||Production of valve cover in plastic without use of a
prototype, resulting in much faster program and largest powertain savings
at DaimlerChrysler of $10 per vehicle.
|Most Innovative Feature:
||Replacement of magnesium with plastic without the use of a
|Other Innovative Features:
||Program that usually take 18-24 months was done in less
than 12 months. Largest savings to date in ($10) powertrain realized by
|What Forming Process?
|First Time Process Used:
||No - but first time at this low of a thickness (2.5mm).
||Magnesium - Injection.
|New Material Developments:
||Weight was +0.5 lbs from magnesium.
||$10 per vehicle, which does not include tool life savings.
Largest savings in powertrain at Chrysler.
||Tool life will go to end of project. Magnesium required new
tool every 150,000 parts. No post molding operations needed. Magnesium
required glass beading
|Direct Consumer Benefit:
||Reduced noise by 1DB.
|Translates to Other Vehicles?:
||Yes. Program so successful another valve cover being
switched from stamped steel. Others are being looked at.
||Thermoset does not burn like magnesium.
||Eliminated EPA glue issue.
||This program was a huge success at DaimlerChrysler. To
insure that no prototyping was needed computer simulation was used for
mold filling, structural and moldal analysis. Later analysis showed that
these analyses were extremely accurate and proved extremely valuable.