Auto Interior Soft Trim & Auto Seating – Industry Leader – Lear Corporation

The Auto Interior Soft Trim and Auto Seat Cover Industry is a key sector for Freeman Schwabe Machinery and especially for SCHWABE USA cutting presses, which have a set of unique capabilities to precision cut large quantities of soft fabric material.

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Lear Corporation recently presented at the Lear Investor Day Presentation on June27th 2018 background information and data on the company’s industry competitiveness and how they are the fastest growing automotive seat manufacturer.

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Freeman SCHWABE is very proud that the Lear Corporation is one of the company’s key clients / customers in the auto / car seat material industry, we have supplied multiple SCHWABE hydraulic cutting presses (with Die Vacuum System) to Lear Corporation during 2017-2018.

SCHWABE USA Straight Ram Hydraulic Beam Press with Die Vacuum Cutting System for cutting Automotive Soft Trim Parts

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SCHWABE USA Cutting Press for High Volume Automotive Trim Components

High volume manufacture of automotive interior trim components is achieved with great precision and excellent material efficiency using Ontario Die International’s die vacuum system on a SCHWABE progressive feed straight ram hydraulic beam press.

How does the DIEVAC® System work?

Simply. Up to 40cm (10″) of tri-laminate material is positioned on top of the steel rule die or Dieverse TM. Tooling. The hood then encloses the die and material within the carrier, the cutting matrix being mounted in the hood. A vacuum pump then expels the air from the system which draws the hood down and compresses the material to approximately 5cm (2″) in height.

The entire system is then incrementally fed through a hydraulic cutting press specially fitted to suit the DIEVAC® process. When the vacuum is turned off, the lay recovers to its original height and the hood is automatically lifted clear. The components are then removed and the cycle can be repeated with a new lay of material.

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Straight Ram Hydraulic Beam Press With Single Sided Die Vacuum System – SCHWABE USA Model SR470 

Cutting Force: 470 U.S. Tons

Head Size: 40” Deep x 81” Wide

Die Board Size: 74.25” Wide x 216.25” Long

Maximum Material Width: 65″

Cutting Stroke: 8” adjustable, with reduced pressure die setting.

Daylight Opening: 12”, without cutting surface.

Advantages when Manufacturing Auto Soft Trim Components

• 100% cutting accuracy.
• Almost zero scrap parts.
• Tremendous productivity.
• Excellent fabric utilization.
• Occupies less floor space than other systems.
• Material will not move while cutting.
• Pattern complexity immaterial to productivity. All interior blades and punches cut simultaneously.
• CAD pattern nesting utilized.
• Each ply is consistently cut, top to bottom.
• Can easily cut 250,000 linear inches of material per minute!

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SCHWABE Cutting Press with Powered Table

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SCHWABE Cutting Presses are proudly made in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Here is a recent cutting press production within a busy manufacturing year of a SCHWABE Straight Ram Hydraulic Beam Press Model SR230 with Powered Table.

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SCHWABE Straight Ram Hydraulic Beam Press Model SR230 with Powered Table.

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Seat Cover Embossing Press

Seat Cover Embossing on Dual Platen Hydraulic Press

Embossing Auto Interior Seat Covers Surface Materials

General Specifications

Country of Manufacture – USA

Press Driving Mechanism – Hydraulics

Cutting Force – 75 U.S. Tons

Head & Bed Size – 40” D x 40” W

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SCHWABE USA hydraulic presses are used in the production of Automotive Interior and Trim Cover Parts and Applications across the world:
Leather seating,
Non-leather seating,
Floor carpets and mats,
Sun visors
Head liners
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Embossing Material Press – Up-Stroking Hydraulic Model – DGHD75

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SCHWABE USA – Up-Stroking Hydraulic Embossing Press Model – DGHD75

Embossing Press with Dual Heated Platens – 32”D x 32”W 2018-06-26 18.35.10
Top head mounted heated platen with control panel. Tool is mounted via fixed die rails to the heated platen.
The bottom heated platen is mounted to the manual sliding table.
Heated platen thickness 3 1⁄2” and includes insulation on both Heated platens.
Heated Platens – 460V

Developed for Embossing Auto Interior Seating Surface Materials

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Embossing Press – Feed System

Type – Single side manually operated Sliding Table; heavy duty steel framework, aluminum table, spring rollers (for easy in and out movement), table rails and push/pull handles.

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Hydraulic System – Top mounted hydraulic system includes pump, hoses, valves, gauges, etc.


