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Decoding Users’ Trends: Meeting the Needs of Auto Industry with Innovative High Performance PP Products (HPPP)

Decoding Users’ Trends: Meeting the Needs of Auto Industry with Innovative High Performance PP Products (HPPP)

Date: 5 Sep 2017

The global auto industry has seen a continuous expansion, with 2016 growth of 5%. Growing at the rate of 2%, Thailand’s auto industry is set to continue that trend, prompting automobile manufacturers to keep developing their products to meet the need of new generations who look for energy-saving vehicles that prioritize safety, aesthetics, and eco-friendliness. SCG Chemicals has researched and developed products in collaboration with automakers and compound plastic pellet developers to understand the need of motorists and has thus innovated High-Performance PP (HPPP) - plastic resins specifically for the automotive industry to meet every need of drivers and automakers alike, both at present and future trend. SCG is the first supplier with this type of product in ASEAN. High-Performance PP Products can be divided into two groups: Surface Aesthetics (three grades) and High Stiffness (two grades). As for their main strengths, these two groups have been developed to have medium-to-high flowability and enhanced durability so as to meet the requirements of auto manufacturers who are looking to produce vehicles with greater fuel efficiency by using lighter parts and reducing the need for assembly. Surface Aesthetics HPPP: This group is for products that require an aesthetically pleasing exterior that has grown out of the safety need of motorists. This group of products is utilized to reduce the gloss of interior auto parts to eliminate tiger stripes or tiger marks and is mainly applied to instrument panels inside a car or on bumpers on the outside of a car. Properties of the Surface Aesthetics Group Tiger Mark-Less Solution: These products help eliminate flow marks and tiger marks that occur in both interior and exterior parts when they are molded by injection. Low Gloss: These products reduce the shininess of a surface by as much as 50 percent compared to regular polypropylene and lend themselves perfectly to interior parts. The reason that interior parts such as instrumental panels or dashboards need low gloss is that it can help reduce glare from sunlight, which may increase risks for accidents. High Stiffness HPPP: These plastic resins answer the need for light weight and fuel efficiency without compromising durability, form, and toughness. As a result, these products offer safety and enhanced thermal resistance and can be utilized for both internal and external parts such as instrumental panels, doors, trims, pillars, as well as bumpers. Properties of the High Stiffness Group High Stiffness: These plastic resins are durable and rigid and can help reduce the density of a product, making them lightweight while maintaining the same durability, which ultimately contributes to energy conservation. Thermal Resistance: This increased thermal resistance makes these products suitable for auto parts that need high heat resistance such as engine compartments. ‘Fuel efficiency, aesthetics, and safety’ are the priorities for drivers today, and these needs have resulted in shifts in the automotive industry. In turn, it can be seen that SCG Chemicals has taken in account trends of users’ needs and transformed them into innovation and new approaches to meet such needs. All Around Plastics Magazine issue 2/2017 | Innovation
Enhancing plastic molding efficiency with rotational molding

Enhancing plastic molding efficiency with rotational molding

Date: 29 Aug 2017

There are various plastics molding processes available in the industry. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages in terms of process capability, output, and investment cost. Rotational molding or rotomolding is one popular process to make water tanks, cooler boxes, and septic tanks. Its main strength is its suitability to produce large hollow parts with complex shape and its lower mold costs. Due to its long cycle time, rotomolding is usually selected for products with production runs of 100 – 10,000 parts per year. Like any other processes, there are certain challenges that rotomolders have to face. One of them is the manufacturing of deep-bottom parts (deeper than 30 cm.), which usually is unintentionally thinner on the bottom wall. To address this issue, Technical Service & Development (TS&D) of SCG Chemicals has done research to find solutions to help customers to improve their products quality. More heat transfer to this area is needed. To increase the bottom’s wall thickness air flow, There are three techniques that can be applied. Air Flow Deflection, which utilize a metal sheet; such as 1-2 mm. tin sheet, is installed in the middle of the mold to increase air circulation. Using compressed air and venturi (i.e. air mover) to draw hot air into cold spot inside the mold. Increase heat transfer area by using heat pins or spikeson the outer mold surface so that the cold area can absorb more heat than those surface without heat pins. Heat pins are usually made at the time of mold casting. Increasing wall thickness in thin area is usually not enough but also decreasing wall thickness in the neighboring area that is too thick is also necessary. To decrease wall thickness, heat must be reduced. Two techniques can be applied here. place a sheet (1-2 mm.) in front of the thin metal hot surface to deflect incoming hot air. apply fiberglass insulation on the top of the mold surface. All the techniques suggested here have been introduced to cooler boxes manufacturers. These techniques that SCG Chemicals’ TS&D team has introduced to icebox manufacturers have not only helped resolve issues in the production process but also greatly enhanced the efficiency of rotational molding. This initiative reflects our philosophy that our clients’ problems are our problems, however small or large they might be. SCG Chemicals is equipped with highly proficient teams who are ready to listen and provide assistance to the best of their ability. Remark: These techniques yield the best result for molding in ovens. For further information please contact: E-Mail: rotomoulding@scg.comor Tel: +66 2-586-4116 Click here to view plastics resin for Rotomolding
emisspro® Furnace Coating - well accepted and utilized in over 100 industrial furnaces in Thailand and overseas

