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Engineering Materials

Science Power

Realizing the impossible

DSM Engineering Materials’ scientists and engineers guarantee design security for customers across the globe, by applying our expertise in finding the best solutions for a wide variety of construction and production challenges. 

These challenges can relate to the design of a product (downsizing/ miniaturization, narrow tolerances, strength and stiffness, costs, design simplifications etc.), the performance of a product (degradation, noise, vibration, harshness, wear and friction, heat resistance etc.), the production of a product (processing & shaping, welding & glueing, painting & printing etc.) or compliance (standards & regulations, electrical and electronics safety, life cycle assessments etc.). 

Whatever the design challenge, we are there for our customers, 24/7, to work together to find ways to realize the impossible. Browse these pages to discover more about DSM’s 24/7 science power and our technology competences. 

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  • Design

    Discover the new high-performing plastic solutions for the extreme demands of next-generation example.

  • Downsizing & Miniaturization

    As our economy places more focus on efficiency, industry is responding by creating products that are thinner, lighter, and smaller – with the same or more functionality.

  • Narrow tolerances

    In the ongoing quest to do more with less, some automotive applications prove more challenging than others.

  • Strength, stiffness & fatigue

    As car manufacturers continuously focus on reducing weight to improve fuel efficiency, replacing metal parts with plastic remains a key challenge.

  • Cost reduction & simplification

    Plastics offer a solution that is lighter in weight than metal and rubber. In addition, plastics enable the production of parts with complex geometries, meaning its possible to convert a number of components into a single, simplified part.

  • UD Tapes: Light weighting through composites

    A family of polyamide-based UD tapes with endless carbon or glass fiber reinforcements are light weight alternatives to metals in several automotive applications. UD tapes, tape-based 2D fabrics, and cross plies are used in structural and semi-structural applications, and in the selective reinforcement of injection molded parts.

  • Performance

    To ensure safety and part integrity, our high-performance plastics need to meet all of the relevant requirements for each application.

  • Degradation & Stability

    One of the most challenging environments we work in is under the hood of a car. The parts used in these applications are subjected to high temperatures, broad temperature ranges and corrosive chemicals.

  • Noise, vibration & harshness

    Today’s cars are 90% quieter than cars from the 1970s, when vehicle noise first began to be legislated. OEMs are also increasingly focused on improving the driving experience.

  • Wear & Friction

    As car manufacturers seek to meet more strict legislation on tailgate emissions, a key area of focus is the reduction of wear and friction in the engine and transmission.

  • Haptics & Aesthetics

    In some consumer electronics applications, key characteristics of the plastic material are haptics and aesthetics – how they look and feel.

  • Barrier & Permeation

    Understanding how compounds with low molecular weight migrate across plastic is important for many applications.

  • Flame retardancy

    The engineering plastics used in various electronics parts have to comply with strict flame retardancy requirements and more environmentally friendly solutions

  • Production

    Improving on a part includes improving how it is produced. We can help you to improve the production and secondary operations processes.

  • Processing & shaping

    Designing an innovative part is only one step in the process. Once you have the part design and the material grade selected, and you have successfully manufactured the part in the lab, you need to roll it out for commercial production.

  • Welding & glueing

    New part designs made from engineering plastics are often able to bypass or reduce the number of secondary processing steps.

  • Painting & printing

    While many new parts designed to be manufactured from engineering plastics can bypass or reduce the number of secondary processing steps, some parts still require operations such as painting and printing.

  • Compliance

    Getting a part ready for commercialization includes ensuring compliance with the relevant regulations.

  • Standards & regulations

    Once you are ready to commercialize your part, you also need to ensure it complies with relevant industry standards and regulations.

  • Life cycle assessment

    When we talk about Bright Science, Brighter Living, one of the core ideas we’re expressing is our concern for sustainability. That’s why we have integrated green design into our business.

A scientific approach to building solutions

Our dedicated teams work closely with our customers to look at the entire process of developing new parts and components – whether it is a case of metal replacement, or developing solutions that are stronger, safer and more effective. Our methodical approach extends to every step of the process, from design and material performance to production and compliance.

  • Design

    Discover the new high-performing plastic solutions for the extreme demands of next-generation example.

  • Performance

    To ensure safety and part integrity, our high-performance plastics need to meet all of the relevant requirements for each application.

  • Production

    Improving on a part includes improving how it is produced. We can help you to improve the production and secondary operations processes.

  • Compliance

    Getting a part ready for commercialization includes ensuring compliance with the relevant regulations.

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