Plastic weighs less than metal Ė a simple, yet important concept that is transforming the way manufacturers design buses and trains, helping them meet industry demands for energy and fuel efficiency.
Our Engineering Plastics team partners with OEMs to assist with the conversion of metal to plastic parts, participating from the very first stages of concept development. We use cutting edge Computer Aided Design (CAD) and engineering tools to analyze the design process, and identify ways to reduce the weight and cost of high performance structural components. We can also evaluate downstream variables that affect part design and function, such as shape, ease of manufacturing, disassembly, and functionality. One example is the development of one-piece structural seat components that meet Docket 90A flammability guidelines and yield excellent surface finish. These gas-assist parts are robust, light weight, comfortable and integrate several components into one piece.
Plastic oil pans offer many advantages: they weigh significantly less than those made with cast aluminum, and they also have reduced tooling costs. The thermoplastic panís acoustic and vibration performance match or exceed that of an aluminum pan, and the high performance material provides improved resistance to impact damage.
Engine covers, firewalls, and hood liners can be made out of our melamine foam to provide lightweighting, fire resistance and insulation properties.