JBC Technologies Blog

Die Cut Solutions for the Automotive Transplant Market

Posted by Mark Swanson on Jul 19, 2018 1:00:00 PM

The automotive transplant market uses die cut products for gasketing and sealing, noise and vibration management, elastomer springs, and spacers. Foreign automakers such as Honda, Toyota, Volkswagen, and BMW source these die cut parts from U.S. companies for vehicles that are assembled in the United States. Cost is important, but the automotive supply chain is also seeking value-added solutions.    

JBC Technologies is an automotive die cutter with manufacturing facilities in North Ridgeville, Ohio and Madison, Wisconsin (USA). To serve the automotive transplant market, JBC sources foams and elastomers from Rogers Corporation, a leading supplier of engineered materials. JBC converts these materials efficiently, die cuts them with precision, and supplies solutions that support automotive assembly. 

In this article, the first in a series, JBC provides an overview of die cut foams and elastomers for the automotive transplant market. Future articles will examine materials and applications in greater detail.

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Topics: Die Cutting, Automotive

Laminating Metal Foils to High-Temperature Insulation

Posted by Brenda Doskocil on May 29, 2018 6:19:54 PM

Metal foils that are laminated to high-temperature insulation can increase the effectiveness of die cut heat shielding. Aluminum foils reflect radiant energy and reduce the amount of heat that high-temperature insulation must absorb. Metal foils also support micro-perforating and embossing (kalotte), value-added processes that reduce noise and support manufacturability.

Laminating metal foils to high-temperature insulation can also support thinner heat shield designs. For example, a foil-faced structure that’s just 1/8” thick can reduce temperatures from 1800° F to 200° F. These die cut products can fit into tight spaces, support vehicle lightweighting efforts, and meet precise dimensions. Foil-faced heat shields offer many advantages, but lamination can be challenging.

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Topics: Automotive, Laminating

Micro-Perforating for Sound Absorption in Automotive Heat Shielding

Posted by Brenda Doskocil on May 15, 2018 2:07:32 PM

Micro-perforating for automotive heat shielding creates very small holes in aluminum foils. These holes or micro-perforations improve acoustical performance by absorbing noise across a specific frequency range. Heat shield micro-perforating also complements manufacturing processes such as embossing and lamination. For a complete heat management and NVH solution, micro-perforating adds value to automotive die cutting.

Aluminum foils that are micro-perforated also support vehicle lightweighting and can be formed into complex, three-dimensional shapes. Typically, these die cut heat shields are used in engine shields and underbody shield applications. Automotive applications include tunnel shields, inner and outer dash shields, and hood insulators for a cooler, quieter ride.

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Topics: Automotive

Embossing (Kalotte) for Automotive Heat Shields: Value-Added Die Cutting

Posted by Brenda Doskocil on May 9, 2018 8:26:48 PM

Embossing for automotive heat shields in NVH applications creates raised, three-dimensional features on aluminum foils. By adding a Z-axis to these flat, flexible substrates, embossing provides for better formability during product manufacturing. Embossing also provides benefits in terms of material thickness, structure, design, noise reduction and aesthetics

During the embossing process, aluminum foil is fed into an embossing machine that creates raised pebble features along the surface of the substrate. With heat shields, embossing also supports micro-perforation and lamination. These value-added solutions are part of what separates JBC Technologies from other automotive die cutters.

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Topics: Automotive

ITW Formex® Materials: Properties, Processing, Products, and Applications

Posted by Mark Swanson on Apr 13, 2018 8:45:16 AM

ITW Formex® materials are flame retardant, electrically insulating, and chemically resistant. They are made of polypropylene or polycarbonate and can be laminated with aluminum or copper foil for shielding against electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI). ITW Formex® materials are also cost-effective to die cut and can dissipate electrostatic discharge (ESD), a sudden flow of electricity that can damage circuits. 

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Topics: Thermal Management, Strategic Sourcing, Automotive, Electronics