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As design cycles are getting shorter and design targets keep moving, there is little time to investigate all possible materials options and failure modes. Entrusting on the materials and application expertise of DSM as a development partner for parts and subsystem engineering, assures fit-for-purpose materials solutions and first-time-right designs. 

Designing first-time-right systems by integrating DSM’s materials- and system expertise

  • Gain a competitive advantage by integrating system functionality with material capability when you make use of our next-gen advanced materials expertise.
  • Reduce time-to-market by assuring first-time-right designs by obtaining a second opinion on your designs from our materials experts that have tailored application knowledge.
  • Lower the cost of ownership by provide you a shared experience to understand the possibilities via integrating system functionality with material capability.

OEMs are shifting engineering capabilities for future markets and the products needed for success. As design cycles are getting shorter and design targets keep moving, they realize there is not enough time to investigate all possible failure modes. They are relying more on suppliers for detailed parts and subsystem engineering, requiring more complex system response and reliability engineering. Last minute design changes in system capabilities, duty cycles, and cost targets leave less time for testing and validation—unanticipated failure modes present part and system failures that lead to costly recalls and reputation damage. 

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It is now a common occurrence that once a project is delivered on time and in full (OTIF), it is not necessarily finished. There can be unanticipated conditions at your customer that cause failures in the system you designed. When this happens, you need to find a solution as quickly as possible.

Team up with DSM—we will be your development partner from the start—a true out-of-the box partner offering expertise in plastics properties and how they carry over to 3D part designs, state-of-art life-time prediction, ageing, and dimensional and functional performance. From conceptual design to final part production, our experience and insights are integrated into efficient reliable plastic part manufacturing.

DSM has specialists in essential application fields, and like no other supplier, we dig deep into causes for potential failure modes, which allows us to develop materials to provide you solutions. We offer this expertise, along with part-testing consulting, in order to advise, mitigate, and save you time. We know our material solutions capabilities, including understanding failure modes, which we can advise you on and how they will carry over into your designs. 

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  • Noise, vibration & harshness

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  • Welding & glueing

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  • 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.

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