ERJ staff report (DS)
Livonia, Michigan -- Faurecia, a French automotive systems supplier has won an award for a car door seal that is directly extruded onto the door, rather than assembled from straight extrusions and corner mouldings.
The seal is made from ExxonMobil's Santoprene material and is fitted to the Dodge Nitro ('07 model year) and the Jeep Liberty ('08 model year) made and sold in the US.SUVs from Chrysler LLC
The award was given by the US Society of Plastics Engineers in its Chassis/Hardware category of the SPE's Automotive Innovation Awards competition presented last month in Livonia, Michigan.
In the citation, the judges said, "This is the first time a TPE has been extruded directly onto a door module carrier, providing a 360Â° seal that acts as a water barrier between wet/dry sides, an acoustic barrier, and seals out dirt and dust. The seal is fully recyclable, simplifies assembly, is more robust than previous technology, and reduces material costs 53%, capital expenses 15%, seal mass 48%, and tack/cure time 90%."
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Press release from SPE (Scroll down or search on "Chassis" or "Santoprene")