20. December 2018 | Nonwovens & Technical Textiles
Autoneum: optimized production process for inner dashes and floor insulators
To support automobile manufacturers in the production of lighter, quieter and more fuel-efficient vehicles, Autoneum has optimized its process for the fabrication of lightweight inner dashes and floor insulators. The fully automated IFP-R3 production system is based on the Rotating Injection Fiber process developed by Autoneum. The basic material, a felt-fiber blend, is continuously injected into a component mold located in a rotating drum to create stable in-termediate products which are subsequently converted into acoustic components.
Compared to the previous model, the IFP-R3 line has two additional feeding systems for the felt-fiber blend that allow a significantly higher production output while simultaneously reducing manufacturing time by 50 %. Thanks to the line expansion, large felt mats can be processed into inner dashes and floor insulators that are particularly suitable for all-terrain vehicles and SUVs. With this system, Autoneum is making a decisive contribution to the weight and noise reduction of these globally sought-after vehicle models. As a result of the system adjustment, Autoneum also achieves a better environmental performance of the production process, as fewer fiber scrap is generated and can additionally be reused in the component production.
IFP-R3 is already operational in various plants of Autoneum and the joint venture company UGN in North America and will in future be implemented at other Autoneum sites in Europe and China.