These items were reported by correspondent Roger Renstrom at the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering Symposium and Exposition, held March 25-28 in Anaheim, Calif.
Lord Corp.'s chemical products division exhibited a new line of polyurethane compounds for high-performance mechanical or electrical potting and casting.
``The environmentally friendly compounds provide insulation and shock protection for electrical components,'' said market manager Victor Ferrell.
The compounds are solvent-free, omit methylene ortho-chloro dianiline, toluene diisocyanate and methyl dianiline. They provide a barrier to moisture and conditions causing failure of sensitive parts, the company said.
The unit makes the compounds in Saegertown, Pa., employs 900 and accounted for about half of Cary, N.C.-based Lord Corp.'s 1995 sales of $340 million.
Bakelite targeting N. American market
European resins manufacturer Bakelite AG will expand its North American presence, manufacturing and selling thermosetting resin systems for composites.
``We will provide customers with high-performance resin systems specifically developed for end-use applications,'' said marketing director Carl H. Conrad.
The systems are designed for prepregs, and for pultrusion and filament winding processes. Many focus on composites for aircraft interiors, flame/smoke/toxicity requirements, and oil field filament-wound pipe.
Bakelite AG employs 1,350 and generated 1995 European sales of $448 million.
Distributor Advanced Resin Systems of Des Plaines, Ill., represents Bakelite in North America.
Nippon Graphite fiber for space use
In March, joint venture Nippon Graphite Fiber Corp. released a pitch-based carbon fiber with a modulus of 130 million pounds per square inch for production.
``This fiber has minimum deflection at minimum weight and is stiffness-sensitive for space applications,'' said Andrew Marshall of Walnut Creek, Calif., the company's U.S. representative.
The fiber has been under development for a year, resulting in a fiber with 3,000 filaments per yarn. It will be produced in Hirohata, Japan.
Nippon Oil Co. Ltd. and Nippon Steel Corp. formed the fiber company as a joint venture in April 1995.