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A Valued Business Partnership
I need a Fabrication Partner. Collaborator. Solution Provider. When seeking a fabricator for a project, you might not be thinking along these lines, at first. You’re simply looking for a vendor to get a job done. But many times, things don’t go as planned. So having not just a vendor – but also a valued business partner – at your side can make all the difference in your project’s outcome.
GSM Industrial’s customer relationship with Pelletron Corporation is a prime example of a long-standing business partnership that thrives on collaboration and idea sharing to create smarter solutions for their customers.
A U.S. Company with Global Reach
Pelletron, headquartered in Lancaster, PA, is a supplier and exporter of dust removal systems for the plastics industry. The company also serves other industries with a wide range of specialized products. Pelletron’s patented DeDuster® systems are used for many applications, including the cleaning of plastic pellets to remove dust and impurities that can result in defective plastic products.
Pelletron’s customer base spans the globe, so many jobs must comply with international standards. Two recent Pelletron projects featuring DeDuster® systems had international components, and GSM Industrial was called on to provide expertise and guidance in getting the systems engineered, fabricated and shipped.
Mobile DeDuster® System | Destination: Saudi Arabia
A mobile DeDuster® System, just as it sounds, is a mobile dust removal unit that is installed on rails, on a mobile stand or on a bagging machine. Pelletron designed a mobile DeDuster® system for Tasnee, a plastics supplier in Saudi Arabia, and GSM built and fabricated major components of the turnkey system:
- Large cyclone
- Inline filter
- Specialized ductwork and piping
- Safety handrails and ladders
In addition to fabrication, GSM delivered more value by assembling the entire unit at its own facility and providing recommendations that improved the assembly process and the finished product. The GSM team assembled the entire unit on a concrete pad at its facility and performed testing.
The final step – ship the unit to Saudi Arabia for final assembly. To prep the unit for shipping, GSM disassembled the entire system and packed all components into ocean containers for international shipping. Although fabrication requirements are typically similar for U.S. and international projects, the shipping component is different and complex. Skid preparation is key, with stamp-treated wood being an international shipping requirement. GSM has experience working with customers like Pelletron to meet the required international standards.
Samsung DeDuster® | Destination: South Korea
Pelletron’s DeDuster® product is the heart of its business. So it makes sense to look to a partner who will bring valuable ideas to the table when it comes to fabricating this critical product.
When Pelletron was asked by Samsung to develop a new DeDuster® design – the first of its kind – the company reached out to GSM Industrial for help. The DeDuster® was part of a complex system used to clean plastic pellets that will be used in the manufacture of cell phone casings and device protection covers.
The Samsung DeDuster® had extremely high quality standards. It required stainless steel construction and a “showroom quality” look when it came to the cosmetics of the piece. GSM and Pelletron worked closely together from the early stages of development to ensure a successful outcome.
After visiting Pelletron’s site and discussing equipment and design details, GSM provided input and options for improving the DeDuster® design. With extensive knowledge of material and sheet sizes, GSM was able to recommend a heavier material that would prevent warping and deliver longer product life. GSM also provided recommendations that kept project costs lower.
After much collaboration and testing, the project was deemed a success and it shipped to Samsung’s facility in South Korea for installation. GSM supplied all of the stainless steel material and completed the fabrication, welding, assembly and polishing. More importantly, the partnership between GSM and Pelletron allowed for collaboration in the early design stages of the project, before fabrication even began. It’s another great example of the value that comes out of a strong business partnership.
“Working with OEMs like Pelletron is what GSM does best. Their projects are great examples of how we work with customers to meet their international standards, and how we strive for collaborative, long-term business partnerships that result in better products for everyone.”
Dave Towers, GSM Industrial
“The DeDuster® is a very special product for Pelletron, and the Samsung project - which required a first-of-its-kind DeDuster® design - was a big deal. GSM was a critical part of the project's success; they provided a lot of input on how the piece could be made better. It was very sophisticated work, and GSM showed they were more than capable of helping us get the job done.”
Michael King, Pelletron Corporation