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Monday, December 2, 2013

Hidden Handle-Release Mechanism

This is the first time that an outside handle as been incorporated into a lamp (in this case, a hidden mechanical handle that articulates about the z-axis to release the rear swing gate). The patent-pending, multi-material system meets packaging and aesthetic objectives by integrating previously separate components. With fewer parts and assembly steps, the novel design's efficiency drives assembly improvements while reducing mass 800 g/vehicle and maintaining a sleek look. Tolerances are managed in a proprietary process development for subassembly components.  Direct savings are estimated to be $1.2MM  USD and indirect savings to be $800,000 USD annually with complete closure, hardware, and lighting cross-functional systems.

Ford Motor Co.
2013 Ecosport SUV
System Supplier
Material Processor
Sain Tooling
Material Supplier
Lanxess Corp
Durethan BKV 50 PA
Tooling/Equipment Supplier
ITW San Paulo 
 For More Information See: http://www.plastics-car.com/lighting

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