How Converting Is Used in the Auto Industry

10 April 2024 - 10:09, by , in Converting News, Comments off

The Many Ways the Automotive Industry Makes Use of Converting Equipment

With some industries, like packaging and medical supplies, the role of converting equipment is obvious. When it comes to automotive manufacturing, however, you may be surprised to learn some of the ways converting machines are used to make essential components of your vehicle.

Let’s discover some of the materials used in the automotive industry that you probably didn’t know were converted; in doing so, you’ll understand just how necessary converting machines are to this industry.

Converted materials in the automotive industry

When you think of converting, you may think rolls of tape or sheets of paper or plastic. The materials that are converted for the automotive industry might be different, but some of the converting machines used in the automotive industry are the same.

Automotive upholstery conversion

Automotive upholstery conversion involves the transformation of raw fabrics and materials into the finished upholstery that is used in the interiors of vehicles.

This process includes the laminating of fabric layers to enhance durability, the cutting of upholstery fabrics into specific shapes and sizes to fit car seating and other components, and the application of flame retardants to upholstery fabrics to meet safety standards.

Specialized converting machines play a crucial role in each of these processes, ensuring accurate cutting and lamination for high-quality automotive interiors that stand the test of time and look attractive to potential buyers. The upholstery of a car isn’t just about aesthetics, though; it also offers comfort to drivers and passengers and improved safety.

Examples include:

  • Fabric slitting and sheeting machines are used to cut rolls of fabric
  • Laminating equipment is used to layer materials for enhanced performance and durability

Rubber tire manufacturing

Tires are literally where the rubber hits the road when it comes to automotive manufacturing, and converting technology also plays a role here.

Through the converting process, raw rubber is turned into the durable, high-performance tires seen on vehicles today. Manufacturing tires involves multiple steps, including milling, mixing, calendering, extruding, and vulcanizing rubber. Converting machines are used during various stages of the process: for calendering, where the rubber is pressed into thin sheets, and extruding, where it’s shaped into the tire’s tread patterns.

Converting machines ensure uniformity and precision, each of which are critical for the safety and road performance of tires.

Examples include:

  • 36” Coated Aramid Slitter Rewinder is a custom slitting machine made to cut tough materials like thick rubber

Sound dampening products

Sound dampening products enhance the overall driving experience by reducing road noise and vibrations inside vehicles. Because these products are often foam and rubber, which are held in place with adhesives, converting plays a critical role in their manufacture.

Through processes like die-cutting and layering, converting machines cut these materials to fit the different parts of a vehicle where they are needed, whether it’s the engine compartment or the cabin interior. The result is a quieter, more comfortable ride that improves driver focus and passenger comfort.

Examples include:

  • Laminating systems create layered materials that dampen sound
  • 240” Non-Woven Surface Slitter Rewinder cuts materials used for soundproofing

Gasket manufacturing

Gaskets create tight seals between different components of a vehicle, preventing leaks of fluids or car exhaust. Through the use of converting machines, materials such as rubber, metal, or composite fibers are shaped into precise gasket designs, ensuring a perfect seal and long-lasting performance.

Examples include:

  • 55” Slitter Rewinder is specifically designed for slitting gaskets made of rubber and other materials

Paint protection films

Paint protection films are meant to protect a vehicle’s exterior from scratches, dings, and environmental hazards like bird droppings or road salt. This durable transparent film is applied over the car’s paint, acting as a protective shield without altering the vehicle’s appearance.

The conversion process for these films involves precise cutting and shaping to fit each specific vehicle model for seamless application; films may also be treated with UV protection during the manufacturing process. Advanced converting machines are often needed to handle paint protection products due to the delicate nature of these films.

Examples include:

  • Tangential Shear Slitter Rewinder is designed for high-precision slitting through thin films

The finish line

Converting technology underpins the production of many components essential to the manufacturing of modern vehicles, whether it’s gaskets, soundproofing materials, or car upholstery.

If you’d like to learn more about how our converting equipment can help support automotive industry manufacturing, reach out to Pinnacle today.

About author:
Pinnacle Converting Equipment of Charlotte, NC has been designing and building slitting machines, sheeting machines, and custom converting equipment since 1995.

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