Pneuline sees big growth from small products

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Roger RenstromRusty Wilhelm with a display of Pneuline Supply Inc.’s check valves.

Anaheim, Calif. — Pneuline Supply Inc. of Greeley, Colo., is seeing big growth from tiny check valves.

The company employs 11 in Colorado at its 5,000-square-foot plant, making miniature check valves. Sales have doubled sales in the past two years, Rusty Wilhelm, sales and engineering representative, said at Pneuline’s display at the Medical Design & Manufacturing West show Feb. 9-11 in Anaheim. “We project $1.5 million in 2016.”

Pneuline assembles the valves in a 200-square-foot Class 8 cleanroom and is certified under ISO 9001:2008.

Pneuline contracts with Elcam Medical’s Injectech LLC unit in Fort Collins, Colo., for injection molding of components on Fanuc Robotshot presses.

Pneuline uses a Fusion M2 printer from Epilog Laser of Golden, Colo., for custom labeling tasks.

Most of Pneuline’s volume involves diaphragm check valves. The firm is developing spring-loaded check valves for biopharmaceutical applications.

Pneuline was founded in 2006 as a distributor of automotive valves and transitioned to in-house manufacturing in mid-2013. “We started with a 3/16-inch valve for an oxygen concentrator,” Wilhelm said.