Controlled Fluidics: A Look Behind the Curtain
A lot changes over thirty years, and plastic machining and manifolds are no exception. To say Controlled Fluidics engineers have seen the precision plastic machining industry change is a gross understatement. Today, we use cutting edge technology, innovative design, and new polymers to create components destined for applications that were still in the realm of science fiction in 1980. We take great pride in embracing advances in plastic machining and pass the benefits of new technology in the hands of skilled professionals on to our clients.
Clients in a variety of industries, from the defense industry to life sciences, trust our experienced engineering and machining team to create essential components. The medical industry is no exception, and the Controlled Fluidics team has worked on projects ranging from fluid controlled manifolds to plastic components. Liquid manifolds, in particular, were a common request. Liquid manifolds, along with the majority of medical industry components, have their own specific set of challenges that our engineers must overcome with design, machining, and material selection.
Controlled Fluidics engineers designed and machined components that demanded full swept volumes, low to no carryover, the ability to operate under high pressure, and chemical resistance. Fortunately, our engineers are experienced and creative. Their technical knowledge of design possibilities ensured that every client received a component that could withstand every operating environment challenge it would face.
The medical industry isn’t the only industry that presents environmental challenges. Many precision machined components and manifolds operate in high-stress conditions. Fortunately, informed material selection goes a long way towards ensuring a component can withstand its environment. Our engineers focus quite a bit of effort towards staying on top of advances in polymers, in order to recommend the best material for every client’s project.
Our list of available materials is constantly expanding, but we do notice some materials maintain their popularity year after year. Acrylic is one such example. Our clients appreciate that acrylic is easy to bond, has excellent optical properties, and is a low-cost option. We’ve noticed that COC and COP are increasing in popularity, in no small part thanks to their chemical resistance and low water absorption. We expect to use COC and COP more throughout 2019.
Design and material selection are important, but skilled machining professionals using cutting-edge technologies are critical parts of any successful project. At Controlled Fluidics, we are particularly proud of our 5th axis capability. 5th axis technology allows us to achieve single part flow and better throughput with the best accuracy. Maximizing our speed and efficiency means that our clients benefit from faster turnaround and cost savings. We believe that 5th axis technology is the future of machining and anticipate machining more 5th axis trunnions in 2019.
We’re excited about the new opportunities, technology, and applications coming our way in 2019. We’ll continue to draw upon the decades-long experience to meet new challenges in innovative ways, while still delivering the high quality our clients have come to expect from a Controlled Fluidics component. If you would like to discuss your precision plastic machining or manifold project with our expert engineers, get in touch. We’re happy to work with you to determine how Controlled Fluidics can make your project a success.