Here are summaries of 33 finalists and winners for the 2013 Automotive News PACE Awards, which honor commercialized innovations in products, processes and information technology.
WINNER: New molding tool produces piston for high-pressure
What: Injection molding of high-modulus bonded pistons used in high-pressure transmissions
Innovation: Hydraulic pressures in automatic and dual clutch transmissions are rising as automakers add gears and strive for faster, smoother shifts. Federal-Mogul developed an injection molding tool that produces an elastomer clutch piston that can handle the high pressures. Clutch pistons help shift gears.
First customer: BorgWarner’s 6090 dual clutch transmission in Ford and Volvo small cars, 2012
Web site: federalmogul.com