Vehicle wheel construction process

  • US 20010020514A1
  • Filed: 05/14/2001
  • Published: 09/13/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/02/1998
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A process for permanently attaching an overlay having an outboard and inboard surface to an outboard surface of a wheel, said wheel and said overlay each having at least one predefined opening therein, said process comprising the steps of:

  • locating said overlay on a fixture with said outboard surface facing downward;

    positioning said wheel with said outboard surface facing downward against said inboard surface of said overlay defining a wheel/overlay assembly;

    heating said wheel/overlay assembly to a predetermined temperature;

    placing said wheel/overlay assembly between an upper and lower platen of a foam filling station having a plurality of locating nests selectively positioned thereon;

    engaging at least one of said plurality of locating nests with said outboard surface of said wheel/overlay assembly so as to close one of said at least one predefined openings of said overlay and said wheel to create a mold cavity between said wheel and said overlay;

    beginning injecting a predefined quantity of a foamable liquid into said mold cavity;

    completing injection of said predefined quantity of said foamable liquid while continuing to engage said at least one of said plurality of locating nests with said at least one predefined opening in each said overlay and said wheel;

    holding said mold cavity closed for a predetermined time to allow said foamable liquid to completely fill said mold cavity; and

    disengaging said one of said plurality of locating nests and removing said wheel/overlay assembly from said foam filling station.

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