Manufacturing of a Transfer Case Oil Pump Tube Assembly for the Automotive Industry
A major supplier to the automotive industry needed to resolve a production line ergonomics issue. The issue was related to the assembly of a rigid pump tube into a four wheel drive transfer case. Their current design required the assembly of five individual components composed of a molded plastic filter, steel tubes, and rubber hoses.
Akron Polymer Products designed, developed, and manufactured a one piece all plastic tube assembly that eliminated all of their ergonomic issues plus was able to withstand the harsh environment of automatic transmission fluid operating at 125°C with peak temperatures approaching 150°C. Akron Polymer’s product development included full flow testing separation, and fluid immersion testing. Akron provided all of the tooling and fixtures, as well as orientation, fit, and 100% inspection during production. The finished product was composed of Nylon 612, measuring 300mm in length, by 100mm in width; the entire project was completed in 14 weeks.
Not only did this resolve the ergonomics issue, the customer was also able to realize a cost savings of over $1 million per year.
To learn more about this project, or about Akron’s other capabilities, contact Akron Polymer directly.
Highlights of this Transfer Case Oil Pump Tube Assembly
|Product Description||Oil Pick-up Tube Assembly for the Automotive Industry|
|Custom Molding Capabilities Applied/Processes||Testing & Development
|Equipment Used to Manufacture Part||Extruders, Assembly Fixtures, Form Tooling and Molding Press|
|Overall Part Dimensions||300mm length x 100mm width|
|Material Used||Nylon 612 (PA612)|
|Technical Specifications||Located in a Transfer Case and submerged in Automatic Transmission Fluid, the all plastic assembly must withstand temperatures of 150 C°|
|In process inspection performed||Orientation and Fit 100% inspection|
|Turn Around Time||14 Weeks from Development to Build|
|Industry for Use||Automotive|
|Delivery Location||North America|
|Standards Met||Customer Supplied Specifications|
|Product Name||Oil Pick-up Tube Assembly|