Wednesday, 13 November 2019 07:53

3M Showcases New and Existing Products During SEMA Show

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Back row L to R: Shawn Collins and Dan Wittek. Front row L to R: Ian Shaw and Rob Blue. Back row L to R: Shawn Collins and Dan Wittek. Front row L to R: Ian Shaw and Rob Blue. Stacey Phillips


More than a century ago, 3M was established in Minnesota as a small-scale mining venture called Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company.

Fast forward to 2019, and the company now operates in 70 countries and creates products and technology for a wide variety of industries.


"At 3M, we use science to improve lives and help solve the world’s toughest challenges,” said Mike Roman, chairman and CEO of 3M. 


During the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, attendees had an opportunity to see new and existing 3M products in two different booths.


Autobody News sat down and talked to Dan Wittek, 3M application engineering manager, and Ricky Miller, 3M senior technical service engineer, about some of the products on display. The following is a summary of the highlights.


Accuspray™ and PPS™ Series 2.0 Kits and Accessories

This family of products includes the PPS™ Series 2.0 Spray Cup System, PPS™ Series 2.0 starter and refill kits, and the Accuspray™ spray gun and paint cup kit. 3M created the PPS™ disposable paint cup system almost 20 years ago. The goal was to improve efficiency, reduce waste and speed up the prep and cleanup portions of painting. About a year ago, the company introduced the PPS™ Series 2.0 spray cup system to the market with an improved design for an easier painting process. “There is a more solid fixturing to the spray gun so it’s more robust,” explained Wittek. “There is also more filter area, so you get a faster, smoother flow of paint.” In addition, Wittek said the locking mechanism for the collar is integrated into the lid, which is a feature that painters appreciate.


Precision Poly Tape

Launched in July 2019, 3M™ Precision Poly Tape is the first advancement in general masking tape since the company originally invented it in 1924. Miller said the product features a polyethylene film that is low-profile, durable, waterproof, highly conformable and hand-tearable. It was designed to reduce slivering and leave a professional edge without the need for razor blades or other tools. When used, the backing conforms and stretches around curves and has indicator lines that show when it is stretched too far, according to Miller.

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