Watch demo of Embossing Press on Freeman SCHWABE YouTube channel

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General Specifications

Country of Manufacture – USA

  • Press Driving Mechanism – Hydraulics

  • Cutting Force – 75 U.S. Tons

  • Head & Bed Size – 40” D x 40” W
  • Cutting Stroke – 6” adjustable
Daylight Opening – 7”, not including cutting surface or table

  • Die Mounting – Die mounted in the head with manual die rails

  • Dual Heated Platen – 32”D x 32”W Top head mounted heated platen with control panel.
  • Heated platen rated for up to 450°
  • Second Heated Platen – 32”D x 32”W lower heated platen to be added to table.
  • Heated platen thickness 3 1⁄2”.
    Heated platen rated for up to 450°
Heated Platens – 460V

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“Smart Pricing” Cutting & Molding Presses – Competitive Prices + Quality Performance

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Freeman SCHWABE introduces “Smart Pricing” on NEW Die Cutting & Molding Presses providing best mix of a Competitive Prices and Quality Performance…..for your specific application needs

…Request a ”Smart Price” quote today

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USED SCHWABE Press – FOR SALE $25,000 – Hydraulic Up-Stroking Model DG35

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For Sale - USED SCHWABE USA - Hydraulic Up-Stroking Cutting Press

For Sale – USED SCHWABE USA – Model DG35 Hydraulic       Up-Stroking Cutting Press $25,000 [as-is-where-is]

General Specifications

35 US Tons

Head & Bed – 30”D x 34”W
Cutting Stroke – 5”
Daylight Opening – 7.25”
Power requirements – 230V, 3 phase, 60 Hz

Selling Price – $25,000

Used. Sold As-is-Where-is – No warranty

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Auto / Car Interior Soft Trim – Future Trends – Overheads / Headliners, Trunks, Hood-liners, Flooring

Auto / Car Interior Soft Trim Global Industry is a core business sector for SCHWABE USA Cutting Presses & Molding Systems

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Since 1935, SCHWABE Presses can be found in Automotive Soft Interior Trim Manufacturing Plants on six of the seven Continents! 

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Current Trends & Technology Developments

Here we outline some of the current trends & technology developments that are transforming the Automotive Interior Soft Trim and providing significant opportunities for SCHWABE USA.

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Auto Car Manufacturers Primary Equpiment Market Tier Suppliers

“The future of the automobile and interiors manufacturing industry goes through four vectors: new mobility, autonomy, digitization, and electrification…..

This will mean a change in the forms of use: cars moving alone, restrictions on the use of the car in large cities, connectivity…;

all this will make the car a space where we will spend a lot of time and hence its interior must adapt to these new functionalities and uses.”

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Automotive Soft Trim Interior Market Segmentation : FutureMarketInsights

The major car soft trim material types can be classified as:
• Leather
-Texture & Finish
-Heat Absorption Capacity



• Foams
-Backed & Unbacked Types
-Texture e.g. Poker Rail
-Sew foam
-Grade e.g. Residential or Commercial grade on durability basis



• Coated Fabrics
-Polymer Coated
-Rubber Coated
-Other Substrate Coated for having properties like fire, & water resistance and wash proof

• Textiles & Acoustic Barriers
-per area of furnishing whether seating, safety belts, flooring, lining on doors, roof, shelves etc.
-grade/quality of material used such as
 Ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA)
 Styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS),
 Polyurethane reactive (PUR)
-noise and sound proofing as well .


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Customer Choice / OEM Requirements are constantly changing interior material surfaces STAHL 2016

STAHL OEM Requirements Interior Material Surfaces

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Quality consistency of class A surfaces independent of car interior component and substrate used (Leather, PVC, PU, PVC, TPO, fabrics etc.)

Design / Styling
Sensorial Experience:
natural appearance, color, low-gloss (not burnish), haptics, softness, smell etc.

Sustainability / Emissions
Fogging, VOC, smell, sustainability criteria

Physical performance
Abrasion, rub fastness, moisture resistance, bally flex, UV resistance, heat resistance, anti-squeak, anti-soil, anti-stain (dye ingress)


• Shielding
• “Windows”/transparent sections in the surface
• Lighting
• Image projection
• Sensing/smart surfaces
• Smart touch
• Damping
• Conduction
Signaling/data transmission

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SCHWABE USA is constantly innovating & improving our cutting & molding systems based on the applications required of our customers based on the changing needs of their customers and business environment:

  • material weight reduction
  • eco friendly materials & process
  • cost reduction
  • flexibility to constant change / innovation
  • smart / digitization
  • design / quality
  • durability

SCHWABE USA will continue to be a highly competitive equipment supplier to the Auto / Car Interior Soft Trim industry, producing at a low cost high volume precision cut parts for seat covers, overheads / headliners, trunks, hood-liners and flooring.

IAC Optimising Material Usage - Steel Rule DieA key element of cost reduction is optimising material usage, by applying the most effective process and equipment to the application need which highlights the advantages of Die Cutting over NC Cutting.

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