Vehicle interiors are set to become futuristic feel-good areas. Thanks to state-of-the-art technology and sophisticated decoration concepts, any surface can now be functionally equipped. Individually adaptable operation and a pleasant ambiance are important for end users - but so is the efficient, sustainable production of a component. KURZ develops solutions together with competent partners. One example is the Overhead Light Console, which was created in cooperation with injection molding machine manufacturer Wittmann Battenfeld, plastics specialist and manufacturer of complex plastic components Syntech Plastics, lighting expert ams Osram Automotive Lighting Systems (AMLS), and KURZ subsidiaries PolyIC and Baier.
The roof-lining module is produced, decorated, and equipped with sensors in a single work step using the IMD process. It is characterized by its seamless, fully closed, 3D-shaped surface with integrated touch operation. Thanks to In-Mold Electronics, various functions such as the ambient light, reading light, and sliding roof can be controlled. To top it off, virtually all features can be individually adjusted. The integrated light projection makes it possible to display information or animations on different surfaces inside the vehicle. Recycled materials can be used for the component and deliver the same excellent production results as new material. It is fully recyclable, including the integrated touch sensors.
Design, function, and sustainability - manufacturers and suppliers must deliver this triad in order to stay competitive. KURZ and its technology partners have succeeded in bundling several production steps in a single process. This one-step process was the basic specification for this component. There are several advantages for car manufacturers: On the one hand, they save resources; on the other hand, the IMD process with simultaneous functional in-mold labeling - also known as In-Mold Electronics (IME) - allows custom decorations. A wide range of surface looks, through to technical designs and soft-touch effects, can be realized.
The concept component demonstrates several pioneering technologies that are already suitable for series production. Among other things, it shows which types of sensors can be integrated into an interior module: In addition to five capacitive touch sensors with haptic feedback, a touch slider has been integrated to control the ambient and reading light. The wafer-thin, highly transparent sensors are fully illuminated in the direct field of vision of the LED light surfaces, and function as individually assignable operating elements. Thanks to the Shy Tech design, the concept component only reveals its secrets at a second glance - the light structures in the decor are generally invisible. However, if, for example, there is an incoming call, they light up in accordance with the selected ambient lighting.
Solutions are successful when they are well thought out - from the initial idea to the finished product. KURZ thinks holistically and comes up with patent-ready solutions together with innovative partners and subsidiaries. Intelligent control and attractive design are perfectly implemented in this roof-lining console concept. It shows how modern technologies can replace multiple elements, switches, and controllers with a single, visually appealing component in a sustainable and efficient way. Your benefits: Custom solutions to help you maintain your competitive edge.