Trelleborg's engineered coated fabrics operation's state-of-the-art Rapid Prototype Center (RPC) is in our Rutherfordton, North Carolina, facility in the U.S.
The miniature prototype equipment offers the latest technology in the rapid prototyping field and is an invaluable service to current and potential customers. It reduces the time and cost of creating functional coated fabric samples highly correlated to large-scale production equipment.
After defining the customer's needs, developing a cutting-edge concept, and receiving the customer's approval, Trelleborg's research and development team designed a unique and customized lab sample in the RPC that underwent stringent testing before moving to serial production.
Trelleborg's investment in RPC technology has enhanced its capability to meet ever-demanding market needs, such as for safety applications on commercial aircraft, tactical gear for defense personnel, life-saving medical equipment, safety clothing for firefighters, and a broad range of protective clothing applications.
The RPC contributes significantly to the fourth stage in Trelleborg's five-step product development process to ensure customers select the suitable polymer material and engineered textile for their application and performance requirements.