Metal Plastic Solutions (QMPS)
Since 2008, the business unit Quadrant Plastic Composites (QPC) has been involved through a company of its own in the development of special lightweight components made of long-fiber-reinforced plastic composites and hybrid materials, among other things for the automotive industry. At Quadrant Metal Plastics Solutions GmbH (QMPS) located in Chemnitz, the search is on for new materials and hybrid strategies that enable entirely new component concepts and production methods thanks to the ingenious merger of metals and plastics.
The company is a joint venture of Quadrant Plastic Composites (QPC), the market leader for high-strength compressible glass-mat-reinforced thermoplastics, and German Blechformwerke Bernsbach AG, the specialist in metalworking for the production of subassemblies and components for the automotive industry.
In close cooperation with the customer, capable teams of materials, design and production specialists draw up customized component strategies for innovative lightweight component applications.
The services available comprise consultations on design and the choice of material, CAD and FEM computation, prototype construction, component testing and the planning of the series production of lightweight components.
To permit informative results from component testing and their documentation, comprehensive test equipment is available for the defined simulation of all relevant conditions:
- Compression-tension test equipment up to 100 kN
- Climate chamber for temperatures of -40 to +100°C
- Heat chamber (up to 130°C)
- Press equipment (100, 600 and 1,200 t)
- Fatigue strength analysis with special devices
- 30 m drop tower
- 100 m long slide track
The QMPS development team is concerned in-depth with the design and engineering of structural components for automotive engineering. The goal in the various projects is to yield for the customer significant benefits in terms of weight reduction, function integration, and reductions in the numbers of parts and production steps.
The reference components from the development projects include:
- Bumper cross member systems
- Front end beams
- Rollover bar systems
- Cross member components
- Multifunction boxes
- Functional elements for crashes
- Lightweight construction solutions for electric vehicles
- Solar components