PolyOne Pinpoint System. (Photo credit: PolyOne)

Design & Color

PolyOne and 3M announce game-changing system for liquid polymer colorant design

| Material technology | PolyOne | Avon Lake, OH | United States

PolyOne Corporation, in strategic collaboration with 3M, announced the launch of a revolutionary on-site polymer color matching and dosing system that accelerates the process of designing and coloring injection molded parts. The PINPOINT™ Express Color and Dosing System allows users to create, match, and mix colors onsite, dramatically reducing lead times for short-run color development from weeks to hours.

PINPOINT combines proprietary software and liquid colorant technology from PolyOne’s ColorMatrix™ Select system with proprietary dispensing and dosing technology from 3M. Customer trials have resulted in significant color development lead time reductions, collapsing a typical four-week process to just a few hours. At the same time, trials have shown that PINPOINT maintains exceptional color consistency.

“The PINPOINT system is a targeted complement to our full ColorMatrix product line,” said Will Nordloh, general manager, ColorMatrix for PolyOne. “PINPOINT enables short-run injection molders to make a step change in their ability to serve their customers and grow revenue by significantly reducing the time needed to design and create colors. The system also helps reduce operating costs by eliminating the need to carry excess or expired colorant inventory. In testing, customers gave high praise to the efficiency and simplicity of the system – it’s as easy as design-dispense-dose.”

“Bringing the innovation of 3M together with the colorant and plastic injection molding expertise of PolyOne, the PINPOINT system is a revolution for the manufacturing of molded-in-color parts,” said Dave Gunderson, vice president & general manager of 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division (AAD).