Hutchinson Sealing Systems Awarded NHIRC Technology Innovation Grant for Eco-friendly Automotive Window Weatherstrips

Hutchinson Sealing Systems Awarded NHIRC Technology Innovation Grant for Eco-friendly Automotive Window Weatherstrips

Nov 14, 2012

The New Hampshire Innovation Research Center (NHIRC) at UNH and Hutchinson Sealing Systems, Inc. (HHSI) have co-funded a project to develop eco-friendly weather strips that seal retractable driver and passenger-side windows. Ronald U. Goulet, adjunct professor of mechanical engineering, is the principal investigator leading this research.

Hutchinson, located in Newfields, manufactures vehicle weather strips for cars, trucks, and RVs as well as engineered seals used for HVAC systems, computer cabinets, and other containers.

“Automotive sealing options today involve costly coating processes and heavy metal materials that provide support for window sealing materials," explains Goulet. "HSSI’s innovation, which uses a thinner tie layer between metal and rubbery polypropylene, offers new solutions that will lower production costs, reduce product weight, and eliminate volatile organic compound emissions.”

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