14 April 2015
14 April 2015
Tri-Mack Plastics believes that it has found the formula for meeting clients’ needs for lower cost, lightweight, high-quality thermoplastic parts and assemblies through a combination of innovative technology, materials expertise and customer collaboration.
It says, while other suppliers have downsized and outsourced, the 40 year-old company recently hired almost three dozen new employees, opened a new Advanced Composites Centre, and is already planning to expand its onsite facilities in Bristol, Rhode Island, US.
This is in response to a thriving aerospace industry that is predicted to continue on an upward trajectory into the next decade with demand for new aircraft expected to support annual industry-wide growth of approximately seven percent, an increase of more than 50 percent by 2021.
As the expansion continues, new materials development is emerging as a clear winner in the search for more cost-effective solutions for keeping fuel costs down as passenger-miles soar. Industry customers are increasingly asking their suppliers to provide lighter, stronger composite material alternatives to aircraft components that have traditionally been made from metal.
According to Tri-Mack, the Advanced Composites Centre is dedicated to processing the latest thermoplastic composites (TPCs) that offer their customers in aerospace and other industries lightweight, robust, alternatives to heavier, more traditional materials.
Tri-Mack recently completed a project to qualify over 200 part numbers for a large aerospace OEM—at an accelerated schedule. By converting the parts from steel to TPC, the company was also able to achieve an average weight savings of 40% percent for its customer.
“A tremendous amount of development goes into every aerospace project,” says Will Kain, Tri-Mack president. “Naturally, at times this strains capacity at the OEM level. We’ve always viewed our role as that of a valued supply chain partner, helping our clients complete their projects and meet their weight-savings goals. One key aspect of the Tri-Mack formula is that we’ve become an extension of our customers’ engineering teams.
“In this partner role, we are helping customers by increasing our facility size, staff, and by adding cutting-edge research and technology,” states Kain. “Tri-Mack is more than a component manufacturer; we’re managing processes, data and aggressive new product introduction schedules. This leads to success for all the parties involved.”
Tri-Mack provides their clients with access to an impressive technology lineup which, in addition to their Advanced Composites Centre, includes injection and compression moulding, precision multi-axis machining, tool making, and a robotic injection molding cell, all backed by years of experience. From design for manufacturing to metal-to-plastic conversion, Tri-Mack’s main objective is that each part they produce meets their clients’ exact needs, whatever the materials involved.
“Going forward, Tri-Mack’s continuous investment in capital equipment, technology and people ensures that we will be able to further increase our capacity, as well as offer our customers the very latest manufacturing technologies,” says Kain.
Photo provided by Tri-Mack.
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