SPE Grand Award for All-plastic brake pedal

Plastic brake pedal of the BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group, a global supplier of vibration technology and plastic solutions to the automotive industry, was awarded first place in the Automotive Award in the

Plastic brake pedal of the BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group, a global supplier of vibration technology and plastic solutions to the automotive industry, was awarded first place in the Automotive Award in the category "Body Interior" by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) in Düsseldorf. The safety component is installed in the Porsche Panamera and Bentley Continental. The panel of experts who formed the jury particularly appreciated the fact that the plastic brake weighs about less than half the weight of a comparable steel structure

The entire development of the plastic brake pedal – right from component part and tool design through the all-up process development to component part testing - was in the hands of BOGE Rubber & Plastics. In the structural design of the component parts, BOGE was supported by Bond-Laminates, a subsidiary of LANXESS AG.

The plastic pedals can be manufactured in high quantities at costs comparable to conventional steel brakes, due to the high functional integration of the plastic version and the completely automated production. In addition, the pedal can be produced in an economical one-shot process in a large-scale injection molding cycle.

The brake pedal was designed in two versions, one each for left and right-hand driven vehicles. The fact that drivers brake with their left or right foot had also to be taken into account in the design stage. For this purpose, the load path was optimized according to the different torsional directions. The component part is produced by hybrid molding in a one-shot process in short cycle times suitable for large series.

The SPE Awards are among the most prestigious awards for innovations in the automotive industry and its suppliers. The award has been assigned every one and a half year since 1992. This year's awards were presented in Düsseldorf on 17 October.