SA Engineering (Livonia, MI) has invested in a new state-of-the-art technology center located in Livonia, MI, and has announced its grand opening during Engel’s (Schwertberg, Austria) trend.scaut 2016.
The inception of the SA Engineering Technology Center stems from a request from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) looking for a world-class facility, that could support the efforts of OEMs and tiered automotive suppliers who are looking at global technologies and interested in developing these technologies further for mass production consideration. It was determined by them that there was a need for a local Detroit facility, as opposed to traveling globally to conduct Design of Experiments.
The facility houses a number of technology partners under one roof, centrally located, with state-of-the-art equipment and technical specialists on site, to assist in bringing challenging projects to fruition.
SA Engineering Technology Center’s mission is to be the top facility for new injection molding technologies targeting weight reduction, cost reduction and improved quality. The Center will co-develop and prove out repeatable processes for mass production.
Jim Osbourn, the Center’s Business Unit Manager said, “Our mission is to assist OEMs and Tiered Suppliers in determining the best technology to bring their ideas and objectives from concept, through trial, to final product.”
“The SA Engineering Technology Center is primarily automotive focused, but all the same principles and technologies could be applied to other industries. Our desire to create a center for development of advanced injection molding technologies is a perfect match with Engel’s aspiration to expand the envelope of injection molding techniques. They were clearly an ideal partner for this venture.”
Engel is the exclusive provider of state-of-the-art injection molding machines and automation for the SA Engineering Technology Center to assure the best equipment for trials.
The Center has selected Trexel for its lightweighting product development with MuCell and CFA’s. The MuCell capabilities are available on three state-of-the-art Engel machines with the latest T-series gas dosing systems: 285T Tech, 660T Wide Platen with core back, and 1000T Wide Platen with core back. Trexel onsite technical staff will also provide R&D and mold trial support for customers interested in evaluating TecoCell.