IATF 16949 Certification for Manufacture of Gears
Victrex Awarded Automotive Quality Standard
The gear design and manufacturing facility in Grantsburg, USA, from Victrex, Thornton Cleveleys, UK, has received the IATF 16949 certification. This proves that the necessary systems and capabilities in line with Tier1/OEM needs are in place.
Victrex Peek has been used in auto gears for decades but since 2015, the company has extended its material expertise to the design, development, and manufacture of gears, to offer a fully integrated and highly innovative approach to thermoplastic PEEK gear solutions. Enabling Tier 1/OEM customers to work with one partner from concept to commercialization, the company supports the development and testing of high precision Victrex HPG based gears, as well as manufacturing these gears as a component for integration into larger systems (e.g. within the engine, transmission, pump, actuator and chassis).
“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 programs with global OEMs in other geographies, including the US.”
Gear Design, Prototyping, Testing and Manufacturing
The 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 (Internal Combustion Engine) 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, according to the company.
Victrex Europa GmbH
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