At LTP, since 1985, our core business has been the manufacture of customised housings and parts. To do this, we have an innovative process of our own, which is perfectly suited to the production of small and medium-sized runs. This is plastic sheet-metal working – also known as mouldless plastics processing – which enables us to offer our customers customised solutions, whatever their sector of activity. For example, we recently worked on a project for a company specialising in PCB design and production.
Founded in 2003 and based in Évreux, in the Eure region of France, the company designs and routes electronic boards for a wide range of sectors. For example, it has worked with companies in the aerospace, transport, medical and paramedical, oil industry and research centres sectors. As a result, it has a wealth of expertise in industrialisation and complex layouts to IPC standards. As part of its business, it needed a front panel for a Plexiglas screen for a new project. Since plastic sheet metal met her technical requirements and budget, she turned to our team to design a custom part.
A made-to-measure part to cover a screen
This Normandy-based company placed its trust in us for its new project. We put all our expertise at their service to ensure their satisfaction and present them with a made-to-measure part. We began by studying their requirements, their business and their specifications in order to fully understand their needs, namely the design of a front panel to cover and protect a screen (or IPC board). As the quantity to be produced was small, the production of a mould was not an option, as the process would not have been cost-effective. The same applied to additive manufacturing or 3D printing, which would have been far too expensive. That’s why it opted for plastic sheet metal work, which also met another of its criteria: a made-to-measure design, since the standard solution didn’t correspond to its project.
So we got involved at the start of the life cycle. Based on the company’s specifications, our design office was able to produce a prototype on schedule, in line with its technical constraints.
The special features of this project carried out by our company
The design of this custom-made Plexiglas piece had to meet a number of very specific criteria. It had to be suitable for indoor use in order to protect a screen. It also had to conform to the company’s 3D plan, be produced to very tight deadlines and be delivered on site, in Évreux in the Eure region of France. Plastic sheet metal work was therefore the ideal solution to meet this demand. On the one hand, it enabled us to produce a prototype quickly, and on the other, to supply our customer with a made-to-measure part.
Our team took account of these different specificities to design, in our factory near Le Havre, a clear, transparent PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate) front panel of the PLEXI brand, without paint. Thanks to our process, we were able to meet the 8-day deadline and the technical constraints, and thus respond favourably to our customer’s request.
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