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In the future, car manufacturers will be facing more challenges than today. In order to decrease weight and gain space, the parts will need to become smaller, but more efficient. Reducing noises inside the car from microvibrations will also become important to please demanding customers. To optimize sourcing and development costs, same part strategies need to be implemented.
By increasing the static friction coefficient up to µ = 0.95, Friction Inserts enable car manufacturers and Tier suppliers to downsize the part geometries or keep the size of the original parts, but increase their performance significantly. Manufacturers can also reduce the number or size of bolts and still be able to transmit the required torques and shear forces.
With Friction Inserts, new material combinations become possible, such as hybrid parts (e.g. aluminum and plastic materials) which offer a better compromise on weight reduction, performance and cost efficiency.
Because Friction Inserts do not add any additional tolerance to the parts, it is possible to use it as a repair element in emergency cases where existing connections are at their performance limit.
It is also feasable to implement a shared-parts strategy which means the same parts can be used for several different vehicle platforms or car models.
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