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SYMX is hiring a Plant Manager for Bristol, Rhode Island

SYMX is hiring a Plant Manager for Bristol, Rhode Island

Symmetrix Composite Tooling, Inc. is a multi-axis digital fabricator specializing in composites and serving progressive industries such as alternative energy, transportation, marine, art, and architecture, operating multiple tooling plants located across the country.  Staffing and training a top-quality crew of craftsman is a priority along with proper shop facilitation on a job by job bases. Our success is measured by the quality of work coming from each site, as well as the profitability, regulatory compliance, and safe operations of the facility.  The on-site, day to day management of the tooling plants is essential to the success of the company.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate”, says John Barnitt, President of Symmetrix Composite Tooling. “The SYMX RI facility is a superior composite shop in New England because our well-trained team handles the largest, most accurate 5-axis milling machine on the Eastern seaboard for our exceptional customers and loyal vendors. The proper person with a distinct combination of technical abilities and leadership will thrive in our environment!”

The Plant Manager will be responsible for effectively planning, directing and coordinating all activities of the tooling plant.  The role will innovate manufacturing processes and methods through continuous improvement. Managing workflow and scheduling while maintaining financial goals.

Working under the direction of Senior Management, the Plant Manager will:

  • Staff all positions and have the authority to direct and manage the day to day activities of the tooling plant.
  • Be responsible for the safety of the workers and all site regulatory and permitting compliance requirements.
  • Promote team building, process training and a safety culture.
  • Be responsible for profitable operations as measured by the SYMX Cost of Goods Sold method.
  • Schedule jobs with on time delivery at quality standards.
  • Host and manage weekly Program Review meetings.
  • Reports to and supported by the centralized Sales, General & Administration team in method and process.

Direct Reports will include:

  • Shop Floor Manager
  • Bookkeeping & HR
  • Sales & Project Management

The successful candidate will be a strong team leader with an understanding of:

  • Scheduling and project planning
  • ERP/MRP software
  • Large format CNC machining
  • Finishing work with meticulous attention to detail
  • FRP production processes
  • FRP tooling methods
  • CAD/CAM and Rhino 3D basic knowledge

A talented, hard working person with a positive attitude will win this position. Salary is competitive and balanced with experience. To learn more about Symmetrix Composite Tooling, you are welcome to view the company website (www.symmetrixcomposites.com) and Facebook. If you feel you meet the above standards, please e-mail your resume to careers(a)symmetrixcomposites.com.

Symmetrix Brings Metrology Capability In-house

Symmetrix Brings Metrology Capability In-house

Outside of an advanced Quality Assurance team, metrology – the scientific study of measurement – is not a well-known concept. However, the confirmation that a project is both on track and accurate is essential to the manufacturing process.

Symmetrix Composite Tooling has added high accuracy metrology expertise to its expanding toolbox. For Symmetrix, metrology means verifying that our craftsmen using our large format machining center produce shapes to the accuracy our clients demand. Fractions of millimeter tolerances over tens of meters are the norm and require exacting levels of precision in both manufacture and measurement. With our FARO® laser tracker and Verisurf software, we measure and compare tooling surfaces to the 3D CAD model geometry with sub-millimeter accuracy without limitation due to size for near real-time confirmation that a project is on track.

By coupling today’s laser technology with a modern scientific approach, metrology expertise is a powerful tool with a variety of applications. SYMX can apply this technology and use our laser tracking to ‘Clock in’ and accurately assemble large composite tooling or complex pattern geometries. Even more, Symmetrix can now offer ‘On-Site’ mold verification as a value-added service. Clients can now confidently know their production process is free of errors letting them focus on design and innovation instead of manufacturing complications.

Andrew McDonald Joins Symmetrix Composite Tooling Team

Andrew McDonald Joins Symmetrix Composite Tooling Team

Please join us in welcoming Andrew McDonald to the Symmetrix team.

“Andy brings extensive knowledge and experience to Symmetrix, from closed molding-resin infusion to light-RTM tooling, production as well as prototype tooling. His years of composite tool-making across a variety of industries such as wind, transportation, medical, and marine give him a detailed understanding and confidence that only comes from years of ‘hands-on’ involvement.  We are thrilled to have him on the team,” says John Barnitt, President of Symmetrix Composite Tooling. “Andy will have a key management role here at Symmetrix.”

In his new role, Andy brings two decades of experience in large scale composite mold making, Light RTM and heated epoxy tooling work to help expand Symmetrix’s composite tool making capabilities. As the former Tooling Manager of TPI Composites Inc., he is listed as inventor for multiple patents in heated tooling technology.

“Having worked as the guy on the shop floor with a table of offsets, to the guy in the office with a customer, I have the comprehensive understanding of composite products and whole manufacturing process,” says Andy. “Symmetrix’s proven track record of delivering complex composite solutions and verifying large scale geometries to submillimeter accuracy is pretty easy for me to get enthusiastic about.”

Andy grew up in California and studied Manufacturing Engineering and Plastics at Western Washington University before moving to the “right” coast. He is an automotive enthusiast and a Formula 1 racing fanatic. He lives with his family in Rhode Island.

Zero Emissions Yacht Built from Composites

Incredibly fast sailing yachts are being built with composites, and they’re setting new records in ocean-going speed. Daedalus Yachts is taking this concept of fast cruising a step further by adding green technology to power the systems on its Daedalus 80. This new technology eliminates the need to stop for fuel, extending the cruising range of the Daedalus 80 indefinitely.

Symmetrix was called in to shape and fabricate a modular tooling solution for ‘Phase One’ of the construction process; building canoe bodies and the structural wet deck surfaces. The 23 female molds not only fit together seamlessly but stand up to the post-curing process required for pre-preg carbon construction. The hulls are female-molded, vacuum-cured carbon and epoxy foam sandwich construction. The infused carbon-fiber molds match the thermal expansion properties of these materials, ensuring accurate final shapes for the hulls.

The Daedalus 80 is currently under construction in North Carolina. Read more on their website.

 

Newest Back Cove is Designed for Outboards

The first Back Cove with outboard engines features an entirely new hull that was designed using the power of computational fluid dynamics. From this sophisticated design, Symmetrix shaped a single-piece FRP production mold that will accommodate Back Cove’s infusion construction process and deliver the highest level of finish over the many expected pulls.

The hull, fitted with a standard bow thruster and designed specifically for outboard propulsion, offers cruise and top-end speeds approximately 10 knots faster than the traditional, single diesel engine Back Cove. Sea trials will take place in August, and the Back Cover 34O will debut at the 2018 Newport International Boat Show. Read more on the Back Cove Yachts website. 

 

Composite Autonomous Aircraft

Valkyrie Systems Aerospace came to us to shape a prototype of their latest unmanned aerial vehicle. The “Eagle” is amphibious, hovers like a helicopter, and flies with the power of a fighter jet.

Utilizing our 360-degree tooling capabilities, we created a precise one-quarter scale model of the Eagle. Our 5-axis machine, combined with the experience of our engineering and build teams, allowed us to create geometry that would otherwise be impossible to remove from a mold. In addition, the machined piece is more accurate than a hand-built model and was shaped in a matter of hours.

Cut from a single block of foam (with the exception of the winglets), the one-quarter scale model has a wingspan of 7.7 feet, measures 5.2 feet from nose to tail, and has a body height of 1.6 feet. The winglets were cut separately and shaped with keyways for attachment to the wings.

To learn more about this  UAV, visit the Valkyrie Systems Aerospace website.