Composite brake pedal now in productionAt the K trade fair 2013, Engel collaborated with ZF Friedrichshafen to set an important milestone in lightweight design by manufacturing composite brake pedals, which are now entering series production for the first time. Using the Engel organomelt process, thermoplastic fabrics are heated, preformed in the mould, and immediately overmoulded with polyamide. The production cell that Engel exhibited at K included a vertical Engel insert injection moulding machine, an Engel easix multiple axis robot and infrared oven for heating the infinite fibre reinforced, semi-finished products.
In designing the brake pedal, the layer structure in the thermoplastic fabric was modified to handle the load. This enabled the component weight to be reduced by around 30 percent compared to conventional steel brake pedals without impairing component properties. Moreover, the lightweight construction method renders many manufacturing process steps obsolete, which increases productivity and cuts unit costs.
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As the general contractor, Engel has overall responsibility for the production cell, and this includes system components that are implemented in collaboration with partners. Engel works with the global leaders in their respective fields.