From the factory floor to deepsea oilfields, the imperative to "do more" has become a fixture in the workplace. 3M offers a portfolio of advanced additive technologies for improving manufacturing efficiency and industrial productivity. Our engineered additives are available in a variety of product forms and help enhance throughput, equipment reliability and performance – even under the most demanding conditions.
Manufacturing Process Improvement
Extrusion Processing Improvements with Polymer Processing Additives
Die build-up, melt fracture ("shark skin") and gel formation can pose significant obstacles to the efficient processing of polyolefins and other polymers. 3M offers a variety of additives engineered to improve blown film and extrusion processing – improving both manufacturing productivity and product surface quality.
Faster cooling & shorter cycle time in Resin Systems – with 3M™ Glass Bubbles
Formulating with 3M™ Glass Bubbles not only reduces final part weight, but also helps resin systems cool faster from the melt. These low-density additives displace mass that would otherwise need to be heated and cooled, resulting in shorter cycle times – as shown here in data from 3M laboratory experiments.
The reduction in part temperature is approximately 1.1°C per each weight % of 3M™ Glass Bubbles iM16K added to the formulation. Cooling time reductions of 15-25% have been reported in production-scale use.
See what 3M glass bubbles can do for your process!
Molding Cycle Time for 3M™ Filtrete™ Cabin Air Filters (CAF) frame E39 with and without 3M™ Glass Bubbles iM30K.