Research & Development
Research and Development (R&D) is a vital part of our company. It’s an ongoing process of improvement that enables Rhem Plastics the ability to be supportive to our customers with new product development.
All R&D is completed in house. We do not out source this crucial beginning step. R&D is what keeps our business modernistic and a step in front of competitors in the industry.
For example: A customer needed to establish minimum bend radii in piping with various wall thicknesses and diameters. Through research and development, we establish standards to support their piping systems for infield installations. Not only did we establish standards, we fabricated the components and continue to do so today.
Over the years, we have developed proprietary processes that have led to the development of standards that were once unachievable in the industry. We have learned that R&D is the heart of the company. Research and development enables us to continue to move forward which allows us to be innovative.
Acoustic Ear Coil
Below is an acoustic ear coil that is used in law enforcement and military. A new customer contacted us inquiring if Rhem Plastics could fabricate the coil at a rapid turn around time and a higher quality then what they were receiving from a company overseas. We took on the project knowing there were deformities in the product they were receiving.
After receiving the component we discovered that the tubing within the coil was elliptical, allowing a 20% loss in acoustics. We corrected it by designing tooling and a proprietary process to eliminate the acoustic distortion. We were able to regain 15% of the lost acoustics into the ear piece by achieving circularity within the inner diameter of the tubing that was used in the coil.
When it comes to production sample release, this is where we shine! The most important advantage of a prototype is that it mirrors a future product. Rhem Plastics ensures accuracy before it enters into production. This allows us to correct any design flaws that may occur during the production run. On average, a prototype of a coil, will take 3-5 days to develop.