Technology Development

We are continuously looking at technology to bring innovation to the truck and bus market on behalf of our customers. Here are a few examples of our innovation at work. Our goal is the continual evolution of existing processes and/or products to reduce cost and benefit the environment. We accomplish this through use of internal resources and key strategic partnerships. Here are a few examples;

Bumper System Case Study

Challenge

To develop a thermoplastic alternative for current steel bumper, support, and bracket system.

Solution

  • Plastic brackets to secure bumper to frame
  • Mounting bolts hidden behind bezel caps
  • In-Mold color hides scratches, no painting, no rust

Results

  • Improved impact properties and stylish aesthetics
  • Reduced warranty claims & repair costs

Fender Extensions Case Study

Challenge

To replace SMC fender extensions on the medium duty trucks, and to add features while reducing weight and improving surface quality.

Solution

One-piece injection molded structure with small metal bracket to reinforce specific area

Results

  • Cost savings of 25%
  • Weight reduction of 20%
  • Eliminated paint rework from SMC out-gassing, resulting in a 30% saving
  • 100% recyclable material

Side Fairings & Assembly Case Study

Challenge

To replace the Metton side fairings and aluminum support system on a Class 8 truck.

Solution

  • A large front fairing with plastic support structure
  • Reduced weight and cost
  • Provided pre-assembled & paint-ready units

Results

  • Cost savings of nearly 20%
  • Reduced weight Improved surface quality and eliminated pre-paint preparation
  • Reduced components & eliminated the need for a cosmetic cover
  • 100% recyclable material