“Attaining this certification was a major goal for us. It unequivocally demonstrates that Victrex has the quality systems and capability to supply turnkey PEEK gear solutions into the mainstream Tier1/OEM supply chain”, explains Andy Walton, Director Automotive at Victrex. “A major European car manufacturer has already taken advantage of our gear design approach, as our ability to look at the whole system, not just the gear was invaluable. We are also working on numerous other programmes with global OEMs in other geographies, including the US.”
Victrex´s gear solutions include high-precision gear design, prototyping, testing and manufacturing capabilities using VICTREX HPG polymers. Compared to traditional metal-based gears, VICTREX HPG-based thermoplastic gear solutions for ICE and Electric Vehicle Platforms offer decisive benefits such as improved NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) performance as well as enhanced efficiency reducing CO2 and system cost reduction.
Victrex, which started as a PEEK polymer producer, has continually built upon its material, processing and industry know-how, as well as partnerships with processors and OEMs, putting innovation into action to solve existing challenges. In addition, the company is driving adoption and acceleration of new product solutions such as the gears offering. Today, millions of parts based on VICTREX PEEK polymers, forms and parts are at work in automotive applications, contributing to deliver cost-effective solutions that improve reliability, reduce recalls, and increase warranty periods.
Victrex automotive solutions including gears on display at K-show in October
At K 2019, the world´s leading trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry (October 16 -23) in Düsseldorf/Germany, performance, power and progress will also take centre stage at the Victrex booth (hall 5, stand B 09) and in the automotive section. Several Meet-the-Expert sessions are scheduled on the Victrex booth, including one on “VICTREX HPG™ gear solutions for future powertrain applications”, with Ralf Weidig, Global Program Manager Gears at Victrex, on Monday, October 21st, 17:30 CET.
High-performance PEEK polymer supports multiple requirements
PEEK polymer is a member of the PAEK (PolyArylEtherKetone) group of polymers and regarded as one of the highest-performing thermoplastics in the world. It is ideally suited to extreme and demanding environments. Whilst alternative materials can meet specific needs, PEEK polymers support multiple requirements with their inert properties, including light weight, high strength, and high resistance to wear, high temperatures, fatigue and aggressive chemicals. Together, these contribute to enhanced fuel efficiency, extended part life, greater comfort (smooth operation, less noise), more design freedom and greater cost efficiency.
* PEEK or PolyEtherEtherKetone is a member of the PAEK (PolyArylEtherKetone) group of polymers.
** IATF 16949 is an International Standard that assesses quality management systems to ensure: continual improvement; effective defect prevention; reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain and also includes specific requirements and tools for the automotive industry. It defines the fundamental quality management system requirements for automotive production, service and/or accessory parts organizations.