Lancaster presents cost-effective fiber Lancaster Fiber Technology Group says it has a highly cost-effective e-glass fiber for short-fiber applications.
The firm, based in Lancaster, England, produces Fiberlets from a glass-fiber byproduct. Fiberlets cost a fraction of conventional chopped strand or milled fiber, the company claims. They have a low aspect ratio to give a free-flowing, easily processed material that can be compounded at high loading levels.
Lancaster said Fiberlets are suited to thermoplastics and thermosets. The company makes the fibers under a licensing agreement with PPG Industries and Asset Associates Ltd. using a PPG byproduct stream.
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AES TPEs suited for broad temperatures
Advanced Elastomer Systems LP developed a material it claims has the broadest temperature range of olefinic thermoplastic elastomers.
Santoprene 7000 can perform as low as minus 112° F and can withstand long-term exposure at 275° F, according to the Akron, Ohio, company. Other properties include low specific gravity, low coefficient of friction and low compression set.
Santoprene 7000 is suited to applications in automotive, construction and industrial markets. The TPEs are available in hardnesses ranging from 60 Shore A to 40 Shore D. AES touts the new materials as cost-effective alternatives to neoprene, ethylene propylene diene monomer elastomers, copolyesters and polyurethanes in high-performance uses.
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Walton/Stout debuts versatile blenders
Walton/Stout Inc. of Lithonia, Ga., launched its Bulls Eye line of slide-gate gravimetric blenders, which can run from 100-3,000 pounds per hour.
Slide-gate blenders expand Walton/Stout's line beyond blenders using a shaker tray.
The company developed an easy-to-use controller with features such as alphanumeric names for ingredients, individual color additive identification, continuous material inventory control and a memory than contains 150 recipes.
Walton/Stout uses stainless steel to make the hopper and weigh and blending areas.
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Honeywell develops extra-rigid nylon 6
Honeywell Engineered Applications & Solutions has developed an extra-rigid nylon 6 for high-performance applications.
Two new grades of Capron resin give greater strength, stiffness, impact resistance and better surface appearance than competing nylons, according to the Morristown, N.J., firm. The highly glass-filled resins also feature high flow to reduce tool wear, Honeywell claims.
Capron HMG13 is 63 percent glass filled and Capron HMG10 is 50 percent filled. Honeywell said they are suited to gas-assist injection molding of parts like mirror housing brackets, door handles, ski bindings and auto seat frames.
Tel. (973) 455-2808, fax (973) 455-3507, e-mail sudhir.bhakuni @honeywell.com.
LNP's conductive PC is alternate lubricant
LNP Engineering Plastics has debuted a conductive polycarbonate for uses that need conductivity and lubrication but that can't tolerate contamination or corrosion.
The Exton, Pa., firm said Lubriloy DS uses patented lubricant technology instead of conventional lubricants like polytetrafluoroethylene. LNP claims PTFE can be a problem as electronic devices become smaller. As the amount of free air space diminishes, volatile fluorine compounds have trouble escaping and can contaminate media such as compact discs in storage.
Lubriloy DS also avoids expensive post-molding operations, such as baking and washing, used to drive off fluorine-based volatiles that can cause media corrosion, LNP said.
Tel. (610) 363-4500, fax (610) 363-4749.
M.A. Hanna presents low-cost nylon resin
M.A. Hanna Engineered Materials has debuted a range of low-cost nylon resins as its Minmax product line.
Minmax, designed for cost-sensitive applications, is available in nylon 6 and 6/6 resins, unfilled or filled and can be featured with heat stabilizers and impact modifiers. The Cleveland-based firm said they are not aimed at critical color-matching uses.
The nylons are suited to sporting goods, automotive, construction and other markets demanding toughness and impact resistance. Product manager Mindy Hamer said her firm developed the utility-grade materials in response to customer demand for more choices of such nylon compounds. They round out M.A. Hanna's overall nylon line that includes virgin resins and engineered blends.
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