The new WELE machine at TRP in Hereford
Elastomatic rubber seal, gasket and moulding specialist, TRP Sealing Systems, has invested in a new CNC machine for mould tool manufacture.
TRP Sealing Systems says by investing in the new ‘Wele Large Bridge’ machining centre from 2D CNC Machinery it plans to integrate certain larger mould tool operations in-house.
“We have already recruited a tooling engineer and we are ready to hit the ground running,” commented TRP’s Managing Director, Simon Children.
The Wele LB (Large Bridge) 421 has a 4,000 mm by 2,000 mm table with a load capacity of 15 tonnes supported by ultra-heavy, triple roller guideways on the X-axis. The machine at TRP is specified with the optional 26 kW, 15,000 revs/min gear-driven, direct drive spindle. It has a 32-tool capacity and is fitted with Fanuc 31iMB control.
As part of its continuous investment programme, the Wele LB421 will be installed at TRP’s Hereford facility in a purpose-refurbished toolroom. The building is also being equipped with ancillary equipment to handle large and complex mould tools.
“Whilst I am sure we will continue to use our current mould tooling suppliers, our investment in internal capacity will further strengthen our supply chain, ensure greater flexibility and improved responsiveness,” Children added.
TRP is a supplier to the automotive sector and a major supplier to the electronics, medical, marine, power generation, oil and gas, aerospace and defence industries.