07. July 2017 | Technology & Machinery

Automotive Acoustics Conference 2017: World premiere of Tune-It

Innovative Carpet Backing based on Tune-It
Source: Autoneum
As one of the global market and innovation leader, Autoneum invests continuously in the development of multifunctional components and technologies for noise protection and thermal management in vehicles. Thanks to their lightweight construction, the Company’s products also make a significant contribution to sustainable mobility. In particular, this includes carpet systems that reduce noise in the passenger cabin but also have a decisive influence on the vehicle weight due to their large size. With Tune-It for needlepunch carpets, Autoneum now offers automotive manufacturers a technology that makes the car of tomorrow lighter, more comfortable and environmentally friendly – while delivering ideal acoustic performance at the same time.

Tune-It is based on an innovative fiber combination in the carpet backing with which, for the first time, sound insulation and absorption can be tuned to the specific needs and geometry of the passenger cabin across the entire surface of the carpet. Thanks to this technological quantum leap it is now possible to define the optimum insulation and absorption performance already during the development phase of new vehicle models by means of computer-aided simulations. As a result, needlepunch carpets based on Tune-It provide ideal noise protection in the passenger cabin. In addition, given a weight advantage of up to 25% compared to standard needlepunch carpets, components based on Tune-It also support reduced fuel consumption and less vehicle emissions.

The outstanding environmental footprint of this carpet technology that consists of 100% PET
is also reflected in the fact that Tune-It based components are fully recyclable. Compared to conventional carpet molding, where non-recyclable production waste can reach a share of 30%, off-cuts produced during the manufacture of Tune-It can be processed into pellets and completely returned into the carpet manufacturing process in the form of fibers.

Tune-It will be presented to the public for the first time at the Automotive Acoustics Conference on July 11 and 12, 2017. The product launch for Tune-It is scheduled for spring 2018.

edited by Petra Gottwald

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