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Elastomers
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
Automotive EMI shielding: silicone gels enable lighter structures
Although EMI and thermal issues have been prevalent in the military and aerospace sectors for many years, the rapid development and evolution of both automotive electronics and vehicle electric drive systems means that Chomerics is witnessing increasing numbers of automotive industry customers seeki
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Packed conference programme for polyurethanes industry
The UTECH North America event has announced details of its packed two-day conference programme, taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring 46 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developm
Thermoplastic elastomers helped to grow by soft-touch applications
The thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) market has been forecast to reach a value of approximately $14.96 billion during 2013, driven by ongoing product innovation, allowing them to continue to displace traditional
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in just two hours, fully recovering its mechanical properties.
Pickout cam allows for lengthy side-action pulls
Protomold has increased its capabilities to support longer side-action pulls, or pickout cams. Where at one time, the maximum length for side actions was limited to 74mm, extensions are now offered up to 200mm dependent on the geometry of the mould. The original cam is still used to facilitate the e
Cellulose fibre-reinforced polypropylene compounds for eco-friendly durables
RTP has unveiled the latest addition to its Eco Solutions product portfolio with a new line of custom cellulose fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP) compounds. These compounds, which utilise Weyerhaeuser's Thrive renewable cellulose fibre extracted from trees grown in sustainably managed forests, wi
Elastomer powder modified thermoplastics (EPMT) - rubber residues processed into high quality plastics
Rubber residues from vehicle tyres have always been able to be "downcycled" to floor coverings and safety crashpads. Now, for the first time, they can be processed into high-quality plastics. A new kind of envir
Power through storage in the structure of a device
The Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), in partnership with The Functional Materials Division and Defence, Safety and Security Committee of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Aerospace, Aviation and Defence KTN, is offering a free one day workshop to consider the challen
Materials advance reduces carbon footprint of key transmissi​on component
Federal-Mogul has developed a clever elastomeric compound that makes the production of its Unipiston bonded hydraulic clutch pistons more energy-efficient. The component is used in most automatic and dual-clutch t
MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) being used in oil pipeline cleaning tools
Roplast, the German designer and manufacturer of oil pipeline cleaning tools, is using MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) from Huntsman Polyurethanes to help keep some of the world
UV conformal coating enhances electronic circuitry performance
A UV curing conformal coating for electronic circuitry and components is designed to restrain the impact of moisture, dust, chemicals, and temperature extremes.
Firm foothold in the world
The new Global Footwear Competence Center of Bayer MaterialScience in Shanghai is equipped with the most advanced footwear-related facilities.
Bayer MaterialScience has established its Global Footwear Competence Center in Shanghai, China, where it will spearhead the development of advanced materia
Bayer establishes APAC spray competency center in Shanghai
Bayer MaterialScience's Polymer Research and Development Center in Shanghai features state-of-the-art polyurethane spray technology. This is enabling development work for a wide range of applications such as quality bathtubs in China, as well as in the wider Asian region. Multitec allows for high pr
Concise expert review examines Adhesion to Fluoropolymers
Fluorinated polymers have a number of very useful properties such as excellent chemical resistance. However, they are usually difficult to bond without a pretreatment. The most effective methods to pretreat fully fluorinated polymers were developed in the 1950s.
Rapra Technology's Reflects International Response to REACH
Rapra Technology, a subsidiary of the US-based independent testing, consulting and contract research organisation, The Smithers Group, held its fifth RubberChem conference bringing together the international rubber
DuPont Zytel HTN high performance polyamide and Zytel nylon 66 enables greater tyre safety
A new low-cost system for tyre pressure monitoring, manufactured by SmarTire Systems Inc. of Canada, uses rugged, extremely lightweight sensors made with DuPont Zytel HTN high performance polyamide and Zytel nylon 66.
DuPont Zytel nylon high-pressure oil tank of for BMW motorcycle
BMW's new K 1200 S motorcycle has dry-sump lubrication, developed for use in racing cars. This technology offers maximum operating safety even under extreme conditions, and it reduces motor height, as it does away with the oilpan.
Revolutionary sealant technology combines silicone performance, hot-melt productivity
New, exclusive sealant technology from Dow Corning Corporation combines the production benefits of instant adhesion with the performance benefits of silicone elastomers to increase productivity, improve quality an
Molykote G-4500 multi-purpose grease offers synthetic advantages to food-grade applications
Molykote G-4500 Multi-Purpose Synthetic Grease provides higher load carrying capacity, greater wear resistance and longer service life than conventional petroleum-based lubricants.
Molykote L-8008 lubricant provides non-sticky coating for sliding parts
Molykote L-8008 Semi-Dry Lubricant is compatible with many plastics and elastomers and forms a non-sticky coating that can be used to lubricate sliding parts in cameras, audio-visual equipment, precision appliance
Dow Corning discusses second-generation silicone elastomers for skin care
Nearly 20 years ago, silicone elastomers revolutionized the skin care industry with their unique combination of skin feel (silky, smooth, powdery), thickening properties, and ability to delivery active ingredients
Lucrece De Ritter joins pressure sensitive industry
Dow Corning Paper & Process Industries group recently named Lucr
Dow Corning rheology modifiers provide multiple formulation benefits
Dow Corning Rheology Modifiers help personal care formulators differentiate their products from the competition with a single, easy-to-use ingredient. Available in water or oil-phase forms to meet your needs Dow Corning Rheology Modifiers thicken, deliver perfume, absorb sebum absorption, and more t
Lloyd Instruments launches new polymer test equipment
First opportunity in the People
Disposable rotary displacement pump for IV use, has single moving part and delivers high accuracy at very low cost
Known as QUANTEX, the new pump was conceived by PDD Innovations to overcome many of the perceived deficiencies of existing peristaltic syringe and diaphragm pumps, not the least of which are issues of cost and maintenance. A complex part based on both hard and soft materials selected from medical-pr
Free fuel immersion guide for melt-processible elastomers published by Advanced Polymer Alloys
Advanced Polymer Alloys has published a
Heated and cooled car seats now available in General Motors models
Advanced Polymer Alloys, the world
Blendable melt-processible Elastomers
Advanced Polymer Alloys
Advanced Polymer alloys debuts DuraGrip
DuraGrip TPE is a versatile material that enhances consumer and light industrial products through its elastomeric properties and features including, when needed, a soft-touch feel. The unique UV-stable DuraGrip TP
Sure-grip international maintains its hold on skate industry innovation
Looking at the smooth, sleek, and colorful designs of today
Specialty thermoplastic elastomers for fluid-resistant applications
The chemistry and morphology of all plastic and rubber polymers, including Thermoplastic
ExxonMobil Chemical awards FEED contracts, continues to progress study for second steam-cracking complex at Singapore
ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd announced today that it has awarded front-end engineering design contracts for the derivative units associated with a possible second world-scale steam-cracking complex that would be located at its existing Singapore refining and chemical site.
New design guide for ExxonMobil Chemical's Santoprene(TM) Thermoplastic Vulcanizate
ExxonMobil Chemical has produced a new technical document to help customers design products with Santoprene(TM) thermoplastic vulcanizates.
ExxonMobil Chemical announces compounding investment in Baton Rouge
ExxonMobil Chemical today announced that the company will build a new facility at its Baton Rouge, Louisiana, complex to produce specialty compounded products. The investment is part of the company's global compounding strategy and commitment to provide engineered thermoplastic materials to the auto
Five parts of DuPont Delrin in new bone-cement mixer
Five injection-moulded parts of unreinforced DuPont Delrin acetal contribute to the smooth, efficient operation of the Bocemix, a patented new bone-cement mixer which makes injecting acrylic bone-cement faster, easier and more consistent for orthopaedic surgeons.
Slide element made of DuPont Delrin enables optimal side support in car sports seats
Whether a comfortable width during a relaxed cruise or a precise level of side support on fast curves, active backrest width adjustment (referred to as the ALBV system) from L&P Automotive Europe (formerly Schukra), Nuremberg, enables optimal side support whatever the situation. Integrated in the fr
Rubber-to-metal bonded diaphragms, sprocket assemblies, handles and grips provided by Rubber Industries
Shakopee, Minnesota: Custom molded rubber parts bonded to metal components for prototype and production applications is a service available from
Premix introduces unique new conductive compounds for ESD and EMI applications
Premix has recently extended its range of conductive compounds to cover also novel Inherently dissipative polymer compounds for use in clean room applications meeting the new ESD standards. The new PRE-ELEC ESD grades are washable, reusable, recyclable and colourable with surface resistance values p
Premix opens first North American compounding facility
Premix Thermoplastics, Inc. a specialty compounder of electrically conductive thermoplastics, announces the opening of its first North American manufacturing facility in Milton WI. Premix Thermoplastics is a wholly owned subsidiary of Premix Oy of Finland, a leader in conductive plastics technology
New PRESEAL Elastomers, Next generation EMI shielding
Premix Oy has released new PRESEAL Thermoplastic Elastomers for EMI shielding applications. These innovative products PRESEAL
New grades of polymers that meet demanding requirements for use in non-implantable healthcare products
Twelve grades of DuPont engineering polymers that meet demanding requirements for use in non-implantable healthcare products and equipment are making their debut at the MD&M West exposition in Anaheim, Calif.
DuPont Hytrel provides added safety for high-performance motorcycle boot from Puma
Components of DuPont Zytel ST801 provide stability for Snowbike
Components used to secure and steer the newest models of the Snowbike
Components of DuPont Zytel ST801 provide stability for Snowbike
Components used to secure and steer the newest models of the Snowbike
DuPont R&D Center in Shanghai tailors innovations for Asia Pacific Region
Since it officially opened nine months ago, the DuPont Corporate Research & Development Center in Pudong, Shanghai, now houses several DuPont businesses and over 100 scientists and technicians working to deliver DuPont innovations tailored to the needs of the Asia Pacific region.
Higher molecular weight polymer synthesized; means stronger materials
A Virginia Tech graduate student is synthesizing polymers at higher molecular weights than previously seen, opening the door for stronger elastomer materials, such as are used in tires.
Researchers look at soy oil to replace petroleum for a range of products
Virginia Tech researchers are mixing air and soybean oil to create new polymers to replace petroleum-based materials. 'These natural polymers could be used in biocompatible or biodegradable ways,' says Tim Long of Blacksburg, chemistry professor in the College of Science at Virginia Tech. 'We are l
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
Automotive EMI shielding: silicone gels enable lighter structures
Although EMI and thermal issues have been prevalent in the military and aerospace sectors for many years, the rapid development and evolution of both automotive electronics and vehicle electric drive systems means that Chomerics is witnessing increasing numbers of automotive industry customers seeki
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Packed conference programme for polyurethanes industry
The UTECH North America event has announced details of its packed two-day conference programme, taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring 46 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developm
Thermoplastic elastomers helped to grow by soft-touch applications
The thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) market has been forecast to reach a value of approximately $14.96 billion during 2013, driven by ongoing product innovation, allowing them to continue to displace traditional
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in just two hours, fully recovering its mechanical properties.
Pickout cam allows for lengthy side-action pulls
Protomold has increased its capabilities to support longer side-action pulls, or pickout cams. Where at one time, the maximum length for side actions was limited to 74mm, extensions are now offered up to 200mm dependent on the geometry of the mould. The original cam is still used to facilitate the e
Cellulose fibre-reinforced polypropylene compounds for eco-friendly durables
RTP has unveiled the latest addition to its Eco Solutions product portfolio with a new line of custom cellulose fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP) compounds. These compounds, which utilise Weyerhaeuser's Thrive renewable cellulose fibre extracted from trees grown in sustainably managed forests, wi
Elastomer powder modified thermoplastics (EPMT) - rubber residues processed into high quality plastics
Rubber residues from vehicle tyres have always been able to be "downcycled" to floor coverings and safety crashpads. Now, for the first time, they can be processed into high-quality plastics. A new kind of envir
Power through storage in the structure of a device
The Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), in partnership with The Functional Materials Division and Defence, Safety and Security Committee of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Aerospace, Aviation and Defence KTN, is offering a free one day workshop to consider the challen
Materials advance reduces carbon footprint of key transmissi​on component
Federal-Mogul has developed a clever elastomeric compound that makes the production of its Unipiston bonded hydraulic clutch pistons more energy-efficient. The component is used in most automatic and dual-clutch t
MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) being used in oil pipeline cleaning tools
Roplast, the German designer and manufacturer of oil pipeline cleaning tools, is using MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) from Huntsman Polyurethanes to help keep some of the world
UV conformal coating enhances electronic circuitry performance
A UV curing conformal coating for electronic circuitry and components is designed to restrain the impact of moisture, dust, chemicals, and temperature extremes.
Firm foothold in the world
The new Global Footwear Competence Center of Bayer MaterialScience in Shanghai is equipped with the most advanced footwear-related facilities.
Bayer MaterialScience has established its Global Footwear Competence Center in Shanghai, China, where it will spearhead the development of advanced materia
Bayer establishes APAC spray competency center in Shanghai
Bayer MaterialScience's Polymer Research and Development Center in Shanghai features state-of-the-art polyurethane spray technology. This is enabling development work for a wide range of applications such as quality bathtubs in China, as well as in the wider Asian region. Multitec allows for high pr
Concise expert review examines Adhesion to Fluoropolymers
Fluorinated polymers have a number of very useful properties such as excellent chemical resistance. However, they are usually difficult to bond without a pretreatment. The most effective methods to pretreat fully fluorinated polymers were developed in the 1950s.
Rapra Technology's Reflects International Response to REACH
Rapra Technology, a subsidiary of the US-based independent testing, consulting and contract research organisation, The Smithers Group, held its fifth RubberChem conference bringing together the international rubber
DuPont Zytel HTN high performance polyamide and Zytel nylon 66 enables greater tyre safety
A new low-cost system for tyre pressure monitoring, manufactured by SmarTire Systems Inc. of Canada, uses rugged, extremely lightweight sensors made with DuPont Zytel HTN high performance polyamide and Zytel nylon 66.
DuPont Zytel nylon high-pressure oil tank of for BMW motorcycle
BMW's new K 1200 S motorcycle has dry-sump lubrication, developed for use in racing cars. This technology offers maximum operating safety even under extreme conditions, and it reduces motor height, as it does away with the oilpan.
Revolutionary sealant technology combines silicone performance, hot-melt productivity
New, exclusive sealant technology from Dow Corning Corporation combines the production benefits of instant adhesion with the performance benefits of silicone elastomers to increase productivity, improve quality an
Molykote G-4500 multi-purpose grease offers synthetic advantages to food-grade applications
Molykote G-4500 Multi-Purpose Synthetic Grease provides higher load carrying capacity, greater wear resistance and longer service life than conventional petroleum-based lubricants.
Molykote L-8008 lubricant provides non-sticky coating for sliding parts
Molykote L-8008 Semi-Dry Lubricant is compatible with many plastics and elastomers and forms a non-sticky coating that can be used to lubricate sliding parts in cameras, audio-visual equipment, precision appliance
Dow Corning discusses second-generation silicone elastomers for skin care
Nearly 20 years ago, silicone elastomers revolutionized the skin care industry with their unique combination of skin feel (silky, smooth, powdery), thickening properties, and ability to delivery active ingredients
Lucrece De Ritter joins pressure sensitive industry
Dow Corning Paper & Process Industries group recently named Lucr
Dow Corning rheology modifiers provide multiple formulation benefits
Dow Corning Rheology Modifiers help personal care formulators differentiate their products from the competition with a single, easy-to-use ingredient. Available in water or oil-phase forms to meet your needs Dow Corning Rheology Modifiers thicken, deliver perfume, absorb sebum absorption, and more t
Lloyd Instruments launches new polymer test equipment
First opportunity in the People
Disposable rotary displacement pump for IV use, has single moving part and delivers high accuracy at very low cost
Known as QUANTEX, the new pump was conceived by PDD Innovations to overcome many of the perceived deficiencies of existing peristaltic syringe and diaphragm pumps, not the least of which are issues of cost and maintenance. A complex part based on both hard and soft materials selected from medical-pr
Free fuel immersion guide for melt-processible elastomers published by Advanced Polymer Alloys
Advanced Polymer Alloys has published a
Heated and cooled car seats now available in General Motors models
Advanced Polymer Alloys, the world
Blendable melt-processible Elastomers
Advanced Polymer Alloys
Advanced Polymer alloys debuts DuraGrip
DuraGrip TPE is a versatile material that enhances consumer and light industrial products through its elastomeric properties and features including, when needed, a soft-touch feel. The unique UV-stable DuraGrip TP
Sure-grip international maintains its hold on skate industry innovation
Looking at the smooth, sleek, and colorful designs of today
Specialty thermoplastic elastomers for fluid-resistant applications
The chemistry and morphology of all plastic and rubber polymers, including Thermoplastic
ExxonMobil Chemical awards FEED contracts, continues to progress study for second steam-cracking complex at Singapore
ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd announced today that it has awarded front-end engineering design contracts for the derivative units associated with a possible second world-scale steam-cracking complex that would be located at its existing Singapore refining and chemical site.
New design guide for ExxonMobil Chemical's Santoprene(TM) Thermoplastic Vulcanizate
ExxonMobil Chemical has produced a new technical document to help customers design products with Santoprene(TM) thermoplastic vulcanizates.
ExxonMobil Chemical announces compounding investment in Baton Rouge
ExxonMobil Chemical today announced that the company will build a new facility at its Baton Rouge, Louisiana, complex to produce specialty compounded products. The investment is part of the company's global compounding strategy and commitment to provide engineered thermoplastic materials to the auto
Five parts of DuPont Delrin in new bone-cement mixer
Five injection-moulded parts of unreinforced DuPont Delrin acetal contribute to the smooth, efficient operation of the Bocemix, a patented new bone-cement mixer which makes injecting acrylic bone-cement faster, easier and more consistent for orthopaedic surgeons.
Slide element made of DuPont Delrin enables optimal side support in car sports seats
Whether a comfortable width during a relaxed cruise or a precise level of side support on fast curves, active backrest width adjustment (referred to as the ALBV system) from L&P Automotive Europe (formerly Schukra), Nuremberg, enables optimal side support whatever the situation. Integrated in the fr
Rubber-to-metal bonded diaphragms, sprocket assemblies, handles and grips provided by Rubber Industries
Shakopee, Minnesota: Custom molded rubber parts bonded to metal components for prototype and production applications is a service available from
Premix introduces unique new conductive compounds for ESD and EMI applications
Premix has recently extended its range of conductive compounds to cover also novel Inherently dissipative polymer compounds for use in clean room applications meeting the new ESD standards. The new PRE-ELEC ESD grades are washable, reusable, recyclable and colourable with surface resistance values p
Premix opens first North American compounding facility
Premix Thermoplastics, Inc. a specialty compounder of electrically conductive thermoplastics, announces the opening of its first North American manufacturing facility in Milton WI. Premix Thermoplastics is a wholly owned subsidiary of Premix Oy of Finland, a leader in conductive plastics technology
New PRESEAL Elastomers, Next generation EMI shielding
Premix Oy has released new PRESEAL Thermoplastic Elastomers for EMI shielding applications. These innovative products PRESEAL
New grades of polymers that meet demanding requirements for use in non-implantable healthcare products
Twelve grades of DuPont engineering polymers that meet demanding requirements for use in non-implantable healthcare products and equipment are making their debut at the MD&M West exposition in Anaheim, Calif.
DuPont Hytrel provides added safety for high-performance motorcycle boot from Puma
Components of DuPont Zytel ST801 provide stability for Snowbike
Components used to secure and steer the newest models of the Snowbike
Components of DuPont Zytel ST801 provide stability for Snowbike
Components used to secure and steer the newest models of the Snowbike
DuPont R&D Center in Shanghai tailors innovations for Asia Pacific Region
Since it officially opened nine months ago, the DuPont Corporate Research & Development Center in Pudong, Shanghai, now houses several DuPont businesses and over 100 scientists and technicians working to deliver DuPont innovations tailored to the needs of the Asia Pacific region.
Higher molecular weight polymer synthesized; means stronger materials
A Virginia Tech graduate student is synthesizing polymers at higher molecular weights than previously seen, opening the door for stronger elastomer materials, such as are used in tires.
Researchers look at soy oil to replace petroleum for a range of products
Virginia Tech researchers are mixing air and soybean oil to create new polymers to replace petroleum-based materials. 'These natural polymers could be used in biocompatible or biodegradable ways,' says Tim Long of Blacksburg, chemistry professor in the College of Science at Virginia Tech. 'We are l
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
Automotive EMI shielding: silicone gels enable lighter structures
Although EMI and thermal issues have been prevalent in the military and aerospace sectors for many years, the rapid development and evolution of both automotive electronics and vehicle electric drive systems means that Chomerics is witnessing increasing numbers of automotive industry customers seeki
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Packed conference programme for polyurethanes industry
The UTECH North America event has announced details of its packed two-day conference programme, taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring 46 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developm
Thermoplastic elastomers helped to grow by soft-touch applications
The thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) market has been forecast to reach a value of approximately $14.96 billion during 2013, driven by ongoing product innovation, allowing them to continue to displace traditional
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in just two hours, fully recovering its mechanical properties.
Pickout cam allows for lengthy side-action pulls
Protomold has increased its capabilities to support longer side-action pulls, or pickout cams. Where at one time, the maximum length for side actions was limited to 74mm, extensions are now offered up to 200mm dependent on the geometry of the mould. The original cam is still used to facilitate the e
Cellulose fibre-reinforced polypropylene compounds for eco-friendly durables
RTP has unveiled the latest addition to its Eco Solutions product portfolio with a new line of custom cellulose fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP) compounds. These compounds, which utilise Weyerhaeuser's Thrive renewable cellulose fibre extracted from trees grown in sustainably managed forests, wi
Elastomer powder modified thermoplastics (EPMT) - rubber residues processed into high quality plastics
Rubber residues from vehicle tyres have always been able to be "downcycled" to floor coverings and safety crashpads. Now, for the first time, they can be processed into high-quality plastics. A new kind of envir
Power through storage in the structure of a device
The Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), in partnership with The Functional Materials Division and Defence, Safety and Security Committee of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Aerospace, Aviation and Defence KTN, is offering a free one day workshop to consider the challen
Materials advance reduces carbon footprint of key transmissi​on component
Federal-Mogul has developed a clever elastomeric compound that makes the production of its Unipiston bonded hydraulic clutch pistons more energy-efficient. The component is used in most automatic and dual-clutch t
MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) being used in oil pipeline cleaning tools
Roplast, the German designer and manufacturer of oil pipeline cleaning tools, is using MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) from Huntsman Polyurethanes to help keep some of the world
UV conformal coating enhances electronic circuitry performance
A UV curing conformal coating for electronic circuitry and components is designed to restrain the impact of moisture, dust, chemicals, and temperature extremes.
Firm foothold in the world
The new Global Footwear Competence Center of Bayer MaterialScience in Shanghai is equipped with the most advanced footwear-related facilities.
Bayer MaterialScience has established its Global Footwear Competence Center in Shanghai, China, where it will spearhead the development of advanced materia
Bayer establishes APAC spray competency center in Shanghai
Bayer MaterialScience's Polymer Research and Development Center in Shanghai features state-of-the-art polyurethane spray technology. This is enabling development work for a wide range of applications such as quality bathtubs in China, as well as in the wider Asian region. Multitec allows for high pr
Concise expert review examines Adhesion to Fluoropolymers
Fluorinated polymers have a number of very useful properties such as excellent chemical resistance. However, they are usually difficult to bond without a pretreatment. The most effective methods to pretreat fully fluorinated polymers were developed in the 1950s.
