Pittsburgh, PA, May 06, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Automotive OEMs and Tier suppliers are seeking new ways to efficiently produce parts with customizable color, texture and comfort for their customers. DirectCoating/DirectSkinning (DC/DS) technology from Bayer MaterialScience LLC is a one-step, combined molding process that can efficiently accomplish these goals.
The DC/DS technology combines conventional thermoplastic injection molding with reaction injection molding (RIM) in a single tool – delivering a hard polycarbonate blend substrate with an ultraviolet-stabilized, scratch- and chemical-resistant polyurethane coating or aliphatic polyurethane self-skinning foam.
Jessee McCanna, principal engineer, Bayer MaterialScience LLC, highlighted economic and supply chain benefits as well as potential applications for the DC/DS technology at 1:45 p.m. May 5 during AutoEPCON in Troy, Mich.
“DC/DS technology is ideal for manufacturers of high-end, yet cost-effective products in consumer and industrial markets, such as cases for electronic devices and automotive interior or exterior trim parts,” McCanna said.
Conventional processes require multiple steps to create a hard plastic component with a soft finish. Manufacturers would first mold the hard substrate and then transfer it to another piece of equipment to apply a finish. DC/DS technology shortens this process. The technology is based on the principle of integrating injection molding and RIM. DC/DS technology uses similar equipment and utilizes a polycarbonate or polycarbonate blend substrate overmolded with a layer of polyurethane.
About Bayer MaterialScience LLC:
With 2014 sales of EUR 11.7 billion, Bayer MaterialScience is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and sports and leisure industries. Bayer MaterialScience has 30 production sites around the globe and employed approximately 14,200 people at the end of 2014. Bayer MaterialScience is a Bayer Group company. Sustainability is central to the company’s business and is based around the key areas of innovation, product stewardship, social responsibility and respect for the environment.