaining their moulds themselves. Contrary to common belief, the major reason is often not an economic one but, instead, it is the delivery time. How much does downtime cost in lost production, when a company has to wait for a mould to be repaired? How can the damage caused to the company’s credibility be measured, when a shipment of parts is delayed because the moulds have not been delivered within the planed timeframe? What about the time it takes to implement small changes or improvements to the mould? Finally, intellectual property is always at risk, when moulds are subcontracted.
Of course, it is not easy for an injection-moulding company to set up a machining operation. However, being a Delcam customer has big advantages in simplifying the process of buying and programming the machines. With Delcam’s network of distributors and their experienced engineers, the CAM package is not just sold, but fully implemented.
Norcam, Delcam’s partner in Portugal, was able to give training, support and technical advice, making the addition of the machine shop so much easier. Apart from PowerMILL’s excellent machining capabilities, the second most important thing, when it comes to CAM software, is the level of support you can expect, both before and after the purchase.
In the last decade, Muroplás has invested in further enhancement of its facilities, with new equipment giving an even better ability to respond to the demanding challenges of the medical industry. Today, it is a supplier to the global market with all the equipment and experience that is needed to develop medical devices in the correct conditions and with the right tools.
Muroplás has also managed to make the step from being just a subcontractor to having its own portfolio of products. Over the years, Muroplás gained a lot of experience producing its customers’ components for infusion, dialysis, urologic, respiratory and drainage systems. This knowledge allowed it to develop a new range of products and to sell them internationally.
Today, the Product and Mould Engineering Department at Muroplás is constantly developing new solutions for its customers and designing the moulds, as well, allowing the company to be a solution and product supplier, instead of just another plastic injection-moulding company.