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Infinite Counter Balance

Request Number N673786
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Description

IncWell's partner is looking for a method to make a infinite counter balance to assist with lift gate mass variation.

 

 

Background

The rear door on CUVs and SUVs with power lift gates utilize either a roof mounted actuation system or a power strut system to open and close the lift gate. With lift gates that have a single sided drive system, a counter balance strut is required on the opposite side to balance the gate and prevent twisting. These struts aid with gate opening and closing efforts.  

 

There is a need for an infinite counter balance which can be slightly tunable in order to allow for different build variations on a vehicle assembly line. For example, a lift gate with and without speakers changes the center of gravity of the gate and may create the need for 2 different counter balance part numbers. Current gas struts only help to ensure the gate stays open and pops up slightly during initial release from the closed position.

 

Key Success Criteria
  • Lift gate to remain in full open position when opened.  
  • Gate to pop open from fully closed position when handle is activated. 
  • Target $15 per system
  • Minimum TRL 2

 

Possible Approaches

IncWell's partner is open to all potential solutions.

 

Approaches not of interest

None.

 

Preferred Collaboration types
  • To Be Negotiated
Items to be submitted

When responding to this request, please be sure to provide a non-confidential description of the simulation technology you propose along with information regarding your alignment with the Key Success Criteria as well as your desired business relationship with IncWell's partner.

 

Point of Contact
Jonathan Jakischa
Area of Interest
  • Commercial & Industrial Design
  • Manufacturing & Fabrication
  • Original Equipment Manufacturers
  • Process Control
Organization
IncWell
Due Date
December 29, 2017
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