Substitution of polyamide 66 with polyamide 6 Durethan BKV30H3.0 in a steering column switch housing for different vehicle models from Ford.
Substitution of polyamide 66 with polyamide 6 Durethan BKV30H3.0 in a steering column switch housing for different vehicle models from Ford.

Lanxess says that it has successfully replaced reinforced polyamide 66 with reinforced polyamide 6 to make a steering column switch housing in a number of Ford vehicles.

According to the company, changing the material to Lanxess’ Durethan BKV30H3.0 polyamide 6 with 30% by weight glass-fiber reinforcement used the same tool as for polyamide 6.

The housing  was also injection molded from foamed polyamide 6 which can save material and weight when compared to solid components with some compromises in terms of mechanical characteristics, Lanxess says. As well as this, the foaming leads to a reduction in warpage and shrinkage, which can improve the dimensional accuracy of the component.

This story uses material from Lanxess, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.