Exatec LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of SABIC
Innovative Plastics, and ULVAC are collaborating to accelerate cost-effective,
high-volume production of weatherable, scratch-resistant, plasma-coated Lexan
polycarbonate (PC) resin for vehicle windows. Under the agreement, ULVAC will
manufacture turnkey mass production systems that leverage its' expertise in
high-volume vacuum equipment and Exatec's proprietary plasma coating
The combined ULVAC and Exatec technologies will help
automakers and tiers replace heavier glass windows with Lexan resin glazing to
meet upcoming regulations for lower CO2 emissions and also provide greater design freedom and cost reduction
through parts consolidation. It also offers other industries - particularly
consumer electronics - durable and abrasion-resistant coating solutions for a
broad range of products.
More stringent vehicle emission restrictions are
planned in major automotive markets. In the U.S., new rules mandate
that by 2016, vehicles must get an average of 35.5 miles per gallon. In Europe,
mandatory reductions of CO2 emissions aim to reach 130gCO2/km
(.46lbs/mile) in 2015 for the average new car fleet, and 95g/km (.35lbs/mile)
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.