emisspro® Furnace Coating - well accepted and utilized in over 100 industrial furnaces in Thailand and overseas

Date: 14 Jun 2017

emisspro® - the first and only furnace coating in ASEAN to receive recognition from major industries in Thailand and overseas as can be seen from achievement of the use of 100 industrial furnace at the end of 2015. emisspro® has become increasingly recognized among customers over time dueto the coating’s efficiency in absorbing and releasing heat. emisspro® has the ability to withstand temperature higher than 1,600 degree Celsius, adhere to the surface of thermal resistant materials in furnace structures, absorb and release thermal radiation inside furnance, and withstand extremely high temperature, chemical substances, abrasion, and thermal shock resistance. With these properties, emisspro® is long-lasting and does not damage machinery nor cause harm to the workers or the environment. The most effective method is to coat the inside walls of the furnace, and hence is the idea behind the development of emisspro® furnace coating. The application of emisspro® in the clients’ manufacturing processes has showed that fuel consumption can be cut by over 35,000 tons/year and release of greenhouse gas emissions into theatmosphere has been reduced by 97,000 tons/ year, which is equal to the planting of 4,450,000 trees. This has earned it the Thailand Energy Award 2014 for innovative energy. emisspro® is also certified as an Eco Product by SCG eco value environmental label. For more information, please contactemisspro@scg.com orclick here for product details and datasheets
P483JU - PP plastic resin enhances properties of pallets

P483JU - PP plastic resin enhances properties of pallets

Date: 9 May 2017

Pallets are indispensable equipment for Thailand’s logistic system, and in addition to transporting goods, they also form an integral part in pallet storage systems, which help to ensure organized storage. In order to accommodate the need for pallets across different industries, it is necessary to develop pallets with higher quality and greater durability that cost less to produce and have an increased surface area to support goods. SCG Chemicals has introduced P483JU plastic resins to the production of pallets as a replacement of HDPE plastic resins to enhance the properties of the pallet for logistics and storage as well as to help reduce various business costs. Tests conducted on pallets made of P483JU plastic resins have revealed that their properties are more superior than HDPE in every aspect. QUALITY P483JU pallets demonstrate all the properties required for their usage such as the ability to withstand compression, inclined impacts, drops, and racking forces, making them resistance to deformation and making them suitable for heavy loads. In a dynamic test using a two-ton load, these pallets have also shown less deformation compared to HDPE pallets counterparts. In addition, P483JU pallets also offer higher production rate within the same amount of time. MANAGEMENT AND LOGISTICS P483JU plastic resins have lower density, which makes each pallet lighter and facilitates logistical management.P483JU pallets are 8% lighter than HDPE pallets. ENVIRONMENT P483JU plastic pellets can be reused without degrading. Because of its reusability and ability to retain its original properties, this development is considered an astounding success. Click here to view product properties and datasheet (PP Block Copolymer) For more information or enquiries please contact Mr. Kraipop Thongsak Technical Service andDevelopment Manager Phone +66 2-586-1111 Fax+66 2-586-5522 E-mail: Kraipopt@scg.com
Pioneering Inspection Robots in Thailand’s Petrochemical Industry Pushing the Limits of Human Capacity

Pioneering Inspection Robots in Thailand’s Petrochemical Industry Pushing the Limits of Human Capacity

