Ford is molding instrument panels in the 2012 Ford Escape and Kuga with the MuCell foaming process in a move that cuts $3 in cost and one pound in weight per vehicle.
In an interview with PlasticsToday, Ford automotive engineer Junko Pauken said that Tier 1 Faurecia has installed three 2500-ton LG injection molding machines at its Louisville, KY plant to mold the parts. Large platen sizes are required to accommodate the tools. Because of lower pressures in the MuCell process, only about 1200 tons of clamping force will be required, she said. The foaming process reduces cycle time about 15%.