Summary: Hi-Tech Extrusions, an expert in custom-engineered thermoplastic profile and tubing extrusions, transformed the manufacturing process for an OEM Truck Door Manufacturer. Facing challenges with their two-part side seal door assembly made of aluminum and EPDM that led to premature wear and damage to the doors, the manufacturer reached out for an innovative solution. Hi-Tech Extrusions rose to the challenge by designing a new co-extrusion side seal that not only simplifies the installation process but also enhances durability and profitability for the client.
Industry: OEM Truck Door Manufacturing, Transportation
Category: Process Optimization, Custom Engineering
Processes: Co-extrusion of Thermoplastic Profiles, Clip-on Installation Mechanism
The OEM Truck Door Manufacturer had a complex problem. Their existing two-part side seal door assembly, which consisted of aluminum and EPDM, was proving to be inefficient and costly. The EPDM material had a high coefficient of friction, leading to premature wear and tear on the seals. Worse yet, this also resulted in visible marring on the truck doors, undermining their aesthetic value and overall quality.
Understanding the need for an optimized solution, Hi-Tech Extrusions used its deep expertise in thermoplastic profile and tubing extrusions to tackle the challenge head-on. They developed a revolutionary co-extrusion side seal that eliminates the need for the high-friction EPDM and aluminum combination.
The newly designed side seal has a unique clip-on mechanism, making the installation process much faster and more straightforward. This means no additional fasteners, adhesives, or specialized tools are required—just clip and go!
Since implementing the co-extrusion side seal, the OEM Truck Door Manufacturer has experienced noticeable improvements in their operations. The clip-on mechanism has sped up the installation process, contributing to better workflow efficiency. Additionally, the new material has a lower coefficient of friction compared to the previously used EPDM, which has increased the lifespan of the seals. These changes have not only improved the quality and durability of the truck doors but have also had a positive impact on the manufacturer’s profitability.