Dexter, Michigan -- The TPV primary body seal on Chrysler's 2007 Dodge Ram pickup has won a top award for innovation for Jyco Sealing Technologies.
"A lot of people in the industry said it couldn't be done," said Shawn Jyawook, Jyco's chief operating officer. "We knew it could, and with the support of the DaimlerChrysler team, it took us less than three years to have the proof in production."
Jyco's primary seal on the 2007 Dodge Ram pickup was honoured as the industry's first TPV body-mounted primary seal used in a complete dynamic-sealing application. As the functional equivalent of EPDM sponge, Jyco's proprietary JyFlex TPV made possible the transition from thermoset rubber to thermoplastic elastomer, said the company. The change enhanced performance while reducing costs 20 percent. Jyco also supplied the tooling and processing.
Jyco is providing TPV systems for all primary and auxiliary weather seals on the Dodge Ram pick-up and the glass run channel on Jeep Liberty, the first full vehicle TPV sealing programs in the world.
According to Jyco, "Unlike open cell EPDM, closed cell JyFlex TPV is virtually moisture-proof (
"Raw material cost is higher for TPVs than traditional thermoset rubber, but this is more than offset by cost savings on the finished part or assembly. TPV weather seals reduce finished part cost by simplifying fabrication, reducing processing times, and lowering scrap rates."
Jyco, based in Dexter, Michigan was founded in 2000 with the aim of delivering body seals in TPV materials to the automotive industry.
The company was by founded Sam Jyawook, President and CEO. He is a three-time recipient of the GM Supplier of the Year Award, as well as top technology awards from other Fortune 50 industry leaders.
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