Molder Brentwood Industries Inc. has launched production of its biggest part yet for tractor-trailer trucks - a 140-inch molded-in-color bumper fascia.
The company is thermoforming the fascia from 0.225 inch thick sheets of thermoplastic polyolefin and delivering it ready to assemble on Mack Trucks Inc.'s largest trucks, the Pinnacle Class 8 Highway truck, said David Fry, sales manager for Reading, Pa.-based Brentwood, in an interview at the Society of Plastics Engineers 2007 Automotive TPO conference, held Oct. 8-10 in Sterling Heights.
It also represents an increase in Brentwood's subassembly capabilities. The 60-pound part - including four thermoformed parts that wrap completely around the 8-foot-wide truck, 13 pieces of steel, and 72 nuts, bolts and connectors - is delivered as a complete module, ready for attachment.
The molded-in-color surface also allows the company to skip any painting or other decorative processes.
Brentwood has made parts for Mack trucks for 30 years, but the bumper fascia is a new product category for the company.
The firm also invested in new thermoforming equipment from Maac Machinery Corp. to make the parts.