Questions about

Lightweighting

 

What are the advantages of using composite panels for flooring?

By replacing traditional marine grade plywood flooring with a composite panel, manufacturers can reduce the total weight by over 75 per cent. That weight savings translates into extra paying passengers and reduction in fuel costs.

Rob Lyons

Rob Lyons

Market Development Manager
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What are the mass transit applications for polyurethanes?

Polyurethanes can be used as a lightweight, durable insulator, which means less money spent on vehicle heating and cooling and enhanced passenger comfort. Their durability also makes them ideal for cushioning in seats, armrests and headrests. They can also be used to insulate the engine in trains and buses, which provides protection against heat and noise. When used throughout the structure of the vehicle, polyurethanes help to reduce the overall weight, resulting in greater fuel efficiency and improved environmental performance.

Rob Lyons

Rob Lyons

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How can you help increase fuel efficiency?

Heavier vehicles require more fuel and are therefore more expensive to run. We provide manufacturers with more ways to use lighter materials, whether it's during the design phase or by replacing existing components. Our systems offer weight savings of up to 50 percent over conventional metals, while maintaining key strength requirements. Our composite flooring and body panel innovations provide weight savings throughout interior and exterior structures. With our engineering plastics and lightweight composite systems, manufacturers can meet industry demands for energy efficiency, lower emissions, and can improve fuel performance.

Ruben Del Valle

Ruben Del Valle

Sales Leader
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Can you help us with the design process?

During the design phase, we use advanced modeling and simulation technology to help designers determine how to reduce the number of component parts and to consider where they can use plastic materials to reduce weight. By building components virtually, manufacturers can more easily make changes to the design at a lower cost, while our team of application development engineers can provide guidance to help them select the best material for use in the design of trains and buses. This means that manufacturers can reduce costs because the majority of changes are completed prior to the development of a prototype or demonstrator.

Paulo Springmann

Paulo Springmann

Business Development Manager
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How do you assist with metal to plastic conversion?

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, functionality, and maintenance. One example is the development of one-piece structural seat components that meet Docket 90A flammability guidelines and have an excellent surface finish. These gas-assist parts are robust, lightweight, comfortable and integrate several previous components into one solid part.

Paulo Springmann

Paulo Springmann

Business Development Manager
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