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CeramicsWith the unique characteristics of advanced ceramics, such as outstanding hardness, exceptional resistance to wear and corrosion as well as to extreme temperatures, advanced ceramic systems offer impressive advantages for the oil and gas industry.

Innovation at Work:

Ceradyne, Inc., a 3M company, provides a multitude of ceramic solutions in a wide variety of industries; from thrust bearings and sand screens used in oil and gas operations, to body armor for the US Military, to dental brackets.

Product Detail:

State-of-the-art sand screen systems generally consist of metals and are not abrasion resistant. 3M™ Ceramic Sand Screen Systems uses advanced ceramic materials, which are one order of magnitude harder than metallic materials with no indications of abrasion under reservoir conditions. Ceradyne advanced ceramic systems also provide twice the stiffness compared to metal solutions and therefore ensure a higher collapse resistance under increased overburden pressures.

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Highly Flexible Coatings3M™ Scotchkote™ Epoxy Coatings as the primary corrosion protection system for Oil and Gas pipelines. 3M™ Scotchkote™ Fusion Bonded Epoxy Coating is reliable‚ tough‚ durable and field-proven. Scotchkote internal pipe coatings are used for corrosion protection and flow enhancement.

Innovation at Work:

3M invented FBE Coatings in the 1960s by taking knowledge of molding powders used in the electronics industry and evolving it into fusion-bonded epoxy for pipeline coatings.

Product Detail:

3M Scotchkote fusion bonded epoxy coatings are a one-part, heat curable, thermosetting epoxy powder coating powder designed for corrosion protection of pipe.

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Cold Shrink Tubes3M pioneered cold shrink technology. Since then, field use and laboratory analysis have repeatedly proven its merits and reliability. Through constant innovation, we have refined cold shrink products making them better than ever. They're easier to apply and built to withstand extreme environmental conditions.

Innovation at Work:

3M invented cold shrink sleeves more than 30 years ago and eliminated the need for heat or flames during installation process.

Product Detail:

Cold shrink splice sleeves, provide easy, fast and safe installation, allow for easy size transitions and provide superior interfacil pressure.

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Electrical TapeThey are used in such diverse products as airplanes, cell phones, automobiles, medical dressings and industrial applications. 3M excels in curable adhesives and epoxies. And, of course, pressure-sensitive tapes, which 3M invented more than 80 years ago.

Innovation at Work:

3M invented vinyl electrical tape over 65 years ago, and it has evolved over the years to Scotch® Super 33+™ Tape. It is the only vinyl electrical tape still made in the United State

Product Detail:

Take a strong, flexible PVC backing with electrical insulating properties, and combine it with the ability to withstand moisture, abrasion, corrosion, alkalis and acids. The result: 3M™ Vinyl Electrical Tapes.

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Filament TapeFor more than 30 years, 3M has been providing Scotch® High Strength Filament Reinforced Tapes to the oil and gas industry. New tapes are continually being developed to provide tensile strength without sacrificing the flexibility necessary in deepwater applications.

Innovation at Work:

The first oil and gas high strength tape application was in 1951 to lower explosives down hole. In 2012, 3M introduced Scotch® High Strength Filament Tape 890HD with nearly 3 times the tensile strength of any comparable filament tape on the market.

Product Detail:

Scotch® High Strength Filament Tape 890HD reinforced tape ensures pipeline integrity and enhances productivity in extreme deep sea environments.

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Fire ProtectionWhen 3M scientists begin work on a customer's problem, they draw on a remarkable array of advanced and specialty materials: polymers, composites, ceramics, fluoromaterials, nanomaterials, and more. Our labs constantly add to this palette with new formulations and breakthrough modifications of existing materials. And 3M is unmatched in the application of these novel materials to the demands of real-world manufacturing.

Innovation at Work:

3M™ lnteram™ Endothermic Mat can significantly reduce the installation time for fireproofing structural steel versus cementitious trowel applications. Whether used for retrofit or new construction, the mat's flexibility allows it to be installed easily and maintained with virtually no disruption to operations. Meets criteria of NFPA 290 Standard for Fire Testing of Passive Protection Materials for Use on LP-Gas Containers.

Product Detail:

3M Interam Endothermic Mat blocks heat penetration by chemically absorbing heat energy to protect structural steel, cable trays and circuits in conduits. It provides up to 4-hour protection for structural steel and up to 3-hour electrical circuit protection.

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FuoropolymersEngineered to survive, 3M has high performance fluoropolymers for demanding applications.

Innovation at Work:

Only the most advanced materials can survive the harsh conditions encountered in oil and gas drilling and production. From downhole drilling to pipeline distribution systems and refinery operations, 3M™ Dyneon™ Fluoropolymers stand up to today’s toughest challenges. 3M offers a broad range of fluoroelastomers and PTFE compounds that withstand extreme temperatures and resist permeation and chemical attack from sour gas, amine corrosion inhibitors, acids and steam.

Product Detail:

3M offers over 50 grades of fluoropolymers, providing sealing and performance solutions for a wide variety of oil and gas applications including downhole packers, seals and gaskets, blow out preventers, riser liners, valve and pump components and tubing.

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Heat & Energy Management Films3M's engineered films serve a vast multitude of uses. One product line enhances the brightness in LCD displays while another blocks the sun from coming through windows. Some are single-layered with humble applications and others combine hundreds of layers that are tuned to transmit or reflect specific wavelengths.

Innovation at Work:

3M™ Heat Management Films can be combined with other 3M technologies to provide: severe weather protection, crime prevention, bomb blast protection, and graffiti management.

Product Detail:

3M™ Prestige™ Series Window Fllms use non-metallized, multi-layer optical film and nano-technology to reject up to 97% of the sun's infrared light and reject up to 60% of the heat coming through your windows. These films also reject up to 99.9% of damaging UV rays and some can provide blast and impact protection.

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Mirror Film3M engineered films serve a vast multitude of uses. One product line enhances the brightness in LCD displays while another blocks the sun from coming through windows. Some are single layered with humble applications and others combine hundreds of layers that are tuned to transmit or reflect specific wavelengths.

Innovation at Work:

In 2012, 3M and Gossamer Space Frames unveiled the world's largest aperture trough using 3M™ Solar Mirror Film 1100 for concentrated solar power.

Product Detail:

3M™ Mirror Film offers a number of significant advantages over traditional glass mirrors, including higher reflectance, less weight and improved mechanical properties.

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Vibration-Damping Foil3M has engineered select nonwovens, viscoelastic polymers and other materials to absorb sound, dampen vibration and control undesirable noise. In the workplace they reduce distraction, protect hearing and allow communication.

Innovation at Work:

The foil controls vibration and reduces noise from vibrating surfaces, reduces fatigue and helps prolong product life.

Product Detail:

Damping foil consists of a room temperature, pressure-sensitive, viscoelastic polymer on dead soft aluminum foil. Controls vibration and reduces subsequent noise from vibrating surfaces.

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