Bob Michaels

January 24, 2011

2 Min Read
PolyOne Opens Product Development Innovation Center in Germany

PolyOne Corp. (Avon Lake, OH), a provider of specialized polymer materials and services, has announced the opening of an innovation center in Gaggenau, Germany. The new facility will support application development for the company's global specialty platform by enabling customers to develop, test, process optimize, and color match materials.

"The ability to replicate manufacturing conditions will facilitate faster and more-efficient product launches for our customers, thereby reducing their time to market, risk, and design costs," remarks Jean-Marc Verhaeghe, global marketing director, PolyOne Global Engineered Materials. "This new facility demonstrates our firm commitment to delivering specialized service and material solutions that create value for customers and help them bridge the gap between concept and commercialization. By streamlining the design process, customers can slash development time while optimizing efficiency--two keys for a major competitive advantage."  

The innovation center features an advanced testing laboratory that includes a spectrum of processing and color-matching equipment as well as computer simulation software. These tools are supported by a staff of scientists and engineers.

Testing can be conducted to determine mechanical properties such as modulus, ductility, and strength; physical properties such as density, electrical resistance, and creep; and rheological and flammability behaviors. Production-grade processing capabilities includes twin-screw extrusion lines for thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) and engineering materials, a profile extrusion line for quality assessment of TPEs, and one- and two-component injection molding machines for sample geometries and prototypes. Design collaboration will be supported by MoldFlow and SimpoeMold injection molding simulation software, 3D-CAD and FEM analysis software, and color-matching software and hardware.

In addition, the center's staff can provide special services to accommodate specific customer requests.

To learn about PolyOne's collaboration with Genesis Plastics Welding to develop RF-weldable TPE materials, see the MPMN article "RF-Welding Technique Forms Solid Bond with TPEs."

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