Detroit. Michigan -- Woodbridge Group announced at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit that engineered foams supplier JSP has recently licensed Woodbridge's patented StructureLite technology to market and produce expanded polypropylene (EPP) seat frames in Japan.
StructureLite low-mass frames, which Woodbridge offers in both polyurethane and EPP, support improved fuel efficiencies and better environmental performance. This technology was previously licensed by JSP for North American manufacture.
Woodbridge notes that JSP pioneered expanded plastic foam technologies and continues to develop new applications with these remarkably strong and lightweight plastics. The company supplies EPP as ARPRO or P-Block for automotive, packaging and consumer goods markets. The company has plants and research and development facilities in major industrial centres in North America, Europe and the Asian region.
According to Ghazwan Taka, senior product manager, Formed Plastics Business Unit, at Woodbridge: "StructureLite seat frames have gained wide marketplace acceptance. Virtually every OEM is currently utilising the benefits of this technology, including many here at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)."
Taka added that Woodbridge continues to offer StructureLite seat frames in both expanded polypropylene and polyurethane, for seats in cushions, backs and bolsters.
StructureLite technology includes product design to model performance to meet customer requirements.
"This revolutionary alternative seat-frame technology continues to lower seat system weight by up to 35 percent and offer seat system cost savings by replacing traditional, complex and heavy steel stampings and wires frames," said Woodbridge.
Also, an anatomically designed A-surface improves comfort and offers cushion savings opportunity, the company claims.
StructureLite products can also integrate anti-submarine and energy-management capabilities to enhance occupant safety. Additionally, they can improve acoustic performance, reduce tooling costs and decrease development lead time.
In addition, the system can incorporate a trim-closure mechanism integrated into the seat-frame design to make trim assembly operations easier and safer while improving the finished trim appearance.