Tailor-made polyurethanes: Hands-on collaboration between Bayer and manufacturers results in customized chemistries, optimized processes

Orlando, October 9, 2014 — Polyurethanes are a versatile material that can be utilized in a variety of industries. Since inventing polyurethanes more than 75 years ago, Bayer MaterialScience LLC has continued on its path of innovation, collaborating closely with customers to tailor polyurethane formulations and processes specifically to their needs.

Parts manufacturers who want to make lighter, stronger or better parts with dialed-in performance characteristics should visit the Bayer booth (#3145) at this year’s CAMX show, October 14-15, in the Orlando Convention Center, Orlando. Bayer will showcase a dozen high-performance parts made from the latest Bayer polyurethane chemistries through collaborative developmental efforts with customers from the agricultural, residential, commercial and utility industries.

Bayer MaterialScience has steadily customized polyurethane chemistries to maximize their usefulness and effectiveness in many parts and manufacturing processes, including long fiber injection, resin transfer molding, filament winding and Baypreg® polyurethane spray laminate processes.

Here’s a preview of several parts that will be on display in the booth:

  • A 10-foot section of a utility pole manufactured through the filament winding process by RS Technologies. Polyurethane allows for a strong product that is much lighter than steel, making the utility poles easier to transport and erect. Additionally, the end product is non-conductive and resistant to rust, according to RS Technologies, eliminating common pitfalls of utility poles manufactured with other materials.
  • Romeo RIM produced a 9.5-by-6-foot concept agricultural vehicle panel using the world’s largest double shuttle long fiber injection system. This large, intricately detailed part is produced in varying thicknesses point-to-point to add stiffness where needed. Production parts can also be robotically in-mold painted to customer specifications.
  • Creative Pultrusions, Inc. pultruded the polyurethane used for the framework of Day & Night Solar’s Sun Commander, a mobile solar energy collector. Thanks in part to the polyurethane material, the collector’s very large frame is strong yet lightweight, as well as non-conductive and rust-resistant.
  • High-voltage transmission cross arms and accompanying utility poles made of polyurethanes are corrosion resistant and non-conductive. Manufactured through the pultrusion process by Creative Pultrusions, Inc., the cross arms and utility poles were coated using Powder Coating Solutions’ technology.
  • Window frames for a new Graham Architectural Products window were manufactured through the pultrusion process by Deceuninck North America. The resulting frame is strong, paintable, non-corrosive and thermally insulating.
  • Shipping pallets manufactured through the pultrusion process by RM2 are truly revolutionary products that replace wood with polyurethane. The polyurethane pallets are incredibly strong, durable, paintable and resistant to rot, unlike their wood counterparts.
  • According to Deceuninck North America, Innergy® window frame inserts manufactured through the pultrusion process are lightweight, more dimensionally stable than aluminium and resistant to rust. The window frame inserts are very thermally insulating and unlikely to cause condensation stains over time.
  • Polyurethane pipe pilings withstand the harsh conditions of aggressive marine environments: They are unlikely to decompose, and resistant to rust and impact. The pipe pilings on display are manufactured using polyurethane pultruded by Creative Pultrusions, Inc. and coated using Powder Coating Solutions’ technology.
  • A compressed natural gas storage vessel manufactured through the filament winding and resin transfer molding processes is extremely strong and also corrosion and chemical resistant.
  • A sliding door sill frame from Inoutic won the “Innovation Award for Architecture + Windows, Doors and Facades,” presented during Fensterbau 2014. The award-winning sill frame was made via the pultrusion process by Deceuninck North America, resulting in a door sill that is lightweight, strong, corrosion resistant and unlikely to transfer heat.
  • G&G Industries used the Baypreg® polyurethane spray laminate process to create an automotive load floor and sunshade that is lightweight, strong and sound absorbing.
  • GMI Composites, Inc., an affiliate of EJ (formerly East Jordan Iron Works) created a revolutionary manhole cover through the resin transfer molding process. This polyurethane manhole cover is lightweight, yet offers high strength. It is also weather resistant and paintable.
  • Polyurethane residential home siding panels made via the long fiber injection process offer a lightweight, strong, finely detailed and paintable alternative to other materials. The siding panels are not only attractive, they are also a sustainable solution – able to replace wood and other products used in siding materials.
  • SD4 Technologies created stiff, durable and lightweight working surfaces suitable for table tops by using the Baypreg® polyurethane spray laminate process.
  • Last but not least, a durable, impact-resistant residential front door with a composite skin designed and molded by JELD-WEN will be at Bayer’s booth. The door has a fine, intricate wood-grain detail molded in and can be painted or stained. The end product looks rich and wears hard.

In addition to the vast array of products on display, Bayer experts will be on hand in the booth to discuss its collaborations, Bayer’s polyurethane technologies and more.

About Bayer MaterialScience LLC:

Bayer MaterialScience LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance plastics in North America and is part of the global Bayer MaterialScience business with approximately 14,300 employees at 30 production sites around the world and 2013 sales of 11.2 billion euros. Bayer MaterialScience, a Bayer Group company, manufactures high-tech polymer materials and develops innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction, medical, and sports and leisure industries. Sustainability is central to Bayer MaterialScience LLC’s business and is based around the key areas of innovation, product stewardship, social responsibility and respect for the environment.

Bayer Contact:

Bob Walker, Phone: 412-777-2369

For more information about Bayer MaterialScience LLC polyurethane materials and technologies, call 412-777-7454 or visit www.bmsnafta.com.

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