Solution De Monchy International
In order to choose the correct material, a number of requirements were listed which the Tacx FLUX had to meet. The Smart Trainer must be able to be used by people who are capable of pedaling at very high wattages (power). In addition, it is important that the material can withstand changing loads due to different positions on the bicycle, whether seated, sprinting, or standing on the pedals. Finally, global climatic conditions must be taken into account, meaning the material's properties must be maintained regardless of temperature or humidity.
De Monchy International understood that this requires high-quality plastics. Specifically for this case: a certain type of nylon with long fibres. Long fibres provide a much better adhesion to the plastic and it has the advantage that larger forces can be absorbed (verus nylon with short fibres). In the end, PA66 LFT60 was chosen, supplied by the American RTP Company.
This material meets the most important needs: the product remains stable and is impact-resistant, despite the great pressure that can be put on the forefoot. These same qualities are also guaranteed in the long term.
Open communication and loyalty
Based on the requirements or specifications from Tacx, De Monchy International is called in and finds the most suitable material to fit their needs.
However, the choice of material is only one answer to a question. A second, at least as important, question is whether the material also fits the machinery. This is strongly related, among other things, to the size of the machines. In order to clarify this and to prevent possible problems, the company Protyp was also closely involved in this specific collaboration. They calculated whether the machinery was capable of actually producing the intended product and how it could best be done. This shortens the 'time-to-market' considerably. In the cooperation it is therefore of great value to involve partners at an early stage.
Furthermore, the cooperation between Tacx and De Monchy International is characterized by open communication and loyalty. De Monchy International has a long-term vision, has a steady and dedicated staff who have a lot of knowledge about materials, processing and market circumstances. These factors ensure a close cooperation in which De Monchy International is able to think along with its customers. In times of global scarcity of raw materials, mutual loyalty and open communication are even more important, as this ensures shorter lead times and helps prevent production stoppages.