DETROIT – PolyOne was recognized last night at the SPE Automotive Innovation Awards ceremony for its participation in developing an all-plastic temperature sensor, which will be commercially introduced on the 2015 Ford Edge. The sensor directly measures and averages duct air temperatures to control heating and cooling in the vehicle.
The new patent-pending sensor, a finalist in the Body Interior category, is easier to assemble and weighs 38% less than the current metal design. The sensor’s design eliminates the need for a rubber O-ring, simplifying assembly and blocking duct leakage paths. In addition, the new sensor’s faster response time leads to improved occupant comfort and better fuel economy.
PolyOne worked with sensor manufacturer TDK-EPC Corporation to define performance and processing parameters, then formulated a specialty polyamide-based material for the application.
“We are extremely pleased to once again be recognized by this prestigious automotive awards program for our collaborative efforts in replacing metal to improve production efficiency, reduce weight, and raise performance,” commented Kurt Schuering, Vice President, Global Key Accounts.
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