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Manufacturing Excellence

The highest standards create the highest quality

TRICO's wiper industry leadership begins at our 81,000-square-foot Global Technology Center in Rochester Hills, Michigan – the most advanced of TRICO's development and test facilities around the globe. It is equipped with the latest in analytical testing used in a grueling regimen that puts wiper systems through harsher-than-real-world conditions for extended periods of time.

image of vehcile being evaluated at Trico Technology Center

Our research and manufacturing capabilities include virtually every component of a windshield wiper/washer system, creating in the process a worldwide powerhouse capable of designing and manufacturing solutions for the vehicles of tomorrow, today.

Rochester Hills Technology Center capabilities:

  • Validation laboratory – 45,000 square feet
  • Staff 70 engineers at the Technology Center in Rochester Hills, Michigan, plus another 200 around the globe 
  • House more than 60 test chambers, 150 test bucks and 6 full-size vehicle test bays for R&D
  • 60+ CAD workstations using the latest in computer-aided design software technology
  • Full warranty analysis and tear-down capability; warranty lessons learned are reviewed with all business units and manufacturing locations via TRICO CAS system
  • TS 16949 certification, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, Porsche VDA 6, plus many of the highest quality ratings from the world’s leading automakers

Engineer pointing to computer screen showing airflow pattern over a wiperAnalytical tools used to ensure the best R&D and design capabilities:

  • KBE – enables wiper system design and integration in the vehicle-specific environment  
  • FEA: Static and dynamic – performed to simulate conditions where systems are most likely to fail
  • CFD: 2-D and 3-D
  • Thermal FEA
  • Magnetic FEA
  • Proprietary Variflex beam blade design software 

Proactive approach to analyzing performance trends:

  • Monthly review by each business unit for ongoing analysis of trends, claims and failures; summary reported in Monthly Quality Review with plant quality and management
  • Weekly reviews of returned part analysis among design engineering, plant warranty group and plant quality
  • Formalized Corrective Action System to address new issues