Rapra Technology's Reflects International Response to REACH
Rapra Technology, a subsidiary of the US-based independent testing, consulting and contract research organisation, The Smithers Group, held its fifth RubberChem conference bringing together the international rubber
DuPont Zytel HTN high performance polyamide and Zytel nylon 66 enables greater tyre safety
A new low-cost system for tyre pressure monitoring, manufactured by SmarTire Systems Inc. of Canada, uses rugged, extremely lightweight sensors made with DuPont Zytel HTN high performance polyamide and Zytel nylon 66.
DuPont Zytel nylon high-pressure oil tank of for BMW motorcycle
BMW's new K 1200 S motorcycle has dry-sump lubrication, developed for use in racing cars. This technology offers maximum operating safety even under extreme conditions, and it reduces motor height, as it does away with the oilpan.
Revolutionary sealant technology combines silicone performance, hot-melt productivity
New, exclusive sealant technology from Dow Corning Corporation combines the production benefits of instant adhesion with the performance benefits of silicone elastomers to increase productivity, improve quality an
Molykote G-4500 multi-purpose grease offers synthetic advantages to food-grade applications
Molykote G-4500 Multi-Purpose Synthetic Grease provides higher load carrying capacity, greater wear resistance and longer service life than conventional petroleum-based lubricants.
Molykote L-8008 lubricant provides non-sticky coating for sliding parts
Molykote L-8008 Semi-Dry Lubricant is compatible with many plastics and elastomers and forms a non-sticky coating that can be used to lubricate sliding parts in cameras, audio-visual equipment, precision appliance
Dow Corning discusses second-generation silicone elastomers for skin care
Nearly 20 years ago, silicone elastomers revolutionized the skin care industry with their unique combination of skin feel (silky, smooth, powdery), thickening properties, and ability to delivery active ingredients
Lucrece De Ritter joins pressure sensitive industry
Dow Corning Paper & Process Industries group recently named Lucr
Dow Corning rheology modifiers provide multiple formulation benefits
Dow Corning Rheology Modifiers help personal care formulators differentiate their products from the competition with a single, easy-to-use ingredient. Available in water or oil-phase forms to meet your needs Dow Corning Rheology Modifiers thicken, deliver perfume, absorb sebum absorption, and more t
Lloyd Instruments launches new polymer test equipment
First opportunity in the People
Disposable rotary displacement pump for IV use, has single moving part and delivers high accuracy at very low cost
Known as QUANTEX, the new pump was conceived by PDD Innovations to overcome many of the perceived deficiencies of existing peristaltic syringe and diaphragm pumps, not the least of which are issues of cost and maintenance. A complex part based on both hard and soft materials selected from medical-pr
Free fuel immersion guide for melt-processible elastomers published by Advanced Polymer Alloys
Advanced Polymer Alloys has published a
Heated and cooled car seats now available in General Motors models
Advanced Polymer Alloys, the world
Blendable melt-processible Elastomers
Advanced Polymer Alloys
Advanced Polymer alloys debuts DuraGrip
DuraGrip TPE is a versatile material that enhances consumer and light industrial products through its elastomeric properties and features including, when needed, a soft-touch feel. The unique UV-stable DuraGrip TP
Sure-grip international maintains its hold on skate industry innovation
Looking at the smooth, sleek, and colorful designs of today
Specialty thermoplastic elastomers for fluid-resistant applications
The chemistry and morphology of all plastic and rubber polymers, including Thermoplastic
ExxonMobil Chemical awards FEED contracts, continues to progress study for second steam-cracking complex at Singapore
ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd announced today that it has awarded front-end engineering design contracts for the derivative units associated with a possible second world-scale steam-cracking complex that would be located at its existing Singapore refining and chemical site.
New design guide for ExxonMobil Chemical's Santoprene(TM) Thermoplastic Vulcanizate
ExxonMobil Chemical has produced a new technical document to help customers design products with Santoprene(TM) thermoplastic vulcanizates.
ExxonMobil Chemical announces compounding investment in Baton Rouge
ExxonMobil Chemical today announced that the company will build a new facility at its Baton Rouge, Louisiana, complex to produce specialty compounded products. The investment is part of the company's global compounding strategy and commitment to provide engineered thermoplastic materials to the auto
Five parts of DuPont Delrin in new bone-cement mixer
Five injection-moulded parts of unreinforced DuPont Delrin acetal contribute to the smooth, efficient operation of the Bocemix, a patented new bone-cement mixer which makes injecting acrylic bone-cement faster, easier and more consistent for orthopaedic surgeons.
Slide element made of DuPont Delrin enables optimal side support in car sports seats
Whether a comfortable width during a relaxed cruise or a precise level of side support on fast curves, active backrest width adjustment (referred to as the ALBV system) from L&P Automotive Europe (formerly Schukra), Nuremberg, enables optimal side support whatever the situation. Integrated in the fr
Rubber-to-metal bonded diaphragms, sprocket assemblies, handles and grips provided by Rubber Industries
Shakopee, Minnesota: Custom molded rubber parts bonded to metal components for prototype and production applications is a service available from
Premix introduces unique new conductive compounds for ESD and EMI applications
Premix has recently extended its range of conductive compounds to cover also novel Inherently dissipative polymer compounds for use in clean room applications meeting the new ESD standards. The new PRE-ELEC ESD grades are washable, reusable, recyclable and colourable with surface resistance values p
Premix opens first North American compounding facility
Premix Thermoplastics, Inc. a specialty compounder of electrically conductive thermoplastics, announces the opening of its first North American manufacturing facility in Milton WI. Premix Thermoplastics is a wholly owned subsidiary of Premix Oy of Finland, a leader in conductive plastics technology
New PRESEAL Elastomers, Next generation EMI shielding
Premix Oy has released new PRESEAL Thermoplastic Elastomers for EMI shielding applications. These innovative products PRESEAL
New grades of polymers that meet demanding requirements for use in non-implantable healthcare products
Twelve grades of DuPont engineering polymers that meet demanding requirements for use in non-implantable healthcare products and equipment are making their debut at the MD&M West exposition in Anaheim, Calif.
DuPont Hytrel provides added safety for high-performance motorcycle boot from Puma
Components of DuPont Zytel ST801 provide stability for Snowbike
Components used to secure and steer the newest models of the Snowbike
Components of DuPont Zytel ST801 provide stability for Snowbike
Components used to secure and steer the newest models of the Snowbike
DuPont R&D Center in Shanghai tailors innovations for Asia Pacific Region
Since it officially opened nine months ago, the DuPont Corporate Research & Development Center in Pudong, Shanghai, now houses several DuPont businesses and over 100 scientists and technicians working to deliver DuPont innovations tailored to the needs of the Asia Pacific region.
Higher molecular weight polymer synthesized; means stronger materials
A Virginia Tech graduate student is synthesizing polymers at higher molecular weights than previously seen, opening the door for stronger elastomer materials, such as are used in tires.
Researchers look at soy oil to replace petroleum for a range of products
Virginia Tech researchers are mixing air and soybean oil to create new polymers to replace petroleum-based materials. 'These natural polymers could be used in biocompatible or biodegradable ways,' says Tim Long of Blacksburg, chemistry professor in the College of Science at Virginia Tech. 'We are l
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
Automotive EMI shielding: silicone gels enable lighter structures
Although EMI and thermal issues have been prevalent in the military and aerospace sectors for many years, the rapid development and evolution of both automotive electronics and vehicle electric drive systems means that Chomerics is witnessing increasing numbers of automotive industry customers seeki
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Packed conference programme for polyurethanes industry
The UTECH North America event has announced details of its packed two-day conference programme, taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring 46 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developm
RNA sequencing and protein studies create novel elastomeric materials
A wide range of biologically inspired materials may now be possible by combining protein studies, materials science and RNA sequencing, according to an international team of researchers at Penn State University.
Thermoplastic elastomers helped to grow by soft-touch applications
The thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) market has been forecast to reach a value of approximately $14.96 billion during 2013, driven by ongoing product innovation, allowing them to continue to displace traditional
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in just two hours, fully recovering its mechanical properties.
Pickout cam allows for lengthy side-action pulls
Protomold has increased its capabilities to support longer side-action pulls, or pickout cams. Where at one time, the maximum length for side actions was limited to 74mm, extensions are now offered up to 200mm dependent on the geometry of the mould. The original cam is still used to facilitate the e
Cellulose fibre-reinforced polypropylene compounds for eco-friendly durables
RTP has unveiled the latest addition to its Eco Solutions product portfolio with a new line of custom cellulose fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP) compounds. These compounds, which utilise Weyerhaeuser's Thrive renewable cellulose fibre extracted from trees grown in sustainably managed forests, wi
Interlaced Elastomer Networks basis of structural adhesive range
Aderis is launching what it claims to be the first line of hybrid structural adhesives, called INES (for INterlaced Elastomer NetworkS). The new adhesives offer high structural and damping performance, the first t
Laser-markable compound preferred to in-mould decoration in cable tie tool
Custom injection moulder New Berlin Plastics was recently approached by HellermannTyton, a manufacturer of high-quality cable management products, for in help producing an innovative cable tie tool. The material needed to be strong enough for the small teeth on the tool’s plastic tension knob, and b
Radiopaque catheters use polyether-block-amide thermoplastic elastomer (PEBA)
When Plásticos y Materias Primas (PyMPSA), a Mexican manufacturer of medical devices and components, wanted to develop a new catheter for epidural anesthesia, it specified a biocompatible nylon material that was radiopaque so it could be readily observed during x-ray imaging to ensure proper placeme
Licensed manufacture of nylon-bondable TPV compounds now underway
RTP has licensed manufacturing rights from ExxonMobil Chemical for their patented Santoprene TP(thermoplastic vulcanizate) nylon-bondable thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) product line. RTP has begun producing the pr
Elastomer powder modified thermoplastics (EPMT) - rubber residues processed into high quality plastics
Rubber residues from vehicle tyres have always been able to be "downcycled" to floor coverings and safety crashpads. Now, for the first time, they can be processed into high-quality plastics. A new kind of envir
Power through storage in the structure of a device
The Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), in partnership with The Functional Materials Division and Defence, Safety and Security Committee of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Aerospace, Aviation and Defence KTN, is offering a free one day workshop to consider the challen
Award-winning tough coated piston ring combines low wear and low friction in a single application
Federal-Mogul has received two prestigious Automotive News PACE awards in this year
High performance bumps stops contribute to pedestrian safety
Driver influence is a key cause of pedestrian-related injuries, but car design has a huge impact on the severity of those injuries. Reducing pedestrian injuries is a priority for the automotive industry, and specialist automotive design and manufacturing companies, such as Trelleborg Automotive are
Materials advance reduces carbon footprint of key transmissi​on component
Federal-Mogul has developed a clever elastomeric compound that makes the production of its Unipiston bonded hydraulic clutch pistons more energy-efficient. The component is used in most automatic and dual-clutch t
MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) being used in oil pipeline cleaning tools
Roplast, the German designer and manufacturer of oil pipeline cleaning tools, is using MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) from Huntsman Polyurethanes to help keep some of the world
New two components moulding technique combining rubber and thermoplastics
A fully integrated single operation process: Billion and Motzener show at the K 2010 a two components gastight sealing membrane on a Select electric production cell
UV conformal coating enhances electronic circuitry performance
A UV curing conformal coating for electronic circuitry and components is designed to restrain the impact of moisture, dust, chemicals, and temperature extremes.
GE plastics launches new family of ecomagination(1) products that dramatically cut CO2
GE Plastics celebrates two significant additions to its ecomagination(1) portfolio: Valox iQ(1) and Xenoy iQ(1) resins, developed as a result of an initiative that examined how its products can be made to be cleaner and more environmentally responsible. If all PBT was replaced in 2005 with these res
Firm foothold in the world
The new Global Footwear Competence Center of Bayer MaterialScience in Shanghai is equipped with the most advanced footwear-related facilities.
Bayer MaterialScience has established its Global Footwear Competence Center in Shanghai, China, where it will spearhead the development of advanced materia
Bayer establishes APAC spray competency center in Shanghai
Bayer MaterialScience's Polymer Research and Development Center in Shanghai features state-of-the-art polyurethane spray technology. This is enabling development work for a wide range of applications such as quality bathtubs in China, as well as in the wider Asian region. Multitec allows for high pr
Concise expert review examines Adhesion to Fluoropolymers
Fluorinated polymers have a number of very useful properties such as excellent chemical resistance. However, they are usually difficult to bond without a pretreatment. The most effective methods to pretreat fully fluorinated polymers were developed in the 1950s.
Rapra Technology's Reflects International Response to REACH
Rapra Technology, a subsidiary of the US-based independent testing, consulting and contract research organisation, The Smithers Group, held its fifth RubberChem conference bringing together the international rubber
Vamac DHC makes durable seals, cures up to 30 per cent faster
Vamac DHC, the newest addition to the DuPont Vamac ethylene acrylic elastomer family, cures up to 30 percent faster than existing no-postcure grades while improving compression set and oil resistance. Vamac DHC c
DuPont Zytel HTN high performance polyamide and Zytel nylon 66 enables greater tyre safety
A new low-cost system for tyre pressure monitoring, manufactured by SmarTire Systems Inc. of Canada, uses rugged, extremely lightweight sensors made with DuPont Zytel HTN high performance polyamide and Zytel nylon 66.
DuPont Zytel nylon high-pressure oil tank of for BMW motorcycle
BMW's new K 1200 S motorcycle has dry-sump lubrication, developed for use in racing cars. This technology offers maximum operating safety even under extreme conditions, and it reduces motor height, as it does away with the oilpan.
Sliding truck window mounts flush with aid of DuPont Rynite and Delrin
Guardian Industries
Revolutionary sealant technology combines silicone performance, hot-melt productivity
New, exclusive sealant technology from Dow Corning Corporation combines the production benefits of instant adhesion with the performance benefits of silicone elastomers to increase productivity, improve quality an
Molykote G-4500 multi-purpose grease offers synthetic advantages to food-grade applications
Molykote G-4500 Multi-Purpose Synthetic Grease provides higher load carrying capacity, greater wear resistance and longer service life than conventional petroleum-based lubricants.
Molykote L-8008 lubricant provides non-sticky coating for sliding parts
Molykote L-8008 Semi-Dry Lubricant is compatible with many plastics and elastomers and forms a non-sticky coating that can be used to lubricate sliding parts in cameras, audio-visual equipment, precision appliance
Dow Corning discusses second-generation silicone elastomers for skin care
Nearly 20 years ago, silicone elastomers revolutionized the skin care industry with their unique combination of skin feel (silky, smooth, powdery), thickening properties, and ability to delivery active ingredients
Dow Corning offers color cosmetic, anti-aging skin care formulations
Dow Corning has compiled a range of novel color cosmetic and skin care formulations based on the new Dow Corning 9701 Cosmetic Powder, which can mask wrinkles and give skin a silky, powdery feel. As a silicone elastom
Lucrece De Ritter joins pressure sensitive industry
Dow Corning Paper & Process Industries group recently named Lucr
New research shows Dow Corning brand Silicones can enhance hair strength
Measurements of single fiber tensile properties on hair treated with three Dow Corning brand Silicones demonstrated hair strengthening benefits in both leave-on and rinse-off applications.
New Dow Corning information sheet describes hair strengthening properties of silicones
Many consumers realize that hair damage does not just come from hair styling, coloring, heating or straightening treatments. Repeated washing, drying, brushing and combing can further damage the cuticles as well. As a result, consumers seek remedies to restore the overall condition and strength of t
Dow Corning rheology modifiers provide multiple formulation benefits
Dow Corning Rheology Modifiers help personal care formulators differentiate their products from the competition with a single, easy-to-use ingredient. Available in water or oil-phase forms to meet your needs Dow Corning Rheology Modifiers thicken, deliver perfume, absorb sebum absorption, and more t
Lloyd Instruments launches new polymer test equipment
First opportunity in the People
Disposable rotary displacement pump for IV use, has single moving part and delivers high accuracy at very low cost
Known as QUANTEX, the new pump was conceived by PDD Innovations to overcome many of the perceived deficiencies of existing peristaltic syringe and diaphragm pumps, not the least of which are issues of cost and maintenance. A complex part based on both hard and soft materials selected from medical-pr
Free fuel immersion guide for melt-processible elastomers published by Advanced Polymer Alloys
Advanced Polymer Alloys has published a
Feels, looks, and performs more like rubber than other TPEs
Advanced Polymer Alloys introduced its new DuraGrip
Heated and cooled car seats now available in General Motors models
Advanced Polymer Alloys, the world
Blendable melt-processible Elastomers
Advanced Polymer Alloys
Advanced Polymer alloys debuts DuraGrip
DuraGrip TPE is a versatile material that enhances consumer and light industrial products through its elastomeric properties and features including, when needed, a soft-touch feel. The unique UV-stable DuraGrip TP
New Injection Molding Guide that provides injection molders and product engineers with technical tips
Advanced Polymer Alloys, a division of Ferro Corporation announced the release of a new Injection Molding Guide that provides injection molders and product engineers with technical tips for processing DuraGrip
Sure-grip international maintains its hold on skate industry innovation
Looking at the smooth, sleek, and colorful designs of today
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
Automotive EMI shielding: silicone gels enable lighter structures
Although EMI and thermal issues have been prevalent in the military and aerospace sectors for many years, the rapid development and evolution of both automotive electronics and vehicle electric drive systems means that Chomerics is witnessing increasing numbers of automotive industry customers seeki
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Packed conference programme for polyurethanes industry
The UTECH North America event has announced details of its packed two-day conference programme, taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring 46 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developm
RNA sequencing and protein studies create novel elastomeric materials
A wide range of biologically inspired materials may now be possible by combining protein studies, materials science and RNA sequencing, according to an international team of researchers at Penn State University.
Thermoplastic elastomers helped to grow by soft-touch applications
The thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) market has been forecast to reach a value of approximately $14.96 billion during 2013, driven by ongoing product innovation, allowing them to continue to displace traditional
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in just two hours, fully recovering its mechanical properties.
Pickout cam allows for lengthy side-action pulls
Protomold has increased its capabilities to support longer side-action pulls, or pickout cams. Where at one time, the maximum length for side actions was limited to 74mm, extensions are now offered up to 200mm dependent on the geometry of the mould. The original cam is still used to facilitate the e
Cellulose fibre-reinforced polypropylene compounds for eco-friendly durables
RTP has unveiled the latest addition to its Eco Solutions product portfolio with a new line of custom cellulose fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP) compounds. These compounds, which utilise Weyerhaeuser's Thrive renewable cellulose fibre extracted from trees grown in sustainably managed forests, wi
Interlaced Elastomer Networks basis of structural adhesive range
Aderis is launching what it claims to be the first line of hybrid structural adhesives, called INES (for INterlaced Elastomer NetworkS). The new adhesives offer high structural and damping performance, the first t
Laser-markable compound preferred to in-mould decoration in cable tie tool
Custom injection moulder New Berlin Plastics was recently approached by HellermannTyton, a manufacturer of high-quality cable management products, for in help producing an innovative cable tie tool. The material needed to be strong enough for the small teeth on the tool’s plastic tension knob, and b
Radiopaque catheters use polyether-block-amide thermoplastic elastomer (PEBA)
When Plásticos y Materias Primas (PyMPSA), a Mexican manufacturer of medical devices and components, wanted to develop a new catheter for epidural anesthesia, it specified a biocompatible nylon material that was radiopaque so it could be readily observed during x-ray imaging to ensure proper placeme
Licensed manufacture of nylon-bondable TPV compounds now underway
RTP has licensed manufacturing rights from ExxonMobil Chemical for their patented Santoprene TP(thermoplastic vulcanizate) nylon-bondable thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) product line. RTP has begun producing the pr
Elastomer powder modified thermoplastics (EPMT) - rubber residues processed into high quality plastics
Rubber residues from vehicle tyres have always been able to be "downcycled" to floor coverings and safety crashpads. Now, for the first time, they can be processed into high-quality plastics. A new kind of envir
Power through storage in the structure of a device
The Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), in partnership with The Functional Materials Division and Defence, Safety and Security Committee of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Aerospace, Aviation and Defence KTN, is offering a free one day workshop to consider the challen
Award-winning tough coated piston ring combines low wear and low friction in a single application
Federal-Mogul has received two prestigious Automotive News PACE awards in this year
High performance bumps stops contribute to pedestrian safety
Driver influence is a key cause of pedestrian-related injuries, but car design has a huge impact on the severity of those injuries. Reducing pedestrian injuries is a priority for the automotive industry, and specialist automotive design and manufacturing companies, such as Trelleborg Automotive are
Materials advance reduces carbon footprint of key transmissi​on component
Federal-Mogul has developed a clever elastomeric compound that makes the production of its Unipiston bonded hydraulic clutch pistons more energy-efficient. The component is used in most automatic and dual-clutch t
MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) being used in oil pipeline cleaning tools
Roplast, the German designer and manufacturer of oil pipeline cleaning tools, is using MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) from Huntsman Polyurethanes to help keep some of the world
New two components moulding technique combining rubber and thermoplastics
A fully integrated single operation process: Billion and Motzener show at the K 2010 a two components gastight sealing membrane on a Select electric production cell
UV conformal coating enhances electronic circuitry performance
A UV curing conformal coating for electronic circuitry and components is designed to restrain the impact of moisture, dust, chemicals, and temperature extremes.
GE plastics launches new family of ecomagination(1) products that dramatically cut CO2
GE Plastics celebrates two significant additions to its ecomagination(1) portfolio: Valox iQ(1) and Xenoy iQ(1) resins, developed as a result of an initiative that examined how its products can be made to be cleaner and more environmentally responsible. If all PBT was replaced in 2005 with these res
Firm foothold in the world
The new Global Footwear Competence Center of Bayer MaterialScience in Shanghai is equipped with the most advanced footwear-related facilities.
Bayer MaterialScience has established its Global Footwear Competence Center in Shanghai, China, where it will spearhead the development of advanced materia
Bayer establishes APAC spray competency center in Shanghai
Bayer MaterialScience's Polymer Research and Development Center in Shanghai features state-of-the-art polyurethane spray technology. This is enabling development work for a wide range of applications such as quality bathtubs in China, as well as in the wider Asian region. Multitec allows for high pr
Concise expert review examines Adhesion to Fluoropolymers
Fluorinated polymers have a number of very useful properties such as excellent chemical resistance. However, they are usually difficult to bond without a pretreatment. The most effective methods to pretreat fully fluorinated polymers were developed in the 1950s.
Rapra Technology's Reflects International Response to REACH
Rapra Technology, a subsidiary of the US-based independent testing, consulting and contract research organisation, The Smithers Group, held its fifth RubberChem conference bringing together the international rubber
Vamac DHC makes durable seals, cures up to 30 per cent faster
Vamac DHC, the newest addition to the DuPont Vamac ethylene acrylic elastomer family, cures up to 30 percent faster than existing no-postcure grades while improving compression set and oil resistance. Vamac DHC c
DuPont Zytel HTN high performance polyamide and Zytel nylon 66 enables greater tyre safety
A new low-cost system for tyre pressure monitoring, manufactured by SmarTire Systems Inc. of Canada, uses rugged, extremely lightweight sensors made with DuPont Zytel HTN high performance polyamide and Zytel nylon 66.
DuPont Zytel nylon high-pressure oil tank of for BMW motorcycle
BMW's new K 1200 S motorcycle has dry-sump lubrication, developed for use in racing cars. This technology offers maximum operating safety even under extreme conditions, and it reduces motor height, as it does away with the oilpan.
Sliding truck window mounts flush with aid of DuPont Rynite and Delrin
Guardian Industries
Revolutionary sealant technology combines silicone performance, hot-melt productivity
New, exclusive sealant technology from Dow Corning Corporation combines the production benefits of instant adhesion with the performance benefits of silicone elastomers to increase productivity, improve quality an
Molykote G-4500 multi-purpose grease offers synthetic advantages to food-grade applications
Molykote G-4500 Multi-Purpose Synthetic Grease provides higher load carrying capacity, greater wear resistance and longer service life than conventional petroleum-based lubricants.
