GSI has serviced the automotive industry through multiple applications including instrument cluster backlighting and printed heating elements for years. We offer structured product scale-up with validation programs (PPAP) and comprehensive electronic document control. Our in-line and 100% inspection/testing capability ensures a quality end product.
GSI can also produce labels and nameplates for automotive applications on the exterior, under the hood, or inside the cabin. We are experienced at working with auto component makers at all tier levels. Whether it is an interior informational label, an under-hood instructional nameplate, or an exterior decorative piece, GSI can put together the appropriate materials, printing and fabricating processes to meet your specifications.
Case Study: Automotive safety is heating up
GSI’s unique knowledge of conductive inks and materials caught the attention of a tier-two automotive customer who was developing a heating element for automotive seats. The printed heater has a unique safety characteristic that limits heat so that surfaces remain safe in automobiles and other applications. This feature is driven primarily by the chemistry of the PTC-ink (Positive Temperature Coefficient) and how it self regulates. The auto industries mandate of zero-defect required that unique manufacturing processes capable of both high-volume production and real-time mapping of resistance characteristics were required for mass production. GSI’s process and manufacturing engineers led the in-house development of an in-line testing system never before witnessed in a screen printing process. Confidence in GSI’s prototyping process, an understanding of automotive validation requirements and strong engineering ingenuity led to a commercial product that has been incorporated in many cars on the road today.