Adhesion Results of Using IMR in Window Encapsulated RIM Systems
Modular window encapsulation of glass using Polyurethane RIM (Reaction Injection Molding) has been very popular in the automotive industry over the last 10 years. RIM offers many advantages in the design of modular windows including: flexibility to design complex shapes with variable wall thicknesses, molded-in attachment studs for easy assembly, and aerodynamic styling. The automotive industry is continually looking for new advancements in technology to increase productivity and decrease the costs of processing parts. A processing advancement using IMR (Internal Mold Release) was introduced into RIM bumper fascia in 1982 with great success. To this day, IMR is an important component for automotive fascia applications. Likewise, window encapsulation with the use of IMR in RIM systems has become a key component in reducing molding cost for automotive windows. The introduction of IMR in RIM for Window Encapsulation offers many potential benefits to the molders of these parts.