Custom Molded Brace for the Over The Road Industry
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At Ashley Industrial Molding, Inc., we have the specialized expertise for molding strong, lightweight polymer components that support the heavy truck market. We manufactured a large quantity of the V-bracket shown here for holding an aerodynamic truck skirting. In addition to tight tolerance construction, it required the right balance between stiffness and flexibility to bend around a 24" diameter roll without breaking and then return to its original shape.
Utilizing our low pressure RIM equipment and a 4-cavity mold, we manufactured the bracket from Telene® DCPD, an impact, chemical, and heat resistant compound that would provide the low weight, flexure, and durability this component required. Secondary operations consisted of punching and trimming on a 2-up fixture. Measuring 5.5" in length x 24" in width, we achieved accuracies of +0.010"/-0.000" on all dimensions as well as the universal slot patterns. Additional testing confirmed we met the standards for flexural strength.
Current production volume of this V-bracket is 600,000 units annually. If you are interested in learning more about this project or how our strong, lightweight RIM molded parts can benefit your next application, contact us today.
Custom Mold Brace Highlights
- Product Name
- Product Description
- Bracket to hold on aerodynamic truck skirting
- Capabilities Applied / Processes
- Reaction Injection Molding (RIM)
- Equipment Used to Manufacture Part
- RIM press & 4 cavity mold
Punch press & 2-up trim fixture
- Overall Part Dimensions
- Length: 5.5"
- Tightest Tolerances
- Material Used
- Telene DCPD Resin
- In process testing/inspection performed
- Hole Size Dimension Measurement
- 100% visual - no voids allowed
- Industry for Use
- Heavy Truck aftermarket
- 600,000 per year
- Delivery / Turnaround Time
- 10 weeks
- Standards Met
- Low weight, stiffness and flex strength testing, universal slot pattern
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