Molykote L-8008 lubricant provides non-sticky coating for sliding parts
Molykote L-8008 Semi-Dry Lubricant is compatible with many plastics and elastomers and forms a non-sticky coating that can be used to lubricate sliding parts in cameras, audio-visual equipment, precision appliance
Dow Corning discusses second-generation silicone elastomers for skin care
Nearly 20 years ago, silicone elastomers revolutionized the skin care industry with their unique combination of skin feel (silky, smooth, powdery), thickening properties, and ability to delivery active ingredients
Dow Corning offers color cosmetic, anti-aging skin care formulations
Dow Corning has compiled a range of novel color cosmetic and skin care formulations based on the new Dow Corning 9701 Cosmetic Powder, which can mask wrinkles and give skin a silky, powdery feel. As a silicone elastom
Lucrece De Ritter joins pressure sensitive industry
Dow Corning Paper & Process Industries group recently named Lucr
New research shows Dow Corning brand Silicones can enhance hair strength
Measurements of single fiber tensile properties on hair treated with three Dow Corning brand Silicones demonstrated hair strengthening benefits in both leave-on and rinse-off applications.
New Dow Corning information sheet describes hair strengthening properties of silicones
Many consumers realize that hair damage does not just come from hair styling, coloring, heating or straightening treatments. Repeated washing, drying, brushing and combing can further damage the cuticles as well. As a result, consumers seek remedies to restore the overall condition and strength of t
Dow Corning rheology modifiers provide multiple formulation benefits
Dow Corning Rheology Modifiers help personal care formulators differentiate their products from the competition with a single, easy-to-use ingredient. Available in water or oil-phase forms to meet your needs Dow Corning Rheology Modifiers thicken, deliver perfume, absorb sebum absorption, and more t
Lloyd Instruments launches new polymer test equipment
First opportunity in the People
Disposable rotary displacement pump for IV use, has single moving part and delivers high accuracy at very low cost
Known as QUANTEX, the new pump was conceived by PDD Innovations to overcome many of the perceived deficiencies of existing peristaltic syringe and diaphragm pumps, not the least of which are issues of cost and maintenance. A complex part based on both hard and soft materials selected from medical-pr
Free fuel immersion guide for melt-processible elastomers published by Advanced Polymer Alloys
Advanced Polymer Alloys has published a
Feels, looks, and performs more like rubber than other TPEs
Advanced Polymer Alloys introduced its new DuraGrip
Heated and cooled car seats now available in General Motors models
Advanced Polymer Alloys, the world
Blendable melt-processible Elastomers
Advanced Polymer Alloys
Advanced Polymer alloys debuts DuraGrip
DuraGrip TPE is a versatile material that enhances consumer and light industrial products through its elastomeric properties and features including, when needed, a soft-touch feel. The unique UV-stable DuraGrip TP
New Injection Molding Guide that provides injection molders and product engineers with technical tips
Advanced Polymer Alloys, a division of Ferro Corporation announced the release of a new Injection Molding Guide that provides injection molders and product engineers with technical tips for processing DuraGrip
Sure-grip international maintains its hold on skate industry innovation
Looking at the smooth, sleek, and colorful designs of today
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
Automotive EMI shielding: silicone gels enable lighter structures
Although EMI and thermal issues have been prevalent in the military and aerospace sectors for many years, the rapid development and evolution of both automotive electronics and vehicle electric drive systems means that Chomerics is witnessing increasing numbers of automotive industry customers seeki
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Packed conference programme for polyurethanes industry
The UTECH North America event has announced details of its packed two-day conference programme, taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring 46 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developm
RNA sequencing and protein studies create novel elastomeric materials
A wide range of biologically inspired materials may now be possible by combining protein studies, materials science and RNA sequencing, according to an international team of researchers at Penn State University.
Thermoplastic elastomers helped to grow by soft-touch applications
The thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) market has been forecast to reach a value of approximately $14.96 billion during 2013, driven by ongoing product innovation, allowing them to continue to displace traditional
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in just two hours, fully recovering its mechanical properties.
Pickout cam allows for lengthy side-action pulls
Protomold has increased its capabilities to support longer side-action pulls, or pickout cams. Where at one time, the maximum length for side actions was limited to 74mm, extensions are now offered up to 200mm dependent on the geometry of the mould. The original cam is still used to facilitate the e
Cellulose fibre-reinforced polypropylene compounds for eco-friendly durables
RTP has unveiled the latest addition to its Eco Solutions product portfolio with a new line of custom cellulose fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP) compounds. These compounds, which utilise Weyerhaeuser's Thrive renewable cellulose fibre extracted from trees grown in sustainably managed forests, wi
Interlaced Elastomer Networks basis of structural adhesive range
Aderis is launching what it claims to be the first line of hybrid structural adhesives, called INES (for INterlaced Elastomer NetworkS). The new adhesives offer high structural and damping performance, the first t
Laser-markable compound preferred to in-mould decoration in cable tie tool
Custom injection moulder New Berlin Plastics was recently approached by HellermannTyton, a manufacturer of high-quality cable management products, for in help producing an innovative cable tie tool. The material needed to be strong enough for the small teeth on the tool’s plastic tension knob, and b
Radiopaque catheters use polyether-block-amide thermoplastic elastomer (PEBA)
When Plásticos y Materias Primas (PyMPSA), a Mexican manufacturer of medical devices and components, wanted to develop a new catheter for epidural anesthesia, it specified a biocompatible nylon material that was radiopaque so it could be readily observed during x-ray imaging to ensure proper placeme
Licensed manufacture of nylon-bondable TPV compounds now underway
RTP has licensed manufacturing rights from ExxonMobil Chemical for their patented Santoprene TP(thermoplastic vulcanizate) nylon-bondable thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) product line. RTP has begun producing the pr
Elastomer powder modified thermoplastics (EPMT) - rubber residues processed into high quality plastics
Rubber residues from vehicle tyres have always been able to be "downcycled" to floor coverings and safety crashpads. Now, for the first time, they can be processed into high-quality plastics. A new kind of envir
Power through storage in the structure of a device
The Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), in partnership with The Functional Materials Division and Defence, Safety and Security Committee of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Aerospace, Aviation and Defence KTN, is offering a free one day workshop to consider the challen
Award-winning tough coated piston ring combines low wear and low friction in a single application
Federal-Mogul has received two prestigious Automotive News PACE awards in this year
High performance bumps stops contribute to pedestrian safety
Driver influence is a key cause of pedestrian-related injuries, but car design has a huge impact on the severity of those injuries. Reducing pedestrian injuries is a priority for the automotive industry, and specialist automotive design and manufacturing companies, such as Trelleborg Automotive are
Materials advance reduces carbon footprint of key transmissi​on component
Federal-Mogul has developed a clever elastomeric compound that makes the production of its Unipiston bonded hydraulic clutch pistons more energy-efficient. The component is used in most automatic and dual-clutch t
MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) being used in oil pipeline cleaning tools
Roplast, the German designer and manufacturer of oil pipeline cleaning tools, is using MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) from Huntsman Polyurethanes to help keep some of the world
New two components moulding technique combining rubber and thermoplastics
A fully integrated single operation process: Billion and Motzener show at the K 2010 a two components gastight sealing membrane on a Select electric production cell
UV conformal coating enhances electronic circuitry performance
A UV curing conformal coating for electronic circuitry and components is designed to restrain the impact of moisture, dust, chemicals, and temperature extremes.
GE plastics launches new family of ecomagination(1) products that dramatically cut CO2
GE Plastics celebrates two significant additions to its ecomagination(1) portfolio: Valox iQ(1) and Xenoy iQ(1) resins, developed as a result of an initiative that examined how its products can be made to be cleaner and more environmentally responsible. If all PBT was replaced in 2005 with these res
Firm foothold in the world
The new Global Footwear Competence Center of Bayer MaterialScience in Shanghai is equipped with the most advanced footwear-related facilities.
Bayer MaterialScience has established its Global Footwear Competence Center in Shanghai, China, where it will spearhead the development of advanced materia
Bayer establishes APAC spray competency center in Shanghai
Bayer MaterialScience's Polymer Research and Development Center in Shanghai features state-of-the-art polyurethane spray technology. This is enabling development work for a wide range of applications such as quality bathtubs in China, as well as in the wider Asian region. Multitec allows for high pr
Concise expert review examines Adhesion to Fluoropolymers
Fluorinated polymers have a number of very useful properties such as excellent chemical resistance. However, they are usually difficult to bond without a pretreatment. The most effective methods to pretreat fully fluorinated polymers were developed in the 1950s.
Rapra Technology's Reflects International Response to REACH
Rapra Technology, a subsidiary of the US-based independent testing, consulting and contract research organisation, The Smithers Group, held its fifth RubberChem conference bringing together the international rubber
Vamac DHC makes durable seals, cures up to 30 per cent faster
Vamac DHC, the newest addition to the DuPont Vamac ethylene acrylic elastomer family, cures up to 30 percent faster than existing no-postcure grades while improving compression set and oil resistance. Vamac DHC c
DuPont Zytel HTN high performance polyamide and Zytel nylon 66 enables greater tyre safety
A new low-cost system for tyre pressure monitoring, manufactured by SmarTire Systems Inc. of Canada, uses rugged, extremely lightweight sensors made with DuPont Zytel HTN high performance polyamide and Zytel nylon 66.
DuPont Zytel nylon high-pressure oil tank of for BMW motorcycle
BMW's new K 1200 S motorcycle has dry-sump lubrication, developed for use in racing cars. This technology offers maximum operating safety even under extreme conditions, and it reduces motor height, as it does away with the oilpan.
Sliding truck window mounts flush with aid of DuPont Rynite and Delrin
Guardian Industries
Revolutionary sealant technology combines silicone performance, hot-melt productivity
New, exclusive sealant technology from Dow Corning Corporation combines the production benefits of instant adhesion with the performance benefits of silicone elastomers to increase productivity, improve quality an
Molykote G-4500 multi-purpose grease offers synthetic advantages to food-grade applications
Molykote G-4500 Multi-Purpose Synthetic Grease provides higher load carrying capacity, greater wear resistance and longer service life than conventional petroleum-based lubricants.
Molykote L-8008 lubricant provides non-sticky coating for sliding parts
Molykote L-8008 Semi-Dry Lubricant is compatible with many plastics and elastomers and forms a non-sticky coating that can be used to lubricate sliding parts in cameras, audio-visual equipment, precision appliance
Dow Corning discusses second-generation silicone elastomers for skin care
Nearly 20 years ago, silicone elastomers revolutionized the skin care industry with their unique combination of skin feel (silky, smooth, powdery), thickening properties, and ability to delivery active ingredients
Dow Corning offers color cosmetic, anti-aging skin care formulations
Dow Corning has compiled a range of novel color cosmetic and skin care formulations based on the new Dow Corning 9701 Cosmetic Powder, which can mask wrinkles and give skin a silky, powdery feel. As a silicone elastom
Lucrece De Ritter joins pressure sensitive industry
Dow Corning Paper & Process Industries group recently named Lucr
New research shows Dow Corning brand Silicones can enhance hair strength
Measurements of single fiber tensile properties on hair treated with three Dow Corning brand Silicones demonstrated hair strengthening benefits in both leave-on and rinse-off applications.
New Dow Corning information sheet describes hair strengthening properties of silicones
Many consumers realize that hair damage does not just come from hair styling, coloring, heating or straightening treatments. Repeated washing, drying, brushing and combing can further damage the cuticles as well. As a result, consumers seek remedies to restore the overall condition and strength of t
Dow Corning rheology modifiers provide multiple formulation benefits
Dow Corning Rheology Modifiers help personal care formulators differentiate their products from the competition with a single, easy-to-use ingredient. Available in water or oil-phase forms to meet your needs Dow Corning Rheology Modifiers thicken, deliver perfume, absorb sebum absorption, and more t
Lloyd Instruments launches new polymer test equipment
First opportunity in the People
Disposable rotary displacement pump for IV use, has single moving part and delivers high accuracy at very low cost
Known as QUANTEX, the new pump was conceived by PDD Innovations to overcome many of the perceived deficiencies of existing peristaltic syringe and diaphragm pumps, not the least of which are issues of cost and maintenance. A complex part based on both hard and soft materials selected from medical-pr
Free fuel immersion guide for melt-processible elastomers published by Advanced Polymer Alloys
Advanced Polymer Alloys has published a
Feels, looks, and performs more like rubber than other TPEs
Advanced Polymer Alloys introduced its new DuraGrip
Heated and cooled car seats now available in General Motors models
Advanced Polymer Alloys, the world
Blendable melt-processible Elastomers
Advanced Polymer Alloys
Advanced Polymer alloys debuts DuraGrip
DuraGrip TPE is a versatile material that enhances consumer and light industrial products through its elastomeric properties and features including, when needed, a soft-touch feel. The unique UV-stable DuraGrip TP
New Injection Molding Guide that provides injection molders and product engineers with technical tips
Advanced Polymer Alloys, a division of Ferro Corporation announced the release of a new Injection Molding Guide that provides injection molders and product engineers with technical tips for processing DuraGrip
Sure-grip international maintains its hold on skate industry innovation
Looking at the smooth, sleek, and colorful designs of today
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
Rubber material based on bio-renewable polymer for fluid applications
The bio-renewable rubber, for which development by Freudenberg began in 2012, is made from polymer which has its beginnings with sugarcane. The sugarcane-produced ethanol is then converted into ethylene, which for
Automotive EMI shielding: silicone gels enable lighter structures
Although EMI and thermal issues have been prevalent in the military and aerospace sectors for many years, the rapid development and evolution of both automotive electronics and vehicle electric drive systems means that Chomerics is witnessing increasing numbers of automotive industry customers seeki
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
Hybrid adhesive for labelling custom durable goods
Avery Dennison has introduced a hybrid adhesive called S8039 for durable goods labelling. Available via the Mix & Match service, it allows a choice from a wide range of different face-materials and release liners, meeting very specific product application needs. The Avery Dennison Mix & Match servic
End-of-life tyre rubber converted to Micronized Rubber Powder (MRP)
Connell Brothers (CBC), distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients in the Asia-Pacific region, has partnered with Lehigh Technologies, to market Lehigh's PolyDyne micronized rubber powders (MRP) to the ty
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Versatile colour multi-material 3D printer uses digital materials constructed on the fly
The Objet500 Connex3 Colour Multi-material 3D Printer features an unique triple-jetting technology that combines droplets of three base materials to produce parts with virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible, and transparent colour materials as well as colour digital materials - all in a
Packed conference programme for polyurethanes industry
The UTECH North America event has announced details of its packed two-day conference programme, taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring 46 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developm
RNA sequencing and protein studies create novel elastomeric materials
A wide range of biologically inspired materials may now be possible by combining protein studies, materials science and RNA sequencing, according to an international team of researchers at Penn State University.
Thermoplastic elastomers helped to grow by soft-touch applications
The thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) market has been forecast to reach a value of approximately $14.96 billion during 2013, driven by ongoing product innovation, allowing them to continue to displace traditional
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in just two hours, fully recovering its mechanical properties.
Pickout cam allows for lengthy side-action pulls
Protomold has increased its capabilities to support longer side-action pulls, or pickout cams. Where at one time, the maximum length for side actions was limited to 74mm, extensions are now offered up to 200mm dependent on the geometry of the mould. The original cam is still used to facilitate the e
Vapour permeability tested in minutes for pumps, meters and valves
Every home, office and factory already has numerous pumps, meters and flow valves as they are used in applications ranging from dishwashers to artificial hearts, many of them use materials that are excellent at keeping liquids out, but then perform poorly simply because they provide a poor barrier t
Cellulose fibre-reinforced polypropylene compounds for eco-friendly durables
RTP has unveiled the latest addition to its Eco Solutions product portfolio with a new line of custom cellulose fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP) compounds. These compounds, which utilise Weyerhaeuser's Thrive renewable cellulose fibre extracted from trees grown in sustainably managed forests, wi
Interlaced Elastomer Networks basis of structural adhesive range
Aderis is launching what it claims to be the first line of hybrid structural adhesives, called INES (for INterlaced Elastomer NetworkS). The new adhesives offer high structural and damping performance, the first t
Video File: Addition-cured silicone meets specifications for biocompatibility and cytoxicity
Master Bond MasterSil 153Med is a two component, medical grade silicone adhesive that resists temperatures up to 400F. Formulated for medical device applications, MasterSil 153Med passes USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 testing.
Laser-markable compound preferred to in-mould decoration in cable tie tool
Custom injection moulder New Berlin Plastics was recently approached by HellermannTyton, a manufacturer of high-quality cable management products, for in help producing an innovative cable tie tool. The material needed to be strong enough for the small teeth on the tool’s plastic tension knob, and b
Large format multi-material prototypes from additive layer process
Large multi-material prototypes created directly from 3D CAD designs with a build chamber volume up to 1000 x 800 x 500 mm and produced from a choice of over 120 different materials can now be created from the latest wide format Objet 1000 3D printer now available through SYS Systems of Foston in De
Radiopaque catheters use polyether-block-amide thermoplastic elastomer (PEBA)
When Plásticos y Materias Primas (PyMPSA), a Mexican manufacturer of medical devices and components, wanted to develop a new catheter for epidural anesthesia, it specified a biocompatible nylon material that was radiopaque so it could be readily observed during x-ray imaging to ensure proper placeme
Mould sealants and adhesives for high-gloss plastic components with complex mould geometries
The Frekote products that Henkel will exhibit at the JEC Composites fair are highly efficient for complex mould geometries. During the exhibition centring on the composites industry, which takes place from 12 to 14 March 2013 in Paris, the adhesives manufacturer is presenting its product portfolio f
Licensed manufacture of nylon-bondable TPV compounds now underway
RTP has licensed manufacturing rights from ExxonMobil Chemical for their patented Santoprene TP(thermoplastic vulcanizate) nylon-bondable thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) product line. RTP has begun producing the pr
Long-lasting PMPS fragrance added to polymer-based materials
Exilica has developed and patented a technology which allows long-lasting fragrances to be manufactured into a variety of plastics and other polymer-based materials. The company recently collaborated with Birmingham-based Barkley Plastics and fragrance firm Seven Scent to create a scented floor tile
Elastomer powder modified thermoplastics (EPMT) - rubber residues processed into high quality plastics
Rubber residues from vehicle tyres have always been able to be "downcycled" to floor coverings and safety crashpads. Now, for the first time, they can be processed into high-quality plastics. A new kind of envir
Poor car sales to see European butadiene production overtake demand
European production of butadiene, the chemical required to create the synthetic rubber used for tyres, will soon overtake demand for the first time since 2000 as a result of the continent’s shrinking car industry,
Power through storage in the structure of a device
The Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), in partnership with The Functional Materials Division and Defence, Safety and Security Committee of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Aerospace, Aviation and Defence KTN, is offering a free one day workshop to consider the challen
Growth in Asia will help synthetic rubber bounce back
Asia’s weakened demand for synthetic rubbers, commonly used in tire production, is expected to recover following this year’s drop in car production, says a new report from petrochemical experts GBI Research. This
Improved low bloom and low odour instant adhesives
Loctite 403, 408 and 460 are three improved instant adhesives from Henkel that can be used for bonding virtually any materials.
Three new ways to protect aircraft against wing icing
When ice builds-up on the wings of aircrafts, it drives up costs and impedes safety – and in the worst case scenario, could even cause an aircraft to crash. At the ILA Berlin Air Show, researchers demonstrated new ways to keep ice off of the aircraft's wings.
Creating materials on the fly with multi-jet 3D printers
Multi-jet 3D printing is one of the available rapid prototyping technologies. Objet’s technology lets multiple photopolymer materials be printed simultaneously, including ones created "on the fly,’ says Zehavit B. Reisin, Head of Consumables Line of Business, Objet.
Award-winning tough coated piston ring combines low wear and low friction in a single application
Federal-Mogul has received two prestigious Automotive News PACE awards in this year
High performance bumps stops contribute to pedestrian safety
Driver influence is a key cause of pedestrian-related injuries, but car design has a huge impact on the severity of those injuries. Reducing pedestrian injuries is a priority for the automotive industry, and specialist automotive design and manufacturing companies, such as Trelleborg Automotive are
Materials advance reduces carbon footprint of key transmissi​on component
Federal-Mogul has developed a clever elastomeric compound that makes the production of its Unipiston bonded hydraulic clutch pistons more energy-efficient. The component is used in most automatic and dual-clutch t
MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) being used in oil pipeline cleaning tools
Roplast, the German designer and manufacturer of oil pipeline cleaning tools, is using MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) from Huntsman Polyurethanes to help keep some of the world
White Paper/Technical Guide: how to Match Today
In 2008, when the original edition of this white paper was first released, the idea that laser cutting could be successfully integrated into flexo and digital printing operations was widely considered a possibility for the very distant future. In just three short years however, the continuing improv
New two components moulding technique combining rubber and thermoplastics
A fully integrated single operation process: Billion and Motzener show at the K 2010 a two components gastight sealing membrane on a Select electric production cell
NPL unveils improved means of measuring ultrasonic cleaning systems
NPL has developed the CaviMeter - a new improved instrument for measuring the performance of ultrasonic cleaning systems.
UV conformal coating enhances electronic circuitry performance
A UV curing conformal coating for electronic circuitry and components is designed to restrain the impact of moisture, dust, chemicals, and temperature extremes.
Tooling costs and quality of high volume packaging improved by Keronite process
Applied to tooling for plastic packaging, the Keronite Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO) advanced surface treatment process is enabling manufacturers of consumer products and their plastic packaging to get a rapid return on their investment in tooling. At the same time, productivity is increased a
Could Spider Silk Save Your Life?
MIT scientists from the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies have reached an elusive engineering milestone. They have successfully created a synthetic material with the same properties of spider silk.
Getting a grip gets better, thanks to goodyear and GE
Two of the most respected names in American manufacturing and technical leadership have combined forces, bringing to light an innovation to an everyday product, with an intention to deliver peace of mind to consumers as they travel in any weather condition.
GE plastics launches new family of ecomagination(1) products that dramatically cut CO2
GE Plastics celebrates two significant additions to its ecomagination(1) portfolio: Valox iQ(1) and Xenoy iQ(1) resins, developed as a result of an initiative that examined how its products can be made to be cleaner and more environmentally responsible. If all PBT was replaced in 2005 with these res
New polycarbonate blend for automotive instrument panels
Bayblend DP T88 Plus is far easier flowing, tougher, and stiffer than PC/ABS Bayblend T88-2N, which is the established material for instrument panel production.
