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Wednesday - November 16, 2016

Covestro polyurethane system for housing components with complex shapes

Protection against wind and weather

Integral foam encases sensitive surveillance cameras
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Remote control webcams being used for documentation or surveillance must be able to withstand the direct effects of wind and weather. avisec AG is protecting its webcams and cameras with a weather proof housing made from a Baydur® polyurethane system from Covestro. Emaform AG manufactures the housing’s black, complexly shaped components, which reliably protect the sensitive electronics against weathering influences.

Remote control webcams are increasingly being used to document construction sites and weather stations, but also for surveillance monitoring of public buildings. In outdoor applications, the cameras must be able to withstand the direct effects of wind and weather, so protecting their sensitive electronics poses a particular challenge.

avisec AG of Remetschwil, Switzerland, is now protecting its sensitive webcams and single-lens reflex cameras with a mass-produced, weatherproof housing for professional surveillance cameras (http://yellow.webcam). Emaform AG manufactures the housing’s two complexly shaped components from Baydur® 66 FR-1, a rigid polyurethane integral skin foam system from Covestro. Emaform has been a leader for molded polyurethane foam parts in Switzerland for more than 30 years.

Best properties, efficient production
The polyurethane system satisfies all requirements in terms of geometry, weight, strength and fire protection. The metal housings used previously made it impossible to implement desired design features. The polyurethane system also offers the most economical solution for meeting surface requirements while delivering the best properties together with the desired design and functionality. Customers also appreciate the geographic proximity as well as the quality and flexibility of its suppliers.

Last but not least, the housing is highly resistant to wind and weather. To test for tightness, avisec subjected the camera to a water immersion test. No water penetrated the housing in any position while submerged to a depth of 30 centimeters for 24 hours.

High degree of vertical integration, easy operation
The two polyurethane housing components were designed for easy access to the camera without having to change its position. Once the housing hood is removed, the electronics and camera inside the housing are readily accessible and can be easily operated even by a layman.

Some inserts are directly embedded in the foam, glass components are fixed with adhesive and various add-on parts are attached with screws. The black lower section of the housing is integrally colored; the upper section features a two-component coating and can be imprinted, if desired. The company’s vertical range of manufacture and optimized packaging allows the company to supply complete assemblies and ensures efficient replacement-parts management.

About Covestro:
With 2015 sales of EUR 12.1 billion, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and the sports and leisure industries. Covestro, formerly Bayer MaterialScience, has 30 production sites around the globe and as of the end of 2015 employed approximately 15,800 people (full-time equivalents).

Find more information at www.covestro.com and www.emaform.ch.

Forward-looking statements
This press release may contain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by Covestro AG. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. These factors include those discussed in Covestro’s public reports which are available on the Covestro website at www.covestro.com. Covestro assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.