Welding equipment manufacturer Rinco Ultrasonics has expanded its U.S. headquarters in Danbury, Conn., by 4,000 square feet, hired three employees and bought new machinery to bring tooling in-house and increase its capabilities.
The Switzerland-based, U.S.-owned company says demand is growing for faster deliveries and complex welding applications from the automotive and medical markets. By bringing ultrasonic tooling in-house, Rinco says it assumes complete control of documentation, testing, and other key program functions for its customers.
The company's products are used to weld plastic components and cut synthetic textiles as well as food products.
"The continual need for highly complex, and precise tooling represents a major opportunity for our company," Steve Potpan, on-site manager for Rinco Ultrasonics, said in a news release. "We're confident that this investment in personnel, space, and manufacturing resources will give us a huge amount of flexibility to meet market demand."
Rinco had space at its Danbury site to accommodate raw materials and new equipment. The company purchased a Haas computer numerically controlled milling center, a Trak lathe with a Proto Trak SLX controller, and several Trak K3 knee mills. New hires include two full-time machinists and a full-time design engineer who also fills in as a part-time machinist.
Rinco says the ultrasonic welding market is seeing greater demand for large composite horns that have multiple elements, such as mother horns up to 300mm with multiple extenders to incorporate 3-D contours and milled geometries.
Rinco also is supplying contour milled fixtures and tooling refurbishment.
The staff uses Solidworks as its CAD design software and CAMWorks to create the tool path for the CNC equipment. The design process also incorporates the use of finite element analysis.
Based in Romanshorn, Rinco is a member of the Crest Group.