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DSM in Automotive

Our innovative high-performance plastics are developed to meet a wide variety of technological challenges in automotive. Browse these pages to learn more about how our industry experts, scientists and engineers work hand in hand with our customers to develop next generation solutions.

Automotive plastics for oil sump

High Performance Plastics for Oil/lubrification

Reduce weight, cost and carbon emissions in the oil system by using our Akulon® polyamide 6 for metal replacement in this most critical powertrain component. Hybrid oil sump systems made from Akulon are 20% lighter than their aluminum counterparts and 40% lighter than an aluminum bed plate and silent steel oil pan.

The bottom line? An Akulon-based hybrid oil system costs 20% less than an aluminum oil sump and 50% less than a silent steel metal oil pan. And it’s kinder to the planet: Less weight also means lower fuel consumption and less carbon emissions. And a component made from Akulon can be recycled.

Akulon-based hybrid oil sumps and pans provides dimensional accuracy, stability and strength comparable to metals. In fact this was put to the test when we developed Akulon-based oil sumps in partnership with Ford Motor Company and component manufacturer MANN + HUMMEL. The prototype system survived being struck by ball bearings (simulating stones), plus a 20cm/second sudden impact test.

And one added benefit: System engineers can make and integrate components with familiar molding techniques, saving time and boosting productivity. Now, we’re increasingly working together with customers at the earliest stages of the design process to create oil sump systems that truly break the mold. Perhaps integrating the oil sump to filter and suction pipe?

Browse our solutions

Oil Pump Gears (automotive)

Automotive | Engine | Oil / Lubrification

Stanyl® PA46 allows for light weight solutions versus metal and it enables compact designs and reduced noise (as much as 20% reduction versus other plastics); Stanyl® PA46 allows for reliable solutions due to its high abrasion resistance (PA46 yields reduced wear (backlash) after 500 hours, and Stanyl® TW241B3 showed 5 microns wear versus 20 microns for PA66) and it yields high safety factors under jamming condition

Oil Sumps and Pans

Automotive | Engine | Oil / Lubrification

Akulon® PA6 allows for 40-60% weight reduction and better NVH performance versus metal; Akulon® PA6 allows for cost effective solutions versus metal (due to the possibility of function integration) and versus PA66 (PA6 more economical choice); Akulon® Ultraflow grades allow even for more cost effectiveness due to 25% cycle time advantage and due to high flowability enabling thinner walled designs

Transmission Oil Pans

Automotive | Engine | Oil / Lubrification

Akulon® PA6 allows for 40-60% weight reduction and better NVH performance versus metal; Akulon® PA6 allows for cost effective solutions versus metal (due to the possibility of function integration) and versus PA66 (PA6 more economical choice); Akulon® Ultraflow grades allow even for more cost effectiveness due to 25% cycle time advantage and due to high flowability enabling thinner walled designs

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