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INNOVATIONS ARE IN THE DETAILS

More flexibility for design engineers, more functionality for car drivers, lower costs in manufacturing – even in seemingly fine details such as the sun visor cores, there is also a lot of innovative potential. FEURER has, from the very beginning, completely utilised this potential for one automotive refiner and notably included it in the development of the new sun visor core: there has been close cooperation, starting from preliminary discussions on prototype parts to the first machine-produced parts and series production.

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Robots swear by FEURER

A load carrier as a functional part in automated production – for Mercedes-Benz FEURER has made this vision come true: A load carrier for panoramic roofs has been precisely adapted to the requirements of industrial robots and ensures interference-free processes in automobile production.

Harald Cornet, sales manager in the field of load carriers, has overcome a major challenge for Mercedes-Benz: “The need was for a load carrier that could be drawn in by a vacuum by industrial robots. For this, the robots need completely smooth contact surfaces for their suckers.” The surface of EPP carriers tends to be rather rough. With fatal consequences: “If a robot could not reliably lift the load carrier, the belt stood still at first,” Cornet recalls. “Even glued-on plastic sheets were not stable enough over the long run.” Read more

With EPP in the fast lane

Around twelve million standard automotive parts made from EPP are produced annually by FEURER. Most of them are used for sun visor cores and crash pads. The light weight, cost-effectiveness and heat insulation capacity of the EPP components makes them attractive for further fields of application: “Since February 2013 FEURER has been producing insulating elements for battery consoles for the VW Group,” reports Ray Schiefner, Project Manager in the Automotive Division.

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With efficiency in pole position

80 automotive components – and 80 customised load carriers: In an unprecedented project, FEURER is working for a renowned French automobile manufacturer as a full-service provider in the field of load carriers. “Every component of the model is packaged with a custom-fit solution from our company,” explains Markus Feurer, Managing Partner of the FEURER Group. In the factory, the load carriers are an integral part of the production logistics and ensure optimum protection of the components.

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