BERGEN OP ZOOM, The Netherlands – July 29, 2010 – SABIC Innovative Plastics, a world leader in engineering thermoplastic solutions, has collaborated with Swiss software maker KISSsoft AG to take the guesswork out of plastic gear design. To accelerate the trend toward replacing metals with high-performance, durable and versatile thermoplastic compounds, KISSsoft is now applying gear sizing calculations for 17 grades of
SABIC Innovative Plastics’ LNP* specialty compounds, including high-temperature, internally lubricated and fiber-reinforced grades. Now, engineers and designers can replace trial and error with validated data on parameters such as strength, temperature resistance and tooth flank wear to significantly streamline their gear design process. This new solution can help a wide range of industries, from healthcare and automotive to food services, leverage the advantages of plastic gears to reduce system cost, greatly expand design freedom, lower weight and deliver higher performance.
“A major roadblock to designing plastic gears has been the lack of reliable data,” said Dr. Stefan Beermann, CEO KISSsoft AG. “Sizing calculations for metal gears cannot be applied to plastics because plastics’ performance properties can vary with temperature. Our work with SABIC Innovative Plastics has enabled KISSsoft to incorporate the properties of a large group of the company’s high-end compounds into our calculation software, radically simplifying the gear design process. Whether the gears are for cable car systems, construction equipment, Formula 1 race car transmissions or spacecraft, customers can now select and evaluate SABIC Innovative Plastics’ specialty compounds quickly and accurately.”
Many Benefits from Plastic Gears
Metal-to-plastic conversion represents a major trend and a significant improvement in gear technology. Plastic gears deliver a number of improvements over traditional metal, beginning with significantly enhanced design freedom. Molding instead of machining enables new configurations while avoiding the costs of secondary operations. The lighter weight of plastics also reduces inertia for greater gear efficiency. Additionally, moving plastic parts are significantly quieter than metal, helping to reduce ambient noise from machinery.
“SABIC Innovative Plastics has always been proactive in adding value to our materials portfolio to help customers achieve the best results in the shortest time,” said Rob Janssen, technical marketing product specialist, SABIC Innovative Plastics. “By collaborating with industry experts such as KISSsoft to provide validated engineering data, we make it easy for customers to design new applications with our materials and take them to market quickly. KISSsoft’s software with data on LNP specialty compounds is a powerful new tool for wide-scale conversion of gears to high-performance thermoplastics.”
Designing Better Gears with LNP* Specialty Compounds
The first group of SABIC Innovative Plastics’ LNP materials to be validated includes reinforced grades using short and long glass fibers and carbon fibers, various lubricant technologies and eight different base polymers. Data for these grades, provided by
SABIC Innovative Plastics, include temperature-dependent values for modulus, static bending strength and characteristic wear values during dry running. The two companies are working to expand this portfolio.
SABIC Innovative Plastics’ LNP specialty compounds offer additional high-performance advantages. For example, LNP Lubricomp* and LNP Lubriloy* compounds with internal lubrication can be used in dry running gears for applications that do not permit external application of oil and grease. The healthcare and food services sectors are key markets for these materials due to regulatory requirements for cleanliness and safety. Other benefits of internally lubricated compounds are cost savings from less maintenance and enhanced environmental protection.
Fiber-reinforced grades of SABIC Innovative Plastics’ compounds can further improve the endurance performance in respect to wear and fatigue resistance and enable the transmission of higher torque levels.
For additional information on SABIC Innovative Plastics’ LNP specialty compounds, please go to www.sabic-ip.com.
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About SABIC Innovative Plastics
SABIC Innovative Plastics is a leading, global supplier of engineering thermoplastics with a
75-year history of breakthrough solutions that solve its customers’ most pressing challenges. Today, SABIC Innovative Plastics is a multi-billion-dollar company with operations in more than 35 countries and approximately 9,000 employees worldwide. The company continues to lead the plastics industry with customer collaboration and continued investments in new polymer technologies, global application development, process technologies, and environmentally responsible solutions that serve diverse markets such as automotive, electronics, building & construction, transportation, and healthcare. The company’s extensive product portfolio includes thermoplastic resins, coatings, specialty compounds, film, and sheet. SABIC Innovative Plastics (www.sabic-ip.com) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), one of the world’s top six petrochemicals manufacturers.
About KISSsoft AG
KISSsoft AG develops calculation software for engineers and designers in a wide variety of fields. When used with currently valid standards (DIN, ISO, AGMA), this software serves as a quick, high-quality tool for sizing machine elements, reviewing calculations, determining component strength, and documenting safety factors and product life parameters.
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