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Saint-Gobain Introduces Performance Plastics Suitable for Powertrain Solutions

RENCOL® tolerance ring and NORGLIDE® self-lubricating bearing technologies from Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, a global leader in the design, production and distribution of innovative, high performance materials and supplier to high volume international Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), offer powertrain designers decisive advantages including space savings and dependable maintenance-free operation throughout a long service life.

In addition to the benefits offered by the products themselves, customers are also given technical support on all levels - from product specification and design, to fabrication and delivery to site or production line. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics is committed to working closely with customers to help them get the most out of their products and services, ensuring their robust processes mean doing business with them is easy.

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics products can be used among powertrain applications such as decoupled pulleys, belt tensioners and dual mass flywheels.

In decoupled pulleys, NORGLIDE® bearings offer the benefits of reduced friction, maintenance-free operation and noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) improvements. Compared to other metal-polymer based bearing designs that act like a metal, NORGLIDE® bearings have a much thicker polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) layer so the entire component acts like a plastic material and this is what allows the reduction in NVH. When used in decoupled pulleys, RENCOL® tolerance rings simplify assembly and provide torque overload protection.

For belt tensioners, using a NORGLIDE® bearing in an environment of high oscillating movement guarantees good tensioning of the belt drive, and in dual mass flywheels, NORGLIDE® bearings guarantee a constant low coefficient of friction as well as compensating for minor misalignment.

RENCOL® tolerance rings are precision spring fasteners that are press fitted between mating components. They not only fix the components together but also provide a range of other useful functions, including compensating for thermal expansion, altering the resonance frequencies of an assembly and providing predictable and repeatable torque overload protection.

NORGLIDE® bearings are equally versatile. Essentially plain bearings, they have fluoropolymer friction surfaces and, by adjusting the bearing geometry and the composition of the fluoropolymer material, their characteristics can readily be optimised to suit specific applications.

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics has extensive research and development and testing facilities that allow it to take full advantage of new advances in materials and processes, and ensures that all of its products and solutions fully and reliably meet the user's requirements.

Whatever the application, products and solutions from Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics benefit from attractive pricing, fast dependable deliveries for both prototype and production quantities, and readily accessible expert technical support, all of which help users to reduce costs, optimise performance and minimise the time to market for their products.


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