Nycoa's resin strong in low temperatures
Nylon Corp. of America has developed a nylon 6/6 with high strength at very low temperatures.
Nycoa 5300 ST has notched Izod strength of 3.7 foot-pounds per inch at -40Ã¸ F, according to the Manchester, N.H., firm. Other mechanical properties include flexural modulus of 232,000 pounds per square inch and flexural strength of 10,200 pounds per square.
Nycoa says typical applications for the resin are cold weather sporting goods, automotive parts, appliances and lawn and garden implements.
Tel. 603-627-5150 ext. 45, fax 603-627-5154.
Resin brings together clarity and toughness
BASF Corp. has added a high-clarity resin to its styrene butadiene copolymer lineup.
Styrolux 3G46 combines clarity with toughness and low density to provide an alternative to PET and PVC in packaging film and sheet. The material, launched last year in Europe, now makes its debut in North America. Florham Park, N.J-based BASF said the material is aimed at blister packaging and other see-through packaging for electronic, personal-care, medical and other products. BASF claims it performs well in blown film lines, injection molding, extrusion blow molding and compounding.
Tel. 860-675-4274, fax 860-675-4989, e-mail [email protected]
Feedmax features self-cleaning filter
Wittmann Inc. has introduced a self-contained loader that can convey up to 550 pounds per hour to machines, dryers and other equipment.
Feedmax S3 has standard features, such as stainless-steel construction and automatic self-cleaning filter with compressed air blow back to prevent dust intrusion. Options include two-material proportional loading and a remote teach pendant when the loader is mounted in hard-to-reach areas.
Wittmann of Torrington, Conn., says Feedmax S3 has a three-digit, seven-segment display for timers and other parameters. Light-emitting diodes display internal operating conditions. A granular operating mode with adjustable timer is designed for automatic emptying of a regrind bin.
Tel. 860-496-9603, fax 860-482-2069, e-mail [email protected] .com.
PolyOne reveals color, additive concentrates
PolyOne Corp. has unveiled color and additive concentrates it says are ideal for wood-plastic composites used in decking, fencing, railing and other construction products.
OnColor WPC concentrates offer advantages, such as high loadings and small bead size that improve color distribution in extruded and molded composites. PolyOne of Avon Lake, Ohio, says colors and additives can be incorporated singly or in combinations in its OnColor-brand concentrates.
The company says the new products include CT-grade heat-absorbing and cool-to-the-touch colorants. Also included are OnCap additives for specific process or performance needs such as antimicrobial protection, and OnCall color-matching services.
The development work is supported by a biofiber and additives research center at PolyOne's Lehigh Valley, Pa., color laboratory.
Tel. 866-765-9663, e-mail [email protected]
Dow touts new TPU's color performance
Dow Chemical Co. says soon it will introduce lower yellow-index thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers that it promises will have exceptional color performance.
The new TPU elastomers in Dow's Pellethane product line will allow better aesthetics, weatherability and processing when they are introduced commercially by the end of 2007, the company said.
Midland, Mich.-based Dow said the materials will address market demands for lower yellow-index TPUs. They will allow improved color consistency in parts, less need for ultraviolet-light stabilizers, and better weatherability and thermal stability for high-heat uses and for regrind, according to the company.
Tel. 800-441-4369 or 989-832-1426.
Firms join to create new fiber technology
GE Plastics of Pittsfield, Mass., and Fiber Innovation Technology Inc. have teamed up to commercialize new fiber technology based on GE Plastics' Ultem polyetherimide in the United States.
The partners say the new fiber is well-suited to make textiles and nonwovens for applications where fire resistance is key, as in aircraft interiors. Fiber Innovation, based in Johnson City, Tenn., has capacity to make 10 million pounds per year of six-denier filament yarns and staple fibers by melt-spinning Ultem 9011 resin.
Fiber Innovation and GE Plastics also are working on smaller-denier fibers.
Tel. 704-992-4851, e-mail [email protected]
* Demag Plastics Group in Strongsville, Ohio, has named Bruce Phillips, a 20-year veteran of injection molding machines, as its new field service engineer based near Toronto. Phillips covers Windsor and eastern Ontario to Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (440-876-8960). ... Machines Pages SA of Foncine, France, which manufactures robots for in-mold labeling, has appointed plastics veteran Fernando Segovia of Toronto as its exclusive representative for North and South America (905-829-8968, e-mail [email protected]). ... Terry Gillian of Paladin Sales Group, a manufacturers representative firm based in Uniontown, Ohio, which specializes in rotational molding products, now handles Keco Engineered Coatings of Indianapolis (330-323-8491).