Sabic Innovative Plastics has developed a nylon-based material as a lower-cost alternative to thermosets and high-heat polymers for electrical devices and connectors.
Xtreme LNP Starflam compounds can reduce system costs by up to 20 percent compared with thermosets, through increased production yields and decreased molding cycle times, according to the Pittsfield, Mass., company. The series includes halogen-free flame-retardant grades, making them suitable for lead-free solder applications under strict environmental laws.
The materials withstand the harsh conditions of electrical arcs and high-temperature soldering. They provide the processability and good electrical and mechanical properties of nylon. Yields are high because the molding sprue can be reground. Fast molding cycles more than make up for the added costs of the electron-beam radiation step required after molding to boost the heat performance of the Xtreme Starflam compounds, the firm said.
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