The latest insights into plastics innovation, brought to you by DSM thought leaders
The latest insights into plastics innovation, brought to you by DSM thought leaders
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During the North American Advanced Materials Forum, attendees learned about the latest innovations in bio-based plastics, automotive lightweighting, additive manufacturing, sustainability initiatives and more.
With an increased use of turbocharging systems, engines are getting hotter. Designers and engineers are challenged to create systems that are smaller, lighter and more powerful, plus take the heat.
There is an evolution happening to the motorcycle industry. Among electric motorcycles is the e-bike—a hybrid bicycle with an integrated electric motor. The global demand for electric motorcycles is forecasted to grow at 1.5% to 38 million units in 2022—a strong double-digit growth, specifically in Europe, India and the United States.
DSM Engineering Plastics is partnering with Nexeo Plastics to enhance its distribution footprint for automotive, electronics and industrial manufacturers throughout North America. Effective immediately, the most popular grades from DSM’s advanced material portfolio are now available through Nexeo Plastics.
It’s time for a new age: an age where bio- and recycled-based plastics become increasingly common and sustainable, and where our continued quality of life does not need to harm our planet. With our world facing key challenges – including climate change, natural resource depletion, and plastic waste pollution – customers and end consumers around the world instinctively understand that change is necessary and that tomorrow needs to be the cause of today.
DSM’s AMF virtual forum will gather the brightest minds from the automotive and electronics communities to give you the latest application insights and best practices in the industry, along with the latest innovations and advancements
By making this commitment, DSM is meeting the growing consumer demand, together with its customers, for sustainable solutions and for products that perform well for both people and planet. Developing this portfolio of alternatives will involve a significant resource investment by DSM Engineering Plastics over the coming years.
Only a few short weeks ago, we celebrated a special birthday at DSM: Stanyl, the world’s most successful high-temperature polyamide, turned 30. Born from a collaboration with Twente University of Technology, the first bags of Stanyl (PA46) were shipped to an automotive customer in 1989.
Since K 2019 is the premier fair for the plastics and rubber industry, there are more than 3,000 international exhibitors at the fair, along with hundreds of thousands of industry professionals attending the event. It can be daunting to decide what booths to visit, seminars to attend and tours to go on. Here we highlight our top five exciting things to do while attending K 2019.
As a K Fair exhibitor, we—DSM—want to contribute to the larger goal, focusing on plastics for sustainable development and showcasing present and future sustainable material solutions.
The level of connectivity between smart homes and intelligent devices depends on many things, but one of the most important parts of a smart home is the connector. Gone are the days of a simple connector—today’s connectors are a combination of metal conductors and plastics insulation.
Computer-aided engineering (CAE) and predictive engineering (PE) applications are increasingly used in automotive validation testing since they help manufacturers bring parts to market faster. Working together with Digimat, DSM has invested in CAE and PE solutions that provide our customers with granular data on long-term part performance.
The trend to improve engine efficiency with better fuel economy and an increase in engine power owes a lot to turbocharge technology. Increase in engine performance and efficiency results in high heat and more aggressive gasses often under high pressure. Air Management Systems, such as air ducts, turbo charger hoses, and seals are expected to withstand these high temperatures up to 250°C peak.
At the K Fair DSM will showcase how science-based competences are being used to develop material solutions to address the trends in the automotive industry.
DSM will offer four tech seminars on the latest automotive, electronics, and smart home appliance trends, plus, showcase its purpose-led innovations at K Fair 2019—the world’s premier fair for the plastics and rubber industry—in Düsseldorf, Germany, Oct. 16-23.
Even though connectors lack the appeal of semiconductor chips, they are essential, a powerful computer would be ineffective if any of these interconnects failed. The design of electronic control units is very compact, and electronics are being squeezed into the smallest packaging space possible. The challenge with connectors lies in their miniaturization—making wall thickness thinner.
Lead contaminated water is not only specific to the United States, it has also been found in many European countries. Based on different water regulations in different countries, manufacturers in the building and construction industries need to offer an alternative material to metal in parts they produce.
