Mountain Biking Season is Back!

Summer in Southern California is just around the corner! This means our weekly mountain bike trips are back too. With plenty of daylight left after work, much of the team heads for Calavera Mountain in our City of Carlsbad. What was once an active volcano, Calavera now serves as a meeting place for us to exercise and share common passions. Work should be enjoyable, and Toolbox seeks to provide a fast paced, fun, and rewarding environment for employees to prosper in.

Lake Calavera in Carlsbad, California

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Toolbox Installs Clean Room and Pilot Assembly Area

Toolbox has completed installation of a Portable Controlled Environment Area and a pilot assembly line including injection molding, laser welding, heat sealing and filling/sealing of reagents.   Toolbox is now producing development cartridges daily to help one of our customers’ through the design integration and verification phases of their project.

 

Clean Room

Toolbox has spent the last several months designing, prototyping, testing and iterating the various functional areas of this cartridge using our couponing strategy.   As we entered the design integration phase, we discovered that it is difficult to find a single contract manufacturer with all of the requisite capabilities.  In addition, CMs are often not able to respond so quickly to the rapid iterative approach required during this phase.

According to Toolbox President, John Zeis, “The Toolbox culture is to do whatever it takes to help our customer’s get the job done.   One team members stepped up and said, if we can’t find someone to do it, then we will just need to do it ourselves.   I was blown away at how quickly and effectively, the guys were able to get this assembly area installed, qualified and operational.   Rob, Cole, Romy, Xavier and the other team members have also done an exceptional job of responding to rapid design iterations and intense production demands.”   By all accounts, this effort has saved our customer significant development time and cost.

clean room 2

Let us know how we can help you with your diagnostic development needs.  We will find a way to make it happen.

 

 

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Injection Molding

New Plastic Injection Molding Machine

It was an exciting day last week when our new Injection Molding Machine rolled in the door! After waiting for months as our machine was custom built, we are thrilled to finally get it on site! As our machine shop grows so do our capabilities, which allows our customers to have majority of production done in house. With the addition of our new Arburg Injection Molding Machine 375V 500 – 170, Toolbox Medical Innovations becomes fully capable of producing quick turn and cost effective injection molded parts.

Our new 55 ton machine has a shot size of 3.7 ounces and is configured different than most machines. It is a vertical/vertical press meaning the both the injection unit and the machine clamping system both sit in a vertical orientation. Why is this important? Because the nature of our injection molding capability is to provide fast and flexible service. This gives us the ability to hand load inserts and/or mold with multiple thermoplastic resins. Hand loaded inserts allow us to mold complex geometry like undercuts or threads with relatively simple and quickly made tooling. These inserts get loaded into the tool on an open face using gravity to keep them in place. Molded parts are easier to remove from the vertical clamp while inserts are manually removed from the molded part.

All said, our prototypes are made quickly and cost effectively using a real injection molding process without making compromises in material selection. Design changes are quickly integrated into testing coupons and design iteration can take place in very short order. Interested in Injection Molding capabilities or services? We would love to hear from you! Click here for more information.

Best wishes from the Toolbox Team

 

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Rain or shine, our Friday barbecues have become a tradition here at Toolbox! Whether its a favorite dish or cut of meat, many of us bring something in for all to enjoy. Fridays have become synonymous with the sweet smell of barbecue. Our barbecues create a fun and inclusive atmosphere and there is nothing better than being surrounded by good friends and great barbecue. Toolbox provides an exciting work environment and rewarding opportunities, and we strive to provide the best service in medical product development. Come by some time and grab a taco from one of our grill masters! Best wishes from the Toolbox team.

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Foundry Medical Innovations has merged with Zeis Consulting Group, a leader in IVD clinical research, and changed its name to Toolbox Medical Innovations to better leverage its strengths and serve its growing list of clients. We now have a wider focus and more tools at our disposal that will help us deliver the best in medical and diagnostic technology to our target markets.

Along with the merger comes building improvements to its Carlsbad headquarters that includes a new engineering laboratory, additional office space, numerous upgrades to the current facility, a new top-of-the line injection molding machine, and a usability testing area. At Toolbox Medical Innovations, we help our customer’s improve personal wellness.

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