Saving the Environment. Ford Creates Gaskets and Mechanical Seals Out of Recycled Materials
Ford, together with their supplier Recycled Polymeric Materials (RPM), has found a way to create eco-friendly gaskets and seals for their Ford Motor Company vehicles. This was accomplished by recycling old, discarded tires, which were combined with bio-renewable content.
The mechanical seals and gaskets are comprised of 25% post-consumer particulate (this is made up of the recycled tires), 17% bio-renewable solution from soy. To come up with all the RPM seals and gaskets, over 2.2 million pounds of rubber from 210,000 tires had been recycled. In addition, 150,000 pounds of soy was used to produce the materials, according to Ford.
Aside from helping save the environment, this green-oriented move from Ford also helped improve the performance of many Ford automobiles. The seals allowed Ford vehicles to be lighter as the seals removed 1,675 tons of weight from the cars.
The technology of sustainable gaskets was initially introduced to Ford in the year 2008. As of today, 11 vehicles have been manufactured with these recycled materials. The 11 Ford Motor Company cars that feature the gaskets and seals are:
- Lincoln MKS
- Ford F-150
- Ford F-250
- Ford F-350
- Ford Escape
- Ford Flex
- Ford Fiesta
- Ford Focus
- Ford Mustang
- Ford Transit Connect
- Ford Taurus
Other Eco-Friendly Acts Aside from Renewable Gaskets
As stated by Ford, their commitment to “reduce, reuse and recycle” is in line with the company’s broader goal to promote global sustainability and strategies for reducing environmental pollution.
According to Dr. Cynthia Flanigan, technical leader in research and innovation, Ford and its suppliers consider each and every part of a vehicle when it comes to using more recyclable and renewable material. She added that Ford will continue making environment-friendly vehicles and car parts as long as their strategies and materials meet quality standards and application of renewable content makes sense. mechanical seal company
Another Ford representative, Dr. Debbie Miewlewski (the technical leader in plastics), said that Ford’s team of experts constantly develops innovative technologies that help save the planet and reduce environmental footpring. In fact, the company has seen success in integrating soy from seats on all of its North American automobiles. The company is also expanding its research fields to discover more ways to use rubber and plastic materials in an environmentally responsible way.
It is worth noting the car maker announced in April this year that it had manufactured cylinder head covers out of 41 million pounds of carpet.
The models Ford Fusion, Mustang, Escape, and F-150 are all fused with EcoLon. This is a nylon resin created completely out of recycled carpet. Two other companies contributed in the making of the material. Wellman Engineering Resins produces the material, and then Dana Holding Corporation turns the material into the cylinder head covers.