Juliana Bernalostos-Boy, R&T manager for DSM Engineering Plastics, discusses her role at DSM and her efforts to turn her vision of the North American Research &Technology Center into a reality.
There is an increasing demand for high performance plastics to make the connectors because there are many applications FAKRA and HSD connectors are used for. Besides supporting entertainment and communications applications, connectors play a role in supporting safety applications.
Arnitel® use in Cadillac XT4 hot charge air ducts receives runner-up recognition for Enabling Technology innovation during the 2019 Altair Enlighten Awards.
The quest among automobile manufacturers to reduce vehicle weight is driving an expanding use of advanced plastics in increasingly harsh and demanding environments. The need for new solutions has never been greater, and that need is not likely to disappear.
Sintered metal gears are being replaced with high-performance plastic gears in automobiles because the demand to lightweight vehicles and increase fuel efficiency is far from just a trend—it is driven by meeting new and upcoming legislation to reduce emissions.
Much of the evolution in the automotive industry is focused on fuel efficiency and reducing under the hood space, therefore there is an increased use of turbocharging systems, plus, vehicles are being designed to maximize passenger space, increase pedestrian impact protection and decrease noise related capsulation.
The automotive industry still has a few hurdles to overcome in the push to electric vehicles. Ultimately, the most effective electric vehicles will be designed with miniaturized components that reduce weight and the space they consume in the vehicle.
Automotive companies are always on the lookout for new solutions to help meet these consumer demands and emission standards, and unidirectional tapes (UD tapes) may be the material of choice moving forward.
When molders consider high-temperature engineering plastics for their projects, they often have concerns about how easy these materials are to process. Building on our deep knowledge of the 4T polymer chain, we conducted extensive in-house testing and commercial trials with molders to ensure we had a material that was easy to process. Learn more
Global automakers and Indian automotive companies have been working on solutions to meet the emission requirements. One of the latest developments is turbo-charged engines, which make it possible to deliver higher engine performance while meeting the new emission standards by integrating the charge air cooler (CAC) into the air intake manifold (AIM).
The USB-C connector outperforms traditional cable performance and is convenient—you can flip the connector to both sides, making it much easier to use. Plus, one standard means less cables will be produced, ultimately reducing e-waste overall.
Dr. Tamim P. Sidiki, global marketing director for DSM Engineering Plastics, discussed current and future trends in electronics and automotive markets at the Performance Polyamides conference, in Troy, Michigan.
Over the last 30 years, Stanyl® (PA46) has become a household name in the industry because of the unique benefits it brings our customers in a wide range of applications, from cooking utensils used in hot boiling oil to challenging automotive applications. This year we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Stanyl.
What do you get when you combine the strengths of DSM’s Stanyl® and Akulon®? You get the best of both worlds in Akulon IG®. —a portfolio of material grades, suited to all processing techniques, including injection molding, that covers many applications.
Finding the right balance in between manterial requirements has caused many manufacturers to avoid secondary processing steps such as annealing. However, annealing can result in a significant improvement on a part’s performance, and in this blog we’d like to dive a little deeper into the annealing process, its benefits and attention points.
Low permeation, lightweight solution meets upcoming evaporative emission regulations for fuel tanks
Kruger’s presentation focused on electronic components—the reflow process and key material properties for success. As the integration of electronics into automotive continues, compact design becomes more important, and to ensure safe and reliable operating during the vehicle’s lifetime, several requirements must be met.
Congested Asian cities generate an incredible demand for the growth of the e-scooter market. A number of e-scooter components require specialized materials. The DSM portfolio of materials is designed to meet the specific needs of these applications, including the use of Laser Direct Structuring (LDS) for electronics integration.
For decades, DSM has worked with the world’s leading electrical and electronic (E&E) manufacturers to understand the material requirements and create industry-leading engineering plastics customized for connector applications. Learn more
Improving the range and lifespan of e-scooters takes lightweight, durable, and flame-retardant materials, making DSM’s portfolio of engineering plastics critical to this expanding market.
