Versatile plastic technologies for automotive manufacturing

Fakuma 2014: 3M and Dyneon on stand 4406 in hall B4
The component is built of Polyurethan with 3M Glass Bubbles iM16K added as fillers (PresseBox) (Neuss, ) When the international plastics engineering industry meets at the Fakuma trade show in Friedrichshafen from 14 - 18 October 2014, the multi-technology company 3M will also be represented with a booth. Together with its subsidiary Dyneon, 3M will be presenting innovative solutions for the automotive industry.

The area of lightweight construction has developed into a mega trend in the automotive industry. The search is on for new materials and technologies to make vehicles of the future more lightweight and, at the same time, produce fewer emissions. The Advanced Materials Division at 3M is offering three solutions - filling materials, processing materials and concepts for new sealing technology.

Lightweight filler of the future: 3M Glass Bubbles iM16K
By using hollow glass spheres in injection moulding applications, the density of thermoplastic compounds can be reduced by up to 30 percent, depending on the material. 3M Glass Bubbles iM16K have been specially developed for compounding and injection moulding processes in the plastics industry. The innovative hollow glass spheres are made of water-insoluble, chemically stable borosilicate glass and can withstand isostatic pressures of 1100 bar.

New seal solution: 3M New Sealing Technology
The newly developed material, 3M Dyneon Compound NST 1111R, opens up a range of solutions for the automotive industry. The new sealing technology makes it possible to reduce the thickness of lip seals and, as a result, a reduced radial load and improved friction torque performance as well. This leads to improved durability of components and less frequent inspections. Additionally, the new product is enabling better heat dissipation. The new high-tech materials produced using this technology demonstrate improved performance in virtually every respect, and offer the consumer improved durability and sustainability resulting in owing reduced fuel consumption. The NST portfolio offers further products for ram extrusion and for static applications like flat seals.

More lightweight and more sustainable: 3M Dyneon fluoroelastomers
The new lightweight alternative to using metal elastomer composites in automotive construction is a two-component material comprising DSM Stanyl® Polyamide 46 together with 3M Dyneon fluoroelastomer. It can be produced in an efficient two-component injection moulding procedure. The properties offer numerous advantages: The material combination is lightweight, withstands temperatures of up to 200°C and enables new and alternative designs, as well as the integration of functions. Moreover, processes can be optimised during manufacturing, reducing costs. The result is a product without the risk of corrosion, and improved sustainability because, for example, no chemicals are used for surface treatment.

About Dyneon GmbH
Dyneon GmbH, a 3M Company and part of the Advanced Materials Division, is a major supplier of fluoropolymers and is focusing on development, production and sales at its headquarters in Burgkirchen, Germany. The product portfolio of fluoroelastomers, fluorothermoplastics, Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and specialty additives, is available through the 3M sales organisation or representations in more than 50 countries. For more information please visit www.dyneon.eu

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