1995 Finalists


  1. AP Technoglass Company

    AP Technoglass Company presented an innovative, complex-shaped glass windshield and backlight which are incorporated into the design and manufacture of an automobile. This required specifically designed furnace applications and, due to quality requirements, challenges to the manufacturing process. AP Technoglass has successfully manufactured these unique glass products in-house.

  2. Dana Corporation, Spicer Driveshaft Division

    Near net journal cross and integrated seal design

    Dana Corporation, Spice Driveshaft Division, presented an innovative universal joint kit design that incorporates and advancement in both the process and product. This patented design utilizes near-net, cold forming for the journal cross, which increases kit life, provides greater strength, and is lighter in weight. The product design includes a dual-radial-lip bearing cup seal, thrust washer, and seal guard. These component design improvements reduce vibration and component failure, improve sealing, and increase U-joint life.

    All functions of Spicer’s engineering and technical services were applied in the kit’s design and development. The new U-joints have been widely accepted by all Spicer’s automotive customers and incorporated into their drivelines.

  3. Detroit Edison

    Detroit Edison presented the Energy Partnership Program and the Safety Training Program for the Electric Vehicle.

    The Energy Marketing and Distribution group teams with auto-makers to help manage energy demands and realize energy savings through an innovative energy partnership program. Detroit Edison has been able to provide substantial savings and competitive advantage to its customers through total involvement in the customer’s business.

    The company’s “Electrical & Hybrid Electric Vehicle Emergency Rescue Training” safety program enables the use of new electric vehicles as they are introduced and has, thus far, trained hundreds of fire, police, and rescue personnel.

  4. Dow Chemical Company

    The Automotive Materials and Services Group of Dow Chemical Company presented the first integrated structural instrument panel.The combinations of design and material helped simplify assembly, enhance safety, achieve performance requirements, and address environmental concerns. The structural design consists of a cross car beam/duct, retainer, and knee bolsters. Part integration and consolidation, use of ductile engineering thermoplastics, and total system design are all contributors to the success of reducing cost and weight.

  5. Fel-Pro Incorporated

    Fel-Pro Incorporated, Original Equipment, presented three nominations: Edge-Molded Metal Plate Cylinder Head Gaskets (EMMP), Wire Ring Head Gasket Cell, adn Re-engineering of related Customer Service Responsibilities.

    The trends in the diesel engine industry are longer service life, increased power ratings, stringent emissions standards, and improved fuel efficiency. Consequently, the functional requirements of the cylinder head gaskets are often beyond the performance capabilities of traditional gasket material. EMMP gaskets were developed to solve the sealing equation for current and future diesel engines.

    In order to produce quality OEM cylinder head gaskets with optimum manufacturing processes and strategic use of automation, Fel-Pro developed and implemented the Wire Ring Head Gasket Cell with zero defects. Since production release in 1991, the cell has reduced scrap costs by 75 precent and cut lead time from 27 days to only a few hours, with 100 percent on-time delivery.

  6. Freudenberg NOK


  7. Gentex Corporation


  8. Giddings & Lewis, Inc.


  9. Johnson Controls, Inc.


  10. Phillips Service Industries, Inc.


  11. Sealed Power Division of SPX


  12. TRW Vehicle Safety Systems, Inc


  13. United Technologies Automotive, Inc.


  14. Verson


  15. Warn Industries, Inc.


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