The price of polyamide is generally traded reflecting its manufacturing cost, but in Japan there are unique business practices that affect its pricing. One of these business practices is to link the price of polyamide to the price of naphtha, which is the base material.
A number of e-scooter components require specialized materials to ensure safe and reliable performance. DSM’s portfolio includes materials designed to meet the specific needs of these applications.
The future of automotive is electric. Learn more about the high-voltage systems in electric vehicles.
As global growth of fully electric and hybrid vehicle powertrains accelerates, so is the need for increasingly effective vehicle thermal management systems (TMS). Since electric and hybrid systems face different design challenges, it is important to consider the unique needs of each application before specifying a material
Chemical exposure can wreak havoc on plastic parts. Depending on the application, plastics can be exposed to a wide variety of chemicals at different temperatures and for various lengths of time. Some chemicals are absorbed by the polymer, and some attack the polymer. Both of these situations result in a change to the material properties.
When it comes to reducing the weight of vehicles, every little bit helps to lower emissions. This is why DSM has been conducting a number of pilot-scale projects in automotive applications and our approach focuses on use of materials to lower automobile curb weight without compromising comfort or safety.
DSM’s EcoPaXX® line of PA410 bio-based engineering plastics uses the castor bean to leverage a carbon-neutral feedstock while providing unique benefits.
To offer a drop-in solution to overcome the PA66 shortage, we developed an alternative material: The Akulon® IG series is a portfolio of material grades made by combining the strength of PA6 and PA46 – two materials that are fully independent of the Adiponitrile/hexamethyldiamine supply.
The right materials can extend the lifetime of the component, while also maximizing its power output. Developing thermoplastics that are thermally conductive is a logical next step. Learn more
Plastic packaging waste feeds another critical environmental issue: the plastic garbage patches floating in our oceans. At DSM, we find this threat to our ecosystem unacceptable, and work closely with APK to find outlets for high-quality re-granulates from solvent based recycling of complex multi-layer packaging.
Akulon® RePurposed is made from abandoned nylon fishing nets that are cut up, cleaned, extruded, inspected for quality, and shipped back to us for compounding.
As industry trends push us towards applications that produce higher heat, plastics play a fundamental role in improving electrical safety, and creating lighter and more fuel efficient vehicles. Yet how can these plastics take the heat in challenging applications, without affecting their mechanical performance?
The connected home and the smart grid are driving a transformation of the electrical goods industry. This extraordinary level of connectivity depends on many things, but one of the most elementary things of all is…the simple connector. DSM has come to the aid of appliance connector designers with advanced engineering plastics.
DSM provides technical support to use CAE to virtually verify the strength of a customer’s engineering plastic components. It allows us to gain insights into how the material flows into the mold, which areas on the molded part have strength and stiffness, and how strong and rigid the finished part will be.
The leading engineers in the consumer electronics industry are no longer constrained by the design limitations of Liquid Crystal Polymers (LCP). DSM Engineering Plastics invented Stanyl®—a high-performance nylon/polyamide (PA46) solution—to enable manufacturers to overcome persistent challenges.
As consumer acceptance of electric vehicles continues to rise, the need for equivalently advanced material solutions in growing. DSM offers a wide range of product portfolio which addresses these diverse needs.
DSM’s Akulon® GA-XL ensures your next unpainted part design can withstand extreme UV weathering while reducing processing costs.
Electronics place ever-higher demands on plastics. Driven forward by trends like miniaturization, thinnovation, increased electrification in automobiles, and the need for more design freedom, the industry is seeking new ways to deliver reliable electronic circuitry in ever-smaller packages and in challenging environments.
The DSM Engineering Plastics team in Silicon Valley, California has the privilege of working with some of the world’s most influential and innovative brands every day. Inspired by the example of our customers in Silicon Valley, DSM scientists are working every day to develop solutions to improve the nutrition, health and sustainable living around the world.
When Starboard approached us about using Akulon® RePurposed for fins, fin boxes, SUP pumps, and other structural surfboard parts, they made it clear that they needed a high-performance material that contributed to a circular economy.
