I was glad to be part a of a recent 3M Innovation Tour with fellow media practitioners.
|3M Innovation Tour|
When you say 3M, you think about
|3M Product Parts of a Mobile Phone|
|3M's Reggie Pulumbarit|
|3M's Nene Amen|
“We want to highlight 3M’s Innovation culture and showcase the products borne out of that commitment to innovate...as we open our doors to everyone, we will invite them to take that 3M Experience, touch the products, understand how they work and discover things they never would have thought to be a 3M application or product,” says WS Shim, Managing Director.We also met Reggie Pulumbarit, head of Industrial and Transportation Business, and Thelma Alix from the Consumer & Office Business. The thirs group is the Electro Communications.
The Ten Workshop Rooms we went to are:
Electronics Methods Room
A participant dipped, no, submerged his Blackberrey inside an aquarium full of water. What? It's because of 3M’s environmentally safe chemicals that looks like water but does not conduct electricity.
We also viewed a major major set of microchips that needs an intense magnifying glass for us to be able to appreciate.
Dental Methods Room
I am starting to realize that indeed they have a wide range of product lines but this room surprised me the most as I didn't expect their reach to include dental products.
|Dental Methods Room|
It was a unique experience as we have dummy skulls with teeth in front of each one of us. We also had an exercise of brushing 'their' teeth. :)
3M products include precision Lava™ Solution Systems, cements, crowns, light cure
on demand, and nanotechnology used in developing new products for dental composites and
Health Care Methods Room
|3M Health Care|
Discoveries here include Tagederm, an electronic Littman stethoscope, and 3M’s Clear Trace technology, albeit very expensive, guarantees food safety and sanitation in restaurant and hotels.
Abrasives Methods Room
Do you know who first invented the waterproof sandpaper? In 1916, the geniuses behind 3M invented the wet or dry sandpaper that could be used with water or oil to reduce dust and decrease the friction that marred auto finishes.
It is also in this room where we witnessed firsthand how the machines were used. Some also volunteered for a demonstration.
It's mainly the car's mat flooring, wax and premium design stickers. An actual car was at the garage for show.
Industrial Adhesives & Tapes / Renewable Energy Methods Room
Making the world a greener place is the theme of this room. Solar and related technologies like sun shades that reduce interior temparature are just some of the examples.
Electrical and Communications Markets Methods Room
|Electrical and Communications Room|
Commercial Care and Occupational Health & Safety Methods Room
Yes, 3M also manufacures gas masks and safety gears that protects in the line of duty. Something a group of SWAT/police failed to acquire not so recently.
|Commercial Care and Occupational Health & Safety|
Also highlighted in this room is the XT1 Communication Device common in fast-food drive-thru stations.
Display & Graphics / Traffic and Safety Solutions Methods Room
|Display & Graphics|
|Traffic and Safety Solutions|
Aside from Post-it® Notes and Scotch-Brite™, 3M brand Command™ hooks is gaining popularity. I like those hooks because there's an innovative and easy way to remove them from the walls without scaring the paint. :) This room also turned into a mini-grocery shop at one time. (*wink) :)
|Consumer and Office|
The 3M Innovation Tour is open to the public upon schedule specially students and special interest groups or businesses who will be able to learn about the different applications and products that 3M has through its different divisions.
With 45 technology platforms and operations in more than 60 countries, 3M has tremendously changed how people live. Check out more of 3M Philippines at www.3m.com/ph. Their main office is at 9F Three World Square Building, 22 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City 1634. Contact 3M through 3674632, 8783691 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It’s about time that Filipinos get to know 3M products and technologies at work in their daily lives.” added WS Shim.
3M Innovation Tour