CHICAGO (Aug. 8, 12:50 p.m. EDT) — Emhart Fastening Teknologies helped one automaker reduce costs and improve overall sound quality. Now it is looking to sell the same basic system to other carmakers.
Emhart, part of Black & Decker Co., created a one-piece, thermoplastic polyester elastomer clip to hold fuel and brake lines for a BMW AG vehicle, replacing a system previously produced using a combination of plastic and rubber.
Rather than use rubber to absorb vibration, the Emhart-designed clip has a one-material, honeycomb structure. The system reduced tooling investments by 50 percent and weight by 10 percent, said Randy Leedy, product manager for Emhart's Mount Clemons, Mich.-based automotive division.
Emhart operates 60 injection molding presses in Mount Clemens along with production facilities in Japan and Germany.