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Thermoplastic Oil Pan Wins SPE Award

  • Friday, 20th November 2009
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A group comprising of Dana Holding Corporation, BASF, and Ford Motor Company have collectively won the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive Innovation Award for their latest innovation.

The winning entrant was a thermoplastic oil pan for the all-new Ford F-Series Super Duty truck’s 6.7-liter Powerstroke diesel engine.

The oil pan’s design delivers improved impact performance, as well as significant cost and weight savings. It is the first North American commercial application to utilize ULTRAMID B3ZG7 OSI “”Optimized for Stone Impact”” thermoplastic material from BASF. The material combines a glass-filled polyamide 6 polymer with a proprietary impact modifier designed to achieve superior long-term impact performance and to withstand attack from road salts. The pan also incorporates a highly-engineered rib pattern designed to survive multiple impacts by absorbing and dissipating the energy in the pan structure.

“”Dana continuously seeks opportunities to add value for our customers,”” said Dana Chief Technical Officer George Constand. “”This award for innovation is a great example of close collaboration among customers and suppliers.””

“”Our collaboration with BASF and Ford on the thermoplastic oil pan addresses Ford’s need for lightweight products that meet or exceed the company’s uncompromising performance standards on its flagship truck platform,”” said David Nash, director of research and development for the Dana Sealing Products Group. “”By integrating the core capabilities of all organizations, we’ve developed an extremely durable, award-winning solution that delivers high customer value.””

“”Designing and demonstrating long-term stone impact performance similar to or better than current metallic oil pans was the key requirement for us to penetrate the North American market,”” said Mark Minnichelli, BASF Engineering Plastics Technology director.

Dana will supply the oil pan as part of a complete module that includes the oil pan, gasket, fastening system, and drain plug assembly. Additionally, Dana will continue to supply Spicer front axles and rear driveshafts for the truck.

Dana will manufacture the oil pan module at its Composite Sealing Center in Paris, Tenn., before shipping to Ford’s engine assembly facility in Chihuahua, Mexico.


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