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Plastic Film Handles The Pressures In Seat Motors

The answer to the question, "How many seat motor thrust washers are found in an average car?" would probably be another question: "What's a seat motor thrust washer?"

January 1, 2009   Canadian Plastics



The answer to the question, “How many seat motor thrust washers are found in an average car?” would probably be another question: “What’s a seat motor thrust washer?”

A component in the motor controlling the reclining angles and positions of a car’s driver and front passenger seats, seat thrust washers are traditionally made of steel in order to withstand approximately 4,000 RPM and pressures of 2.05 lb. per square foot. In this environment, not only do the washers wear out, but the surrounding parts also, resulting in the need for frequent replacements.

So when Korean auto parts supplier S&T Daewoo wanted a plastic film to replace the steel in the seat motor thrust washers for the company’s flagship automobiles, it chose Victrex APTIV film because of the product’s durability, wear resistance, and inherent lubricity.

“After testing a number of plastics materials including PA66 and POM, we selected APTIV film because it is essential for us to ensure both functionality and long service life of our products,” said Heo Suk, a senior researcher at S&T Daewoo. Victrex USA Inc.

(West Conshohocken, Pa.); www.victrex.com;484-342-6001


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