Bodywork parts with Class A surfaces using film ;INSERT molding
One method of producing plastic bodywork parts that enable color matching to neighboring metal parts is through back-injecting pre-formed films with thermoplastics, also known as film ;INSERT molding. The film is responsible for the surface quality of the component (Class A) and the back-injection m
Bodywork parts with Class A surfaces using film ;INSERT molding
One method of producing plastic bodywork parts that enable color matching to neighboring metal parts is through back-injecting pre-formed films with thermoplastics, also known as film ;INSERT molding. The film is responsible for the surface quality of the component (Class A) and the back-injection m
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
Rubber material based on bio-renewable polymer for fluid applications
The bio-renewable rubber, for which development by Freudenberg began in 2012, is made from polymer which has its beginnings with sugarcane. The sugarcane-produced ethanol is then converted into ethylene, which for
Automotive EMI shielding: silicone gels enable lighter structures
Although EMI and thermal issues have been prevalent in the military and aerospace sectors for many years, the rapid development and evolution of both automotive electronics and vehicle electric drive systems means that Chomerics is witnessing increasing numbers of automotive industry customers seeki
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
Hybrid adhesive for labelling custom durable goods
Avery Dennison has introduced a hybrid adhesive called S8039 for durable goods labelling. Available via the Mix & Match service, it allows a choice from a wide range of different face-materials and release liners, meeting very specific product application needs. The Avery Dennison Mix & Match servic
End-of-life tyre rubber converted to Micronized Rubber Powder (MRP)
Connell Brothers (CBC), distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients in the Asia-Pacific region, has partnered with Lehigh Technologies, to market Lehigh's PolyDyne micronized rubber powders (MRP) to the ty
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Versatile colour multi-material 3D printer uses digital materials constructed on the fly
The Objet500 Connex3 Colour Multi-material 3D Printer features an unique triple-jetting technology that combines droplets of three base materials to produce parts with virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible, and transparent colour materials as well as colour digital materials - all in a
Packed conference programme for polyurethanes industry
The UTECH North America event has announced details of its packed two-day conference programme, taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring 46 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developm
RNA sequencing and protein studies create novel elastomeric materials
A wide range of biologically inspired materials may now be possible by combining protein studies, materials science and RNA sequencing, according to an international team of researchers at Penn State University.
Thermoplastic elastomers helped to grow by soft-touch applications
The thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) market has been forecast to reach a value of approximately $14.96 billion during 2013, driven by ongoing product innovation, allowing them to continue to displace traditional
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in just two hours, fully recovering its mechanical properties.
Pickout cam allows for lengthy side-action pulls
Protomold has increased its capabilities to support longer side-action pulls, or pickout cams. Where at one time, the maximum length for side actions was limited to 74mm, extensions are now offered up to 200mm dependent on the geometry of the mould. The original cam is still used to facilitate the e
Vapour permeability tested in minutes for pumps, meters and valves
Every home, office and factory already has numerous pumps, meters and flow valves as they are used in applications ranging from dishwashers to artificial hearts, many of them use materials that are excellent at keeping liquids out, but then perform poorly simply because they provide a poor barrier t
Cellulose fibre-reinforced polypropylene compounds for eco-friendly durables
RTP has unveiled the latest addition to its Eco Solutions product portfolio with a new line of custom cellulose fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP) compounds. These compounds, which utilise Weyerhaeuser's Thrive renewable cellulose fibre extracted from trees grown in sustainably managed forests, wi
Interlaced Elastomer Networks basis of structural adhesive range
Aderis is launching what it claims to be the first line of hybrid structural adhesives, called INES (for INterlaced Elastomer NetworkS). The new adhesives offer high structural and damping performance, the first t
Video File: Addition-cured silicone meets specifications for biocompatibility and cytoxicity
Master Bond MasterSil 153Med is a two component, medical grade silicone adhesive that resists temperatures up to 400F. Formulated for medical device applications, MasterSil 153Med passes USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 testing.
Laser-markable compound preferred to in-mould decoration in cable tie tool
Custom injection moulder New Berlin Plastics was recently approached by HellermannTyton, a manufacturer of high-quality cable management products, for in help producing an innovative cable tie tool. The material needed to be strong enough for the small teeth on the tool’s plastic tension knob, and b
Large format multi-material prototypes from additive layer process
Large multi-material prototypes created directly from 3D CAD designs with a build chamber volume up to 1000 x 800 x 500 mm and produced from a choice of over 120 different materials can now be created from the latest wide format Objet 1000 3D printer now available through SYS Systems of Foston in De
Radiopaque catheters use polyether-block-amide thermoplastic elastomer (PEBA)
When Plásticos y Materias Primas (PyMPSA), a Mexican manufacturer of medical devices and components, wanted to develop a new catheter for epidural anesthesia, it specified a biocompatible nylon material that was radiopaque so it could be readily observed during x-ray imaging to ensure proper placeme
Mould sealants and adhesives for high-gloss plastic components with complex mould geometries
The Frekote products that Henkel will exhibit at the JEC Composites fair are highly efficient for complex mould geometries. During the exhibition centring on the composites industry, which takes place from 12 to 14 March 2013 in Paris, the adhesives manufacturer is presenting its product portfolio f
Licensed manufacture of nylon-bondable TPV compounds now underway
RTP has licensed manufacturing rights from ExxonMobil Chemical for their patented Santoprene TP(thermoplastic vulcanizate) nylon-bondable thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) product line. RTP has begun producing the pr
Long-lasting PMPS fragrance added to polymer-based materials
Exilica has developed and patented a technology which allows long-lasting fragrances to be manufactured into a variety of plastics and other polymer-based materials. The company recently collaborated with Birmingham-based Barkley Plastics and fragrance firm Seven Scent to create a scented floor tile
Elastomer powder modified thermoplastics (EPMT) - rubber residues processed into high quality plastics
Rubber residues from vehicle tyres have always been able to be "downcycled" to floor coverings and safety crashpads. Now, for the first time, they can be processed into high-quality plastics. A new kind of envir
Poor car sales to see European butadiene production overtake demand
European production of butadiene, the chemical required to create the synthetic rubber used for tyres, will soon overtake demand for the first time since 2000 as a result of the continent’s shrinking car industry,
Power through storage in the structure of a device
The Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), in partnership with The Functional Materials Division and Defence, Safety and Security Committee of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Aerospace, Aviation and Defence KTN, is offering a free one day workshop to consider the challen
Growth in Asia will help synthetic rubber bounce back
Asia’s weakened demand for synthetic rubbers, commonly used in tire production, is expected to recover following this year’s drop in car production, says a new report from petrochemical experts GBI Research. This
Improved low bloom and low odour instant adhesives
Loctite 403, 408 and 460 are three improved instant adhesives from Henkel that can be used for bonding virtually any materials.
Three new ways to protect aircraft against wing icing
When ice builds-up on the wings of aircrafts, it drives up costs and impedes safety – and in the worst case scenario, could even cause an aircraft to crash. At the ILA Berlin Air Show, researchers demonstrated new ways to keep ice off of the aircraft's wings.
Creating materials on the fly with multi-jet 3D printers
Multi-jet 3D printing is one of the available rapid prototyping technologies. Objet’s technology lets multiple photopolymer materials be printed simultaneously, including ones created "on the fly,’ says Zehavit B. Reisin, Head of Consumables Line of Business, Objet.
Award-winning tough coated piston ring combines low wear and low friction in a single application
Federal-Mogul has received two prestigious Automotive News PACE awards in this year
High performance bumps stops contribute to pedestrian safety
Driver influence is a key cause of pedestrian-related injuries, but car design has a huge impact on the severity of those injuries. Reducing pedestrian injuries is a priority for the automotive industry, and specialist automotive design and manufacturing companies, such as Trelleborg Automotive are
Materials advance reduces carbon footprint of key transmissi​on component
Federal-Mogul has developed a clever elastomeric compound that makes the production of its Unipiston bonded hydraulic clutch pistons more energy-efficient. The component is used in most automatic and dual-clutch t
MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) being used in oil pipeline cleaning tools
Roplast, the German designer and manufacturer of oil pipeline cleaning tools, is using MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) from Huntsman Polyurethanes to help keep some of the world
White Paper/Technical Guide: how to Match Today
In 2008, when the original edition of this white paper was first released, the idea that laser cutting could be successfully integrated into flexo and digital printing operations was widely considered a possibility for the very distant future. In just three short years however, the continuing improv
New two components moulding technique combining rubber and thermoplastics
A fully integrated single operation process: Billion and Motzener show at the K 2010 a two components gastight sealing membrane on a Select electric production cell
NPL unveils improved means of measuring ultrasonic cleaning systems
NPL has developed the CaviMeter - a new improved instrument for measuring the performance of ultrasonic cleaning systems.
UV conformal coating enhances electronic circuitry performance
A UV curing conformal coating for electronic circuitry and components is designed to restrain the impact of moisture, dust, chemicals, and temperature extremes.
Tooling costs and quality of high volume packaging improved by Keronite process
Applied to tooling for plastic packaging, the Keronite Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO) advanced surface treatment process is enabling manufacturers of consumer products and their plastic packaging to get a rapid return on their investment in tooling. At the same time, productivity is increased a
Could Spider Silk Save Your Life?
MIT scientists from the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies have reached an elusive engineering milestone. They have successfully created a synthetic material with the same properties of spider silk.
Getting a grip gets better, thanks to goodyear and GE
Two of the most respected names in American manufacturing and technical leadership have combined forces, bringing to light an innovation to an everyday product, with an intention to deliver peace of mind to consumers as they travel in any weather condition.
GE plastics launches new family of ecomagination(1) products that dramatically cut CO2
GE Plastics celebrates two significant additions to its ecomagination(1) portfolio: Valox iQ(1) and Xenoy iQ(1) resins, developed as a result of an initiative that examined how its products can be made to be cleaner and more environmentally responsible. If all PBT was replaced in 2005 with these res
New polycarbonate blend for automotive instrument panels
Bayblend DP T88 Plus is far easier flowing, tougher, and stiffer than PC/ABS Bayblend T88-2N, which is the established material for instrument panel production.
Bodywork parts with Class A surfaces using film ;INSERT molding
One method of producing plastic bodywork parts that enable color matching to neighboring metal parts is through back-injecting pre-formed films with thermoplastics, also known as film ;INSERT molding. The film is responsible for the surface quality of the component (Class A) and the back-injection m
Bodywork parts with Class A surfaces using film ;INSERT molding
One method of producing plastic bodywork parts that enable color matching to neighboring metal parts is through back-injecting pre-formed films with thermoplastics, also known as film ;INSERT molding. The film is responsible for the surface quality of the component (Class A) and the back-injection m
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
Rubber material based on bio-renewable polymer for fluid applications
The bio-renewable rubber, for which development by Freudenberg began in 2012, is made from polymer which has its beginnings with sugarcane. The sugarcane-produced ethanol is then converted into ethylene, which for
Automotive EMI shielding: silicone gels enable lighter structures
Although EMI and thermal issues have been prevalent in the military and aerospace sectors for many years, the rapid development and evolution of both automotive electronics and vehicle electric drive systems means that Chomerics is witnessing increasing numbers of automotive industry customers seeki
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
Hybrid adhesive for labelling custom durable goods
Avery Dennison has introduced a hybrid adhesive called S8039 for durable goods labelling. Available via the Mix & Match service, it allows a choice from a wide range of different face-materials and release liners, meeting very specific product application needs. The Avery Dennison Mix & Match servic
End-of-life tyre rubber converted to Micronized Rubber Powder (MRP)
Connell Brothers (CBC), distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients in the Asia-Pacific region, has partnered with Lehigh Technologies, to market Lehigh's PolyDyne micronized rubber powders (MRP) to the ty
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Versatile colour multi-material 3D printer uses digital materials constructed on the fly
The Objet500 Connex3 Colour Multi-material 3D Printer features an unique triple-jetting technology that combines droplets of three base materials to produce parts with virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible, and transparent colour materials as well as colour digital materials - all in a
Packed conference programme for polyurethanes industry
The UTECH North America event has announced details of its packed two-day conference programme, taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring 46 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developm
RNA sequencing and protein studies create novel elastomeric materials
A wide range of biologically inspired materials may now be possible by combining protein studies, materials science and RNA sequencing, according to an international team of researchers at Penn State University.
Thermoplastic elastomers helped to grow by soft-touch applications
The thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) market has been forecast to reach a value of approximately $14.96 billion during 2013, driven by ongoing product innovation, allowing them to continue to displace traditional
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in just two hours, fully recovering its mechanical properties.
Pickout cam allows for lengthy side-action pulls
Protomold has increased its capabilities to support longer side-action pulls, or pickout cams. Where at one time, the maximum length for side actions was limited to 74mm, extensions are now offered up to 200mm dependent on the geometry of the mould. The original cam is still used to facilitate the e
Vapour permeability tested in minutes for pumps, meters and valves
Every home, office and factory already has numerous pumps, meters and flow valves as they are used in applications ranging from dishwashers to artificial hearts, many of them use materials that are excellent at keeping liquids out, but then perform poorly simply because they provide a poor barrier t
Cellulose fibre-reinforced polypropylene compounds for eco-friendly durables
RTP has unveiled the latest addition to its Eco Solutions product portfolio with a new line of custom cellulose fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP) compounds. These compounds, which utilise Weyerhaeuser's Thrive renewable cellulose fibre extracted from trees grown in sustainably managed forests, wi
Interlaced Elastomer Networks basis of structural adhesive range
Aderis is launching what it claims to be the first line of hybrid structural adhesives, called INES (for INterlaced Elastomer NetworkS). The new adhesives offer high structural and damping performance, the first t
Video File: Addition-cured silicone meets specifications for biocompatibility and cytoxicity
Master Bond MasterSil 153Med is a two component, medical grade silicone adhesive that resists temperatures up to 400F. Formulated for medical device applications, MasterSil 153Med passes USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 testing.
Laser-markable compound preferred to in-mould decoration in cable tie tool
Custom injection moulder New Berlin Plastics was recently approached by HellermannTyton, a manufacturer of high-quality cable management products, for in help producing an innovative cable tie tool. The material needed to be strong enough for the small teeth on the tool’s plastic tension knob, and b
Large format multi-material prototypes from additive layer process
Large multi-material prototypes created directly from 3D CAD designs with a build chamber volume up to 1000 x 800 x 500 mm and produced from a choice of over 120 different materials can now be created from the latest wide format Objet 1000 3D printer now available through SYS Systems of Foston in De
Radiopaque catheters use polyether-block-amide thermoplastic elastomer (PEBA)
When Plásticos y Materias Primas (PyMPSA), a Mexican manufacturer of medical devices and components, wanted to develop a new catheter for epidural anesthesia, it specified a biocompatible nylon material that was radiopaque so it could be readily observed during x-ray imaging to ensure proper placeme
Mould sealants and adhesives for high-gloss plastic components with complex mould geometries
The Frekote products that Henkel will exhibit at the JEC Composites fair are highly efficient for complex mould geometries. During the exhibition centring on the composites industry, which takes place from 12 to 14 March 2013 in Paris, the adhesives manufacturer is presenting its product portfolio f
Licensed manufacture of nylon-bondable TPV compounds now underway
RTP has licensed manufacturing rights from ExxonMobil Chemical for their patented Santoprene TP(thermoplastic vulcanizate) nylon-bondable thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) product line. RTP has begun producing the pr
Long-lasting PMPS fragrance added to polymer-based materials
Exilica has developed and patented a technology which allows long-lasting fragrances to be manufactured into a variety of plastics and other polymer-based materials. The company recently collaborated with Birmingham-based Barkley Plastics and fragrance firm Seven Scent to create a scented floor tile
Elastomer powder modified thermoplastics (EPMT) - rubber residues processed into high quality plastics
Rubber residues from vehicle tyres have always been able to be "downcycled" to floor coverings and safety crashpads. Now, for the first time, they can be processed into high-quality plastics. A new kind of envir
Poor car sales to see European butadiene production overtake demand
European production of butadiene, the chemical required to create the synthetic rubber used for tyres, will soon overtake demand for the first time since 2000 as a result of the continent’s shrinking car industry,
Power through storage in the structure of a device
The Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), in partnership with The Functional Materials Division and Defence, Safety and Security Committee of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Aerospace, Aviation and Defence KTN, is offering a free one day workshop to consider the challen
Growth in Asia will help synthetic rubber bounce back
Asia’s weakened demand for synthetic rubbers, commonly used in tire production, is expected to recover following this year’s drop in car production, says a new report from petrochemical experts GBI Research. This
Improved low bloom and low odour instant adhesives
Loctite 403, 408 and 460 are three improved instant adhesives from Henkel that can be used for bonding virtually any materials.
Three new ways to protect aircraft against wing icing
When ice builds-up on the wings of aircrafts, it drives up costs and impedes safety – and in the worst case scenario, could even cause an aircraft to crash. At the ILA Berlin Air Show, researchers demonstrated new ways to keep ice off of the aircraft's wings.
Creating materials on the fly with multi-jet 3D printers
Multi-jet 3D printing is one of the available rapid prototyping technologies. Objet’s technology lets multiple photopolymer materials be printed simultaneously, including ones created "on the fly,’ says Zehavit B. Reisin, Head of Consumables Line of Business, Objet.
Award-winning tough coated piston ring combines low wear and low friction in a single application
Federal-Mogul has received two prestigious Automotive News PACE awards in this year
High performance bumps stops contribute to pedestrian safety
Driver influence is a key cause of pedestrian-related injuries, but car design has a huge impact on the severity of those injuries. Reducing pedestrian injuries is a priority for the automotive industry, and specialist automotive design and manufacturing companies, such as Trelleborg Automotive are
Materials advance reduces carbon footprint of key transmissi​on component
Federal-Mogul has developed a clever elastomeric compound that makes the production of its Unipiston bonded hydraulic clutch pistons more energy-efficient. The component is used in most automatic and dual-clutch t
MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) being used in oil pipeline cleaning tools
Roplast, the German designer and manufacturer of oil pipeline cleaning tools, is using MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) from Huntsman Polyurethanes to help keep some of the world
White Paper/Technical Guide: how to Match Today
In 2008, when the original edition of this white paper was first released, the idea that laser cutting could be successfully integrated into flexo and digital printing operations was widely considered a possibility for the very distant future. In just three short years however, the continuing improv
New two components moulding technique combining rubber and thermoplastics
A fully integrated single operation process: Billion and Motzener show at the K 2010 a two components gastight sealing membrane on a Select electric production cell
NPL unveils improved means of measuring ultrasonic cleaning systems
NPL has developed the CaviMeter - a new improved instrument for measuring the performance of ultrasonic cleaning systems.
UV conformal coating enhances electronic circuitry performance
A UV curing conformal coating for electronic circuitry and components is designed to restrain the impact of moisture, dust, chemicals, and temperature extremes.
Tooling costs and quality of high volume packaging improved by Keronite process
Applied to tooling for plastic packaging, the Keronite Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO) advanced surface treatment process is enabling manufacturers of consumer products and their plastic packaging to get a rapid return on their investment in tooling. At the same time, productivity is increased a
Could Spider Silk Save Your Life?
MIT scientists from the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies have reached an elusive engineering milestone. They have successfully created a synthetic material with the same properties of spider silk.
Getting a grip gets better, thanks to goodyear and GE
Two of the most respected names in American manufacturing and technical leadership have combined forces, bringing to light an innovation to an everyday product, with an intention to deliver peace of mind to consumers as they travel in any weather condition.
GE plastics launches new family of ecomagination(1) products that dramatically cut CO2
GE Plastics celebrates two significant additions to its ecomagination(1) portfolio: Valox iQ(1) and Xenoy iQ(1) resins, developed as a result of an initiative that examined how its products can be made to be cleaner and more environmentally responsible. If all PBT was replaced in 2005 with these res
New polycarbonate blend for automotive instrument panels
Bayblend DP T88 Plus is far easier flowing, tougher, and stiffer than PC/ABS Bayblend T88-2N, which is the established material for instrument panel production.
Bodywork parts with Class A surfaces using film ;INSERT molding
One method of producing plastic bodywork parts that enable color matching to neighboring metal parts is through back-injecting pre-formed films with thermoplastics, also known as film ;INSERT molding. The film is responsible for the surface quality of the component (Class A) and the back-injection m
Bodywork parts with Class A surfaces using film ;INSERT molding
One method of producing plastic bodywork parts that enable color matching to neighboring metal parts is through back-injecting pre-formed films with thermoplastics, also known as film ;INSERT molding. The film is responsible for the surface quality of the component (Class A) and the back-injection m
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
Rubber material based on bio-renewable polymer for fluid applications
The bio-renewable rubber, for which development by Freudenberg began in 2012, is made from polymer which has its beginnings with sugarcane. The sugarcane-produced ethanol is then converted into ethylene, which for
Automotive EMI shielding: silicone gels enable lighter structures
Although EMI and thermal issues have been prevalent in the military and aerospace sectors for many years, the rapid development and evolution of both automotive electronics and vehicle electric drive systems means that Chomerics is witnessing increasing numbers of automotive industry customers seeki
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
Hybrid adhesive for labelling custom durable goods
Avery Dennison has introduced a hybrid adhesive called S8039 for durable goods labelling. Available via the Mix & Match service, it allows a choice from a wide range of different face-materials and release liners, meeting very specific product application needs. The Avery Dennison Mix & Match servic
End-of-life tyre rubber converted to Micronized Rubber Powder (MRP)
Connell Brothers (CBC), distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients in the Asia-Pacific region, has partnered with Lehigh Technologies, to market Lehigh's PolyDyne micronized rubber powders (MRP) to the ty
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Versatile colour multi-material 3D printer uses digital materials constructed on the fly
The Objet500 Connex3 Colour Multi-material 3D Printer features an unique triple-jetting technology that combines droplets of three base materials to produce parts with virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible, and transparent colour materials as well as colour digital materials - all in a
Packed conference programme for polyurethanes industry
The UTECH North America event has announced details of its packed two-day conference programme, taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring 46 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developm
RNA sequencing and protein studies create novel elastomeric materials
A wide range of biologically inspired materials may now be possible by combining protein studies, materials science and RNA sequencing, according to an international team of researchers at Penn State University.
Toughened two-component epoxy is optically clear and resists thermal cycling
Master Bond EP38CL has been developed for bonding, sealing, coating and encapsulation applications that require toughness and durability. With a Shore D hardness exceeding 75, its toughness is a unique property that imparts resistance to rigorous thermal cycling, impact and mechanical shock.
Thermoplastic elastomers helped to grow by soft-touch applications
The thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) market has been forecast to reach a value of approximately $14.96 billion during 2013, driven by ongoing product innovation, allowing them to continue to displace traditional
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in just two hours, fully recovering its mechanical properties.
Pickout cam allows for lengthy side-action pulls
Protomold has increased its capabilities to support longer side-action pulls, or pickout cams. Where at one time, the maximum length for side actions was limited to 74mm, extensions are now offered up to 200mm dependent on the geometry of the mould. The original cam is still used to facilitate the e
Thermally conductive two-component silicone meets UL 94V-0 spec for flame retardancy
In addition to typical silicone properties such as flexibility and high temperature resistance, Master Bond MasterSil 156 passes the rigorous UL 94V-0 tests for flame retardancy. This two part silicone system is addition cured and does not require exposure to air for complete cross-linking. It has a
Vapour permeability tested in minutes for pumps, meters and valves
Every home, office and factory already has numerous pumps, meters and flow valves as they are used in applications ranging from dishwashers to artificial hearts, many of them use materials that are excellent at keeping liquids out, but then perform poorly simply because they provide a poor barrier t
Quartz-filled two-component epoxy features high temperature and chemical resistance
Master Bond Supreme 45HTQ is a thermally stable, two-component, quartz-filled epoxy system. It features exceptional abrasion and chemical resistant properties. It will withstand exposure to petrochemicals, acids, bases and solvents. It retains its performance profile at elevated temperatures up to +
Low viscosity, two-component epoxy has extended working life and low exotherm
Suitable for large castings, Master Bond EP21LVSP6 combines a low viscosity and low exotherm with a working life of 3 to 5 hours. It can also be used for bonding, sealing and coating applications in aerospace, electronic, electrical, optical and other specialty industries.
Cellulose fibre-reinforced polypropylene compounds for eco-friendly durables
RTP has unveiled the latest addition to its Eco Solutions product portfolio with a new line of custom cellulose fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP) compounds. These compounds, which utilise Weyerhaeuser's Thrive renewable cellulose fibre extracted from trees grown in sustainably managed forests, wi
Interlaced Elastomer Networks basis of structural adhesive range
Aderis is launching what it claims to be the first line of hybrid structural adhesives, called INES (for INterlaced Elastomer NetworkS). The new adhesives offer high structural and damping performance, the first t
Video File: Addition-cured silicone meets specifications for biocompatibility and cytoxicity
Master Bond MasterSil 153Med is a two component, medical grade silicone adhesive that resists temperatures up to 400F. Formulated for medical device applications, MasterSil 153Med passes USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 testing.
