DETROIT - GE Plastics and Delphi Interior & Lighting Systems have developed a one-piece door hardware module for production by next year. The injection molded part may never be seen by car owners, but will make cars easier to produce and quieter to operate, GE and Delphi executives said. The firms introduced the product, called ``Super Plug,'' at the SAE show in Detroit.
The module consolidates 61 metal parts and fasteners, weighs less and costs 10 percent less than its metal counterparts, according to William Hanna, Delphi engineering group manager for door hardware modules. Delphi - the former Inland Fisher Guide Division of General Motors Corp. - is in Troy, Mich.
Super Plug is made using gas-assisted injection molding from a 30 percent glass-filled polycarbonate/polyester blend from GE Plastics.
Hanna would say only that he expects the module to be made in Columbus, Ohio, and to be used in a 1996 vehicle.