Ticona Engineering Polymers has expanded its line of Vectra halogen-free liquid crystal polymers to include a new family of high-flow, high performance thermoplastics for electronic portable devices.
“Ticona polymer scientists developed two new Vectra LCP grades to address the latest trends in (electrical/electronic) requirements to fill the thin walls of miniature, complex molded components found in smartphones, tablets, ultrabooks and other communication devices,” says Edson Ito, global product marketing manager for Vectra and Zenite LCP. “By applying new technologies, we were able to reduce the melt viscosity without the loss of mechanical properties.
Vectra FIT70 is aimed at compact camera modules and Vectra FIT72 targets thin-wall connectors. They are 35 percent glass- and mineral-filled liquid crystal polymers. FIT70 provides dimensional stability over a wide temperature range, excellent surface smoothness for high-precision autofocus systems and good weldline strength at extreme thin-wall designs. FIT72 has improved flow while maintaining mechanical properties and excellent flatness before and after reflow soldering. It offers potential to increase the number of cavities per mold.
One of the first uses of the high-flow resins is in a mobile handset camera made by Hysonic Co. Ltd. of South Korea.
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