Date: 9 May 2017

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO Our world has progressed to the era of Industry 4.0. As a robot inventor, I envision a future where robots will be ubiquitous and capable of working for humans. Equipped with both automatic and robotic systems, these intelligent helpers will be able to carry out tasks with incredible accuracy and precision and handle high-risk operations to increase efficiency and free up our time for other pursuits. At Rayong Engineering & Plant Service Co., Ltd., asubsidiary of SCG Chemicals, we have included robots in the fabric of our operation for quite some time, but the most astonishing part is that my teammates and I are working together to develop our very own robots for equipment inspection and maintenance. I have to admit that initially I wondered why we couldn’t simply import robots so we wouldn’t have to waste time building our own. However, once we started the robot development, I began to understand that the initiative showed great foresight. While importing technology seems like the easiest path, it means long-term dependence on foreign technology. If we choose to minimize this reliance and develop our own innovations, we will be able to better create sustainability in our organizations and country. Then, why did we decide to build robots? It all began with our efforts to solve issues in our plant. We were concerned about technicians tasked with carrying out inspection or maintenance operations in certain parts of the plant as the environment in such areas could present serious threats to their safety. Sometimes, they needed to work on scaffolds, which, in addition to how time-consuming the assembly could be, posed work-at-height -related risks to the safety of technicians. Therefore, inventing robots seemed to be our best solution to improve work safety as well as enhance the management of the entire plant. Robots would help save time and production costs, minimize loss, and benefit communities and the environments. At that time, I was given the opportunity to create robots to work in hazardous environments for humans. I have to say that I was thrilled with the prospect. It was a huge deal for an ordinary inventor like me to get to create my own technological invention. This was when I learned that building a robot was not beyond my capacity. I started out with an analysis to identify the root of the problem and determine a clear goal. Eventually, in 2009, our and the world’s first furnace coil inspection robot, also known as the Carburization Inspection Robot or CiBot* for short, was invented for use in olefins plants. CiBot is employed to measure levels of carbon that has penetrated into the material of the coil inside furnaces in an olefins plant, causing the coil to become brittle, spring a leak, or break. Stringent and accurate regular inspections can help predict the lifespan of such coils and preemptively prevent damage from occurring. However, gauging the carbon level inside a furnace, in which the temperature can reach 1,200 degrees Celsius, could entail a series of steps if this task were to be carried out by human technicians. The furnace would have to be shut down and cooled down completely, and scaffolding would have to be constructed for technicians to climb before they could, from over ten meters above the ground, take measurements of the carbon levels. Afterwards, the scaffolds would need to be disassembled before the furnace could be started up. The entire process may take up to 3-4 days, and it is commonly known that downtime lasting several days means a sizable loss of income. CiBot enables us to assess the life expectancy of the coil and thoroughly inspect it with seven times greater precision and speed. These advantages aside, the innovation also serves its purpose as solution for safety as it can replace humans and protect them from potential risks from operating in high places in confined space. The success of CiBot inspired us to develop its subsequent cousins. Our team began to discover the fun in building robots in order to solve a greater range of issues. As shown earlier, achieving robots that fully answer the usage need begins with understanding the problem and identifying a clear goal to tackle. Once we achieved CiBot, we moved on to a robot that could reduce the risk of working at height. That robot was an Aerial Visual Inspection Robot, which could be flown over a plant to inspect its machinery and equipment, especially flare stacks, which are usually as tall as a 40-story building. In the past, humans had to scale the flare stacks to perform that task themselves, which could be carried out only during a major plant turnaround every 5-6 years - the only time that human technicians would not have to face the staggering 1,300 degrees Celsius at the tips of the flare stacks. However, the Aerial Visual Inspection Robot is ideal for such inspection tasks as it has been designed specifically to operate in petrochemical plants. Its autopilot mode, for instance, makes it possible to map flight routes in advance to avoid risky zones as well as change flight coordinates mid-flight. With such capabilities, the robot has obviated the need to impose an outage, which in turn helps save tremendous time and costs. Another robot that packs just as much punch is the Tank Inspection Robot, which can measure the thickness of tanks used in petrochemical industry in order to ensure that their safety is in accordance with regulations and universal standards. Equipped with the capacity to climb up and down tank walls and can measure the thickness of both cylindrical and spherical tanks, this robot has obviated the need to put human technicians on scaffolding to risk themselves and perform the inspection. Nowadays, my team still continues to innovate and create robots to assist in our industrial operations. We have successfully built robots that solve issues specific to petrochemical plants and have turned into true experts in this area. It is incredible to look back on the period of over a decade in which we went through trial and error and performed numerous tests in our own plant. Through the process, we have gained insight and have been able to expand the scope of our work beyond our organizations and eventually provide inspection services for plants and other infrastructure for maintenance. For these services, we use our robots to carry out the inspection in tandem with technical evaluation from our experts and successfully achieve the harmonious combination of robotic and automatic systems. Today, we have been trusted by clients both in Thailand and from overseas such as Singapore, South Korea, and other European countries. This wide recognition is truly a testament to the quality of the robots invented by Thai people, which are on par with international standards. As industries are growing exponentially and changing more rapidly than ever, robotics might be an answer for the industrial sector in attaining sustainable growth. Having worked in robot development for many years, I anticipate further development of robots in the industrial sector. It is my conviction that robots will help us achieve greater efficiency in our operation by replacing humans in operations that involve safety risks or areas that are difficult to inspect. However, how beneficial they can be, of course, will depend on their user and his or her ability to analyze, synthesize, and process information. After all, robots themselves cannot perform all tasks; it is humans that have boundless capacity to do just everything. The development timeline of SCG Chemicals’ robots 2009 Research and development of its first robot CiBot (Carburization Inspection Robot) 2013 Performance enhancement of CiBot (Carburization Inspection Robot) and the first phase of the development of the Tank Inspection Robot 2014 Development of the Tank Inspection Robot 2015 Development of the Aerial Visual Inspection Robot 2016 Performance enhancement of the Tank Inspection Robot and CiBot (Carburization Inspection Robot) Remark *Carburization Inspection Robot or CiBot Patent Pending Application No. PCT-TH2017-000001
INNOVATION | the SMART SERIES’ Revolutionary Windows, easy installation and leakage prevention

