Burscheid, Germany - Johnson Controls Automotive Experience has introduced its first seating product using combined Johnson Controls, CRH (C. Rob Hammerstein) and Keiper technology, the company said in a 26 Oct announcement.
The modular front seat structure sets "a new benchmark in lightweight construction," Johnson Controls said. It also is the first product that demonstrates the combined expertise JCI said it is offering customers following the acquisition of CRH and Keiper.
The German branch of Johnson Controls said it will provide Daimler with more than 30 different versions of the front seat structure for several Mercedes-Benz models.
"We are excited by the introduction of this modular seat structure because it meets stringent industry requirements and achieves a new level of lightweight construction, believed to be the lowest-weight structure of its kind in the market," said Beda Bolzenius, president of Johnson Controls Automotive Experience.
The company said designers used a modular system featuring lightweight recliner mechanisms and drives in order to achieve a 4-6.4 kg reduction in weight per vehicle.
The design includes CRH's lightweight seat rails and electric spindle drives, using all-synthetic materials for the tilt adjustment module rather than the conventional use of steel. The recliner, which comes from Keiper's Taumel 2000 series, offers maximum strength combined with minimum weight, Johnson Controls said.
Johnson Controls Automotive Experience makes automotive seating, overhead systems, door and instrument panels, and interior electronics.