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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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. The compounded grades rely on 100% sustainable feedstocks, while delivering material performance nearly on par with our virgin material grades.
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.
The future of automotive is electric. Learn more about the high-voltage systems in electric vehicles.
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.
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.
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.
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