Laser-markable compound preferred to in-mould decoration in cable tie tool
Custom injection moulder New Berlin Plastics was recently approached by HellermannTyton, a manufacturer of high-quality cable management products, for in help producing an innovative cable tie tool. The material needed to be strong enough for the small teeth on the tool’s plastic tension knob, and b
Large format multi-material prototypes from additive layer process
Large multi-material prototypes created directly from 3D CAD designs with a build chamber volume up to 1000 x 800 x 500 mm and produced from a choice of over 120 different materials can now be created from the latest wide format Objet 1000 3D printer now available through SYS Systems of Foston in De
Radiopaque catheters use polyether-block-amide thermoplastic elastomer (PEBA)
When Plásticos y Materias Primas (PyMPSA), a Mexican manufacturer of medical devices and components, wanted to develop a new catheter for epidural anesthesia, it specified a biocompatible nylon material that was radiopaque so it could be readily observed during x-ray imaging to ensure proper placeme
Mould sealants and adhesives for high-gloss plastic components with complex mould geometries
The Frekote products that Henkel will exhibit at the JEC Composites fair are highly efficient for complex mould geometries. During the exhibition centring on the composites industry, which takes place from 12 to 14 March 2013 in Paris, the adhesives manufacturer is presenting its product portfolio f
Licensed manufacture of nylon-bondable TPV compounds now underway
RTP has licensed manufacturing rights from ExxonMobil Chemical for their patented Santoprene TP(thermoplastic vulcanizate) nylon-bondable thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) product line. RTP has begun producing the pr
Optically clear, two-component urethane-modified epoxy gel offers dimensional stability
Featuring softness and resilience, Master Bond Super Gel 9 is a urethane modified epoxy gel that can be employed in a variety of applications. Some of the most common include the encapsulation of sensitive electronic parts and sealing optical components. This multifunctional system is also widely us
Long-lasting PMPS fragrance added to polymer-based materials
Exilica has developed and patented a technology which allows long-lasting fragrances to be manufactured into a variety of plastics and other polymer-based materials. The company recently collaborated with Birmingham-based Barkley Plastics and fragrance firm Seven Scent to create a scented floor tile
Elastomer powder modified thermoplastics (EPMT) - rubber residues processed into high quality plastics
Rubber residues from vehicle tyres have always been able to be "downcycled" to floor coverings and safety crashpads. Now, for the first time, they can be processed into high-quality plastics. A new kind of envir
Poor car sales to see European butadiene production overtake demand
European production of butadiene, the chemical required to create the synthetic rubber used for tyres, will soon overtake demand for the first time since 2000 as a result of the continent’s shrinking car industry,
Power through storage in the structure of a device
The Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), in partnership with The Functional Materials Division and Defence, Safety and Security Committee of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Aerospace, Aviation and Defence KTN, is offering a free one day workshop to consider the challen
Growth in Asia will help synthetic rubber bounce back
Asia’s weakened demand for synthetic rubbers, commonly used in tire production, is expected to recover following this year’s drop in car production, says a new report from petrochemical experts GBI Research. This
Improved low bloom and low odour instant adhesives
Loctite 403, 408 and 460 are three improved instant adhesives from Henkel that can be used for bonding virtually any materials.
Three new ways to protect aircraft against wing icing
When ice builds-up on the wings of aircrafts, it drives up costs and impedes safety – and in the worst case scenario, could even cause an aircraft to crash. At the ILA Berlin Air Show, researchers demonstrated new ways to keep ice off of the aircraft's wings.
Creating materials on the fly with multi-jet 3D printers
Multi-jet 3D printing is one of the available rapid prototyping technologies. Objet’s technology lets multiple photopolymer materials be printed simultaneously, including ones created "on the fly,’ says Zehavit B. Reisin, Head of Consumables Line of Business, Objet.
Low Thermal Expansion Epoxy Passes NASA Low Outgassing Tests
Formulated with a special blend of polymeric and inorganic materials, Master Bond EP30LTE-LO features unparalleled dimensional stability and sets new standards of performance for bonding, sealing, casting and coating applications in the aerospace, electrical, electronic, chemical, optical, and compu
Award-winning tough coated piston ring combines low wear and low friction in a single application
Federal-Mogul has received two prestigious Automotive News PACE awards in this year
High performance bumps stops contribute to pedestrian safety
Driver influence is a key cause of pedestrian-related injuries, but car design has a huge impact on the severity of those injuries. Reducing pedestrian injuries is a priority for the automotive industry, and specialist automotive design and manufacturing companies, such as Trelleborg Automotive are
Epoxy adhesive cures at room temperature, yet withstands cryogenic conditions
Polymer System EP37-3FLF is an optically clear, two component epoxy which has exceptional resistance to cryogenic temperatures and severe thermal cycling. Its low exotherm also makes it a superb potting, encapsulating and casting system, especially where wider cross section thicknesses are specified
Materials advance reduces carbon footprint of key transmissi​on component
Federal-Mogul has developed a clever elastomeric compound that makes the production of its Unipiston bonded hydraulic clutch pistons more energy-efficient. The component is used in most automatic and dual-clutch t
MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) being used in oil pipeline cleaning tools
Roplast, the German designer and manufacturer of oil pipeline cleaning tools, is using MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) from Huntsman Polyurethanes to help keep some of the world
Chemically resistant epoxy withstands a year in sulfuric & hydrochloric acid
For applications demanding exceptional chemical resistance, especially to acids, fuels, and oils, Master Bond has developed EP21AR. Whether coating, lining, bonding or sealing, this two-component epoxy can withstand harsh, acidic environments, including prolonged immersion in 96-98% sulfuric acid an
White Paper/Technical Guide: how to Match Today
In 2008, when the original edition of this white paper was first released, the idea that laser cutting could be successfully integrated into flexo and digital printing operations was widely considered a possibility for the very distant future. In just three short years however, the continuing improv
High temperature resistant toughened structural adhesive cures at room temperature
Formulated for structural applications in extreme environments with temperatures from -80 to +425F, Master Bond Supreme 33 has superior resistance to thermal cycling, thermal shock and impact.
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
Rubber material based on bio-renewable polymer for fluid applications
The bio-renewable rubber, for which development by Freudenberg began in 2012, is made from polymer which has its beginnings with sugarcane. The sugarcane-produced ethanol is then converted into ethylene, which for
Automotive EMI shielding: silicone gels enable lighter structures
Although EMI and thermal issues have been prevalent in the military and aerospace sectors for many years, the rapid development and evolution of both automotive electronics and vehicle electric drive systems means that Chomerics is witnessing increasing numbers of automotive industry customers seeki
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
Hybrid adhesive for labelling custom durable goods
Avery Dennison has introduced a hybrid adhesive called S8039 for durable goods labelling. Available via the Mix & Match service, it allows a choice from a wide range of different face-materials and release liners, meeting very specific product application needs. The Avery Dennison Mix & Match servic
End-of-life tyre rubber converted to Micronized Rubber Powder (MRP)
Connell Brothers (CBC), distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients in the Asia-Pacific region, has partnered with Lehigh Technologies, to market Lehigh's PolyDyne micronized rubber powders (MRP) to the ty
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Versatile colour multi-material 3D printer uses digital materials constructed on the fly
The Objet500 Connex3 Colour Multi-material 3D Printer features an unique triple-jetting technology that combines droplets of three base materials to produce parts with virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible, and transparent colour materials as well as colour digital materials - all in a
Packed conference programme for polyurethanes industry
The UTECH North America event has announced details of its packed two-day conference programme, taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring 46 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developm
RNA sequencing and protein studies create novel elastomeric materials
A wide range of biologically inspired materials may now be possible by combining protein studies, materials science and RNA sequencing, according to an international team of researchers at Penn State University.
Toughened two-component epoxy is optically clear and resists thermal cycling
Master Bond EP38CL has been developed for bonding, sealing, coating and encapsulation applications that require toughness and durability. With a Shore D hardness exceeding 75, its toughness is a unique property that imparts resistance to rigorous thermal cycling, impact and mechanical shock.
Thermoplastic elastomers helped to grow by soft-touch applications
The thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) market has been forecast to reach a value of approximately $14.96 billion during 2013, driven by ongoing product innovation, allowing them to continue to displace traditional
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in just two hours, fully recovering its mechanical properties.
Pickout cam allows for lengthy side-action pulls
Protomold has increased its capabilities to support longer side-action pulls, or pickout cams. Where at one time, the maximum length for side actions was limited to 74mm, extensions are now offered up to 200mm dependent on the geometry of the mould. The original cam is still used to facilitate the e
Thermally conductive two-component silicone meets UL 94V-0 spec for flame retardancy
In addition to typical silicone properties such as flexibility and high temperature resistance, Master Bond MasterSil 156 passes the rigorous UL 94V-0 tests for flame retardancy. This two part silicone system is addition cured and does not require exposure to air for complete cross-linking. It has a
Vapour permeability tested in minutes for pumps, meters and valves
Every home, office and factory already has numerous pumps, meters and flow valves as they are used in applications ranging from dishwashers to artificial hearts, many of them use materials that are excellent at keeping liquids out, but then perform poorly simply because they provide a poor barrier t
Quartz-filled two-component epoxy features high temperature and chemical resistance
Master Bond Supreme 45HTQ is a thermally stable, two-component, quartz-filled epoxy system. It features exceptional abrasion and chemical resistant properties. It will withstand exposure to petrochemicals, acids, bases and solvents. It retains its performance profile at elevated temperatures up to +
Low viscosity, two-component epoxy has extended working life and low exotherm
Suitable for large castings, Master Bond EP21LVSP6 combines a low viscosity and low exotherm with a working life of 3 to 5 hours. It can also be used for bonding, sealing and coating applications in aerospace, electronic, electrical, optical and other specialty industries.
Cellulose fibre-reinforced polypropylene compounds for eco-friendly durables
RTP has unveiled the latest addition to its Eco Solutions product portfolio with a new line of custom cellulose fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP) compounds. These compounds, which utilise Weyerhaeuser's Thrive renewable cellulose fibre extracted from trees grown in sustainably managed forests, wi
Interlaced Elastomer Networks basis of structural adhesive range
Aderis is launching what it claims to be the first line of hybrid structural adhesives, called INES (for INterlaced Elastomer NetworkS). The new adhesives offer high structural and damping performance, the first t
Video File: Addition-cured silicone meets specifications for biocompatibility and cytoxicity
Master Bond MasterSil 153Med is a two component, medical grade silicone adhesive that resists temperatures up to 400F. Formulated for medical device applications, MasterSil 153Med passes USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 testing.
Laser-markable compound preferred to in-mould decoration in cable tie tool
Custom injection moulder New Berlin Plastics was recently approached by HellermannTyton, a manufacturer of high-quality cable management products, for in help producing an innovative cable tie tool. The material needed to be strong enough for the small teeth on the tool’s plastic tension knob, and b
Large format multi-material prototypes from additive layer process
Large multi-material prototypes created directly from 3D CAD designs with a build chamber volume up to 1000 x 800 x 500 mm and produced from a choice of over 120 different materials can now be created from the latest wide format Objet 1000 3D printer now available through SYS Systems of Foston in De
Radiopaque catheters use polyether-block-amide thermoplastic elastomer (PEBA)
When Plásticos y Materias Primas (PyMPSA), a Mexican manufacturer of medical devices and components, wanted to develop a new catheter for epidural anesthesia, it specified a biocompatible nylon material that was radiopaque so it could be readily observed during x-ray imaging to ensure proper placeme
Mould sealants and adhesives for high-gloss plastic components with complex mould geometries
The Frekote products that Henkel will exhibit at the JEC Composites fair are highly efficient for complex mould geometries. During the exhibition centring on the composites industry, which takes place from 12 to 14 March 2013 in Paris, the adhesives manufacturer is presenting its product portfolio f
Licensed manufacture of nylon-bondable TPV compounds now underway
RTP has licensed manufacturing rights from ExxonMobil Chemical for their patented Santoprene TP(thermoplastic vulcanizate) nylon-bondable thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) product line. RTP has begun producing the pr
Optically clear, two-component urethane-modified epoxy gel offers dimensional stability
Featuring softness and resilience, Master Bond Super Gel 9 is a urethane modified epoxy gel that can be employed in a variety of applications. Some of the most common include the encapsulation of sensitive electronic parts and sealing optical components. This multifunctional system is also widely us
Long-lasting PMPS fragrance added to polymer-based materials
Exilica has developed and patented a technology which allows long-lasting fragrances to be manufactured into a variety of plastics and other polymer-based materials. The company recently collaborated with Birmingham-based Barkley Plastics and fragrance firm Seven Scent to create a scented floor tile
Elastomer powder modified thermoplastics (EPMT) - rubber residues processed into high quality plastics
Rubber residues from vehicle tyres have always been able to be "downcycled" to floor coverings and safety crashpads. Now, for the first time, they can be processed into high-quality plastics. A new kind of envir
Poor car sales to see European butadiene production overtake demand
European production of butadiene, the chemical required to create the synthetic rubber used for tyres, will soon overtake demand for the first time since 2000 as a result of the continent’s shrinking car industry,
Power through storage in the structure of a device
The Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), in partnership with The Functional Materials Division and Defence, Safety and Security Committee of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Aerospace, Aviation and Defence KTN, is offering a free one day workshop to consider the challen
Growth in Asia will help synthetic rubber bounce back
Asia’s weakened demand for synthetic rubbers, commonly used in tire production, is expected to recover following this year’s drop in car production, says a new report from petrochemical experts GBI Research. This
Improved low bloom and low odour instant adhesives
Loctite 403, 408 and 460 are three improved instant adhesives from Henkel that can be used for bonding virtually any materials.
Three new ways to protect aircraft against wing icing
When ice builds-up on the wings of aircrafts, it drives up costs and impedes safety – and in the worst case scenario, could even cause an aircraft to crash. At the ILA Berlin Air Show, researchers demonstrated new ways to keep ice off of the aircraft's wings.
Creating materials on the fly with multi-jet 3D printers
Multi-jet 3D printing is one of the available rapid prototyping technologies. Objet’s technology lets multiple photopolymer materials be printed simultaneously, including ones created "on the fly,’ says Zehavit B. Reisin, Head of Consumables Line of Business, Objet.
Low Thermal Expansion Epoxy Passes NASA Low Outgassing Tests
Formulated with a special blend of polymeric and inorganic materials, Master Bond EP30LTE-LO features unparalleled dimensional stability and sets new standards of performance for bonding, sealing, casting and coating applications in the aerospace, electrical, electronic, chemical, optical, and compu
Award-winning tough coated piston ring combines low wear and low friction in a single application
Federal-Mogul has received two prestigious Automotive News PACE awards in this year
High performance bumps stops contribute to pedestrian safety
Driver influence is a key cause of pedestrian-related injuries, but car design has a huge impact on the severity of those injuries. Reducing pedestrian injuries is a priority for the automotive industry, and specialist automotive design and manufacturing companies, such as Trelleborg Automotive are
Epoxy adhesive cures at room temperature, yet withstands cryogenic conditions
Polymer System EP37-3FLF is an optically clear, two component epoxy which has exceptional resistance to cryogenic temperatures and severe thermal cycling. Its low exotherm also makes it a superb potting, encapsulating and casting system, especially where wider cross section thicknesses are specified
Materials advance reduces carbon footprint of key transmissi​on component
Federal-Mogul has developed a clever elastomeric compound that makes the production of its Unipiston bonded hydraulic clutch pistons more energy-efficient. The component is used in most automatic and dual-clutch t
MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) being used in oil pipeline cleaning tools
Roplast, the German designer and manufacturer of oil pipeline cleaning tools, is using MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) from Huntsman Polyurethanes to help keep some of the world
Chemically resistant epoxy withstands a year in sulfuric & hydrochloric acid
For applications demanding exceptional chemical resistance, especially to acids, fuels, and oils, Master Bond has developed EP21AR. Whether coating, lining, bonding or sealing, this two-component epoxy can withstand harsh, acidic environments, including prolonged immersion in 96-98% sulfuric acid an
White Paper/Technical Guide: how to Match Today
In 2008, when the original edition of this white paper was first released, the idea that laser cutting could be successfully integrated into flexo and digital printing operations was widely considered a possibility for the very distant future. In just three short years however, the continuing improv
High temperature resistant toughened structural adhesive cures at room temperature
Formulated for structural applications in extreme environments with temperatures from -80 to +425F, Master Bond Supreme 33 has superior resistance to thermal cycling, thermal shock and impact.
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
Rubber material based on bio-renewable polymer for fluid applications
The bio-renewable rubber, for which development by Freudenberg began in 2012, is made from polymer which has its beginnings with sugarcane. The sugarcane-produced ethanol is then converted into ethylene, which for
Automotive EMI shielding: silicone gels enable lighter structures
Although EMI and thermal issues have been prevalent in the military and aerospace sectors for many years, the rapid development and evolution of both automotive electronics and vehicle electric drive systems means that Chomerics is witnessing increasing numbers of automotive industry customers seeki
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
Hybrid adhesive for labelling custom durable goods
Avery Dennison has introduced a hybrid adhesive called S8039 for durable goods labelling. Available via the Mix & Match service, it allows a choice from a wide range of different face-materials and release liners, meeting very specific product application needs. The Avery Dennison Mix & Match servic
End-of-life tyre rubber converted to Micronized Rubber Powder (MRP)
Connell Brothers (CBC), distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients in the Asia-Pacific region, has partnered with Lehigh Technologies, to market Lehigh's PolyDyne micronized rubber powders (MRP) to the ty
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Versatile colour multi-material 3D printer uses digital materials constructed on the fly
The Objet500 Connex3 Colour Multi-material 3D Printer features an unique triple-jetting technology that combines droplets of three base materials to produce parts with virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible, and transparent colour materials as well as colour digital materials - all in a
Packed conference programme for polyurethanes industry
The UTECH North America event has announced details of its packed two-day conference programme, taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring 46 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developm
RNA sequencing and protein studies create novel elastomeric materials
A wide range of biologically inspired materials may now be possible by combining protein studies, materials science and RNA sequencing, according to an international team of researchers at Penn State University.
Toughened two-component epoxy is optically clear and resists thermal cycling
Master Bond EP38CL has been developed for bonding, sealing, coating and encapsulation applications that require toughness and durability. With a Shore D hardness exceeding 75, its toughness is a unique property that imparts resistance to rigorous thermal cycling, impact and mechanical shock.
Thermoplastic elastomers helped to grow by soft-touch applications
The thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) market has been forecast to reach a value of approximately $14.96 billion during 2013, driven by ongoing product innovation, allowing them to continue to displace traditional
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in just two hours, fully recovering its mechanical properties.
Pickout cam allows for lengthy side-action pulls
Protomold has increased its capabilities to support longer side-action pulls, or pickout cams. Where at one time, the maximum length for side actions was limited to 74mm, extensions are now offered up to 200mm dependent on the geometry of the mould. The original cam is still used to facilitate the e
Thermally conductive two-component silicone meets UL 94V-0 spec for flame retardancy
In addition to typical silicone properties such as flexibility and high temperature resistance, Master Bond MasterSil 156 passes the rigorous UL 94V-0 tests for flame retardancy. This two part silicone system is addition cured and does not require exposure to air for complete cross-linking. It has a
Vapour permeability tested in minutes for pumps, meters and valves
Every home, office and factory already has numerous pumps, meters and flow valves as they are used in applications ranging from dishwashers to artificial hearts, many of them use materials that are excellent at keeping liquids out, but then perform poorly simply because they provide a poor barrier t
Quartz-filled two-component epoxy features high temperature and chemical resistance
Master Bond Supreme 45HTQ is a thermally stable, two-component, quartz-filled epoxy system. It features exceptional abrasion and chemical resistant properties. It will withstand exposure to petrochemicals, acids, bases and solvents. It retains its performance profile at elevated temperatures up to +
Low viscosity, two-component epoxy has extended working life and low exotherm
Suitable for large castings, Master Bond EP21LVSP6 combines a low viscosity and low exotherm with a working life of 3 to 5 hours. It can also be used for bonding, sealing and coating applications in aerospace, electronic, electrical, optical and other specialty industries.
Cellulose fibre-reinforced polypropylene compounds for eco-friendly durables
RTP has unveiled the latest addition to its Eco Solutions product portfolio with a new line of custom cellulose fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP) compounds. These compounds, which utilise Weyerhaeuser's Thrive renewable cellulose fibre extracted from trees grown in sustainably managed forests, wi
Interlaced Elastomer Networks basis of structural adhesive range
Aderis is launching what it claims to be the first line of hybrid structural adhesives, called INES (for INterlaced Elastomer NetworkS). The new adhesives offer high structural and damping performance, the first t
Video File: Addition-cured silicone meets specifications for biocompatibility and cytoxicity
Master Bond MasterSil 153Med is a two component, medical grade silicone adhesive that resists temperatures up to 400F. Formulated for medical device applications, MasterSil 153Med passes USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 testing.
Laser-markable compound preferred to in-mould decoration in cable tie tool
Custom injection moulder New Berlin Plastics was recently approached by HellermannTyton, a manufacturer of high-quality cable management products, for in help producing an innovative cable tie tool. The material needed to be strong enough for the small teeth on the tool’s plastic tension knob, and b
Large format multi-material prototypes from additive layer process
Large multi-material prototypes created directly from 3D CAD designs with a build chamber volume up to 1000 x 800 x 500 mm and produced from a choice of over 120 different materials can now be created from the latest wide format Objet 1000 3D printer now available through SYS Systems of Foston in De
Radiopaque catheters use polyether-block-amide thermoplastic elastomer (PEBA)
When Plásticos y Materias Primas (PyMPSA), a Mexican manufacturer of medical devices and components, wanted to develop a new catheter for epidural anesthesia, it specified a biocompatible nylon material that was radiopaque so it could be readily observed during x-ray imaging to ensure proper placeme
Mould sealants and adhesives for high-gloss plastic components with complex mould geometries
The Frekote products that Henkel will exhibit at the JEC Composites fair are highly efficient for complex mould geometries. During the exhibition centring on the composites industry, which takes place from 12 to 14 March 2013 in Paris, the adhesives manufacturer is presenting its product portfolio f
Licensed manufacture of nylon-bondable TPV compounds now underway
RTP has licensed manufacturing rights from ExxonMobil Chemical for their patented Santoprene TP(thermoplastic vulcanizate) nylon-bondable thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) product line. RTP has begun producing the pr
Optically clear, two-component urethane-modified epoxy gel offers dimensional stability
Featuring softness and resilience, Master Bond Super Gel 9 is a urethane modified epoxy gel that can be employed in a variety of applications. Some of the most common include the encapsulation of sensitive electronic parts and sealing optical components. This multifunctional system is also widely us
Long-lasting PMPS fragrance added to polymer-based materials
Exilica has developed and patented a technology which allows long-lasting fragrances to be manufactured into a variety of plastics and other polymer-based materials. The company recently collaborated with Birmingham-based Barkley Plastics and fragrance firm Seven Scent to create a scented floor tile
Elastomer powder modified thermoplastics (EPMT) - rubber residues processed into high quality plastics
Rubber residues from vehicle tyres have always been able to be "downcycled" to floor coverings and safety crashpads. Now, for the first time, they can be processed into high-quality plastics. A new kind of envir
Poor car sales to see European butadiene production overtake demand
European production of butadiene, the chemical required to create the synthetic rubber used for tyres, will soon overtake demand for the first time since 2000 as a result of the continent’s shrinking car industry,
Power through storage in the structure of a device
The Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), in partnership with The Functional Materials Division and Defence, Safety and Security Committee of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Aerospace, Aviation and Defence KTN, is offering a free one day workshop to consider the challen
Growth in Asia will help synthetic rubber bounce back
Asia’s weakened demand for synthetic rubbers, commonly used in tire production, is expected to recover following this year’s drop in car production, says a new report from petrochemical experts GBI Research. This
Improved low bloom and low odour instant adhesives
Loctite 403, 408 and 460 are three improved instant adhesives from Henkel that can be used for bonding virtually any materials.
