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Post processing optimization

Molders’ production timelines are getting shorter as OEMs shift their engineering capabilities towards future products and the applications needed for success. Since OEMs are focusing more on new applications while continuing the production of current ones, production timelines are shortened, and post-processing solutions play a key role in achieving first time right. At DSM, whether painting, printing, welding or gluing, we can help to ensure the best possible result for post processing operations.

Achieving first time right with post-processing solutions

  • First time right by offering you optimized part performance via advice about the best technologies to use with the aim to ensure the best performance, reliability and effectiveness.
  • First time right by offering you online and onsite support, documentation and collaboration with hardware suppliers, helping you solve post-processing issues based on our knowledge about our specific polymers
  • System and lower assembly cost by integrating parts of system design, ensuring you the best possible result for post processing operations, such as welding, painting and printing. 

As OEMS shift their engineering capabilities on future markets and the applications they need for success, Tier1s and molders are also shifting their capabilities, equipment, and tools to make the needed parts. While OEMs create new applications, they continue to produce current ones, thus, optimizing secondary processes for the applications, and decreased system and assembly costs.

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During post-processing, Tier1s and molders may need advice about the best technologies (e.g. what kind of welding) to use with the aim to ensure the best performance (e.g. strongest possible weldline). In some applications gluing could be an option for joining parts—the use of plastics here can provide clean aesthetic with low weight, plus, strong connections/joining depending on the chosen joining technology.

Also, advice may be need for painting or printing with a specific material grade. Tier1s and molders want to ensure the end product is reliable and effective with no brittleness during impact loading. While many parts can be molded directly in desired colors, other parts need painting and coating for a variety of  reasons, including aesthetics, improved chemical abrasion of UV resistance, electrical conductivity, electromagnetic shielding, versatility of styling, UV protection and manufacturing convenience.

At DSM, whether painting, printing, welding or gluing—we can help to ensure the best possible result for these post processing operations. We have the on-site and online expertise and support to help customers solve post-processing issues based on our knowledge about our specific polymers. We also offer support documentation, collaboration with hardware suppliers, optimized part performance and integrated part of system design. Together we can provide total system solutions. 

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