Special attention was paid to the execution of these components to minimize gaps, and touch efforts as well as highlight flushness
to adjacent components to achieve world class fit and finish.
Any degradation of flushness
or margins, compared with steel, is not acceptable, and plastic panels will not be introduced until differences in expansion and contraction can be compensated for by design.
It identifies key characteristics and critical features of an assembly--such as the gap between a door and the fender of a car, or the flushness
of an airplane wing.
Two products nearing release are AutoFit(R), a system that measures the gaps between closure panels and the body and the flushness
of those panels to the body after final assembly and paint, and AutoScan(R), a system integrated with standard industrial robots that has important applications in the initial design phase of a vehicle.
This highly integrated structure, Plastic Omnium says, improves the perceived quality of the front panels because gaps and flushness
are improved via reference mounting directly on the fascia and fender, it reduces costs by 15% when the integration is taken into account, and would evolve to a sealed hood structure that includes hood flaps for service items.