In July, Sir Thomas Comte, journalist for La Presse Pontissalienne, interviewed Sir Alain Germain, co-founder of CG.TEC.
In a fully dedicated page, Mr. Germain explains his own vision of the corporate strategy.
To read this article click on the link below (in French)
Franche-Comté, first industrialized region of France, is well-known for its specialization in microtechnics and the precision of its production means.
The Regional Council of France-Comté wanted to highlight the assets and the know-how of the companies that make the international reputation of the region. These factories are listed in a book “Franche-Comté, Originale Créatrice” (published by the Belvedère editions in March 2013, available in libraries)
Along this book illustrated with pictures, we can discover a territory through its different industrial branches which combine technologies competences and creativity.
CG.Tec is represented through an example of realization (picture in the middle). The company who focuses on the injection of micro and technical parts with high tolerances is a good illustration of the territory specific know-how such SMES contributes to the visibility of the region.
Medical needs are diverse. However, a common specification is cleanliness.
To meet customers’ requirements, CG.Tec has just built an Iso 7 clean room. The sanitary level is ensured for automatic or semi-automatic production runs, in the presence of an operator.
Clean room environments are classified according to the European standard Iso 14644-1 that consists in measuring the quantity of particles per unit of volume: An Iso 7 clean room accepts ten times less particles than Iso 8. Figures are significant: 352 000 particles of 0.5µ are accepted in an Iso 7 when 3 520 000 particles are allowed in an Iso 8. These deposits can be brought in by the robot’s back and forth exchanges or by the human.
To minimize the intrusion of particles, clean rooms are built with a decontamination locked area. This is the compulsory path for anyone who wants to enter the room. Iso 7 legislation requires a white coat, a hairnet, a pair of gloves, disposable overshoes and a mask. An ionizer pistol eliminates static electricity, source of deposits. Cardboard boxes and oxydable materials are forbidden inside the room; plastic bags can be used with caution after sterilization.
The area must be barrier-free to allow a efficient air-flow circulation.
An electronic box is placed outside the room to control the laminar flows and the respect of the hygienic measures. Figures are recorded to ensure the air quality. Filters are renewed monthly.
CG.Tec keeps a close eye on the market. Financial independence allows the company to quickly meet customers’ needs.
CG.Tec Company, located in Frasne (France) since 1999, is henceforth the owner of the whole premises. In 2011, new workshops and offices were created to sustain an important growth of the activity. This ambitious program of investment has just been completed with a new stock to rationalize the production means.
The internal flows from the raw material to the final product are simplified thanks to the proximity of the stock with the workshop. This new organization saves times for the storekeeper as well as for the workshops.
Furthermore, the height under roof such as the floor layout provides more storage capacity. Order picking area has been integrated into a global flow management.
The new access to the store is located a few hundred meters further: 38 rue du Lothaud. This new area dedicated to the trucks creates all the necessary space to manoeuvre.
CG.TEC will attend the seminar MED’INOV as a member of the regional cluster “Innovation et Polymères” (www.innovation-polymeres.com)
This event will gather medical companies that focus on the design and manufacturing of devices as well as suppliers with know-how in this field of applications.
the goal is to create new partnerships between SMEs, start-ups and medical devices manufacturers.
Over it fifteen years of activity CG.Tec has gained credibility in plastics micro-injection. To meet changing industrial needs, the research and development department carried out researches to incorporate details into molded parts.
The research project Con-Pro-Mi (Convergence of Micro-Injection Process,) carried out with private and public actors, served as basis for these investigations. In this framework CG.Tec had identified microstructuration of the tooling as a key aspect, these being manufactured on site.
Thanks to these studies micro-details could be integrated into an injected part: 16 sections of 0.1X0.1 mm over a resin thickness of 0.5 mm.
During the risk analysis review the Research and Development Department identified aspects which proved essential during the industrialization, i.e:The tooling pins were manufactured with the latest available EDM machine recently acquired by the firm. These were machined with a 5/100 wire to avoid overheating and warping.
In injection, the temperature regulation in the mold and its precision limited its dilatation and the occurrence of burrs. As a matter of fact the resin, a Peek with glass and carbon fibers, is injected between 380°C and 390°C in a mold heated at a temperature of 190°C.
Repeatability tests have shown results above all expectations. This success paves the way for new possibilities in routine production: the integration of new functions – like filtration – in the injected part being only an example.