When people think electric vehicles, they immediately think of batteries. Learn about how hydrogen fuel cells can power the cars of the future.
To help customers and the industry overcome this challenge, DSM Engineering Plastics recently launched plasticsfinder.com. In Plastics Finder, users can easily search technical details and application examples for more than 550 unique plastic grades in one easy and mobile-friendly website.
During the Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Composites Conference and Exposition (SPE ACCE), Jud Gibson shared DSM’s insights regarding the future of automotive composites.
Engineering plastics have transformed the automotive industry and will continue to have a tremendous impact on the cars of the future.To help you imagine a world where plastics are not used in cars at all, let’s look at an example calculation of the cumulative impact of vehicles that weigh less.
With PA66 in short supply globally, manufacturers are seeking out alternative materials for their part production. Learn more about whether PPA is a suitable and cost-effective alternative material for your application.
The automotive industry will move away from internal combustion engines to lower emissions and pave the way for connected cars. Learn about the role lithium-ion batteries play.
As the automotive industry begins to transition from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles, we are also seeing major developments that improve the fuel efficiency of internal combustion engines. DSM’s Arnite® HR-PBT portfolio addresses these challenges.
Today’s global oil and gas industry is no stranger to extremes. The challenges include corrosive seawater, abrasive conditions (sand/rock), chemical exposure and severe fluctuating temperatures. To meet and exceed the demands of such challenging applications, DSM Engineering Plastics partners with its global customers across industries to develop next-generation material solutions.
For many years, regulatory agencies around the world have focused on reducing automotive and heavy-duty on-highway vehicle emissions, but more recently attention has shifted to the impact of small off-road engines for applications such as outdoor power equipment.
The trend of introducing CO2 emission regulations is intensifying globally. DSM offers ForTii® Ace as a solution that meets the challenges the automotive industry is facing – now and in the coming years.
Today, we have a linear economy. Things only go in one direction. We take, make and waste. The circular economy instead mimics nature, the circle of life. It is a way of designing products and services to reduce waste and pollution.
The heat a motor and its systems produce must also be dissipated. But the specific requirements have become much more complex.
As the automotive industry races to keep up with the needs of autonomous vehicles, ride sharing and electric propulsion, OEMs and tier partners need engineering tools that can help them cut development time without compromising on quality or safety. They simply cannot keep up with the rapid change of pace without simulation and virtual prototyping tools.
What are the key take aways from Chinaplas 2018? Find out in our blog and learn about the latest material technology for the automotive industry.
Reducing CO2 emissions in cars is the holy grail for auto manufacturers, and a small plastic part from DSM is making a difference. How? Find out how one of our scientist found an innovative solution, which also led to winning the 2017 SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) Automotive Innovation Award.
Under current market conditions, the supply chain for polyamide 66 (PA66) is under pressure. With the surge in demand for developing lightweight vehicles and pushing the connectivity revolution forward, supply is too concentrated to reliably meet global demand.
By Rob Crowell - Automotive and electronics markets are in a state of rapid change. Innovation will revolutionize the way these industries work, and will redefine competitiveness. Those enterprises that understand the need to innovate quickly will climb to the top of the market. Those that lag will struggle to hold on to their market share, or have difficulty catching up.
By Patrick Duis, Innovation manager at DSM. This paper focuses on the development and challenges of bringing semi crystalline polymers for FFF to the market. Developments can be sped up by predicting processing and material compositions by modeling technologies including FFF, SLA, SLS and Multi Jet Fusion (MJF).
By Abel Pot, Application Development Manager Powertrain. Hydrogen has the highest energy per mass of any fuel. But hydrogen’s low ambient temperature density results in a low energy per unit volume, requiring the development of advanced storage methods that have the potential for higher energy density.
By Dr Tamim Peter Sidiki, Global Marketing Director Electronics. As smartphones near commoditization, OEMs are increasing focus to capture the new Wearables and Connected Home markets. Major changes are expected soon in smartphone technology, enabling OEMs to differentiate in a fiercely competitive environment