Marcin Szrom

Director Advanced Manufacturing

Kongsberg Automotive

New Massage Technology, Controlled by Innovative Valves
– Automated Manufacturing

If it's been a while since you bought your last car, you may not realize how many unique new features are currently available. Modern luxury vehicles include massaging seats, which feature air bladders that inflate and deflate as you drive down the road. Most high-end cars use up to 10 such bladders per seat, which provide the kneading feeling you get an actual massage. Most of such features were originally developed and commercialized by Kongsberg Automotive. Our strong focus on new development activities helps us to meet the most challenging customer requirements.

One of our latest development focuses on the industrialization of shape memory alloys (SMA) for mass production of pneumatic valves to deliver a luxury experience to middle-class vehicles. SMA valve selectively opens and closes a selected airway. A valve element is movable between a closed position and an open position. SMA wire extending between a fixed point and the valve element, which is arranged such that shortening of the SMA wire, upon exceeding its threshold temperature, opens a valve by pulling element from the closed to the open position.

Narrow specification for wire positioning and placement, as well as valve leakage and flow requirements create higher than usual challenges for assembly line. Creative automated solutions and cooperation with a leading equipment builder and integrator are necessary.

  • Working for Kongsberg Automotive Interior Comfort Systems Division
  • University degree in EE from the University of Science and Technology Krakow, Poland
  • Post graduate degree from University of Texas at Dallas, USA
  • Professional focus on industrial engineering, manufacturing, cost reduction, and new business development activities.