Several months back, Saint-Gobain Seals' Rioja site in Spain became a little more lively due to a group of special visitors -- students from the Escolapias school in Logroño. The site regularly conducts visits for various groups, familiarizing them with the manufacturing industry and in particular, the injection molded precision parts that are produced there.
This time, the recipients were 50 students, aged nine, from fourth grade, who were given a tour of the facility and took home some of the plastic parts, including seals, sprues, runners, and other components, as souvenirs. When they returned to school, the students were inspired to use their "souvenir" plastic parts and build their own robots.
|Kids create robots from seals, runners and other auto components.|
The "Rioja Robots" pictured here show their imagination and teamwork. The project not only increased their self-esteem and showed their creativity, but it really warmed the hearts of the Saint-Gobain Seals' team who were amazed at the transformations. Marisa Aedo San Juan, in charge of human resources at the Rioja site, commented: "Life changes the mind. Adults design and manufacture; children imagine and invent."
Saint-Gobain Seals' Rioja site customizes seal products for dedicated projects, focusing on the automotive and industrial industries. One of these dedicated projects involved the Renault ZOE's braking system, which was equipped with four precision parts (fitting rings, spring seat, collector pipe and magnet support) and custom-manufactured using multi-cavity tools and injection-molding.
Saint-Gobain Seals manufactures spring-energized seals, PTFE Rotary shaft seals, fluoroelastomer seals, EMI/RFI shielding solutions, high-performance fluoropolymer compounds, thermoset polyimide materials, polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), and PEEK and proprietary alloy thermoplastic compounds, among other products. Production sites are also located in Garden Grove, CA; Kontich, Belgium; and Shanghai, China.