At Automotive Interiors Expo North America in Novi, Felton is busy showcasing its proprietary filament, MemoryFlex. The flexible and set-resistant filament is designed to be extremely versatile so that it can be incorporated into a range of assembly and end-use product designs.
“MemoryFlex can be used in a wide variety of designs, applications and environments,” vice president Jim Marler explained. “It retains its properties in high-humidity environments and at extreme high and low temperatures. It is also resistant to oils, greases and numerous solvents. This set-resistant filament can be used in barrier, closeout and sealing applications that have traditionally used standard thermoplastic products, such as nylon or polyester.
“Unlike nylon and polyester, MemoryFlex has full bend recovery over the life of the product, regardless of environment, deflection angle, frequency or cycles of deflection, or length of time in a static state at any deflection angle.”
Ed Missell, lead engineer – emerging technologies, added, “For decades, the auto industry has been demanding a product to close gaps or use as a seal that will not take a set. Traditional materials lose bend recovery properties over time creating unsightly gaps that can lead to unwanted noise, dust and dirt contamination, and unappealing aesthetics. After several years of investment and experimentation, we finally developed that solution: MemoryFlex.”
Marler concluded, “Felton has a 30+ year history of designing and manufacturing interior closeouts for the automotive industry. We are passionate about pioneering new technologies, and Automotive Interiors Expo provides the best opportunities for us to connect with companies to help them develop revolutionary new products.”
Meet Felton at Booth A530.