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IMPAXX™

Technical Data Sheets

IMPAXX™ is a highly engineered, extruded polystyrene foam manufactured to maximize efficiency and minimize weight. Providing higher efficiency and improved safety performance than other EA countermeasures, IMPAXX™ foam also minimizes weight and packaging space requirements. In addition, it supports better safety ratings, requirement compliance, design flexibility and passenger comfort at cost-competitive prices. Compared to competing EA products, IMPAXX™ foam offers:

Benefits
  • Stable impact response along the operative temperature range
  • Low development time and cost
  • Minimum production lead time
  • Tooling elimination
  • Higher efficiency and NCAP rating

IMPAXX™

Advantages

Applications

Characteristics

Awards

Product Advantages and ROI:
  • Lower densities of IMPAXX™ foam achieve the same performance as higher densities of expanded polypropylene bead foams (EPP), polyurethane foams (PU) and thermoformed plastic parts
  • Increased packaging space for occupant comfort
  • Faster and lower-cost development/validation for production parts via correlated CAE models and prototypes
  • Parts are precision cut into simple shapes, lowering part costs and eliminating the need for tooling
  • Consistent performance at temperature extremes
  • Minimal variation in impact tests, eliminating the need to design safety margins in tight packaging space
  • Parts are cut with tight tolerances to exacting standards
  • Fast cycle times enable quick production of large batches of parts
  • Fit with conventional and advantaged assembly methods
Applications:
  • Headliner and pillar trims
  • Front and rear doors
  • Steering column and lower instrument panel
  • Under carpet
  • Bumper systems
  • Headrest

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Efficient at Absorbing Energy

IMPAXX™ foam is over 90% efficient at absorbing energy, increasing efficiency through 70% strain. Competitive foam materials start decreasing efficiency at 25-30% as they start to rebound, transferring the stored energy back to occupant, unlike IMPAXX™ foam.

Significant Weight Reduction

High Temperature Performance

IMPAXX™ foam exhibits stable temperature performance across curtain air bag deployment test conditions and performs consistently at temperature extremes.

Tempuraturechart

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Advantages

Product Advantages and ROI:
  • Lower densities of IMPAXX™ foam achieve the same performance as higher densities of expanded polypropylene bead foams (EPP), polyurethane foams (PU) and thermoformed plastic parts
  • Increased packaging space for occupant comfort
  • Faster and lower-cost development/validation for production parts via correlated CAE models and prototypes
  • Parts are precision cut into simple shapes, lowering part costs and eliminating the need for tooling
  • Consistent performance at temperature extremes
  • Minimal variation in impact tests, eliminating the need to design safety margins in tight packaging space
  • Parts are cut with tight tolerances to exacting standards
  • Fast cycle times enable quick production of large batches of parts
  • Fit with conventional and advantaged assembly methods

Applications

Applications:
  • Headliner and pillar trims
  • Front and rear doors
  • Steering column and lower instrument panel
  • Under carpet
  • Bumper systems
  • Headrest

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Characteristics

Efficient at Absorbing Energy

IMPAXX™ foam is over 90% efficient at absorbing energy, increasing efficiency through 70% strain. Competitive foam materials start decreasing efficiency at 25-30% as they start to rebound, transferring the stored energy back to occupant, unlike IMPAXX™ foam.

Significant Weight Reduction

High Temperature Performance

IMPAXX™ foam exhibits stable temperature performance across curtain air bag deployment test conditions and performs consistently at temperature extremes.

Tempuraturechart

Awards

IMPAXX-Awards

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