Automotive

Already for decades the Automotive Industry is one of the most important markets for GL Plastics. To play a role in this high demanding industry, one needs to be certified according to the IATF 16949 standard (previously known as ISO/TS-16949 standard).

One of the distinctive aspects of the IATF 16949 standard is the strive for Zero Defects, Continuous Improvement and Waste Reduction. As a certified company in the Automotive Industry we supply high quality plastics injection moulded parts to some of the largest Tier One Suppliers in the Automotive industry. Through these global acting suppliers our products end up in virtually all major car brands in the world.

Competences

One of our competences that we apply for the Automotive Industry is Insert Moulding, in which we insert metal parts, magnets or even sensors into the tool and overmould these with all sorts of plastic. Due to the fact that this process is fully automated and each product is thoroughly examined with a Camera Vision Control to check whether it meets the specifications, potential defect at the customer’s side is ruled out.

Some of the applications (products) are:

  • Wheel Speed Sensor (ABS Sensors)
  • Chassis Position Sensor
  • Batteryclamp

Project Engineering

The process from RFQ until the Start of Production (SOP) is typically very extensive and consumes a lot of time, especially when it involves a product for the Automotive Industry. We are used to get involved already in an early phase of the project. Together with the customer we look into the manufacturability of the part (DFM: Design for Manufacturing) and give our recommendations. Furthermore we take the lead when it comes down to the development and manufacturing of the required tooling.

Automation

Another important aspect we evaluate during the quotation phase is the usage of automation. A project in the Automotive Industry tends to have high annual volumes and often justifies the investment in automation. The return on investment (ROI) for automation is often within the first year of serial production.

From PPAP to 8D

As soon as all the production equipment is at place and installed, we start with the trial runs until the production cell is ready for the Production Parts Approval Process (PPAP). The purpose of the PPAP is to ensure that the design- and production processes meet the design specifications and to ensure that the production process has the potential to produce these parts consistently in lengths of days.

In order to maintain a continuous level of quality we set up a control plan based on your requirements and our FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis). With advanced measuring equipment we are capable of analyzing parts based on MSA (Measurement System Analysis), CPK and measuring reports. When we notice a deviation we seek for the root cause based on the 8D method.

Are you a Tier Supplier in the Automotive Industry and searching for an experienced partner for high quality injection moulded parts? Seek no further, but get in touch with us for an informal acquaintance.

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