Helton, Inc. has been a plastics supplier for Carter Brothers for 20+ years. Carter Brothers came to Helton with a new product line. This was going to be different than anything we have worked on together before. This project stretched the capabilities of both companies as Carter ventured into a new market with their UTV. For this project, Carter hired a designer from Italy. He designed a unit that was covered in plastic which presented a number of issues with all the body panels connecting together. The unit consisted of:
|Main Hood||Rear Hood||Front Bumper||Rear Bumper|
|Mini Hood designed for storage||Tunnel Engine Cover||Left and Right Side Panels||
"most complex part"
In total there were nine connecting pieces of plastic. The cock pit was the most complicated as it consisted of five connecting pieces. During prototyping, we fought the battle of not only fitting the parts to the frame but making each connection point seamless. After many hours of working with each part, we were able to accomplish our goal in record time. In just a few short months, we took this project from concept drawings to a sellable unit.
At the time we launched this project, a few parts exceeded the capabilities of our machines. We were able to later modify the machines to pull the parts into a production setting. We used multiple types of plastics on this project, such as weather resistant ABS and HMWPE. With both companies working hand in hand, we managed to push this project into the market in just three short months and in time to make the December Christmas rush.
I appreciate you going the extra mile(and ½) for helping us meet our customer’s needs and deadline. I will not forget the extra effort you gave us. Sincere Thanks from BL Fab. and myself.
- Darryl Miller, BL FabricatorsView All