Our customer is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of high-quality premium trucks. They contacted us to create a pull-pull cable system for an in-cab hood release that needed to be both heavy-duty and safe, as well as aesthetically appealing.
A new model Class 8 conventional cab truck was under development that featured an in-cab multi-point hood release similar to the internal hood release function used in a car vs. the traditional tension straps located on both outer sides of the hood. The concept also improved the aerodynamics of the hood surface and was more attractive from a styling viewpoint. Over forty components were required to build the hood release, including four pull-to-release cables. The assembly steps on the factory floor were also time consuming and expensive. The finished system was over its targeted budget.
CMA engineering reviewed the entire design and worked closely with their engineers to optimize the design by using fewer parts and a more efficient assembly process. We also worked with Purchasing to develop a CMA pre-assembled kit that eliminated most of the factory labor. CMA also assumed the responsibility of purchasing all of the components and supplied sub-assemblies as part of the kit. Our engineering changes resulted in a smoother hood release function with less force required to activate the latch release system.
CMA’s solution ultimately resulted in a reliable hood release system that was under budget and eliminated much of the costly installation labor on the plant floor.