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Everything in Sight: Parking like a Pro with ICAM

SCHREINER PROTECH

Everything in Sight:
Parking like a Pro with ICAM

Honestly, who hasn’t experienced parking anxiety before? Suddenly your car appears to be too big and the parking space somehow seems to be too small. Camera-based parking assist systems alleviate such anxiety and are now standard on many new cars. /H&B/ Electronic based in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, produces the requisite ICAM plug connectors—equipped with membranes from Schreiner ProTech.

External cameras located on outside mirrors, front grilles, or tailgates provide drivers with a 360-degree bird’s eye view of the surroundings. So-called ICAM plug connectors are necessary to ensure a trouble-free and stable connection between the electronics and the camera. They are the central connecting link between the camera and electronic control unit.

Ultraschallverschweißtes Druckausgleichselement: Diese Membran hält schwierigsten äußeren Rahmenbedingungen stand.
Ultraschallverschweißtes Druckausgleichselement: Diese Membran hält schwierigsten äußeren Rahmenbedingungen stand.

With a Seal and a Membrane

Obviously, these 8-pin connectors require effective protection. In this case, it is provided in two ways: at /H&B/, a specialty seal using liquid silicone (LSR) acts as an effective barrier against splash water and dust, just like Schreiner ProTech’s pressure compensation seals installed in the connectors that additionally provide reliable protection against excess pressure. The benefits of these small membranes: low unit costs and minimal installed height, plus Schreiner ProTech’s PCS portfolio offers a suitable membrane for practically any application.

With Team Spirit and Know-how

/H&B/ Electronic draws on more than 30 years of experience in complex plug connectors and fully automated manufacturing processes. However, the ICAM connector was the first product of the internationally operating manufacturer of high-precision components using an LSR seal. Consequently, the smooth and successful collaboration with Schreiner ProTech’s team was crucial. “The interaction with /H&B/ was always very constructive and based on mutual trust,” says Nils Herzberger from Schreiner ProTech. “We developed an ultrasonically welded solution for the customer and are pleased to see that our membrane with its resistances convinced them across the board.”

The system is successful, with more than 18 million ICAM plugs having been produced to date! As a result, drivers in all regions may soon have everything in sight, making fender benders and scratched paint a thing of the past.