Three new ways to protect aircraft against wing icing
When ice builds-up on the wings of aircrafts, it drives up costs and impedes safety – and in the worst case scenario, could even cause an aircraft to crash. At the ILA Berlin Air Show, researchers demonstrated new ways to keep ice off of the aircraft's wings.
Creating materials on the fly with multi-jet 3D printers
Multi-jet 3D printing is one of the available rapid prototyping technologies. Objet’s technology lets multiple photopolymer materials be printed simultaneously, including ones created "on the fly,’ says Zehavit B. Reisin, Head of Consumables Line of Business, Objet.
Low Thermal Expansion Epoxy Passes NASA Low Outgassing Tests
Formulated with a special blend of polymeric and inorganic materials, Master Bond EP30LTE-LO features unparalleled dimensional stability and sets new standards of performance for bonding, sealing, casting and coating applications in the aerospace, electrical, electronic, chemical, optical, and compu
Award-winning tough coated piston ring combines low wear and low friction in a single application
Federal-Mogul has received two prestigious Automotive News PACE awards in this year
High performance bumps stops contribute to pedestrian safety
Driver influence is a key cause of pedestrian-related injuries, but car design has a huge impact on the severity of those injuries. Reducing pedestrian injuries is a priority for the automotive industry, and specialist automotive design and manufacturing companies, such as Trelleborg Automotive are
Epoxy adhesive cures at room temperature, yet withstands cryogenic conditions
Polymer System EP37-3FLF is an optically clear, two component epoxy which has exceptional resistance to cryogenic temperatures and severe thermal cycling. Its low exotherm also makes it a superb potting, encapsulating and casting system, especially where wider cross section thicknesses are specified
Materials advance reduces carbon footprint of key transmissi​on component
Federal-Mogul has developed a clever elastomeric compound that makes the production of its Unipiston bonded hydraulic clutch pistons more energy-efficient. The component is used in most automatic and dual-clutch t
MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) being used in oil pipeline cleaning tools
Roplast, the German designer and manufacturer of oil pipeline cleaning tools, is using MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) from Huntsman Polyurethanes to help keep some of the world
Chemically resistant epoxy withstands a year in sulfuric & hydrochloric acid
For applications demanding exceptional chemical resistance, especially to acids, fuels, and oils, Master Bond has developed EP21AR. Whether coating, lining, bonding or sealing, this two-component epoxy can withstand harsh, acidic environments, including prolonged immersion in 96-98% sulfuric acid an
White Paper/Technical Guide: how to Match Today
In 2008, when the original edition of this white paper was first released, the idea that laser cutting could be successfully integrated into flexo and digital printing operations was widely considered a possibility for the very distant future. In just three short years however, the continuing improv
High temperature resistant toughened structural adhesive cures at room temperature
Formulated for structural applications in extreme environments with temperatures from -80 to +425F, Master Bond Supreme 33 has superior resistance to thermal cycling, thermal shock and impact.
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
Rubber material based on bio-renewable polymer for fluid applications
The bio-renewable rubber, for which development by Freudenberg began in 2012, is made from polymer which has its beginnings with sugarcane. The sugarcane-produced ethanol is then converted into ethylene, which for
Automotive EMI shielding: silicone gels enable lighter structures
Although EMI and thermal issues have been prevalent in the military and aerospace sectors for many years, the rapid development and evolution of both automotive electronics and vehicle electric drive systems means that Chomerics is witnessing increasing numbers of automotive industry customers seeki
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
Hybrid adhesive for labelling custom durable goods
Avery Dennison has introduced a hybrid adhesive called S8039 for durable goods labelling. Available via the Mix & Match service, it allows a choice from a wide range of different face-materials and release liners, meeting very specific product application needs. The Avery Dennison Mix & Match servic
End-of-life tyre rubber converted to Micronized Rubber Powder (MRP)
Connell Brothers (CBC), distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients in the Asia-Pacific region, has partnered with Lehigh Technologies, to market Lehigh's PolyDyne micronized rubber powders (MRP) to the ty
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Versatile colour multi-material 3D printer uses digital materials constructed on the fly
The Objet500 Connex3 Colour Multi-material 3D Printer features an unique triple-jetting technology that combines droplets of three base materials to produce parts with virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible, and transparent colour materials as well as colour digital materials - all in a
Packed conference programme for polyurethanes industry
The UTECH North America event has announced details of its packed two-day conference programme, taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring 46 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developm
RNA sequencing and protein studies create novel elastomeric materials
A wide range of biologically inspired materials may now be possible by combining protein studies, materials science and RNA sequencing, according to an international team of researchers at Penn State University.
Carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics combine chemical resistance with strength and stiffness
RTP has developed customised thermoplastic compounds in over 60 different engineering resin systems for applications requiring colour, conductive, elastomeric, flame retardant, high temperature, structural, and we
Toughened two-component epoxy is optically clear and resists thermal cycling
Master Bond EP38CL has been developed for bonding, sealing, coating and encapsulation applications that require toughness and durability. With a Shore D hardness exceeding 75, its toughness is a unique property that imparts resistance to rigorous thermal cycling, impact and mechanical shock.
Thermoplastic elastomers helped to grow by soft-touch applications
The thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) market has been forecast to reach a value of approximately $14.96 billion during 2013, driven by ongoing product innovation, allowing them to continue to displace traditional
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in just two hours, fully recovering its mechanical properties.
Pickout cam allows for lengthy side-action pulls
Protomold has increased its capabilities to support longer side-action pulls, or pickout cams. Where at one time, the maximum length for side actions was limited to 74mm, extensions are now offered up to 200mm dependent on the geometry of the mould. The original cam is still used to facilitate the e
Thermally conductive two-component silicone meets UL 94V-0 spec for flame retardancy
In addition to typical silicone properties such as flexibility and high temperature resistance, Master Bond MasterSil 156 passes the rigorous UL 94V-0 tests for flame retardancy. This two part silicone system is addition cured and does not require exposure to air for complete cross-linking. It has a
Vapour permeability tested in minutes for pumps, meters and valves
Every home, office and factory already has numerous pumps, meters and flow valves as they are used in applications ranging from dishwashers to artificial hearts, many of them use materials that are excellent at keeping liquids out, but then perform poorly simply because they provide a poor barrier t
Quartz-filled two-component epoxy features high temperature and chemical resistance
Master Bond Supreme 45HTQ is a thermally stable, two-component, quartz-filled epoxy system. It features exceptional abrasion and chemical resistant properties. It will withstand exposure to petrochemicals, acids, bases and solvents. It retains its performance profile at elevated temperatures up to +
Low viscosity, two-component epoxy has extended working life and low exotherm
Suitable for large castings, Master Bond EP21LVSP6 combines a low viscosity and low exotherm with a working life of 3 to 5 hours. It can also be used for bonding, sealing and coating applications in aerospace, electronic, electrical, optical and other specialty industries.
Cellulose fibre-reinforced polypropylene compounds for eco-friendly durables
RTP has unveiled the latest addition to its Eco Solutions product portfolio with a new line of custom cellulose fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP) compounds. These compounds, which utilise Weyerhaeuser's Thrive renewable cellulose fibre extracted from trees grown in sustainably managed forests, wi
Interlaced Elastomer Networks basis of structural adhesive range
Aderis is launching what it claims to be the first line of hybrid structural adhesives, called INES (for INterlaced Elastomer NetworkS). The new adhesives offer high structural and damping performance, the first t
Video File: Addition-cured silicone meets specifications for biocompatibility and cytoxicity
Master Bond MasterSil 153Med is a two component, medical grade silicone adhesive that resists temperatures up to 400F. Formulated for medical device applications, MasterSil 153Med passes USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 testing.
Laser-markable compound preferred to in-mould decoration in cable tie tool
Custom injection moulder New Berlin Plastics was recently approached by HellermannTyton, a manufacturer of high-quality cable management products, for in help producing an innovative cable tie tool. The material needed to be strong enough for the small teeth on the tool’s plastic tension knob, and b
Large format multi-material prototypes from additive layer process
Large multi-material prototypes created directly from 3D CAD designs with a build chamber volume up to 1000 x 800 x 500 mm and produced from a choice of over 120 different materials can now be created from the latest wide format Objet 1000 3D printer now available through SYS Systems of Foston in De
Radiopaque catheters use polyether-block-amide thermoplastic elastomer (PEBA)
When Plásticos y Materias Primas (PyMPSA), a Mexican manufacturer of medical devices and components, wanted to develop a new catheter for epidural anesthesia, it specified a biocompatible nylon material that was radiopaque so it could be readily observed during x-ray imaging to ensure proper placeme
Mould sealants and adhesives for high-gloss plastic components with complex mould geometries
The Frekote products that Henkel will exhibit at the JEC Composites fair are highly efficient for complex mould geometries. During the exhibition centring on the composites industry, which takes place from 12 to 14 March 2013 in Paris, the adhesives manufacturer is presenting its product portfolio f
Licensed manufacture of nylon-bondable TPV compounds now underway
RTP has licensed manufacturing rights from ExxonMobil Chemical for their patented Santoprene TP(thermoplastic vulcanizate) nylon-bondable thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) product line. RTP has begun producing the pr
Optically clear, two-component urethane-modified epoxy gel offers dimensional stability
Featuring softness and resilience, Master Bond Super Gel 9 is a urethane modified epoxy gel that can be employed in a variety of applications. Some of the most common include the encapsulation of sensitive electronic parts and sealing optical components. This multifunctional system is also widely us
Long-lasting PMPS fragrance added to polymer-based materials
Exilica has developed and patented a technology which allows long-lasting fragrances to be manufactured into a variety of plastics and other polymer-based materials. The company recently collaborated with Birmingham-based Barkley Plastics and fragrance firm Seven Scent to create a scented floor tile
Elastomer powder modified thermoplastics (EPMT) - rubber residues processed into high quality plastics
Rubber residues from vehicle tyres have always been able to be "downcycled" to floor coverings and safety crashpads. Now, for the first time, they can be processed into high-quality plastics. A new kind of envir
Poor car sales to see European butadiene production overtake demand
European production of butadiene, the chemical required to create the synthetic rubber used for tyres, will soon overtake demand for the first time since 2000 as a result of the continent’s shrinking car industry,
Power through storage in the structure of a device
The Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), in partnership with The Functional Materials Division and Defence, Safety and Security Committee of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Aerospace, Aviation and Defence KTN, is offering a free one day workshop to consider the challen
Growth in Asia will help synthetic rubber bounce back
Asia’s weakened demand for synthetic rubbers, commonly used in tire production, is expected to recover following this year’s drop in car production, says a new report from petrochemical experts GBI Research. This
Improved low bloom and low odour instant adhesives
Loctite 403, 408 and 460 are three improved instant adhesives from Henkel that can be used for bonding virtually any materials.
Three new ways to protect aircraft against wing icing
When ice builds-up on the wings of aircrafts, it drives up costs and impedes safety – and in the worst case scenario, could even cause an aircraft to crash. At the ILA Berlin Air Show, researchers demonstrated new ways to keep ice off of the aircraft's wings.
Creating materials on the fly with multi-jet 3D printers
Multi-jet 3D printing is one of the available rapid prototyping technologies. Objet’s technology lets multiple photopolymer materials be printed simultaneously, including ones created "on the fly,’ says Zehavit B. Reisin, Head of Consumables Line of Business, Objet.
Low Thermal Expansion Epoxy Passes NASA Low Outgassing Tests
Formulated with a special blend of polymeric and inorganic materials, Master Bond EP30LTE-LO features unparalleled dimensional stability and sets new standards of performance for bonding, sealing, casting and coating applications in the aerospace, electrical, electronic, chemical, optical, and compu
Award-winning tough coated piston ring combines low wear and low friction in a single application
Federal-Mogul has received two prestigious Automotive News PACE awards in this year
High performance bumps stops contribute to pedestrian safety
Driver influence is a key cause of pedestrian-related injuries, but car design has a huge impact on the severity of those injuries. Reducing pedestrian injuries is a priority for the automotive industry, and specialist automotive design and manufacturing companies, such as Trelleborg Automotive are
White reflective elastomeric roof coatings reduce overheating in buildings
After many years of study into the indoor temperature effects of direct sunlight, Dow Construction Chemicals will use the platform of 2011 European Coatings Show (ECS 2011) to announce latest developments in their
Epoxy adhesive cures at room temperature, yet withstands cryogenic conditions
Polymer System EP37-3FLF is an optically clear, two component epoxy which has exceptional resistance to cryogenic temperatures and severe thermal cycling. Its low exotherm also makes it a superb potting, encapsulating and casting system, especially where wider cross section thicknesses are specified
Materials advance reduces carbon footprint of key transmissi​on component
Federal-Mogul has developed a clever elastomeric compound that makes the production of its Unipiston bonded hydraulic clutch pistons more energy-efficient. The component is used in most automatic and dual-clutch t
MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) being used in oil pipeline cleaning tools
Roplast, the German designer and manufacturer of oil pipeline cleaning tools, is using MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) from Huntsman Polyurethanes to help keep some of the world
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
Rubber material based on bio-renewable polymer for fluid applications
The bio-renewable rubber, for which development by Freudenberg began in 2012, is made from polymer which has its beginnings with sugarcane. The sugarcane-produced ethanol is then converted into ethylene, which for
Automotive EMI shielding: silicone gels enable lighter structures
Although EMI and thermal issues have been prevalent in the military and aerospace sectors for many years, the rapid development and evolution of both automotive electronics and vehicle electric drive systems means that Chomerics is witnessing increasing numbers of automotive industry customers seeki
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
Hybrid adhesive for labelling custom durable goods
Avery Dennison has introduced a hybrid adhesive called S8039 for durable goods labelling. Available via the Mix & Match service, it allows a choice from a wide range of different face-materials and release liners, meeting very specific product application needs. The Avery Dennison Mix & Match servic
End-of-life tyre rubber converted to Micronized Rubber Powder (MRP)
Connell Brothers (CBC), distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients in the Asia-Pacific region, has partnered with Lehigh Technologies, to market Lehigh's PolyDyne micronized rubber powders (MRP) to the ty
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Versatile colour multi-material 3D printer uses digital materials constructed on the fly
The Objet500 Connex3 Colour Multi-material 3D Printer features an unique triple-jetting technology that combines droplets of three base materials to produce parts with virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible, and transparent colour materials as well as colour digital materials - all in a
Packed conference programme for polyurethanes industry
The UTECH North America event has announced details of its packed two-day conference programme, taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring 46 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developm
RNA sequencing and protein studies create novel elastomeric materials
A wide range of biologically inspired materials may now be possible by combining protein studies, materials science and RNA sequencing, according to an international team of researchers at Penn State University.
Carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics combine chemical resistance with strength and stiffness
RTP has developed customised thermoplastic compounds in over 60 different engineering resin systems for applications requiring colour, conductive, elastomeric, flame retardant, high temperature, structural, and we
Toughened two-component epoxy is optically clear and resists thermal cycling
Master Bond EP38CL has been developed for bonding, sealing, coating and encapsulation applications that require toughness and durability. With a Shore D hardness exceeding 75, its toughness is a unique property that imparts resistance to rigorous thermal cycling, impact and mechanical shock.
Thermoplastic elastomers helped to grow by soft-touch applications
The thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) market has been forecast to reach a value of approximately $14.96 billion during 2013, driven by ongoing product innovation, allowing them to continue to displace traditional
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in just two hours, fully recovering its mechanical properties.
Pickout cam allows for lengthy side-action pulls
Protomold has increased its capabilities to support longer side-action pulls, or pickout cams. Where at one time, the maximum length for side actions was limited to 74mm, extensions are now offered up to 200mm dependent on the geometry of the mould. The original cam is still used to facilitate the e
Thermally conductive two-component silicone meets UL 94V-0 spec for flame retardancy
In addition to typical silicone properties such as flexibility and high temperature resistance, Master Bond MasterSil 156 passes the rigorous UL 94V-0 tests for flame retardancy. This two part silicone system is addition cured and does not require exposure to air for complete cross-linking. It has a
Vapour permeability tested in minutes for pumps, meters and valves
Every home, office and factory already has numerous pumps, meters and flow valves as they are used in applications ranging from dishwashers to artificial hearts, many of them use materials that are excellent at keeping liquids out, but then perform poorly simply because they provide a poor barrier t
Quartz-filled two-component epoxy features high temperature and chemical resistance
Master Bond Supreme 45HTQ is a thermally stable, two-component, quartz-filled epoxy system. It features exceptional abrasion and chemical resistant properties. It will withstand exposure to petrochemicals, acids, bases and solvents. It retains its performance profile at elevated temperatures up to +
Low viscosity, two-component epoxy has extended working life and low exotherm
Suitable for large castings, Master Bond EP21LVSP6 combines a low viscosity and low exotherm with a working life of 3 to 5 hours. It can also be used for bonding, sealing and coating applications in aerospace, electronic, electrical, optical and other specialty industries.
Cellulose fibre-reinforced polypropylene compounds for eco-friendly durables
RTP has unveiled the latest addition to its Eco Solutions product portfolio with a new line of custom cellulose fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP) compounds. These compounds, which utilise Weyerhaeuser's Thrive renewable cellulose fibre extracted from trees grown in sustainably managed forests, wi
Interlaced Elastomer Networks basis of structural adhesive range
Aderis is launching what it claims to be the first line of hybrid structural adhesives, called INES (for INterlaced Elastomer NetworkS). The new adhesives offer high structural and damping performance, the first t
Video File: Addition-cured silicone meets specifications for biocompatibility and cytoxicity
Master Bond MasterSil 153Med is a two component, medical grade silicone adhesive that resists temperatures up to 400F. Formulated for medical device applications, MasterSil 153Med passes USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 testing.
Laser-markable compound preferred to in-mould decoration in cable tie tool
Custom injection moulder New Berlin Plastics was recently approached by HellermannTyton, a manufacturer of high-quality cable management products, for in help producing an innovative cable tie tool. The material needed to be strong enough for the small teeth on the tool’s plastic tension knob, and b
Large format multi-material prototypes from additive layer process
Large multi-material prototypes created directly from 3D CAD designs with a build chamber volume up to 1000 x 800 x 500 mm and produced from a choice of over 120 different materials can now be created from the latest wide format Objet 1000 3D printer now available through SYS Systems of Foston in De
Radiopaque catheters use polyether-block-amide thermoplastic elastomer (PEBA)
When Plásticos y Materias Primas (PyMPSA), a Mexican manufacturer of medical devices and components, wanted to develop a new catheter for epidural anesthesia, it specified a biocompatible nylon material that was radiopaque so it could be readily observed during x-ray imaging to ensure proper placeme
Mould sealants and adhesives for high-gloss plastic components with complex mould geometries
The Frekote products that Henkel will exhibit at the JEC Composites fair are highly efficient for complex mould geometries. During the exhibition centring on the composites industry, which takes place from 12 to 14 March 2013 in Paris, the adhesives manufacturer is presenting its product portfolio f
Licensed manufacture of nylon-bondable TPV compounds now underway
RTP has licensed manufacturing rights from ExxonMobil Chemical for their patented Santoprene TP(thermoplastic vulcanizate) nylon-bondable thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) product line. RTP has begun producing the pr
Optically clear, two-component urethane-modified epoxy gel offers dimensional stability
Featuring softness and resilience, Master Bond Super Gel 9 is a urethane modified epoxy gel that can be employed in a variety of applications. Some of the most common include the encapsulation of sensitive electronic parts and sealing optical components. This multifunctional system is also widely us
Long-lasting PMPS fragrance added to polymer-based materials
Exilica has developed and patented a technology which allows long-lasting fragrances to be manufactured into a variety of plastics and other polymer-based materials. The company recently collaborated with Birmingham-based Barkley Plastics and fragrance firm Seven Scent to create a scented floor tile
Elastomer powder modified thermoplastics (EPMT) - rubber residues processed into high quality plastics
Rubber residues from vehicle tyres have always been able to be "downcycled" to floor coverings and safety crashpads. Now, for the first time, they can be processed into high-quality plastics. A new kind of envir
Poor car sales to see European butadiene production overtake demand
European production of butadiene, the chemical required to create the synthetic rubber used for tyres, will soon overtake demand for the first time since 2000 as a result of the continent’s shrinking car industry,
Power through storage in the structure of a device
The Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), in partnership with The Functional Materials Division and Defence, Safety and Security Committee of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Aerospace, Aviation and Defence KTN, is offering a free one day workshop to consider the challen
Growth in Asia will help synthetic rubber bounce back
Asia’s weakened demand for synthetic rubbers, commonly used in tire production, is expected to recover following this year’s drop in car production, says a new report from petrochemical experts GBI Research. This
Improved low bloom and low odour instant adhesives
Loctite 403, 408 and 460 are three improved instant adhesives from Henkel that can be used for bonding virtually any materials.
Three new ways to protect aircraft against wing icing
When ice builds-up on the wings of aircrafts, it drives up costs and impedes safety – and in the worst case scenario, could even cause an aircraft to crash. At the ILA Berlin Air Show, researchers demonstrated new ways to keep ice off of the aircraft's wings.
Creating materials on the fly with multi-jet 3D printers
Multi-jet 3D printing is one of the available rapid prototyping technologies. Objet’s technology lets multiple photopolymer materials be printed simultaneously, including ones created "on the fly,’ says Zehavit B. Reisin, Head of Consumables Line of Business, Objet.
Low Thermal Expansion Epoxy Passes NASA Low Outgassing Tests
Formulated with a special blend of polymeric and inorganic materials, Master Bond EP30LTE-LO features unparalleled dimensional stability and sets new standards of performance for bonding, sealing, casting and coating applications in the aerospace, electrical, electronic, chemical, optical, and compu
Award-winning tough coated piston ring combines low wear and low friction in a single application
Federal-Mogul has received two prestigious Automotive News PACE awards in this year
High performance bumps stops contribute to pedestrian safety
Driver influence is a key cause of pedestrian-related injuries, but car design has a huge impact on the severity of those injuries. Reducing pedestrian injuries is a priority for the automotive industry, and specialist automotive design and manufacturing companies, such as Trelleborg Automotive are
White reflective elastomeric roof coatings reduce overheating in buildings
After many years of study into the indoor temperature effects of direct sunlight, Dow Construction Chemicals will use the platform of 2011 European Coatings Show (ECS 2011) to announce latest developments in their
Epoxy adhesive cures at room temperature, yet withstands cryogenic conditions
Polymer System EP37-3FLF is an optically clear, two component epoxy which has exceptional resistance to cryogenic temperatures and severe thermal cycling. Its low exotherm also makes it a superb potting, encapsulating and casting system, especially where wider cross section thicknesses are specified
Materials advance reduces carbon footprint of key transmissi​on component
Federal-Mogul has developed a clever elastomeric compound that makes the production of its Unipiston bonded hydraulic clutch pistons more energy-efficient. The component is used in most automatic and dual-clutch t
MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) being used in oil pipeline cleaning tools
Roplast, the German designer and manufacturer of oil pipeline cleaning tools, is using MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) from Huntsman Polyurethanes to help keep some of the world
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
Rubber material based on bio-renewable polymer for fluid applications
The bio-renewable rubber, for which development by Freudenberg began in 2012, is made from polymer which has its beginnings with sugarcane. The sugarcane-produced ethanol is then converted into ethylene, which for
Automotive EMI shielding: silicone gels enable lighter structures
Although EMI and thermal issues have been prevalent in the military and aerospace sectors for many years, the rapid development and evolution of both automotive electronics and vehicle electric drive systems means that Chomerics is witnessing increasing numbers of automotive industry customers seeki
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
Hybrid adhesive for labelling custom durable goods
Avery Dennison has introduced a hybrid adhesive called S8039 for durable goods labelling. Available via the Mix & Match service, it allows a choice from a wide range of different face-materials and release liners, meeting very specific product application needs. The Avery Dennison Mix & Match servic
End-of-life tyre rubber converted to Micronized Rubber Powder (MRP)
Connell Brothers (CBC), distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients in the Asia-Pacific region, has partnered with Lehigh Technologies, to market Lehigh's PolyDyne micronized rubber powders (MRP) to the ty
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Versatile colour multi-material 3D printer uses digital materials constructed on the fly
The Objet500 Connex3 Colour Multi-material 3D Printer features an unique triple-jetting technology that combines droplets of three base materials to produce parts with virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible, and transparent colour materials as well as colour digital materials - all in a
Packed conference programme for polyurethanes industry
The UTECH North America event has announced details of its packed two-day conference programme, taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring 46 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developm
RNA sequencing and protein studies create novel elastomeric materials
A wide range of biologically inspired materials may now be possible by combining protein studies, materials science and RNA sequencing, according to an international team of researchers at Penn State University.
Carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics combine chemical resistance with strength and stiffness
RTP has developed customised thermoplastic compounds in over 60 different engineering resin systems for applications requiring colour, conductive, elastomeric, flame retardant, high temperature, structural, and we
Toughened two-component epoxy is optically clear and resists thermal cycling
Master Bond EP38CL has been developed for bonding, sealing, coating and encapsulation applications that require toughness and durability. With a Shore D hardness exceeding 75, its toughness is a unique property that imparts resistance to rigorous thermal cycling, impact and mechanical shock.
Thermoplastic elastomers helped to grow by soft-touch applications
The thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) market has been forecast to reach a value of approximately $14.96 billion during 2013, driven by ongoing product innovation, allowing them to continue to displace traditional
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in just two hours, fully recovering its mechanical properties.
Pickout cam allows for lengthy side-action pulls
Protomold has increased its capabilities to support longer side-action pulls, or pickout cams. Where at one time, the maximum length for side actions was limited to 74mm, extensions are now offered up to 200mm dependent on the geometry of the mould. The original cam is still used to facilitate the e
Thermally conductive two-component silicone meets UL 94V-0 spec for flame retardancy
In addition to typical silicone properties such as flexibility and high temperature resistance, Master Bond MasterSil 156 passes the rigorous UL 94V-0 tests for flame retardancy. This two part silicone system is addition cured and does not require exposure to air for complete cross-linking. It has a
Vapour permeability tested in minutes for pumps, meters and valves
Every home, office and factory already has numerous pumps, meters and flow valves as they are used in applications ranging from dishwashers to artificial hearts, many of them use materials that are excellent at keeping liquids out, but then perform poorly simply because they provide a poor barrier t
Quartz-filled two-component epoxy features high temperature and chemical resistance
Master Bond Supreme 45HTQ is a thermally stable, two-component, quartz-filled epoxy system. It features exceptional abrasion and chemical resistant properties. It will withstand exposure to petrochemicals, acids, bases and solvents. It retains its performance profile at elevated temperatures up to +
Low viscosity, two-component epoxy has extended working life and low exotherm
Suitable for large castings, Master Bond EP21LVSP6 combines a low viscosity and low exotherm with a working life of 3 to 5 hours. It can also be used for bonding, sealing and coating applications in aerospace, electronic, electrical, optical and other specialty industries.
Cellulose fibre-reinforced polypropylene compounds for eco-friendly durables
RTP has unveiled the latest addition to its Eco Solutions product portfolio with a new line of custom cellulose fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP) compounds. These compounds, which utilise Weyerhaeuser's Thrive renewable cellulose fibre extracted from trees grown in sustainably managed forests, wi
Interlaced Elastomer Networks basis of structural adhesive range
Aderis is launching what it claims to be the first line of hybrid structural adhesives, called INES (for INterlaced Elastomer NetworkS). The new adhesives offer high structural and damping performance, the first t
Video File: Addition-cured silicone meets specifications for biocompatibility and cytoxicity
Master Bond MasterSil 153Med is a two component, medical grade silicone adhesive that resists temperatures up to 400F. Formulated for medical device applications, MasterSil 153Med passes USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 testing.
Laser-markable compound preferred to in-mould decoration in cable tie tool
Custom injection moulder New Berlin Plastics was recently approached by HellermannTyton, a manufacturer of high-quality cable management products, for in help producing an innovative cable tie tool. The material needed to be strong enough for the small teeth on the tool’s plastic tension knob, and b
Large format multi-material prototypes from additive layer process
Large multi-material prototypes created directly from 3D CAD designs with a build chamber volume up to 1000 x 800 x 500 mm and produced from a choice of over 120 different materials can now be created from the latest wide format Objet 1000 3D printer now available through SYS Systems of Foston in De
Radiopaque catheters use polyether-block-amide thermoplastic elastomer (PEBA)
When Plásticos y Materias Primas (PyMPSA), a Mexican manufacturer of medical devices and components, wanted to develop a new catheter for epidural anesthesia, it specified a biocompatible nylon material that was radiopaque so it could be readily observed during x-ray imaging to ensure proper placeme
Mould sealants and adhesives for high-gloss plastic components with complex mould geometries
The Frekote products that Henkel will exhibit at the JEC Composites fair are highly efficient for complex mould geometries. During the exhibition centring on the composites industry, which takes place from 12 to 14 March 2013 in Paris, the adhesives manufacturer is presenting its product portfolio f
Licensed manufacture of nylon-bondable TPV compounds now underway
RTP has licensed manufacturing rights from ExxonMobil Chemical for their patented Santoprene TP(thermoplastic vulcanizate) nylon-bondable thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) product line. RTP has begun producing the pr
Optically clear, two-component urethane-modified epoxy gel offers dimensional stability
Featuring softness and resilience, Master Bond Super Gel 9 is a urethane modified epoxy gel that can be employed in a variety of applications. Some of the most common include the encapsulation of sensitive electronic parts and sealing optical components. This multifunctional system is also widely us
Long-lasting PMPS fragrance added to polymer-based materials
Exilica has developed and patented a technology which allows long-lasting fragrances to be manufactured into a variety of plastics and other polymer-based materials. The company recently collaborated with Birmingham-based Barkley Plastics and fragrance firm Seven Scent to create a scented floor tile
Elastomer powder modified thermoplastics (EPMT) - rubber residues processed into high quality plastics
Rubber residues from vehicle tyres have always been able to be "downcycled" to floor coverings and safety crashpads. Now, for the first time, they can be processed into high-quality plastics. A new kind of envir
Poor car sales to see European butadiene production overtake demand
European production of butadiene, the chemical required to create the synthetic rubber used for tyres, will soon overtake demand for the first time since 2000 as a result of the continent’s shrinking car industry,
Power through storage in the structure of a device
The Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), in partnership with The Functional Materials Division and Defence, Safety and Security Committee of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Aerospace, Aviation and Defence KTN, is offering a free one day workshop to consider the challen
Growth in Asia will help synthetic rubber bounce back
Asia’s weakened demand for synthetic rubbers, commonly used in tire production, is expected to recover following this year’s drop in car production, says a new report from petrochemical experts GBI Research. This
Improved low bloom and low odour instant adhesives
Loctite 403, 408 and 460 are three improved instant adhesives from Henkel that can be used for bonding virtually any materials.
Three new ways to protect aircraft against wing icing
When ice builds-up on the wings of aircrafts, it drives up costs and impedes safety – and in the worst case scenario, could even cause an aircraft to crash. At the ILA Berlin Air Show, researchers demonstrated new ways to keep ice off of the aircraft's wings.
Creating materials on the fly with multi-jet 3D printers
Multi-jet 3D printing is one of the available rapid prototyping technologies. Objet’s technology lets multiple photopolymer materials be printed simultaneously, including ones created "on the fly,’ says Zehavit B. Reisin, Head of Consumables Line of Business, Objet.
Low Thermal Expansion Epoxy Passes NASA Low Outgassing Tests
Formulated with a special blend of polymeric and inorganic materials, Master Bond EP30LTE-LO features unparalleled dimensional stability and sets new standards of performance for bonding, sealing, casting and coating applications in the aerospace, electrical, electronic, chemical, optical, and compu
Award-winning tough coated piston ring combines low wear and low friction in a single application
Federal-Mogul has received two prestigious Automotive News PACE awards in this year
High performance bumps stops contribute to pedestrian safety
Driver influence is a key cause of pedestrian-related injuries, but car design has a huge impact on the severity of those injuries. Reducing pedestrian injuries is a priority for the automotive industry, and specialist automotive design and manufacturing companies, such as Trelleborg Automotive are
White reflective elastomeric roof coatings reduce overheating in buildings
After many years of study into the indoor temperature effects of direct sunlight, Dow Construction Chemicals will use the platform of 2011 European Coatings Show (ECS 2011) to announce latest developments in their
Epoxy adhesive cures at room temperature, yet withstands cryogenic conditions
Polymer System EP37-3FLF is an optically clear, two component epoxy which has exceptional resistance to cryogenic temperatures and severe thermal cycling. Its low exotherm also makes it a superb potting, encapsulating and casting system, especially where wider cross section thicknesses are specified
Materials advance reduces carbon footprint of key transmissi​on component
Federal-Mogul has developed a clever elastomeric compound that makes the production of its Unipiston bonded hydraulic clutch pistons more energy-efficient. The component is used in most automatic and dual-clutch t
MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) being used in oil pipeline cleaning tools
Roplast, the German designer and manufacturer of oil pipeline cleaning tools, is using MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) from Huntsman Polyurethanes to help keep some of the world
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
Rubber material based on bio-renewable polymer for fluid applications
The bio-renewable rubber, for which development by Freudenberg began in 2012, is made from polymer which has its beginnings with sugarcane. The sugarcane-produced ethanol is then converted into ethylene, which for
Automotive EMI shielding: silicone gels enable lighter structures
Although EMI and thermal issues have been prevalent in the military and aerospace sectors for many years, the rapid development and evolution of both automotive electronics and vehicle electric drive systems means that Chomerics is witnessing increasing numbers of automotive industry customers seeki
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
Hybrid adhesive for labelling custom durable goods
Avery Dennison has introduced a hybrid adhesive called S8039 for durable goods labelling. Available via the Mix & Match service, it allows a choice from a wide range of different face-materials and release liners, meeting very specific product application needs. The Avery Dennison Mix & Match servic
End-of-life tyre rubber converted to Micronized Rubber Powder (MRP)
Connell Brothers (CBC), distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients in the Asia-Pacific region, has partnered with Lehigh Technologies, to market Lehigh's PolyDyne micronized rubber powders (MRP) to the ty
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Versatile colour multi-material 3D printer uses digital materials constructed on the fly
The Objet500 Connex3 Colour Multi-material 3D Printer features an unique triple-jetting technology that combines droplets of three base materials to produce parts with virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible, and transparent colour materials as well as colour digital materials - all in a
Packed conference programme for polyurethanes industry
The UTECH North America event has announced details of its packed two-day conference programme, taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring 46 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developm
RNA sequencing and protein studies create novel elastomeric materials
A wide range of biologically inspired materials may now be possible by combining protein studies, materials science and RNA sequencing, according to an international team of researchers at Penn State University.
Carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics combine chemical resistance with strength and stiffness
RTP has developed customised thermoplastic compounds in over 60 different engineering resin systems for applications requiring colour, conductive, elastomeric, flame retardant, high temperature, structural, and we
Toughened two-component epoxy is optically clear and resists thermal cycling
Master Bond EP38CL has been developed for bonding, sealing, coating and encapsulation applications that require toughness and durability. With a Shore D hardness exceeding 75, its toughness is a unique property that imparts resistance to rigorous thermal cycling, impact and mechanical shock.
Thermoplastic elastomers helped to grow by soft-touch applications
The thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) market has been forecast to reach a value of approximately $14.96 billion during 2013, driven by ongoing product innovation, allowing them to continue to displace traditional
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in just two hours, fully recovering its mechanical properties.
Pickout cam allows for lengthy side-action pulls
Protomold has increased its capabilities to support longer side-action pulls, or pickout cams. Where at one time, the maximum length for side actions was limited to 74mm, extensions are now offered up to 200mm dependent on the geometry of the mould. The original cam is still used to facilitate the e
Thermally conductive two-component silicone meets UL 94V-0 spec for flame retardancy
In addition to typical silicone properties such as flexibility and high temperature resistance, Master Bond MasterSil 156 passes the rigorous UL 94V-0 tests for flame retardancy. This two part silicone system is addition cured and does not require exposure to air for complete cross-linking. It has a
Vapour permeability tested in minutes for pumps, meters and valves
Every home, office and factory already has numerous pumps, meters and flow valves as they are used in applications ranging from dishwashers to artificial hearts, many of them use materials that are excellent at keeping liquids out, but then perform poorly simply because they provide a poor barrier t
Quartz-filled two-component epoxy features high temperature and chemical resistance
Master Bond Supreme 45HTQ is a thermally stable, two-component, quartz-filled epoxy system. It features exceptional abrasion and chemical resistant properties. It will withstand exposure to petrochemicals, acids, bases and solvents. It retains its performance profile at elevated temperatures up to +
Low viscosity, two-component epoxy has extended working life and low exotherm
Suitable for large castings, Master Bond EP21LVSP6 combines a low viscosity and low exotherm with a working life of 3 to 5 hours. It can also be used for bonding, sealing and coating applications in aerospace, electronic, electrical, optical and other specialty industries.
Cellulose fibre-reinforced polypropylene compounds for eco-friendly durables
RTP has unveiled the latest addition to its Eco Solutions product portfolio with a new line of custom cellulose fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP) compounds. These compounds, which utilise Weyerhaeuser's Thrive renewable cellulose fibre extracted from trees grown in sustainably managed forests, wi
Interlaced Elastomer Networks basis of structural adhesive range
Aderis is launching what it claims to be the first line of hybrid structural adhesives, called INES (for INterlaced Elastomer NetworkS). The new adhesives offer high structural and damping performance, the first t
Video File: Addition-cured silicone meets specifications for biocompatibility and cytoxicity
Master Bond MasterSil 153Med is a two component, medical grade silicone adhesive that resists temperatures up to 400F. Formulated for medical device applications, MasterSil 153Med passes USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 testing.
Laser-markable compound preferred to in-mould decoration in cable tie tool
Custom injection moulder New Berlin Plastics was recently approached by HellermannTyton, a manufacturer of high-quality cable management products, for in help producing an innovative cable tie tool. The material needed to be strong enough for the small teeth on the tool’s plastic tension knob, and b
Large format multi-material prototypes from additive layer process
Large multi-material prototypes created directly from 3D CAD designs with a build chamber volume up to 1000 x 800 x 500 mm and produced from a choice of over 120 different materials can now be created from the latest wide format Objet 1000 3D printer now available through SYS Systems of Foston in De
Radiopaque catheters use polyether-block-amide thermoplastic elastomer (PEBA)
When Plásticos y Materias Primas (PyMPSA), a Mexican manufacturer of medical devices and components, wanted to develop a new catheter for epidural anesthesia, it specified a biocompatible nylon material that was radiopaque so it could be readily observed during x-ray imaging to ensure proper placeme
Mould sealants and adhesives for high-gloss plastic components with complex mould geometries
The Frekote products that Henkel will exhibit at the JEC Composites fair are highly efficient for complex mould geometries. During the exhibition centring on the composites industry, which takes place from 12 to 14 March 2013 in Paris, the adhesives manufacturer is presenting its product portfolio f
Licensed manufacture of nylon-bondable TPV compounds now underway
RTP has licensed manufacturing rights from ExxonMobil Chemical for their patented Santoprene TP(thermoplastic vulcanizate) nylon-bondable thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) product line. RTP has begun producing the pr
Optically clear, two-component urethane-modified epoxy gel offers dimensional stability
Featuring softness and resilience, Master Bond Super Gel 9 is a urethane modified epoxy gel that can be employed in a variety of applications. Some of the most common include the encapsulation of sensitive electronic parts and sealing optical components. This multifunctional system is also widely us
Long-lasting PMPS fragrance added to polymer-based materials
Exilica has developed and patented a technology which allows long-lasting fragrances to be manufactured into a variety of plastics and other polymer-based materials. The company recently collaborated with Birmingham-based Barkley Plastics and fragrance firm Seven Scent to create a scented floor tile
Elastomer powder modified thermoplastics (EPMT) - rubber residues processed into high quality plastics
Rubber residues from vehicle tyres have always been able to be "downcycled" to floor coverings and safety crashpads. Now, for the first time, they can be processed into high-quality plastics. A new kind of envir
Poor car sales to see European butadiene production overtake demand
European production of butadiene, the chemical required to create the synthetic rubber used for tyres, will soon overtake demand for the first time since 2000 as a result of the continent’s shrinking car industry,
Power through storage in the structure of a device
The Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), in partnership with The Functional Materials Division and Defence, Safety and Security Committee of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Aerospace, Aviation and Defence KTN, is offering a free one day workshop to consider the challen
Growth in Asia will help synthetic rubber bounce back
Asia’s weakened demand for synthetic rubbers, commonly used in tire production, is expected to recover following this year’s drop in car production, says a new report from petrochemical experts GBI Research. This
Improved low bloom and low odour instant adhesives
Loctite 403, 408 and 460 are three improved instant adhesives from Henkel that can be used for bonding virtually any materials.
Three new ways to protect aircraft against wing icing
When ice builds-up on the wings of aircrafts, it drives up costs and impedes safety – and in the worst case scenario, could even cause an aircraft to crash. At the ILA Berlin Air Show, researchers demonstrated new ways to keep ice off of the aircraft's wings.
Creating materials on the fly with multi-jet 3D printers
Multi-jet 3D printing is one of the available rapid prototyping technologies. Objet’s technology lets multiple photopolymer materials be printed simultaneously, including ones created "on the fly,’ says Zehavit B. Reisin, Head of Consumables Line of Business, Objet.
Low Thermal Expansion Epoxy Passes NASA Low Outgassing Tests
Formulated with a special blend of polymeric and inorganic materials, Master Bond EP30LTE-LO features unparalleled dimensional stability and sets new standards of performance for bonding, sealing, casting and coating applications in the aerospace, electrical, electronic, chemical, optical, and compu
Award-winning tough coated piston ring combines low wear and low friction in a single application
Federal-Mogul has received two prestigious Automotive News PACE awards in this year
High performance bumps stops contribute to pedestrian safety
Driver influence is a key cause of pedestrian-related injuries, but car design has a huge impact on the severity of those injuries. Reducing pedestrian injuries is a priority for the automotive industry, and specialist automotive design and manufacturing companies, such as Trelleborg Automotive are
White reflective elastomeric roof coatings reduce overheating in buildings
After many years of study into the indoor temperature effects of direct sunlight, Dow Construction Chemicals will use the platform of 2011 European Coatings Show (ECS 2011) to announce latest developments in their
Epoxy adhesive cures at room temperature, yet withstands cryogenic conditions
Polymer System EP37-3FLF is an optically clear, two component epoxy which has exceptional resistance to cryogenic temperatures and severe thermal cycling. Its low exotherm also makes it a superb potting, encapsulating and casting system, especially where wider cross section thicknesses are specified
Materials advance reduces carbon footprint of key transmissi​on component
Federal-Mogul has developed a clever elastomeric compound that makes the production of its Unipiston bonded hydraulic clutch pistons more energy-efficient. The component is used in most automatic and dual-clutch t
MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) being used in oil pipeline cleaning tools
Roplast, the German designer and manufacturer of oil pipeline cleaning tools, is using MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) from Huntsman Polyurethanes to help keep some of the world
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
Rubber material based on bio-renewable polymer for fluid applications
The bio-renewable rubber, for which development by Freudenberg began in 2012, is made from polymer which has its beginnings with sugarcane. The sugarcane-produced ethanol is then converted into ethylene, which for
Automotive EMI shielding: silicone gels enable lighter structures
Although EMI and thermal issues have been prevalent in the military and aerospace sectors for many years, the rapid development and evolution of both automotive electronics and vehicle electric drive systems means that Chomerics is witnessing increasing numbers of automotive industry customers seeki
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
Hybrid adhesive for labelling custom durable goods
Avery Dennison has introduced a hybrid adhesive called S8039 for durable goods labelling. Available via the Mix & Match service, it allows a choice from a wide range of different face-materials and release liners, meeting very specific product application needs. The Avery Dennison Mix & Match servic
End-of-life tyre rubber converted to Micronized Rubber Powder (MRP)
Connell Brothers (CBC), distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients in the Asia-Pacific region, has partnered with Lehigh Technologies, to market Lehigh's PolyDyne micronized rubber powders (MRP) to the ty
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Versatile colour multi-material 3D printer uses digital materials constructed on the fly
The Objet500 Connex3 Colour Multi-material 3D Printer features an unique triple-jetting technology that combines droplets of three base materials to produce parts with virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible, and transparent colour materials as well as colour digital materials - all in a
Packed conference programme for polyurethanes industry
The UTECH North America event has announced details of its packed two-day conference programme, taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring 46 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developm
RNA sequencing and protein studies create novel elastomeric materials
A wide range of biologically inspired materials may now be possible by combining protein studies, materials science and RNA sequencing, according to an international team of researchers at Penn State University.
Carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics combine chemical resistance with strength and stiffness
RTP has developed customised thermoplastic compounds in over 60 different engineering resin systems for applications requiring colour, conductive, elastomeric, flame retardant, high temperature, structural, and we
Toughened two-component epoxy is optically clear and resists thermal cycling
Master Bond EP38CL has been developed for bonding, sealing, coating and encapsulation applications that require toughness and durability. With a Shore D hardness exceeding 75, its toughness is a unique property that imparts resistance to rigorous thermal cycling, impact and mechanical shock.
Thermoplastic elastomers helped to grow by soft-touch applications
The thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) market has been forecast to reach a value of approximately $14.96 billion during 2013, driven by ongoing product innovation, allowing them to continue to displace traditional
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in just two hours, fully recovering its mechanical properties.
Pickout cam allows for lengthy side-action pulls
Protomold has increased its capabilities to support longer side-action pulls, or pickout cams. Where at one time, the maximum length for side actions was limited to 74mm, extensions are now offered up to 200mm dependent on the geometry of the mould. The original cam is still used to facilitate the e
Thermally conductive two-component silicone meets UL 94V-0 spec for flame retardancy
In addition to typical silicone properties such as flexibility and high temperature resistance, Master Bond MasterSil 156 passes the rigorous UL 94V-0 tests for flame retardancy. This two part silicone system is addition cured and does not require exposure to air for complete cross-linking. It has a
Vapour permeability tested in minutes for pumps, meters and valves
Every home, office and factory already has numerous pumps, meters and flow valves as they are used in applications ranging from dishwashers to artificial hearts, many of them use materials that are excellent at keeping liquids out, but then perform poorly simply because they provide a poor barrier t
Quartz-filled two-component epoxy features high temperature and chemical resistance
Master Bond Supreme 45HTQ is a thermally stable, two-component, quartz-filled epoxy system. It features exceptional abrasion and chemical resistant properties. It will withstand exposure to petrochemicals, acids, bases and solvents. It retains its performance profile at elevated temperatures up to +
Low viscosity, two-component epoxy has extended working life and low exotherm
Suitable for large castings, Master Bond EP21LVSP6 combines a low viscosity and low exotherm with a working life of 3 to 5 hours. It can also be used for bonding, sealing and coating applications in aerospace, electronic, electrical, optical and other specialty industries.
