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Innovative New Chair Form Lays Out Bayer MaterialScience’s Line of Fantasia® Technologies' Color Offerings for Thermoplastic Part Design

Published on 2007-09-06. Author : SpecialChem

PITTSBURGH -- Achieving the desired surface effect for a large and complex plastic component using a small, flat sample is difficult and can lead to lackluster results. That's why Bayer MaterialScience LLC (BMS) is providing its customers with a brand new tool to help them visualize BMS' extensive arsenal of Fantasia® color and special effect technologies for thermoplastic part design. The new tool is called the "chair form" and can be molded from any of BMS' engineered plastics.

The new three-dimensional sample form from BMS is reminiscent of a deck lounge chair in shape and measures approximately 7.5 inches long by 2 inches wide. The chair form showcases a complex curvature, as well as a flat area, a textured area and a cut-out.

The new three-dimensional sample from BMS is reminiscent of a deck lounge chair in shape and measures approximately 7.5 inches long by 2 inches wide. The chair form showcases a complex curvature, as well as a flat area, a textured area and a cut-out, which enable customers to much more realistically imagine the application of BMS' Fantasia color and special effect technologies on a molded part.

"A flat color chip doesn't effectively represent a real product design. When designers are trying to visualize what a product is going to look like, they need to see a three-dimensional object," said John Skabardonis, Fantasia Color Technologies Manager, BMS LLC. "The new chair forms are larger and more useful than flat chips to designers, who will now have the opportunity to visualize a specific color or effect over a larger, more complex area."

Bayer MaterialScience's innovative storage and display box can hold up to four chair forms that demonstrate the wide variety of colors and special effects available through LEDA® compounded color technology.

The chair form will look different depending on whether an opaque, translucent, or transparent colored plastic is used to mold it. A BMS logo on the back of the chair form allows designers to see the optical qualities (e.g., transparency, light scattering, etc.) associated with a given color or special effect. There is a textured area on the "seat" of the chair form, as well as a flat area that can be used with a spectrophotometer to obtain a color measurement.

The unique design of the chair form, with its intricate structural elements, allows for a true-to-life execution of the various Fantasia color and special effect technologies. In particular, by including the cut-out in the chair form "seatback," BMS wants to proactively address potential flow and weld line issues so that customers can make informed decisions during the design process and anticipate potential issues with a particular color or special effect.

The unique design of the new chair form samples from BMS allows for a true-to-life execution of the various Fantasia® color and special effect technologies.

"Customers should be aware when a given special effect has the potential to give rise to aesthetic issues. When this is the case, they should plan ahead by focusing on the tool design to position flow lines or a weld line where it will be less visible," said Skabardonis. "We have our customers' best interests in mind and strive to give them the tools they need to successfully use our Fantasia color and special effect technologies to their full potential."

To distribute the chair forms to customers, BMS - in conjunction with Pittsburgh-based product development firm Dadealus Excel - has created an innovative storage and display box that can hold up to four chair forms. The chair form showcases the wide variety of colors and special effects available through LEDA® compounded color technology, which include special metallic, pearly, phosphorescent, color changing, and edge lighting effects.

The five Fantasia color technologies are LEDA compounded color technology, AURA® infusion technology, IMAGIO® coatings technology, FARIA® film insert molding (FIM) technology and MILENA® color concentrate technology. Together they open up an extensive range of color options and special effects:

  • LEDA compounded color technology can generate a wide variety of attractive colors and special effects for injection molding.
  • Using AURA infusion technology, plastic parts can be colored after they are produced - a process that is cost-effective when small numbers of parts are needed in many colors.
  • IMAGIO coatings technology uses spray coatings on plastic parts to generate color and special effects such as shimmering metallic, a variety of gloss levels and soft touch.
  • FARIA FIM technology provides the ability to incorporate color, graphics and tactile features onto parts using Makrofol® and Bayfol® polycarbonate films, which are processed using the FIM process.
  • MILENA color concentrate technology is used for coloring niche applications such as optical data storage devices made of Makrolon polycarbonate.

These rotational forms on the site help customers visualize the many Fantasia colors and special effects. The latest trend and application information can be found in the eNewsletters on the site. You can also sign up to receive the Fantasia eNewsletter on the site so you can stay up to the minute with the latest offerings and news from the Bayer MaterialScience world of colors and special effects for thermoplastics, the world of Fantasia.

Bayer MaterialScience LLC is one of the leading producers of polymers and high-performance plastics in North America and is part of the global Bayer MaterialScience business with nearly 14,900 employees at 30 sites around the world and 2006 sales of 10.2 billion euros from continuing operations. Our innovative developments in coatings, adhesive and sealant raw materials, polycarbonates, polyurethanes and thermoplastic urethane elastomers enhance the design and functionality of products in a wide variety of markets, including the automotive, construction, electrical and electronics, household and medical industries, and the sports and leisure fields. Our inorganic basic chemicals unit produces chlorine and related essential products for the chemicals industry. Let us give life to your vision.

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Bayer Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is a subsidiary of Bayer AG, an international health care, nutrition and innovative materials group based in Leverkusen, Germany. In North America, Bayer had 2006 net sales of 7.8 billion euros and employed 17,200 at year end. Bayer's three subgroups, Bayer HealthCare, Bayer CropScience and Bayer MaterialScience, improve people's lives through a broad range of essential products that help diagnose, prevent and treat diseases; protect crops and enhance yields; and advance automobile safety and durability. Bayer AG stock is a component of the DAX and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

This news release contains forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by Bayer Group management. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. Th ese factors include those discussed in our public reports filed with the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (including our Form 20-F). The company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.

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