Precision Decorating Chemical-resistant Nylon
With its own state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, Starkey is an industry leader in hearing-instrument manufacturing. Starkey selected Phillips to decorate parts used in the Zon™ with BluWave™ SP series of hearing aids that blend cutting-edge technology and exquisite design.
Precision decorating, which Starkey required, is one of Phillips-Medisize’ many capabilities. Phillips-Medisize researched, tested and ultimately purchased Plasma Surface Treatment equipment to precision decorate Zon™ parts that are molded in a chemical-resistant nylon.
As a result of investing in its relationship with Starkey, Phillips-Medisize met the Starkey timeline, gained a valued customer, and acquired the knowledge and tools required to alter the surface energy of, and thereby paint, a chemical-resistant material.
Innovators in Secondary Operations
Phillips-Medisize has been an innovator in ushering these secondary operations processes to new levels of quality and cost-effectiveness:
- Paint and Laser Etching – a process for creating backlit components
“The Zon™ program was the first time Starkey required precision decorating on its product. Partnering with Phillips-Medisize enabled us to meet our design objectives and achieve a successful launch of the product, which has been very well received in the marketplace. We’ve been happy with Phillips-Medisize’s performance and our continuing partnership.”
– Jim Grossman, director of mechanical engineering, Starkey