A client from the automotive industry contacted TSG, Inc. requesting a lamination material that was non-adhesive, impact resistant, and flexible for compound radiuses. The lamination also had to be Class A surface approved and fit into our clients constrained budget. The client was having difficulty finding a lamination material that would fit all of these requirements.
At the time our client contacted TSG, Inc., no lamination material yet existed that met all of their specifications. Providing us with a scrap part of an automobile that we used to perform tests, we went through an extensive lamination trial, often combining two or three materials together to see if creating unique compounds could help meet our clients goals. Finally, we found two materials that when married together matched our customers requirements. But, the price of mating these two materials was way outside their budget.
Finding a production engineer who was willing to invent a brand new material, we were able to create a laminate that had a thick, rhino-like skin and was equipped with a Class A intermediary guard. This new laminate could hold the material without the use of an adhesive and was priced within our clients budget. Finally, we formed the shape of the laminate, developing the initial drawings based on a customer-provided functional part.
When TSG, Inc. was contacted, our client was seeking an automotive laminate equipped with a variety of features that did not yet exist on the marketplace. By listening to our clients needs, we were able to develop a new solution that not only met with absolute customer satisfaction, but also became the creative leader of a whole new market. By working closely with our buyer to invent this new laminate, we were able to develop a greater relationship with our client, their end user, and our supplier.
|Product Description||This Automotive Lamination was designed to be impact resistant, non adhesive, flexible for compound radiuses and class "A" surface approved. The development of this product has helped to eliminate scratches and rework for automotive parts that have a history of being damaged during production or transition. |
|Capabilities Applied/Processes||Types of testing completed?|
Process used to manufacture component?
|Material Used||Rhino Skin type with Class A Intermediary Guide|
|Industry for Use||Automotive|
|Standards Met||Customer supplied scrap part, and Drawings Created by in-house engineering team|
|Product Name||Automotive Lamination|