DETROIT - AlliedSignal Plas-tics of Morristown, N.J., is counting on its nylon 6 resins sold under the Capron HPN tradename to provide new business in the automotive industry. Kevin Byrne, AlliedSignal Plastics' new director of sales and marketing for the Americas, said his company sees 15-40 percent improvements in productivity from molders who have used its HPN products.
He spoke in an interview Feb. 28 at the Society of Automotive Engineers 1996 International Congress and Exposition in Detroit.
While he could not be specific, Byrne said AlliedSignal has produced its HPN products without changing the morphology of the polymer.
That makes AlliedSignal's resins a ``drop-in'' replacement for other nylon 6 resins, he claimed. The company is offering four grades of HPN nylon resins: impact-modified, glass-reinforced, mineral-filled and unfilled, Byrne said. Allied-Signal plans to increase its product line to 12 resins by year's end.
Byrne said his company is focusing on automotive engine programs, and intends to compete on prices for resins because he said AlliedSignal has a competitive production cost position.
Separately, AlliedSignal has developed a translucent nylon that it is targeting at applications for automotive pressurized fluid vessels, such as brake fluid and steering fluid reservoirs. It is reinforced with a 33 percent glass filler, according to Byrne.