Jenoptik sells 200th laser system for airbag production to Asia.

At the K plastics fair in Duesseldorf, Germany, Jenoptik’s Lasers & Material Processing division finalized the sale of a laser system to a Chinese automotive supplier.

JENOPTIK-VOTAN® A
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Jenoptik has sold a JENOPTIK-VOTAN® A laser perforating system to the Chinese company Yanfeng Visteon Automotive Trim Systems Co., Ltd. (YFV), making it the 200th unit worldwide. The representatives of YFV and of the Jenoptik Lasers & Material Processing division also laid the foundations for further joint projects at the K plastics fair in Duesseldorf. As China’s fourth largest automotive supplier, YFV is specialized in the manufacturing of dashboards for cars and uses Jenoptik laser systems to create so-called predetermined breaking points for airbags.

These predetermined breaking points are created by laser perforation in airbag flaps. On the back of the material the laser generates a tear line along the desired shape of the airbag flap. A specially developed sensor system prevents the laser from completely severing the material. However, the perforation line weakens the material in a way that allows the airbag to break through this line and open up during a collision.

The automotive supplier YFV had already purchased several laser systems from Jenoptik’s Lasers & Material Processing division since the cooperation began in 2002.

Patented laser perforation process.

The JENOPTIK-VOTAN® A laser perforating system is suitable for the manufacture of concealed predetermined breaking points for passenger and knee airbags in car dashboards. The system is capable of processing single or multi-layer materials and decorative layers made from plastic, textiles or leather, working quickly and reliably. Customer-specific solutions allow for flexible processing of airbag covers: the type of perforation holes, their spacing and the shape of the perforated line are variable and can be adjusted according to the type of material being used.

Images of JENOPTIK-VOTAN® A can be found in the Jenoptik Image Database under Lasers & Material Processing / Press.

Jena, October 18, 2013
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