INNOVATION | the SMART SERIES’ Revolutionary Windows, easy installation and leakage prevention

Date: 10 Jan 2017

Water can undermine the best of windows. Leaks can pry open seals and corrode joints, creating damage that is expensive and time consuming to fix. In most cases, these leaks are a result of improperly installed windows or poor home construction techniques that prompt the need for expensive, premature repairs. With an attempt to solve the issue, Windsor’s Research and Development team have now succeeded in engineering the problem out and are ready to announce their latest innovation, The SMART SERIES’ Revolutionary Windows which promises not to weep. Traditional windows require holes be drilled in the frames for installation screws. If the holes are not sealed properly or the contractor not skilled enough and do not go back to re-seal those holes caused from the installation process; it’s guaranteed you are going to have a leak. It may take two years, may take five, but there is going to be a leak. However, if no holes are drilled at all then? SMART SERIES Window can be installed without any drills. Windsor developed and patented the Zmart Clip which engages in a frame track and locks the window frame into the wall utilizing a high tech concrete fastener which literally cuts threads into the concrete. The clips and screws are then covered by an interior trim system. This is a technology that has never been available in Thailand before. The second major entry point for water is through the seal between the product and the structure, because the visible seals even­tually expire and start to crack. As this visible seal begins to fail, an entry point for water is created. SMART SERIES windows address this issue by utilizing a dual seal approach. The first and primary seal is a high quality structural silicone, with the second seal being a color matched acrylic. This means when the outside acrylic seal does eventually dry out and fail; the primary silicone seal that’s hidden behind it will not. So even if the superficial seal does cracks, there isn’t going to be a leak. SMART SERIES are available in different style, shapes, and colors. Their innovative trim systems allow for the installation clips to be cut to different lengths, depending on the style and appearance of the chosen trim. You can achieve the appearance you desire as modern, traditional, and commercial trims are available. As of now these windows are in available in two colors (white and grey). Only the colors that are able to perform under very harsh conditions, be it sun exposure or high temperature are offered in the market. If you are now thinking, ‘With so many features, it must be expensive.’ then here’s the best news. Its just the contrary. The SMART SERIES Windows are actually cheaper than the traditionally sold Windsor windows, and are likely to cost lesser for installation too. Also keep in mind the money saved on maintenance and energy costs due to no water or air leakage. Contractors who have started using these never ordered traditional windows again. For more information please contact WINDSOR Call Center : 0-2555-0333 Visitwww.windsor.co.thorwww.facebook.com/Windsorpage/