IR in Automotive Manufacturing

One of the most well-known uses for infrared heat is in the drying of paint on automotive bodywork. But that is only one of the innumerable applications of IR technology in the manufacture of motor vehicles. From the manufacture of driving mirrors to the forming of carpets or the welding of windshield fluid cylinders -- on the long road from the manufacture of individual components to the production of complete vehicles, nearly every automotive component comes into contact with infrared at least once.

  • Powder coating or paint curing of oil filter housings, engine blocks, cylinder heads, pistons, other motor parts, steering columns
  • Welding of fluid reservoirs, filter assemblies, air filter boxes, automotive batteries
  • Drying flux powder for radiators, battery plates, insulating coating on windings for starter motors
  • Brazing of radiators
  • Heat shrinking of protective tubes over wiring looms
  • Heating wiring looms for easier mounting
  • Airbag assembly
  • Preheating steel prior to punching
  • Vulcanizing of tire tread
  • Fixing of sound deadening material
  • Silvering and protective coating on mirrors
  • Laminating of glass
  • Drying screen printed ink on car glass
  • Heating glass prior to PU-foam application of convertible tops to improve flexibility
  • Heating chrome strips
  • Forming of headliners
  • Forming and laminating of back dashboard/parcel shelf
  • Bonding of roof rack
  • Powder coating aluminum wheels and rocker panels
  • PVC Coating of sill panels
  • Thermoforming interior and exterior trim components
  • Manufacturing of interior trim
  • Stress relieving of molded components
  • Heating plastic seat covers prior to perforating
  • Heat staking of door panels, dashboards and front grill assemblies
  • Curing coating on rubber seals
  • Preheating doors and door seals
  • Flocking of door seals
  • Forming of carpets
  • Removing creases from seat covers and door panels
  • Activating adhesive on protective trim/strips
  • Drying cavity wax
  • Embossing of fabric for door panels and dash assemblies
  • Activating adhesive on door panels

  • Drying lacquer on loudspeaker covers
  • Heat stretching of loudspeaker covers
  • Drying and curing: car body painting, spot repair, hydro wax protective painting, reflective coating on light assemblies, protective powder coating on brake discs, paint on fuel tanks, paint on plastic bumpers
  • Bonding of friction material on brake part materials
  • Welding filter tube to fuel tank
  • Welding light cluster assemblies
  • Curing of coatings on bitumen sound deadening material
As this (partial) list illustrates, virtually every part of a car comes into contact with infrared during its manufacture. It's important to select the right system to suit the application. Heraeus Noblelight's application engineers work closely with you to develop a solution that meets your specific needs. Infrared heat is an effective and efficient means of applying process heat in many other industries.

Explore this site for application solutions employing infrared technology. Heraeus offers complete systems using infrared technology; we can design a system to meet your specific, unique and demanding needs.

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