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ROCKWELL DEVELOPS ADVANCED VEHICLE SEAT ADJUSTER SYSTEMS

 ROCKWELL DEVELOPS ADVANCED VEHICLE SEAT ADJUSTER SYSTEMS
 TROY, Mich., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Rockwell International


Corporation (NYSE: ROK) has developed lighweight, structural passenger car seat adjuster systems for various car lines in North America and Europe.
 According to Robert A. Calder, vice president and general manager of Rockwell's Automotive Body Systems (ABS) business, "We have developed both our manual and powered seat adjuster systems at the ABS Center of Expertise for seat systems, which is based in Bracebridge, Ontario."
 "In order to supply these advanced systems to our customers, we will tool up and develop our production capacity at Bracebridge," Calder added.
 "While the manual seat adjusters draw upon some of the basic technology Rockwell developed and applied in its European seat adjuster operations, the improved manual and new power systems are North American-designed products that feature many outstanding innovations," Calder said.
 In developing the manual seat adjuster systems for the North American market, Rockwell studied the requirements of 30 different North American, Japanese and European vehicles and thoroughly analyzed 15 current model seat adjusters being used in North America.
 The resulting Rockwell advanced seat adjuster systems fully meet North American vehicle manufacturer needs, and offer several advantages over competing products.
 All of the new systems are light in weight and provide high structural strength, flexible packaging, corrosion resistance and ease of operation.
 The lineup of Rockwell's advanced seat systems for the North American market includes:
 Two-way and Four-Way Manual Seat Adjuster Systems
 The two-way manual seat adjuster system features parallel open channel structural tracks. When the seat adjuster lever is activated to release the locking mechanism, the upper track section glides forward or backward along the lower section on composite ball bearings.
 The composite ball bearings are located on the side of the seat track channel, freeing the center of the track for mounting bolts which can be placed in any position along the track, optimizing the system's mounting flexibility.
 The upper part of the track is designed and engineered to secure the seat belt anchor, and eliminates the need for separate body-mounted seat belt anchor brackets. Because the seat belt anchor moves back and forth with the seat, there is no need to readjust the seat belt when the adjustment of the seat is changed.
 The manual seat adjuster structural track features a low-profile design, and is just 1.12 inches (28 mm) high. The entire system weighs just 5.5 pounds (2.47 kg), including a "towel bar-type release handle on an 8-inch (200 mm) travel unit.
 The four-way version adds a manual vertical adjusting mechanism which raises or lowers the seat to suit individual preferences.
 Six-way and Eight-way Power Seat Adjustment Systems
 Rockwell's six-way power seat adjuster system is the third version of an advanced power seat system first developed and tested by Rockwell in 1990. The system is extremely light, weighing less than 15 pounds (6.75 kg), including a single multi-pack motor.
 It features Rockwell's structural tracks, and independent worm gears in both the left and right tracks. The system can travel up to 11.2 inches (280 mm) horizontally and 2.4 inches (60 mm) vertically, enabling it to be used in a wide range of vehicle interior designs.
 The eight-way power seat adjuster system includes the features noted above, plus an additional electric motor to power the seat back recliner.
 Automotive Body Systems is a major element of Rockwell International's automotive business. It operates 17 plants and engineering centers in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia
 Rockwell International is a multi-industry company applying advanced technology to a wide range of products in its electronics, aerospace, automotive and graphics businesses.
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 /CONTACT: R.H. Pacini of Rockwell International, 313-435-1752/
 (ROK) CO: Rockwell International ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU: PDT


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