The automotive sector is an ever-evolving and innovative industry. There are new, safer and eco-friendly developments introduced to us seemingly every day. As more vehicles adapt and implement the latest technology, more high quality parts and reliable materials are needed. One of these less obvious technologies is the well established hook and loop fastener. Whilst not a new idea in itself, hook and loop used in cars must adhere to the safety and quality standards of which are constantly improving.
Spotting Hook & Loop in cars
So just how exactly is hook and loop used in the modern cars of today? Although initially it might be hard to spot, you’ll find this fastening solution in a number of places within the vehicle.
- Seating – The low-profile nature of hook and loop tape contributes to a sleek and secure design. As a quick and easy fastening solution, it also helps reduce manufacturing processes.
- Floor Mats – Another simple fastening solution to keep floor mats in place, removing the need for clunky clips.
- Door Panels – Attaching the insulating materials used in automotive manufacturing, hook and look assists with noise reduction and ensures easy assembly.
- Boot Compartments – Hook and loop technology offers easy access to the boot compartments, without any loose items such as warning triangles and tools rattling around.
- Cable Management – Modern vehicles contain a myriad of cables and can lead to electrical problems unless managed cleanly. This is an easy issue to avoid by using hook and loop ties, providing a secure but quickly accessible solution.
Hook and loop is also used as a straightforward aftermarket solution within the automotive modding community. This simple but effective technology has been used in cars for space saving and organisation, as well as some interior DIY projects, such as mounting additional sat nav devices and screen systems.
Leading brands trust HALCO
As a trusted manufacturer of automotive hook and loop, HALCO has supplied products to some of the worlds’ best known car brands. Our fasteners meet many industry fire retardant specification requirements including FAR 25.853.
German engineering demands the highest quality, which is why BMW partnered with HALCO to supply hook and loop for their cars. It’s important to find a manufacturer that can meet very specific requirements, in this case designing a bespoke solution for the pioneering automotive brand.
As pointed out earlier, hook and loop in itself is a tried and tested, arguably uncomplicated technology. But this doesn’t take away from its application in even the most advanced modern day systems. Tesla have worked with HALCO on their revolutionary Model T and Model S electric car, utilising a hook and loop in their seating systems and vehicle insulation.
With so many factors to determine the best hook and loop solution for your requirements, we would highly recommend that you speak to one of the hook and loop specialists at HALCO. We’re happy to answer all enquiries and help you to make the best decision for your industrial application.
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