History (Urethane Foaming Molding)

Year
Urethane foaming molding
 
Instrument Panel
Bumper
Seat Pad
1970
Hot cure introduced (for seat cushions)
 
 
X
1973
Hot cure line at Motomachi Plant
 
 
X
Integrated foaming line introduced
X
 
 
1977
Urethane RIM system developed
 
X
 
1978
Semi-hot cure line at Tsutsumi Plant
 
 
X
1979
Colored urethane bumper
 
X
 
1980
Water soluble surface lubricant
 
 
X
1981
Semi-hot cure line at Tahara Plant
 
 
X
Large integrated bumper
 
X
 
1983
Multipoint injection molding process developed
X
 
 
1984
Burr reduced by film adhesion process
X
 
 
1985
Urethane injection control process (for location specific pad hardness)
 
 
X
Robotization of pad removal from die
 
 
X
Powder slush molding process
X
 
 
1986
Foaming slush molding process
X
 
 
R-RIM system developed
 
X
 
1987
Enlarged urethane bumpers
 
X
 
1988
MDI (high-cure) promoted
 
 
X
LD5 for cure time reduction introduced (at Tahara Plant)
X
 
 
Slush molding patents and equipment sold to Goodyear
X
 
 
Received the first "Katamu Aoki" prize from the Japan Society of Polymer Processing
X
 
 
High-flow materials and high-speed molding cycle
 
X
 
1989
Freon-free urethane composition for seats
 
 
X
Activities for improving seat finish quality
 
 
X
Automation and burden-reducing processes for seat assembly
 
 
X
Trimming by water jet
X
 
 
IMR material (i.e., switched to material that contains surface lubricant)

X
 
R-RIM side molding
 
X
 
1990
Cold back seat line at Motomachi Plant
 
 
X
Surface covering-integrated foamed seat
 
 
X
1991
Freon-free process
 
X
X
R-TPU side molding
 
X
 
1993
Low-density pads for instrument panels
X
 
 
1996
Cold back seat line at Tahara Plant
 
 
X
Slush molding machine and small-to-medium volume foaming equipment
X
 
 
1997
Module production preparation for instrument panel accomplished
X
 
 
2000
In-house urethane bumpers ended (moved to supplier)
 
X
 
2001
2.5-minute cure materials introduced (for soft instrument panel)
X
 
 
2002
In-house seat pad ended (moved to supplier)
 
 
X
Foaming of invisible A/B door (at Tahara Plant)
X
 
 
TPU covering material
X
 
 
2003
Innovative slush molding machine
X
 
 
1-minute cure materials and fixed die foaming system
X
 
 
2006
In-line X-ray inspection (for Lexus)
X
 
 

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