Canadian Plastics

Turning soybeans into machinery

A soy-based polyurethane reaction injection molding (RIM) system is being used to make composite panels on next-generation combines manufactured by John Deere. This is believed to be the first commerc...

October 1, 2001   Canadian Plastics



A soy-based polyurethane reaction injection molding (RIM) system is being used to make composite panels on next-generation combines manufactured by John Deere. This is believed to be the first commercial application of a soy-based formulation in a high-density structural foam polyurethane RIM system.

Beginning with the 2002 model year, John Deere Harvester Works’ entire line of combines will include body panels molded with HarvestForm composite. The composite panels will utilize a specially formulated Baydur structural foam PU RIM system utilizing a soybean-based polyol component from Bayer’s Polyurethane Division. The new composite is strong, durable and weighs 25 percent less than steel.

Bayer Inc. 800-668-2554

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