Atoglas introduces frosted sheet for POP
Atoglas has debuted frosted acrylic sheet for expanded design opportunities in display and point-of-purchase uses.
The Philadelphia-based division of Elf Atochem North America Inc. said the sheet is frosted throughout — not just on the surface. Frosting hides scratches and fingerprints, making the surface easier to maintain. Frosted Plexiglas sheet also acts as a diffuser to hide light fixtures within displays, Atoglas noted.
Atoglas debuted the sheet at the Store Fixturing Show in Chicago.
Tel. (215) 419-5013, fax (215) 419-5512.
Vinyl from Colorite resistant to tearing
Colorite Polymers' new flexible vinyl resists tearing, even when it is cut.
Colorite touts its Flexchem 51 series as a low-cost replacement for silicone and rubber in critical medical applications. The material is translucent and nontoxic, according to the Ridgefield, N.J., company.
It is available in 35-65 Shore A hardnesses and tensile strengths of as much as 2,240 pounds per square inch.
Tel. (800) 631-1577 or (201) 941-2900, fax (201) 941-2665.
Axel's spray release prevents rips in foam
A water-based spray release from Axel Plastics Research Laboratories Inc. prevents tearing in molding low-density elastomeric foams.
Xtend W7510 is suited to open and closed molds for making filtration foams, seating and other low-density applications. Unlike conventional wax releases, the Xtend water-based release does not build up deposits on the mold that can ruin surface appearance, according to the Woodside, N.Y., company.
Tel. (800) 332-2935 or (718) 672-8300, fax (718) 565-7447, e-mail [email protected]
Cycolac ABS creates effects on surfaces
GE Plastics' new Cycolac Magix ABS resin is available in a range of surface effects to make appliances and other products more attractive.
Magix surface effects include marble, granite, gun metal, and gold dust in quartz.
Pittsfield, Mass.-based GE Plastics said the product can be processed on conventional equipment and can eliminate costly secondary operations such as metalizing.
Hoover Co. is one of the first manufacturers to use Magix, for its top-of-the-line vacuum cleaner, the self-propelled Wind Tunnel.
Tel. (800) 845-0600 or (413) 448-7110, fax (413) 448-5214, e-mail [email protected]e.com.
Eastman adds foam food-packaging line
Eastman Chemical Co. expanded its polyester foam food-packaging product line with new Eastalite.
The Kingsport, Tenn., firm claims Eastalite provides a unique cell structure for attractive, functional and durable containers. Properties include a good gas barrier for modified atmosphere packaging, allowing elimination of laminate films in most cases.
Eastman said Eastalite allows food processors to bake foods directly in the display container, saving several processing steps. Combined with Eastapak technology, Eastalite provides containers that can withstand temperatures of minus 40° F to 400° F.
Tel. (423) 229-2881, fax (423) 229-8595, e-mail [email protected] man.com.
Nylon compound has good barrier makeup
RTP Co.'s nylon compound with low levels of organo-clay reinforcement has high barrier properties against moisture, gases and fragrances.
The compound contains organically treated micalike clay that disperses as microscopic platelets throughout the resin. Their large surface area makes gaseous diffusion difficult, suiting the compound well to packaging.
The Winona, Minn., company also said such compounds have high heat-deflection temperatures, comparable to a 20-30 percent-loaded compound based on standard minerals. This makes them applicable for under-the-hood auto uses. At clay levels of 5 percent, the compound has tensile strength of 11,800 psi, flexural modulus of 500,000 psi and heat-deflection temperature of 230§ F at 264 psi.
Tel. (800) 433-4787 or (507) 454-6900, fax (507) 454-2041, e-mail [email protected]
Multibase touts alloy as nylon 6 substitute
Multibase Inc. debuted a nylon/polypropylene alloy touted as a replacement for nylon 6.
Nylex 2185 FR VO is flame retardant, has a flexural modulus of 210,000 psi and a heat-deflection temperature of 200° F. The Copley, Ohio, compounder also claimed the material has high impact resistance and processability.
Multibase said the compound is designed for applications such as motor housings, which need to be strong and flame retardant.
Tel. (330) 867-5124, fax (330) 666-7419, e-mail [email protected] com.com.
Software simplifies test-equipment use
Instron Corp. of Canton, Mass., wants to make its testing equipment easy to use.
Instron showed Series IX software, which has the look and feel of a Web browser. Users simply click on the desired function, such as tension or compression testing. When a user clicks on a ``help'' icon, voice, text and animation explain how to perform the basic test.
Instron has aimed the software at the average laboratory technician.
Tel. (781) 828-2500, fax (781) 575-5750.
MTS Systems offers TestWorks 4 software
MTS Systems Corp. has gone Windows.
Testing-equipment manufacturer MTS, based in Eden Prairie, Minn., demonstrated its Windows NT-based software, called TestWorks 4.
The software runs the company's material-testing equipment, such as the new Alliance RT device.
Using the test data, the system automatically can create a report, in an Excel spreadsheet, and e-mail it to other factories, or to customers.
The Alliance RT tester features a high-speed electric servo motor built into the framed. A hand-held controller is easy to use, the company said. It can run tests such as crush and tensile strength tests.
Tel. (612) 937-4000, fax (612) 937-4515.