02 December 2005
02 December 2005
The most prestigious prize of the 35th-anniversary SPE16 Innovation Awards Gala – the Grand Award – was given to the team that developed the composite In-Bed Trunk17 featured on the ’05 MY Honda18 Ridgeline pickup truck.
The integrated storage system moulded from sheet-moulding compound (SMC) composite provides 8.5 cubic feet of easily accessible, lockable, weather-tight stowage. It can hold toolboxes, luggage, or up to 3 sets of golf clubs, and doubles as an in-bed ice chest (with integral drainage plug). With an 1,100-pound carrying capacity and integral tie downs, the rugged trunk offers better durability and slip resistance than conventional systems and is rustproof.
Additionally, the trunk offers a weight savings of 30% vs. steel, and its 7-piece construction replaced over 100 steel parts while greatly enhancing manufacturability, assembly, and durability. In fact, this application achieves levels of component integration that would not be feasible in sheet metal for reasons of cost, mass, and manufacturability.
Meridian Automotive Systems was the systems supplier for this application; tooling was supplied by Century and Global Tooling Systems; and the materials suppliers included Ashland Chemical, Saint-Gobain, and Rohm & Haas. In addition to the Grand Award, the application also won the top award in the Body Exterior category.
Cobra International is celebrating its 40th year and has commissioned a book that will look at 40 key projects and 40 key people that were integral to the company’s growth. ‘Klaus Simmer and The King Cobra: A breakthrough in surfboard design and production technology’ is an extract article from this book and a breakthrough composites product for Cobra, establishing its presence as a manufacturer of high performance windsurf boards and creating global visibility for the Cobra brand.
Fibrelite reports that since the start of its partnership with Trenwa more than 100 precast trench systems integrating Fibrelite composite covers have been sold for use in electrical substations, wastewater treatment plants, chemical refineries and many other applications across North America.
University of Southern Queensland (USQ)’s composites research and development was on display when the Centre for Future Materials (CFM) held its inaugural Open Day.