Plastics Extruder Pexco Celebrates Flight of the Boeing Dreamliner
YAKIMA, Wash. (February 16, 2010) – The inaugural flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner was a day of celebration for one of North America's leading extruders of plastic profile for the aerospace industry. Pexco extruded, fabricated and assisted in the design of hundreds of parts that that contribute to the 787's exciting new interior environment that features larger windows, more stowage space, better lighting and other conveniences. Lightweight plastic components also contribute to the aircraft's fuel efficiency.
"It was a milestone, a wonderful day," said Jim Widhalm, Vice President of Sales, Aerospace, as the Boeing 787 made its inaugural flight on Dec. 15.
Pexco supplied numerous trim strips for applications such as covering the joint between the cabin wall and the carpet and where carpet meets rubber matting. Seal retainers, seals and close-out strips are used extensively throughout the interior as well. Pexco-supplied parts are also used to seal the gaps in the walls and protect the corners of "monuments" – lavatories, galleys and other spaces that extend out from the cabin walls. These components enable the walls to move slightly in response to the natural flexing of the aircraft during takeoff and landing. Other interior components include housings for LED lighting and stiffener rods for the curtain that separates first class from the rear of the cabin.
While many of the parts are visible, others, such as components of the cabin air-delivery system, are hidden from view. Another example is extruded seat-track covers that also conceal and protect wiring. Working with a wiring supplier, Pexco supplied covers with the wires already installed and ready to plug in.
Pexco has long partnered with Boeing, providing engineering and fabrication services, in addition to extrusions. Nearly all of the parts for the 787 are extruded and fabricated at Pexco's Yakima, Wash., facility. "We don't just sell 10-ft. long extrusions. Our own fabrication operation cuts the extrusion to length and makes holes, notches, and other changes to the part. It is then ready to install," Widhalm explained.
Based in Atlanta and with seven plants in the United States and Mexico, Pexco is a North American leader in the design and fabrication of extruded plastics products. It provides standard and custom parts and components to manufacturers and end-users in the aerospace, retail, traffic safety, medical, lighting and fence industries. Pexco also offers a full range of custom design, engineering and fabrication services. Pexco meets the requirements of ISO 9001:2000, holds ISO 14001 registration for all of its manufacturing operations and operates two class 100,000 clean rooms. For more information, visit www.pexco.com.
Bill Graulty, Mintz & Hoke