WITTMANN BATTENFELD UK Ltd helps TML Ltd take the fight to the COVID-19 virus
WIBA UK technology has been helping ISO 13485 qualified injection moulder Thornbury Manufacturing Limited (TML) produce Covid-fighting PPE equipment in record time.
The Plymouth-based TML’s medical and healthcare work has been steadily expanding to the point where it now comprises some 44% of total business and its ISO 13485 qualification (2016) was renewed some two years ago.
Fast responses were needed in the early days of the pandemic and word would have reached public procurement ears of TML’s medical manufacturing reputation. A significant order – via UK Government sources – came in for a new design of face shield; design-for-manufacture and production services were urgently needed.
Both TML’s material supplier, (Distrupol) and its toolmaker (Mouldtech Solutions Paignton) all put their shoulders to the wheel in the service of the public need.
TML’s founding experiences on the automotive supply-side immediately came into play in terms of the need for extensive production and process validations, CAP (dimensional) studies and ongoing inspections and other protocols for the new item.