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Can Custom Injection Molding Save Costs In The Automotive Industry?

Posted by Jim White

May 22, 2014 2:39:00 PM

Automotive seating is an excellent example of how Thomson custom molded solutions can be used to replace metal and bronze components to reduce costs and improve performance. Our design team at Thomson is currently working in new cost reduction applications for Automotive Seating utilizing our custom wear and friction injection molding/material expertise, specifically to eliminate metal components and consolidate assembly operations.

We have been extrememly successful in the replacement of powder metal & bronze components at major Automotive Seating OEMs in North America. Thomson offers a unique ability to manufacture custom solutions off fabricated custom tooling to optimize part geometry cost and assembly efficiency for our customers.

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Examples of these cost savings and assembly efficiencies can be seen in numerous Automotive Seat Linkages Applications. Below are a few examples: 

  • 60/40 2nd Row Split Folt
  • Main Back Frame Pivot
  • Power Adjuster: Motion-Cushion-Transmission Torque Tube Applications
  • Manual Adjuster Towel Bar Adjusters
  • Load Floor Cushion Links
  • Head Rest Linkage
  • Arm Rest Linkage

In addition to seat applications, Thomson can offer custom molded fasteners, molded bearings and molded bushings solutions for other automotive applications as well, including:Automotive uses for nyliners

  • Pedal Pivots
  • Mirror and Lamp Adjust
  • Seat and Headrest Links
  • Door Hinge Pivot
  • Wiper Pivot
  • Shift Linkages
  • Steering 
  • King Pin Bushings
  • Belt Tensioners
  • Bolt Linkages
• Pedal Pivots • Mirror and Lamp Adjust • Seat and Headrest Links • Door Hinge Pivot • Wiper Pivot • Shift Linkages • Steering • King Pin Bushings • Belt Tensioners • Bolt Linkages - See more at: http://www.danaherspecialtyproducts.com/Thomson_Nyliner/Industry_Solutions/Transportation/#sthash.pTCVRHIb.dpuf
• Pedal Pivots • Mirror and Lamp Adjust • Seat and Headrest Links • Door Hinge Pivot • Wiper Pivot • Shift Linkages • Steering • King Pin Bushings • Belt Tensioners • Bolt Linkages - See more at: http://www.danaherspecialtyproducts.com/Thomson_Nyliner/Industry_Solutions/Transportation/#sthash.pTCVRHIb.dpuf
• Pedal Pivots • Mirror and Lamp Adjust • Seat and Headrest Links • Door Hinge Pivot • Wiper Pivot • Shift Linkages • Steering • King Pin Bushings • Belt Tensioners • Bolt Linkages - See more at: http://www.danaherspecialtyproducts.com/Thomson_Nyliner/Industry_Solutions/Transportation/#sthash.pTCVRHIb.dpuf

By utilizing Thomson Custom Injection Molded Solutions, customers have seen a number of benefits that include:

  • Lowered piece price vs Metal/Bronze
  • Eliminated Metal Bearing with high compressive strength low friction polymer
  • Consolidate part assembly processes
  • Eliminated press fit assembly operations needed for metal bearings
  • Eliminated secondary oiling-greasing processes.
  • Seat Vibration Reduction
  • Improved Quality
  • Weight Reduction

Additional resources on our Custom Molded Solutions can be found in Custom Mold Solutions Result in Metal Replacement Cost Reductions. We would love the opportunity to offer you a free consultation. Here are some of the custom solution services we can offer to our customers:

  • New Product Development
  • Application Engineering
  • Material Consulting
  • Rapid Low Cost Prototype Sampling
  • In House Production Tool Design and Build

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Topics: Bearings, Automotive, Fasteners, Nyliners, Custom Solutions, Injection Molding

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Written by Jim White

Jim is currently the National Sales Manager for Thomson and specializes in assisting customers create custom designed solutions to solve their problems.

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