Tractor trailers travel thousands of miles throughout the country, exposing their cab exterior to demanding conditions. When a truck components producer asked Profile to thermoform a new material that would meet those tough conditions, Profile met the challenge. A proprietary paint-film applied over a TPO or ABS substrate created some specific challenges in processing. The parameters required to form this composite material are very specialized. Expertise with materials and the development of specialized equipment made Profile Plastics the supplier of choice.
The Profile Advantage:
The front fascia (or bumper cover) required strict processing parameters to reduce the stretch (depth of draw) of the paint-film and maintain cosmetics and finished part thickness. Variances in heat and draw ratio would cause deterioration of cosmetics as well as affect wall thickness. Our process engineers developed and perfected the method in which this part was successfully produced. Being produced from plastic as opposed to steel provided an excellent alternative, which resulted in lighter weight and fuel savings. The uniqueness of the material and the process made Profile Plastics the partner of choice to process this part. Gloss, color and haze can be measured and controlled to produce a part that meets customer quality parameters.
- Maintained high gloss, "chrome like" appearance.
- Unique equipment and process control used to eliminate stretching of film.
- Control of haze and cosmetic appearance.
- Value added drop ship to end customer.