Charlotte, North Carolina -- Plant manufacturer Rim Polymers Industries presented its “game-changing” innovations in auto seating and dashboard production at UTECH North America.
In an interview with Urethanes Technology International magazine/UTECH-polyurethane.com, executive vp Oei Han Tjing outlined the benefits of the company’s automated polyurethane dispensing machines.
He said: “Companies like Johnson and Lear might have to produce 50,000 particular seats, 20,000 slightly different and another 5,000 for another auto manufacturer.
“In the past that would have required three plant lines. With our machines it can be done on one. The innovation not only saves space but also energy. Consequently, this more efficient production can result in savings between 15% and 20%.”
He said that Hyundai’s switch to Rim Polymers machinery for some aspects of its vehicle production four years ago had allowed the company to produce a higher quality vehicle at lower cost.
In addition, he said the company had also developed proprietary methods which allowed the production of polyurethane skinned dashboard to be produced in one step rather than two.
“The labour saving benefit of this innovation is another game changer that Rim Polymers are bringing to the market,” he added.
Rim Polymers exhibited alongside its sister company, International Pump Manufacturing Inc.
Disclaimer: Crain Communications Ltd - publisher of Urethanes Technology International and UTECH-polyurethane.com - organises UTECH North America 2014.