Thermoformer Tru-Form diversifying into aerospace market

By Roger Renstrom
Correspondent

Published: June 11, 2013 12:34 pm ET
Updated: June 11, 2013 12:35 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Medical, Thermoforming, Aerospace

Custom thermoformer Tru-Form Plastics Inc. of Gardena, Calif., has positioned itself for additional aircraft business as a complement to its strength in housings for medical gear.

For the medical and aerospace markets, “the common denominators are quality, moderate volume, low tool cost and short lead time,” said Jack Schrieffer, sales manager.

Tru-Form decided in September 2011 to begin an ISO certification process, in part to expand its market opportunities providing parts to original equipment manufacturers and replacement suppliers for aircraft interior and galley applications.

To gain the credentials, Tru-Form invested slightly more than $100,000 for consulting fees, registrar procedures and project-related employee time en route to certification to ISO 9001:2008 and AS 9100:2009 in accordance with the requirements of aerospace-oriented AS 9104A.

The effort involved reviews of Tru-Form’s quality management system including procedures and controls, employee training, process documentation, implementation of process metrics and pre-audit assessments.

National Quality Assurance USA of Acton, Mass., issued the certification to Tru-Form on Feb. 4. NQA conducted a preliminary review in the fall of 2012 and a three-day audit starting Jan. 2. NQA is a trading name of Ascertiva Group Ltd., a subsidiary of the London-based Electrical Safety Council.

In conjunction with the advance, “we went to a new computer operating system that was helpful for the ISO certification process but not strictly for this purpose so related costs are not included in the $100,000,” Schrieffer said.

Currently, Tru-Form’s largest end markets are medical test equipment enclosures and panels and transportation components for recreational vehicle, automotive aftermarket, marine, motorcycle and golf cart applications.

Also, Tru-Form has a lighting business that includes lenses, reflectors and other components for indoor and outdoor commercial lighting fixtures.

Tru-Form has listings with UL LLC, the safety science and standards development firm, for specialized capabilities to shield materials and substrates of electronic equipment from waves causing electromagnetic interference and radio frequency interference.

Tru-Form occupies 50,000 square feet and operates six ZMD International Inc. machines. Four are dedicated for vacuum forming, and two have capabilities for both vacuum and pressure forming.

Recently, Tru-Form decided to remove from storage, and revamp, a Drypoll-made pressure forming press. Tru-Form aims to begin operating that seventh press in July.

Tru-Form operates two DMS and two MotionMaster computer-numerical-control trimming centers. Each has five-axis capability and a standard-size table of 5 feet by10 feet. Tru-Form uses the tooling centers for tool builds and the machining of metal and plastic parts.

Established in 1956, privately-owned Tru-Form employs 35 including two programmers for CNC machines and tool-build processes and, typically, one or two operators for the tooling centers.

For the five months ended May 31, Tru-Form recorded 2013 sales growth of more than 18 percent versus the comparable period in 2012, Schrieffer said.


Comments

Thermoformer Tru-Form diversifying into aerospace market

By Roger Renstrom
Correspondent

Published: June 11, 2013 12:34 pm ET
Updated: June 11, 2013 12:35 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Lund adds to aftermarket auto products portfolio with buy of Bushwacker

January 29, 2015 2:49 pm ET

Lund International Inc. has expanded its portfolio of plastic aftermarket vehicle accessories by acquiring Bushwacker Inc.    More

Image

Falcon Plastics expands in South Dakota

January 29, 2015 11:45 am ET

Falcon Plastics Inc. is putting the final touches on a 60,000 square foot addition that will nearly double the size of its Brookings, S.D.,...    More

Image

Pyramid investing in new presses as it targets sales in medical, technical molding

January 21, 2015 1:40 pm ET

Custom molder Pyramid Plastics Inc. is investing to boost its stake in medical and technical molding.    More

Market Reports

Plastics in Automotive: Innovation & Emerging Trends

This special report newly released by PN and sponsored by The Conair Group examines current trends in the use of plastics in automotive, materials innovations and the changing landscape. It includes a review of legislative/regulatory activity impacting vehicle development and lightweighting, market opportunities & challenges for mold and toolmakers, innovative design strategies being implemented by major OEMs and suppliers, as well as a review of key indicators in Canada, Mexico, Brazil and China.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Injection Molding Market Analysis & Processor Rankings

Plastics News BUNDLED package contains our in-depth Market Analysis of the Injection Molding segment. You will gain keen insight on current trends and our economic outlook.

As a BONUS this includes PN's updated 2014 database of North American Injection Molders RANKED by sales volume. Sort, merge, mail & prospect by end market, materials processed, region, # of plants and more.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events