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From Concept to Car

  • Profil
  • Technologien
  • Innovationen
  • Kontaktaufnahme

From Concept to Car is a cluster project promoting abroad leading automotive players from Torino-Piemonte: a pool of 150 companies with global presence that are able to cover the full vehicle supply and innovation chain. The project is financed by the Piemonte Region and by the Torino Chamber of Commerce and it is managed by Piemonte Agency for Investments, Export and Tourism.

All member companies were selected among 1,400 on the strength of their innovation, technical, qualitative and managerial expertise. Altogether, they can manufacture a vehicle from the drawing board (styling, engineering, prototyping) to mass production (tooling, components and systems, assembly), logistics and services. In addition, the capacity to innovate and conduct R&D activities are distinctive features of From Concept to Car member companies: 45% own R&D facilities, over 30% registered patents in the last 5 years and a further 25% have participated in national or European research projects.

The project Team provides, free-of-charge, technical and logistical assistance to purchasing managers of vehicle makers, system and module suppliers. It ascertains supply and innovation needs, suggests the most suitable suppliers and arranges match-making activities and one-to-one meetings and workshops in Piemonte or on their premises.

Since 2002, From Concept to Car has been a valuable support to purchasing managers of more than 90 international brands:

Member companies profiles, scheduled activities and innovative products are available on www.fromconcepttocar.com.

Technologien

Besides their traditional manufacturing activity, many member companies, together with R&D centres and Innovation Hubs, are devising innovative solutions and technologies focused on the most relevant innovation paths of the mobility sector:

  • clean drive technologies (natural gas technology, alternative fuels and energy, hybrid fuel cell, Electric&Hybrid)
  • Intelligent transport systems (Road management, Traveller information, Demand management, Incident and hazard response, Electronic financial transactions, Commercial vehicle management, Public transportation management)
  • new materials and technologies to reduce weight and costs (metal replacement, composites)
  • materials and technologies to increase comfort (smart systems, sound damping material, foaming technologies)
  • new engineering process for an easier recycling flow

Innovationen

At Zulieferer Innovativ 2013 multimedia material will show outcomes of the pool's R&D activities and new products, as well as innovative solutions of three member companies:

COMPANY 1: 2A

2A is a young and innovative worldwide aluminum die-casting company oriented and specialized in the development and production of components in aluminum and zamak from few grams up to the biggest in the market. A strong R&D Center allows to propose innovative ductile alloys and innovative processes. 2A is a complete partner which can also machine, paint and assemble complete functions through high level of automation. 2A can deliver parts worldwide from Italy or other Countries, directly to the customers, advanced warehouses,  just in time. 2A is certified Qs 9000, ISO 9001, ISO 16949, Iso 14001.        

2A  invests every year 3% of the turnover in research and innovation. Here below our patented innovation and some projects in which they are working:

  • Core Die Casting: The CDC® enables us to produce pieces with undercuts.
  • Glue Casting: The glue casting enables us to produce pieces empty inside by gluing them together.
  • Structural Die-casting: they acquired the competences to develop and produce structural parts, such as Cross Members, Battery Frames , Radiator Brackets, Different Structural Brackets.
  • Hot works: This project aims to develop a new generation of nano-coatings which should increase the life time of the dies. 

COMPANY 2: COBRAPLAST

Proposing itself as a Problem Solving company in techno-polymeric finished and semi-finished product application fields, starting from the customer’s needs, through a complete engineering and consultancy process.

Products

Automotive components for: pedal systems, GEAR BOX, gear forks, metal replacements products, bushings, co-moulding products, seat bushings, shock-absorber cap.

Process

Injection molding

Thermoplastic material in use: Hi-tech Plastic material  from Peek  to PPS, PAA, PA…with all type of charge and additives.

Main features

  • Metal replacement
  • dimensional stability
  • self lubricating
  • thermal resistance
  • excellent mechanical resistance
  • excellent durability
  • parts engineering and designing

Advantages

  • Low friction and wear
  • Good dimensional stability
  • Lower weight
  • Lower cost

Metal replacement example:

Application

Automotive components for automatically gear (Parking Lock)

Allows venting of extra pressure within the gearbox oil seal.

Process

Injection molding

Thermoplastic material in use: Krailon®M100

Main features

  • Dimensional stability
  • excellent mechanical resistance
  • excellent durability
  • parts engineering and designing

Advantages

  • Lower weight (-50%)
  • Lower cost (-25/30%)
  • Decrease of n. of component (from 4 to 3)
  • Improvement of the assembly

COMPANY 3: TECNOCAD PROGETTI

During the congress, Tecnocad will expose the latest development of its TECNOCAD FOAMING technology at the Stand of FROM CONCEPT TO CAR, by unveiling an unique, self-developed leather-foamed Instrument Panel that highlights several features of the new technology.

The Key Points of the TECNOCAD FOAMING technology, compared with conventional manual upholstery, can be reassumed as follows:

  1. Soft Touch: The softness of the component is due to the lack of plastic, and manual operations that can lead to a poor aesthetic result if the foam is too soft.
  2. No Glue: The leather and foam are in direct mechanical contact without any glue. This makes the process totally clean.
  3. Sticking to Styling: Replacing all manual operations with a standard semi-automatic process enables any styling to be followed, for example with stitching or a small radius.
  4. Applicable to Production Cars: Existing plastic upholstery can be converted into leather without having to design and make dedicated production molds.
  5. Serial Production: Production volumes are on a semi-industrial scale and can be further expanded by adding extra molds.
  6. Quick Industrialization: Since there is no need to design dedicated foaming molds, the time to market can be reduced by about 40%.
  7. Saving: Compared with conventional manual upholstery this method saves on investment costs and reduces price variations.

TECNOCAD FOAMING is patented under n° EP238639.

We are confident that our technology will help bringing luxury feeling into the small and mid-size car segments, until today excluded from this optional due to cost reasons.

Introducing a semi-industrial process as replacement for a highly manual production, it results in cost advantages in the luxury segment, too.

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