BEAUNE, FRANCE — RTP Co.'s compounding plant in Beaune has developed a polybutylene terephthalate formulation that now is specified for a popular copier's paper holder.
Aglie, Italy-based Olivetti Canon Industriale, a joint venture between units of Olivetti SpA and Canon Inc., is incorporating the PBT part on its best-selling copier, replacing a part made with another anti-static compounded thermoplastic.
Philippe Gressier, RTP's European development manager, said RTP delivered the first sample in November within four weeks of initial discussions with Olivetti Canon.
The tight-tolerance paper holder allows sheets of paper to slide toward the copier's high-temperature fusing area.
Compound requirements include dimensional stability, resistance to temperatures of 320°-356° F, flame resistance and high conductivity for electrostatic-charge dissipation. RTP distributor Daire Chemicals SpA in Torino, Italy, worked on the project.
Olivetti Canon projects annual production of 120,000 paper holders for the next three years.
RTP, based in Winona, Minn., plans to feature the paper holder application at K'98, to be held Oct. 22-29 in Dusseldorf, Germany.