One of the most pressing challenges the automotive industry faces as a whole, more particularly original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), is the ability to reduce vehicle weight in an effort to increase fuel efficiency, while maintaining safety requirements. This comes as a demand from NGOs and other government departments attempting to decrease the overall greenhouse gas emissions emanated by the automotive and transportation industries.
Fortunately, many original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including Fibrotek Advanced Materials have begun utilizing alternative materials such as composites to supersede traditional steels and aluminums as they are:
- Extremely light in weight compared to aluminum and steel
- 10 times stronger than steel materials
- 8 times stronger than aluminum materials
What Are Composites?
While there are numerous types of composite materials, generally speaking they consist of moderately solid and stiff fibers enclosed in an unbreakable resin matrix, making them have numerous benefits including:
- Thermal constancy when bare to prompt temperature adjustments
- Elimination of corrosion issues that may occur due to weathering conditions
- Enhanced tolerance to major damage
- More cost-effective production
- Increased endurance to high impacts which is imperative in the automotive industry
- Straightforwardness in the assembly of intricate mechanisms such as shapes and designs that can otherwise require more production time
While the advantages of composite materials are impressive, one of the most imperative benefits the automotive industry necessitates is the increase in the endurance of automotive parts when faced with high impacts. Accordingly, research shows that composite materials can adhere to and surpass industry safety specifications in a crash as they can be uniquely designed during the engineering and prototype stage to absorb more energy than traditional hard metals when crushed under high impacts significantly.
Metals absorb energy in an accident by contracting, while composite materials generally crush in a more inelastic method. The ideal circumstance should an automotive part be designed and constructed using a composite structure would have it break into diminutive portions where the impact occurs, while the remaining structure is left intact. The imperative requirement here is for the composite materials to be designed to break in a controlled manner, unlike metals.
Automotive Composites Utilized by Fibrotek Advanced Materials
At Fibrotek Advanced Materials, we take pride in offering clients a diverse range of automotive composite materials that are completely customizable to match your specified dimensions, designs, and more to fit your unique needs. Our team utilizes the following composite materials that can be strategically employed as a blend or on their own to efficiently manufacture your automotive parts including:
- Carbon fiber
- Epoxy and other synthetic thermoset resin and polymers
- Composite sandwich laminate
How Fibrotek Advanced Materials Can Deliver
Fibrotek Advanced Materials is an industry leading engineer and manufacturing company with over 20 years of experience serving the aerospace, automotive, and drone industries. With diverse clients worldwide, our facilities are equipped with innovative machinery and leading professionals who can customize your automotive composite parts to your desired specifications. Our warehouse is host to several machining solutions including:
- 3-, 4-, and 5- axis machining
- Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing
- Assembly lines
- Autoclaving machines for industrial and scientific processes conducted on-site
- Prototype and modeling display for your demonstrational purposes
Superior Quality Management System
At Fibrotek Advanced Materials, we are committed to certifying that every custom part designed, produced, and exported from our warehouse outperforms industry quality measures. Our industry-leading team employs innovative quality management tools and sophisticated inspection equipment, including:
- 360-degree review
- process mapping
- 6 Sigma
HandyScan is a measuring grade mobile 3D scanner that employs an innovative scientific software. This handheld 3D scanner present accurate, high-resolutions scans and also effectively functions in all environmental conditions. More specifically, HandyScan extends sharpness up to 0.030 mm (0.0012 in.) and a maximum resolution of 0.050 mm (0.0020 in.).
Moreover, this scientific software and 3D scanner also has a maximum acquisition rate of 480,000 measurements/s which is then utilized in conjunction with a post-treatment program. The intricate and precise data collected during the inspection is easily obtained and exported as a simple 3D file for inspection, 3D printing, and CAD software (CATIA, SolidWorks, Inventor, etc.). Fibrotek Advanced Materials is dedicated to offering clients, regardless of the project type or specifications, including the part size, complexity, material, or surface with this innovative production scanner, with unlimited 3D scanning for your convenience.
In addition to these initiatives, our business is also dedicated to:
- Document traceability
- Source inspections
- Superior project management
- Customized inspection levels at all stages of the product production cycle
- ISO 9001: 2015 Quality Management
- AS 9100 Quality Management for Aerospace and Defense
Our business is also registered and adhere to the standards in the Controlled Goods Program of Canada (CGP) and are compliant with ITAR.
Call Fibrotek Advanced Materials Today
At Fibrotek Advanced Materials, we deliver our clients with the assurance they require to partner with a business that has years of joined comprehension and expertise. Our complete staff, from engineers, project managers, to production line team recognizes the complexities and importance of manufacturing exact, innovative, and strong automotive composites that are guaranteed to last. Fibrotek Advanced Materials is prepared with innovative machinery solutions, scientific programs, and other management tools to deliver clients exceptional products and outcomes rendering their distinctive needs and provisions for each and every project brought to our experts.
To learn more about how we can assist you with our automotive composites, please call us at (418)-439-0999 to book a consultation call with our team of assorted and qualified industry experts. We look forward to working with you.