Tag Archive: 3M

  1. Heat Sealed 3M™ Thinsulate™

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    CGR Products has been supplying various types of 3M™ Thinsulate™ materials to the automotive market for more than 10 years.  The 3M™ Thinsulate™ NVH material (noise, vibration, and harshness) is used in a variety of applications across many different industries and provides a wide variety of sound absorption and dampening properties.

    The Advantages of 3M™ Thinsulate™

    3M™ Thinsulate™ NVH Material provides a reliable acoustic solution for various automotive applications.  3M™ Thinsulate™ is engineered to provide high-performance sound absorption.  Specific products are engineered to assist in the creation of lower profile products and reduce mass in the automobile while also reducing noise around the vehicle.  3M™ Thinsulate™ is water repellent to absorb minimal moisture; thus, no need for an additional waterproof layer. It is also resistant to mildew growth, eliminating the risk of unintended odors.

    Heat Sealing Thinsulate™

    CGR Products supplies custom cut 3M™ Thinsulate™ to the automotive industry utilizing a heat seal around the perimeter of the part.  Some of the benefits of a heat seal include:

    • Preventing contaminants into the part.  If your part is located in an area prone to dust, dirt or any other foreign contaminants, a heat seal is an ideal way to keep much of the substance out of the part.
    • CGR can supply custom cut Thinsulate™ in a variety of ways, such as individual parts stacked in a box, or perforated on a roll.  If a heat seal is used, the parts will retain their shape and remain stable dimensionally.
    • Visually Appealing. If you have a die cut part that is visible, you may be interested in a heat sealed edge. This type of edge will provide a more finished look as opposed to an open, fibrous part.

    Keep in mind that for most die cut Thinsulate™ parts, the heat seal is not needed.  However, if there are OEM requirements or if you are looking at exterior parts, a sealed part may be what you are looking for.

    Learn More

    Consider CGR Products when you are developing sound and vibration dampening.  With over 140,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space and over 100 top-quality machines, CGR serves a diverse range of clients, including those in the automotive industry. To learn more about our capabilities within this field, download our automotive application guide, or visit our Sample Gallery to view a portfolio encompassing all the industries we serve.

  2. 3M and Tesla Make Good Partners

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    Tesla Motors creates some of the world’s most sought after vehicles.  These are premium electric vehicles that have become very popular among car enthusiasts.  They do not operate with a lot of moving parts.  Instead, these cars basically run by a bank of batteries.

    3M is a national company known for producing items such as Post-It Notes, Scotch tape and the like. But  it’s their most recent endeavor that has the business world talking.  The company works with one of the most prestigious electric automobile companies in the world.  That’s right:  3M has worked with Tesla  since 2008.  Between the two companies, they have worked together to develop some amazing and innovative products.  In fact, parts produced from 3M have replaced items used in traditional cars, such as nuts and bolts.

    3M has recently worked to develop a lead-free metal-alloy tape that is attached with a high performance adhesive.  This tape is placed inside the wheel of these all-electric cars where it is more likely to stay in place.  In addition, the company has also developed solar-powered lights and battery kits.  The battery for these lights can be recharged by using it in the sun, and at night the battery can then be used to turn on the light.  The light it emits is equal to a 100-watt incandescent bulb.

    The partnership of Tesla and 3M has become stronger over the years.  In fact, their relationship has taken shape even more since 3M’s work when it comes to the Tesla Model S.  3M makes more than a dozen parts for the latest Tesla model including its latest products including LED light bulbs and window films.  The two companies together have designed products that are not only earth friendly but also on the cutting edge of technology.  The partnership between these two companies is one of the best in recent business history.

  3. 3M to Increase R&D Spending

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    It is no mistake that 3M is one of the most successful American-born companies. Formerly known as the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, 3M now employs 88,000 people worldwide with about $30 billion in annual sales.  The manufacturing giant makes more than 55,000 products such as adhesives, laminates, medical supplies, car accessories & cleaning supplies, and optical films. 3M is responsible for game-changing products: waterproof sandpaper, masking tape, Post-It Notes ©, Scotch© Tape, and more. It’s one of the 30 companies included in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and number 97 on the Fortune 500 list.

    We are proud to work with such a successful company with such humble American roots.  3M is a supplier of CGR Products and the partnership enables us to provide the best possible products and services. But it’s not just 3M’s past that makes it a great company: 3M is constantly innovating and researching new ways to come up with newer and better products. Each year, they spend billions on research and development to redesign existing products and invent brand new ones. In 2010, 3M reformulated Scotchgard to eliminate the use of perfluorochemicals and make it safer for the environment. Current CEO Inge Thulin plans to increase R&D spending to increase organic growth and focus on new and more profitable business ventures such as products for the renewable energy arena. New products from 3M could mean more for CGR Products and our customers, too!