Rather than the customary finely structured design, the component exhibits an expressive, large area single image in a day/night design. The design consists of a gradient of increasingly wide lines that reflect the dynamics of a sports car in motion. The two-color day design in blue and black shows cool tones, which are preferred for hybrid and electric cars, while the night design shows alternating light colors. The backlighting of the functionally ready door trim is activated and intensified by means of a touch button, and the luminous color can be changed using a slider. The alternating light play enhances the dynamic effect of the line design.
The backlit day/night design, and the touch functionality provided to activate the lighting necessitate a highly precise transfer of the design onto the component. This precision is achieved using the Systec Servo 280/630-1450 injection molding machine from Sumitomo (SHI) Demag, a handling system specially developed by the machine manufacturer for this application, and the foil, foil feeding, and mold technology from Kurz.
A suitably precise positioning of the touch sensors on the component is obtained thanks to Kurz’s recently developed FFB (Functional Foil Bonding) process. The FFB process for fully mechanical sensor integration will be demonstrated live at the Kurz booth A4-4122. Trade fair visitors will also have the opportunity to personally activate the touch functions and the day/night design transition on a demonstrator.
The KURZ Group is a global leader in hot stamping and coating technology. KURZ develops and manufactures decorative and functional layers applied to carrier foils for a large variety of applications. The range includes metallized, pigmented and holographic stamping foils for packaging or print products, surface finishes for electronic devices or automotive parts, protective and decorative lacquers for furniture or household appliances, authenticity features for brand name items, metallic applications for textiles, and different types of coatings for many other applications. With over 5,000 employees in 14 production plants in Europe, Asia and the USA, 24 international subsidiaries and a global network of agencies and sales offices, the KURZ Group manufactures and sells a comprehensive range of products for surface finishing, decoration, marking and counterfeit protection, rounded off by an extensive range of stamping machines and stamping tools. KURZ also continuously invests in new technologies, and is developing innovative solutions for integrating functionality into surfaces.
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