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Automotive parts and systems supplier Inoplast (Lyon, France), a wholly owned subsidiary of Plastic Omnium, claims to be the first to commercially mold a polyamide reinforcement beam for truck radiator grills, replacing a metal beam.

MPW Staff

April 6, 2009

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Inoplast paves plastic inroad into truck radiator grills

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Plastic beams for truck radiator grills reduce system costs by 30% and part weight by 10%.

Automotive parts and systems supplier Inoplast (Lyon, France), a wholly owned subsidiary of Plastic Omnium, claims to be the first to commercially mold a polyamide reinforcement beam for truck radiator grills, replacing a metal beam. The part is in production on an unidentified range of trucks, and helps reduce system costs by 30% and part weight by 10% compared with an equivalent metal beam.

For these parts, Inoplast specified Technyl Star AFX polyamide 6.6 supplied by Rhodia Polyamide. The material’s supplier also helped the project along with its multi-scale modeling (MMI) simulation program, a proprietary tool that Rhodia says can more accurately predict the behavior of injection molded polyamide parts by taking glass fiber orientation into consideration in structural calculations. —[email protected]

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