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Oct
16

Environmental Category Finalists Announced for 2016 #SPEInnovationAwards Competition

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The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®) today announced the Environmental Category finalists for its 46th-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition, the oldest and largest recognition event in the automotive and plastics industries. Nominations were first subjected to a pre-qualification review and then were presented before a panel of industry experts on September 29-30, 2016. That panel sent forward the most innovative nominations (category finalists) to the Blue Ribbon judging round, which was held October 10, 2016. Category and Grand Award winners selected during the Blue Ribbon judging round will be announced on the evening of November 9, 2016 during the 46th SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala.

 

CATEGORY: ENVIRONMENTAL

Electronic Power-Steering Pulley

OEM Make & Model: 2017 General Motors Co. GMC Acadia sport-utility vehicle (SUV)

Tier Supplier/Processor: Nexteer Automotive / PRISM Plastics

Material Supplier / Toolmaker: DSM Engineering Plastics / Not stated

Material / Process:  Stanyl TW241F12 PA 4/6 / injection molding

Description:  Project goals were to find ways to reduce cost without reducing performance of the electric power-steering gear-assist mechanism by replacing a powdered metal pulley with an injection molded plastic one. A high-flow grade of 60% GR-PA 4/6 that produces a resin-rich surface for improved belt wear was selected. It offers significant cost savings and reduces mass over 50% vs. the metal pulley. Its assembly method eliminates 3 bolts, which are replaced by a retaining ring. The molded torque tooth provides secure orientation and excellent load-carrying capabilities.

Closed-Loop Recycling of Bottles

OEM Make & Model: 2016 General Motors Co. (GM) Chevrolet Equinox & GMC Terrain cross-over utility vehicles (CUVs)

Tier Supplier/Processor: Exo-s / Rogers Foam Co.

Material Supplier / Toolmaker: Wm. T. Burnett & Co. / Not stated

Material / Process:  Nonwoven from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) / Multiple

Description:  This innovative, multi-stakeholder, cost-neutral recycling project protects the environment, grows local economies, creates jobs, and helps people in a sustainable manner. Water bottles collected at GM operations and from the Flint, Michigan, U.S.A. area are directed into a supply chain that recycles the material into nonwoven fleece for specific applications including engine manifold cover insulation, insulation for coats that convert to sleeping bags for the homeless and are made by formerly homeless women as part of a jobs program, and air filters that purify the air at numerous GM and other manufacturing operations. Already 3.5-million water bottles have been repurposed.

Biomass-based Polyester Blend

OEM Make & Model: 2015 Hyundai Motor Group IONIQ EV

Tier Supplier/Processor: Seoyon E-Hwa Interior Systems Manufacturing

Material Supplier / Toolmaker: SK Chemicals / Not stated

Material / Process:  Skytra bio polyester (PETG/ABS) / Not stated

Description:  The goals of this project were to develop a high-biomass-content thermoplastic polyester blend for window panels and steering-wheel bezels using biomass-based PETG — reportedly the first application in the world. The optimized PETG/ABS composition was used to replace a PC/ABS blend. Benefits include a 57% reduction in carbon emissions (145 tons/year), an 88% reduction in VOCs, and a significant increase in molded part chemical resistance. By weight, the biomass content is 25% and by C14, the biomass content is 14%.

 

Interested in attending this year’s event?  There is still time to buy individual tickets or tables of 10 seats. Register here.

For more information, see http://speautomotive.com/inno and http://speautomotive.com/awa .

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