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Engineering Materials

High-Performance Materials for Braking Gears and Actuators

DSM works with global manufacturers of key braking system components such as electric brake boosters, electric parking brakes, and other key actuation systems to optimize design and improve performance. We offer advanced material solutions, global manufacturing, state-of-the art testing capabilities, and extensive application development experience for high-performance thermoplastic gears.

Optimize gears for electric brake actuators

Unlike traditional vacuum and hydraulic mechanisms, electric brakes require several gear-driven actuators to maximize system efficiency and reliability. Since electric brake booster and parking brake designs are highly compact, OEMs require actuator gears that are increasingly thin and extremely durable. This leads more gear manufacturers to leverage engineering thermoplastic materials that are more cost-effective and easier to process than metal.

DSM’s Stanyl® PA46 is a high-strength aliphatic polyamide trusted by manufacturers of automotive actuator components for more than 20 years. The material delivers best-in-class stiffness and durability performance at both moderate and high temperature levels, enabling gear suppliers to optimize final parts for under-the-hood conditions and deliver on customers’ strict design specifications. Our portfolio of thermoplastics for actuator gears also includes Akulon®, a cost-effective material well-suited for intermediate performance requirements and EcoPaXX®, a bio-based, tough and durable polyamide for applications requiring very high dimensional accuracy.

Browse braking gears and actuators applications

Electric brake boosters

Automotive |

Higher torque and durability performance than PA66 and POM;Allows more compact actuator design and weight savings;Comparable performance to specialized materials without the need for expensive additives (e.g., carbon fiber or wear & friction optimizers) creates opportunities for cost savings

Electric parking brakes

Automotive |

Higher torque and durability performance than PA66 and POM;Allows more compact actuator design and weight savings;Comparable performance to specialized materials without the need for expensive additives (e.g., carbon fiber or wear & friction optimizers) creates opportunities for cost savings

Explore advanced materials for braking gears and actuators

Stanyl® TW341

Stanyl® TW341 is a V2 UL-rated, non-reinforced high heat polyamide that offers excellent wear & friction properties in combination with outstanding creep resistance, strength, stiffness and fatigue resistance especially at high temperatures in combination with cycle-time advantages and excellent flow.

Stanyl® TW341 is a V2 UL-rated, non-reinforced high heat polyamide that offers excellent wear & friction properties in combination with outstanding creep resistance, strength, stiffness and fatigue resistance especially at high temperatures in combination with cycle-time advantages and excellent flow.

Stanyl® TW341 is a V2 UL-rated, non-reinforced high heat polyamide that offers excellent wear & friction properties in combination with outstanding creep resistance, strength, stiffness and fatigue resistance especially at high temperatures in combination with cycle-time advantages and excellent flow.

  • Heat Stabilized
  • Lubricated

Stanyl® TW200F3

15% Glass Reinforced

Stanyl® TW200F3 is a high heat polyamide that offers excellent creep resistance, strength, stiffness and fatigue resistance especially at high temperatures, in combination with cycle-time advantages and excellent flow.

Stanyl® TW200F3 is a high heat polyamide that offers excellent creep resistance, strength, stiffness and fatigue resistance especially at high temperatures, in combination with cycle-time advantages and excellent flow.

Stanyl® TW200F3 is a high heat polyamide that offers excellent creep resistance, strength, stiffness and fatigue resistance especially at high temperatures, in combination with cycle-time advantages and excellent flow.

  • Heat Stabilized

Stanyl® TW241F10

50% Glass Reinforced

Stanyl® TW241F10 is a high heat polyamide that offers excellent creep resistance, strength, stiffness and fatigue resistance especially at high temperatures in combination with cycle-time advantages and excellent flow. TW241F10 has an excellent track-record in gear applications and structural parts

Stanyl® TW241F10 is a high heat polyamide that offers excellent creep resistance, strength, stiffness and fatigue resistance especially at high temperatures in combination with cycle-time advantages and excellent flow. TW241F10 has an excellent track-record in gear applications and structural parts

Stanyl® TW241F10 is a high heat polyamide that offers excellent creep resistance, strength, stiffness and fatigue resistance especially at high temperatures in combination with cycle-time advantages and excellent flow. TW241F10 has an excellent track-record in gear applications and structural parts

  • Heat Stabilized
  • Lubricated

Contact us for more information

Direct and easy access to our broad portfolio of high-performance plastics: request a quote or order a sample. You can also simply ask our braking gears and actuators experts.

Gain more innovation insights

  • Optimizing gears for electric brake actuators

    As connected car technology continues to evolve, automotive OEMs are replacing vacuum and hydraulic brakes with electric braking systems. These systems improve fuel economy, enable a smoother driving experience, and can stop vehicles faster to prevent collisions. Electric brakes require several gear-driven actuators to maximize system efficiency and reliability. Since electric brake designs are highly compact, OEMs require actuator gears that are increasingly thin and extremely durable.

  • Tech Talk: Advanced material selection for automotive gears & actuation

    Engineers have faced the challenges of lightweighting gears and actuation systems at temperatures higher than 120°C without compromising on performance. During this 30-minute Tech Talk, key recommendations will be given based on experience working with global automakers on advanced thermoplastic material solutions for gears and actuation systems.

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