Pressed Metal Components for Automotive Fuel Systems
Clamason produces a wide range of brackets and sub-assemblies for use on fluid systems and fuel tanks, for a range of global customers.
For many OEMs working on such projects, pressed metal components are selected due to their strength, structural integrity, corrosion resistance and design flexibility. These parts can also be fabricated for easy assembly and installation, while also offering the advantages of being made using an automated manufacturing process – leading to economical mass production. This efficiency is highly sought-after in automotive manufacturing, where cost optimisation is crucial.
Due to stainless steel fuel tanks being used in the manufacture of hybrid vehicles, there has recently been an increase in demand for stamped metal fuel system parts.
Hybrid vehicles often use alternative fuels like ethanol blends or biodiesel, which can be corrosive to traditional steel or aluminium tanks.
Stainless steel resists corrosion caused by these fuels, ensuring the longevity and durability of the tank.
As the demand for steel fuel tanks in hybrid vehicles continues to rise, the need for pressed metal components has increased proportionally. For example, these components allow manufacturers to precisely shape and customise various parts of the fuel tank – such as the tank shell, baffles, brackets, and mounting flanges. This enables flexibility in design, ensuring a proper fit and function of the fuel tank and underpinning critical innovation in hybrid vehicle production.
The expert team at Clamason is on hand to assist automotive manufacturers to keep up with their escalating requirements.
As complex shapes are often needed, Clamason’s UK Design Team typically assists customers to perfect the design of each component, to maximise efficiency whilst reducing costs.
In the knowledge that fluid systems and fuel tanks are exposed to various liquids – including water, fuel, and chemicals – the corrosion-resistant properties of pressed metal components are vital to maintain their integrity, and prevent premature failure or degradation due to corrosion. This is why Clamason typically use stainless steel (or a low carbon steel with a zinc-nickel-coating) to give 720 hours of corrosion resistance.
Once brackets are pressed, Clamason can arrange for these parts to be deburred – before being packed or welded with a nut or stud, depending on the customer requirement.
As experts in the production of intricate automotive components, we’re happy to assist with your design challenges and help you to meet your precise requirements.