Kimekomi Process for Door Trim Inserts and Challenges Faced in the Development of Kimekomi Machine and Tool

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  • 2017-01-0496

Published:
  • 2017-03-28
Abstract:
Gone are the days when the sole purpose of an automobile was transportation. Automobiles have been evolving continuously to cater the demands of the customer in terms of aesthetics and luxury. Interiors play a major role in forming a luxurious impression on the minds of the customers. One of the popular ways to achieve this is to use decorative skins on the interior parts. In Automotive Industry, there are various methods in use for decorative skin application, out of which one of the most effective method in terms of both cost and quality is kimekomi process. This is a pasting technique in which Fabric/PVC is tucked into the specially provided groove on the main board of side door trim with the help of a Special Purpose Machine (SPM), thus eliminating the need for a separate door trim insert making this process cost effective. This paper describes the Kimekomi process, design requirement in the part, basic design philosophy of the kimekomi machine and tool, major challenges faced in the development of kimekomi machine and tool along with the countermeasures.
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