By Liz White, UT editor
Detroit, Michigan-A new console for access floors from Johnson Controls Inc. uses the company's CrafTec PFIP (partial foam-in-place) process to replace the traditional armrest assembly. This gives "an integrated comfort zone with a soft user interface," next to the seating areas, said a statement from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin-headquartered group.
The PFIP method uses conventional foam-in-place technology to position the polyurethane foam only at the points in a part where softness is necessary.
JCI said its innovative console uses technologies that enable differentiation. The product was unveiled on 8 Jan at the start of the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
According to JCI, the console "offers many benefits for makers seeking greater value and flexible space usage," including more storage space, additional features, integrated soft surfaces and the opportunity for unique finishes.
The console, "can help distinguish an auto manufacturer's vehicle with great new features and functions," said Byron Foster, who leads Johnson Controls' North American interiors business, in the JCI statement. "With this unique product, we add value by delivering outstanding craftsmanship, superior process technologies, and seamless integration."
The center console-located between the front seats-uses the company's family of CrafTec processes for highly crafted interior trim components, made by combining multiple materials in a single piece. CrafTec PFIP is a process in which "plush softness" is applied using the main substrate instead of making the product in separate, layered pieces, said JCI.
The console is as tall as most other front-seat centre consoles, JCI added, but with an integrated armrest for utilising the traditional armrest zone for increased storage, as shown in the picture. "