The customer wanted to develop a shield for the wheels of its existing 360 RAIN product, an unmanned irrigation machine. Given the product dimensions and production volume, they determined that thermoforming would be the best manufacturing process. However, since this was the company’s first vacuum thermoformed part, their internal staff did not have the design knowledge or forming capability in house to produce these parts. Nor did they have any qualified vendors in their supply chain to help on this project.
The 360 RAIN delivers bands of water, nutrients, and fungicides directly to the base of plants.
Tooling Tech was able to provide a true “one-stop-shop” experience to 360 Yield Center for the complete product development process. Starting from the initial part and tool design, to the actual tool build, to finding and qualifying an outside forming vendor, communicating timing and logistics with the vendor, and shipment of final parts to the customer—we handled every step.
Newly-designed component to shield the wheels on the 360 RAIN.
Samples of the new wheel shield thermoformed part.