Cellulose fibre-reinforced polypropylene compounds for eco-friendly durables
RTP has unveiled the latest addition to its Eco Solutions product portfolio with a new line of custom cellulose fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP) compounds. These compounds, which utilise Weyerhaeuser's Thrive renewable cellulose fibre extracted from trees grown in sustainably managed forests, wi
Interlaced Elastomer Networks basis of structural adhesive range
Aderis is launching what it claims to be the first line of hybrid structural adhesives, called INES (for INterlaced Elastomer NetworkS). The new adhesives offer high structural and damping performance, the first t
Video File: Addition-cured silicone meets specifications for biocompatibility and cytoxicity
Master Bond MasterSil 153Med is a two component, medical grade silicone adhesive that resists temperatures up to 400F. Formulated for medical device applications, MasterSil 153Med passes USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 testing.
Laser-markable compound preferred to in-mould decoration in cable tie tool
Custom injection moulder New Berlin Plastics was recently approached by HellermannTyton, a manufacturer of high-quality cable management products, for in help producing an innovative cable tie tool. The material needed to be strong enough for the small teeth on the tool’s plastic tension knob, and b
Large format multi-material prototypes from additive layer process
Large multi-material prototypes created directly from 3D CAD designs with a build chamber volume up to 1000 x 800 x 500 mm and produced from a choice of over 120 different materials can now be created from the latest wide format Objet 1000 3D printer now available through SYS Systems of Foston in De
Radiopaque catheters use polyether-block-amide thermoplastic elastomer (PEBA)
When Plásticos y Materias Primas (PyMPSA), a Mexican manufacturer of medical devices and components, wanted to develop a new catheter for epidural anesthesia, it specified a biocompatible nylon material that was radiopaque so it could be readily observed during x-ray imaging to ensure proper placeme
Mould sealants and adhesives for high-gloss plastic components with complex mould geometries
The Frekote products that Henkel will exhibit at the JEC Composites fair are highly efficient for complex mould geometries. During the exhibition centring on the composites industry, which takes place from 12 to 14 March 2013 in Paris, the adhesives manufacturer is presenting its product portfolio f
Licensed manufacture of nylon-bondable TPV compounds now underway
RTP has licensed manufacturing rights from ExxonMobil Chemical for their patented Santoprene TP(thermoplastic vulcanizate) nylon-bondable thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) product line. RTP has begun producing the pr
Optically clear, two-component urethane-modified epoxy gel offers dimensional stability
Featuring softness and resilience, Master Bond Super Gel 9 is a urethane modified epoxy gel that can be employed in a variety of applications. Some of the most common include the encapsulation of sensitive electronic parts and sealing optical components. This multifunctional system is also widely us
Long-lasting PMPS fragrance added to polymer-based materials
Exilica has developed and patented a technology which allows long-lasting fragrances to be manufactured into a variety of plastics and other polymer-based materials. The company recently collaborated with Birmingham-based Barkley Plastics and fragrance firm Seven Scent to create a scented floor tile
Elastomer powder modified thermoplastics (EPMT) - rubber residues processed into high quality plastics
Rubber residues from vehicle tyres have always been able to be "downcycled" to floor coverings and safety crashpads. Now, for the first time, they can be processed into high-quality plastics. A new kind of envir
Poor car sales to see European butadiene production overtake demand
European production of butadiene, the chemical required to create the synthetic rubber used for tyres, will soon overtake demand for the first time since 2000 as a result of the continent’s shrinking car industry,
Power through storage in the structure of a device
The Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), in partnership with The Functional Materials Division and Defence, Safety and Security Committee of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Aerospace, Aviation and Defence KTN, is offering a free one day workshop to consider the challen
Growth in Asia will help synthetic rubber bounce back
Asia’s weakened demand for synthetic rubbers, commonly used in tire production, is expected to recover following this year’s drop in car production, says a new report from petrochemical experts GBI Research. This
Improved low bloom and low odour instant adhesives
Loctite 403, 408 and 460 are three improved instant adhesives from Henkel that can be used for bonding virtually any materials.
Three new ways to protect aircraft against wing icing
When ice builds-up on the wings of aircrafts, it drives up costs and impedes safety – and in the worst case scenario, could even cause an aircraft to crash. At the ILA Berlin Air Show, researchers demonstrated new ways to keep ice off of the aircraft's wings.
Creating materials on the fly with multi-jet 3D printers
Multi-jet 3D printing is one of the available rapid prototyping technologies. Objet’s technology lets multiple photopolymer materials be printed simultaneously, including ones created "on the fly,’ says Zehavit B. Reisin, Head of Consumables Line of Business, Objet.
Low Thermal Expansion Epoxy Passes NASA Low Outgassing Tests
Formulated with a special blend of polymeric and inorganic materials, Master Bond EP30LTE-LO features unparalleled dimensional stability and sets new standards of performance for bonding, sealing, casting and coating applications in the aerospace, electrical, electronic, chemical, optical, and compu
Award-winning tough coated piston ring combines low wear and low friction in a single application
Federal-Mogul has received two prestigious Automotive News PACE awards in this year
High performance bumps stops contribute to pedestrian safety
Driver influence is a key cause of pedestrian-related injuries, but car design has a huge impact on the severity of those injuries. Reducing pedestrian injuries is a priority for the automotive industry, and specialist automotive design and manufacturing companies, such as Trelleborg Automotive are
White reflective elastomeric roof coatings reduce overheating in buildings
After many years of study into the indoor temperature effects of direct sunlight, Dow Construction Chemicals will use the platform of 2011 European Coatings Show (ECS 2011) to announce latest developments in their
Epoxy adhesive cures at room temperature, yet withstands cryogenic conditions
Polymer System EP37-3FLF is an optically clear, two component epoxy which has exceptional resistance to cryogenic temperatures and severe thermal cycling. Its low exotherm also makes it a superb potting, encapsulating and casting system, especially where wider cross section thicknesses are specified
Materials advance reduces carbon footprint of key transmissi​on component
Federal-Mogul has developed a clever elastomeric compound that makes the production of its Unipiston bonded hydraulic clutch pistons more energy-efficient. The component is used in most automatic and dual-clutch t
MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) being used in oil pipeline cleaning tools
Roplast, the German designer and manufacturer of oil pipeline cleaning tools, is using MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) from Huntsman Polyurethanes to help keep some of the world
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
Rubber material based on bio-renewable polymer for fluid applications
The bio-renewable rubber, for which development by Freudenberg began in 2012, is made from polymer which has its beginnings with sugarcane. The sugarcane-produced ethanol is then converted into ethylene, which for
Automotive EMI shielding: silicone gels enable lighter structures
Although EMI and thermal issues have been prevalent in the military and aerospace sectors for many years, the rapid development and evolution of both automotive electronics and vehicle electric drive systems means that Chomerics is witnessing increasing numbers of automotive industry customers seeki
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
Hybrid adhesive for labelling custom durable goods
Avery Dennison has introduced a hybrid adhesive called S8039 for durable goods labelling. Available via the Mix & Match service, it allows a choice from a wide range of different face-materials and release liners, meeting very specific product application needs. The Avery Dennison Mix & Match servic
End-of-life tyre rubber converted to Micronized Rubber Powder (MRP)
Connell Brothers (CBC), distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients in the Asia-Pacific region, has partnered with Lehigh Technologies, to market Lehigh's PolyDyne micronized rubber powders (MRP) to the ty
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Versatile colour multi-material 3D printer uses digital materials constructed on the fly
The Objet500 Connex3 Colour Multi-material 3D Printer features an unique triple-jetting technology that combines droplets of three base materials to produce parts with virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible, and transparent colour materials as well as colour digital materials - all in a
Packed conference programme for polyurethanes industry
The UTECH North America event has announced details of its packed two-day conference programme, taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring 46 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developm
RNA sequencing and protein studies create novel elastomeric materials
A wide range of biologically inspired materials may now be possible by combining protein studies, materials science and RNA sequencing, according to an international team of researchers at Penn State University.
Carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics combine chemical resistance with strength and stiffness
RTP has developed customised thermoplastic compounds in over 60 different engineering resin systems for applications requiring colour, conductive, elastomeric, flame retardant, high temperature, structural, and we
Toughened two-component epoxy is optically clear and resists thermal cycling
Master Bond EP38CL has been developed for bonding, sealing, coating and encapsulation applications that require toughness and durability. With a Shore D hardness exceeding 75, its toughness is a unique property that imparts resistance to rigorous thermal cycling, impact and mechanical shock.
Thermoplastic elastomers helped to grow by soft-touch applications
The thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) market has been forecast to reach a value of approximately $14.96 billion during 2013, driven by ongoing product innovation, allowing them to continue to displace traditional
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in just two hours, fully recovering its mechanical properties.
Pickout cam allows for lengthy side-action pulls
Protomold has increased its capabilities to support longer side-action pulls, or pickout cams. Where at one time, the maximum length for side actions was limited to 74mm, extensions are now offered up to 200mm dependent on the geometry of the mould. The original cam is still used to facilitate the e
Thermally conductive two-component silicone meets UL 94V-0 spec for flame retardancy
In addition to typical silicone properties such as flexibility and high temperature resistance, Master Bond MasterSil 156 passes the rigorous UL 94V-0 tests for flame retardancy. This two part silicone system is addition cured and does not require exposure to air for complete cross-linking. It has a
Vapour permeability tested in minutes for pumps, meters and valves
Every home, office and factory already has numerous pumps, meters and flow valves as they are used in applications ranging from dishwashers to artificial hearts, many of them use materials that are excellent at keeping liquids out, but then perform poorly simply because they provide a poor barrier t
Quartz-filled two-component epoxy features high temperature and chemical resistance
Master Bond Supreme 45HTQ is a thermally stable, two-component, quartz-filled epoxy system. It features exceptional abrasion and chemical resistant properties. It will withstand exposure to petrochemicals, acids, bases and solvents. It retains its performance profile at elevated temperatures up to +
Low viscosity, two-component epoxy has extended working life and low exotherm
Suitable for large castings, Master Bond EP21LVSP6 combines a low viscosity and low exotherm with a working life of 3 to 5 hours. It can also be used for bonding, sealing and coating applications in aerospace, electronic, electrical, optical and other specialty industries.
Cellulose fibre-reinforced polypropylene compounds for eco-friendly durables
RTP has unveiled the latest addition to its Eco Solutions product portfolio with a new line of custom cellulose fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP) compounds. These compounds, which utilise Weyerhaeuser's Thrive renewable cellulose fibre extracted from trees grown in sustainably managed forests, wi
Interlaced Elastomer Networks basis of structural adhesive range
Aderis is launching what it claims to be the first line of hybrid structural adhesives, called INES (for INterlaced Elastomer NetworkS). The new adhesives offer high structural and damping performance, the first t
Video File: Addition-cured silicone meets specifications for biocompatibility and cytoxicity
Master Bond MasterSil 153Med is a two component, medical grade silicone adhesive that resists temperatures up to 400F. Formulated for medical device applications, MasterSil 153Med passes USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 testing.
Laser-markable compound preferred to in-mould decoration in cable tie tool
Custom injection moulder New Berlin Plastics was recently approached by HellermannTyton, a manufacturer of high-quality cable management products, for in help producing an innovative cable tie tool. The material needed to be strong enough for the small teeth on the tool’s plastic tension knob, and b
Large format multi-material prototypes from additive layer process
Large multi-material prototypes created directly from 3D CAD designs with a build chamber volume up to 1000 x 800 x 500 mm and produced from a choice of over 120 different materials can now be created from the latest wide format Objet 1000 3D printer now available through SYS Systems of Foston in De
Radiopaque catheters use polyether-block-amide thermoplastic elastomer (PEBA)
When Plásticos y Materias Primas (PyMPSA), a Mexican manufacturer of medical devices and components, wanted to develop a new catheter for epidural anesthesia, it specified a biocompatible nylon material that was radiopaque so it could be readily observed during x-ray imaging to ensure proper placeme
Mould sealants and adhesives for high-gloss plastic components with complex mould geometries
The Frekote products that Henkel will exhibit at the JEC Composites fair are highly efficient for complex mould geometries. During the exhibition centring on the composites industry, which takes place from 12 to 14 March 2013 in Paris, the adhesives manufacturer is presenting its product portfolio f
Licensed manufacture of nylon-bondable TPV compounds now underway
RTP has licensed manufacturing rights from ExxonMobil Chemical for their patented Santoprene TP(thermoplastic vulcanizate) nylon-bondable thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) product line. RTP has begun producing the pr
Optically clear, two-component urethane-modified epoxy gel offers dimensional stability
Featuring softness and resilience, Master Bond Super Gel 9 is a urethane modified epoxy gel that can be employed in a variety of applications. Some of the most common include the encapsulation of sensitive electronic parts and sealing optical components. This multifunctional system is also widely us
Long-lasting PMPS fragrance added to polymer-based materials
Exilica has developed and patented a technology which allows long-lasting fragrances to be manufactured into a variety of plastics and other polymer-based materials. The company recently collaborated with Birmingham-based Barkley Plastics and fragrance firm Seven Scent to create a scented floor tile
Elastomer powder modified thermoplastics (EPMT) - rubber residues processed into high quality plastics
Rubber residues from vehicle tyres have always been able to be "downcycled" to floor coverings and safety crashpads. Now, for the first time, they can be processed into high-quality plastics. A new kind of envir
Poor car sales to see European butadiene production overtake demand
European production of butadiene, the chemical required to create the synthetic rubber used for tyres, will soon overtake demand for the first time since 2000 as a result of the continent’s shrinking car industry,
Power through storage in the structure of a device
The Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), in partnership with The Functional Materials Division and Defence, Safety and Security Committee of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Aerospace, Aviation and Defence KTN, is offering a free one day workshop to consider the challen
Growth in Asia will help synthetic rubber bounce back
Asia’s weakened demand for synthetic rubbers, commonly used in tire production, is expected to recover following this year’s drop in car production, says a new report from petrochemical experts GBI Research. This
Improved low bloom and low odour instant adhesives
Loctite 403, 408 and 460 are three improved instant adhesives from Henkel that can be used for bonding virtually any materials.
Three new ways to protect aircraft against wing icing
When ice builds-up on the wings of aircrafts, it drives up costs and impedes safety – and in the worst case scenario, could even cause an aircraft to crash. At the ILA Berlin Air Show, researchers demonstrated new ways to keep ice off of the aircraft's wings.
Creating materials on the fly with multi-jet 3D printers
Multi-jet 3D printing is one of the available rapid prototyping technologies. Objet’s technology lets multiple photopolymer materials be printed simultaneously, including ones created "on the fly,’ says Zehavit B. Reisin, Head of Consumables Line of Business, Objet.
Low Thermal Expansion Epoxy Passes NASA Low Outgassing Tests
Formulated with a special blend of polymeric and inorganic materials, Master Bond EP30LTE-LO features unparalleled dimensional stability and sets new standards of performance for bonding, sealing, casting and coating applications in the aerospace, electrical, electronic, chemical, optical, and compu
Award-winning tough coated piston ring combines low wear and low friction in a single application
Federal-Mogul has received two prestigious Automotive News PACE awards in this year
High performance bumps stops contribute to pedestrian safety
Driver influence is a key cause of pedestrian-related injuries, but car design has a huge impact on the severity of those injuries. Reducing pedestrian injuries is a priority for the automotive industry, and specialist automotive design and manufacturing companies, such as Trelleborg Automotive are
White reflective elastomeric roof coatings reduce overheating in buildings
After many years of study into the indoor temperature effects of direct sunlight, Dow Construction Chemicals will use the platform of 2011 European Coatings Show (ECS 2011) to announce latest developments in their
Epoxy adhesive cures at room temperature, yet withstands cryogenic conditions
Polymer System EP37-3FLF is an optically clear, two component epoxy which has exceptional resistance to cryogenic temperatures and severe thermal cycling. Its low exotherm also makes it a superb potting, encapsulating and casting system, especially where wider cross section thicknesses are specified
Materials advance reduces carbon footprint of key transmissi​on component
Federal-Mogul has developed a clever elastomeric compound that makes the production of its Unipiston bonded hydraulic clutch pistons more energy-efficient. The component is used in most automatic and dual-clutch t
MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) being used in oil pipeline cleaning tools
Roplast, the German designer and manufacturer of oil pipeline cleaning tools, is using MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) from Huntsman Polyurethanes to help keep some of the world
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
Rubber material based on bio-renewable polymer for fluid applications
The bio-renewable rubber, for which development by Freudenberg began in 2012, is made from polymer which has its beginnings with sugarcane. The sugarcane-produced ethanol is then converted into ethylene, which for
Automotive EMI shielding: silicone gels enable lighter structures
Although EMI and thermal issues have been prevalent in the military and aerospace sectors for many years, the rapid development and evolution of both automotive electronics and vehicle electric drive systems means that Chomerics is witnessing increasing numbers of automotive industry customers seeki
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
Hybrid adhesive for labelling custom durable goods
Avery Dennison has introduced a hybrid adhesive called S8039 for durable goods labelling. Available via the Mix & Match service, it allows a choice from a wide range of different face-materials and release liners, meeting very specific product application needs. The Avery Dennison Mix & Match servic
End-of-life tyre rubber converted to Micronized Rubber Powder (MRP)
Connell Brothers (CBC), distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients in the Asia-Pacific region, has partnered with Lehigh Technologies, to market Lehigh's PolyDyne micronized rubber powders (MRP) to the ty
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Versatile colour multi-material 3D printer uses digital materials constructed on the fly
The Objet500 Connex3 Colour Multi-material 3D Printer features an unique triple-jetting technology that combines droplets of three base materials to produce parts with virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible, and transparent colour materials as well as colour digital materials - all in a
Packed conference programme for polyurethanes industry
The UTECH North America event has announced details of its packed two-day conference programme, taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring 46 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developm
RNA sequencing and protein studies create novel elastomeric materials
A wide range of biologically inspired materials may now be possible by combining protein studies, materials science and RNA sequencing, according to an international team of researchers at Penn State University.
Carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics combine chemical resistance with strength and stiffness
RTP has developed customised thermoplastic compounds in over 60 different engineering resin systems for applications requiring colour, conductive, elastomeric, flame retardant, high temperature, structural, and we
Toughened two-component epoxy is optically clear and resists thermal cycling
Master Bond EP38CL has been developed for bonding, sealing, coating and encapsulation applications that require toughness and durability. With a Shore D hardness exceeding 75, its toughness is a unique property that imparts resistance to rigorous thermal cycling, impact and mechanical shock.
Thermoplastic elastomers helped to grow by soft-touch applications
The thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) market has been forecast to reach a value of approximately $14.96 billion during 2013, driven by ongoing product innovation, allowing them to continue to displace traditional
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in just two hours, fully recovering its mechanical properties.
Pickout cam allows for lengthy side-action pulls
Protomold has increased its capabilities to support longer side-action pulls, or pickout cams. Where at one time, the maximum length for side actions was limited to 74mm, extensions are now offered up to 200mm dependent on the geometry of the mould. The original cam is still used to facilitate the e
Thermally conductive two-component silicone meets UL 94V-0 spec for flame retardancy
In addition to typical silicone properties such as flexibility and high temperature resistance, Master Bond MasterSil 156 passes the rigorous UL 94V-0 tests for flame retardancy. This two part silicone system is addition cured and does not require exposure to air for complete cross-linking. It has a
Vapour permeability tested in minutes for pumps, meters and valves
Every home, office and factory already has numerous pumps, meters and flow valves as they are used in applications ranging from dishwashers to artificial hearts, many of them use materials that are excellent at keeping liquids out, but then perform poorly simply because they provide a poor barrier t
Quartz-filled two-component epoxy features high temperature and chemical resistance
Master Bond Supreme 45HTQ is a thermally stable, two-component, quartz-filled epoxy system. It features exceptional abrasion and chemical resistant properties. It will withstand exposure to petrochemicals, acids, bases and solvents. It retains its performance profile at elevated temperatures up to +
Low viscosity, two-component epoxy has extended working life and low exotherm
Suitable for large castings, Master Bond EP21LVSP6 combines a low viscosity and low exotherm with a working life of 3 to 5 hours. It can also be used for bonding, sealing and coating applications in aerospace, electronic, electrical, optical and other specialty industries.
Cellulose fibre-reinforced polypropylene compounds for eco-friendly durables
RTP has unveiled the latest addition to its Eco Solutions product portfolio with a new line of custom cellulose fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP) compounds. These compounds, which utilise Weyerhaeuser's Thrive renewable cellulose fibre extracted from trees grown in sustainably managed forests, wi
Interlaced Elastomer Networks basis of structural adhesive range
Aderis is launching what it claims to be the first line of hybrid structural adhesives, called INES (for INterlaced Elastomer NetworkS). The new adhesives offer high structural and damping performance, the first t
Video File: Addition-cured silicone meets specifications for biocompatibility and cytoxicity
Master Bond MasterSil 153Med is a two component, medical grade silicone adhesive that resists temperatures up to 400F. Formulated for medical device applications, MasterSil 153Med passes USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 testing.
Laser-markable compound preferred to in-mould decoration in cable tie tool
Custom injection moulder New Berlin Plastics was recently approached by HellermannTyton, a manufacturer of high-quality cable management products, for in help producing an innovative cable tie tool. The material needed to be strong enough for the small teeth on the tool’s plastic tension knob, and b
Large format multi-material prototypes from additive layer process
Large multi-material prototypes created directly from 3D CAD designs with a build chamber volume up to 1000 x 800 x 500 mm and produced from a choice of over 120 different materials can now be created from the latest wide format Objet 1000 3D printer now available through SYS Systems of Foston in De
Radiopaque catheters use polyether-block-amide thermoplastic elastomer (PEBA)
When Plásticos y Materias Primas (PyMPSA), a Mexican manufacturer of medical devices and components, wanted to develop a new catheter for epidural anesthesia, it specified a biocompatible nylon material that was radiopaque so it could be readily observed during x-ray imaging to ensure proper placeme
Mould sealants and adhesives for high-gloss plastic components with complex mould geometries
The Frekote products that Henkel will exhibit at the JEC Composites fair are highly efficient for complex mould geometries. During the exhibition centring on the composites industry, which takes place from 12 to 14 March 2013 in Paris, the adhesives manufacturer is presenting its product portfolio f
Licensed manufacture of nylon-bondable TPV compounds now underway
RTP has licensed manufacturing rights from ExxonMobil Chemical for their patented Santoprene TP(thermoplastic vulcanizate) nylon-bondable thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) product line. RTP has begun producing the pr
Optically clear, two-component urethane-modified epoxy gel offers dimensional stability
Featuring softness and resilience, Master Bond Super Gel 9 is a urethane modified epoxy gel that can be employed in a variety of applications. Some of the most common include the encapsulation of sensitive electronic parts and sealing optical components. This multifunctional system is also widely us
Long-lasting PMPS fragrance added to polymer-based materials
Exilica has developed and patented a technology which allows long-lasting fragrances to be manufactured into a variety of plastics and other polymer-based materials. The company recently collaborated with Birmingham-based Barkley Plastics and fragrance firm Seven Scent to create a scented floor tile
Elastomer powder modified thermoplastics (EPMT) - rubber residues processed into high quality plastics
Rubber residues from vehicle tyres have always been able to be "downcycled" to floor coverings and safety crashpads. Now, for the first time, they can be processed into high-quality plastics. A new kind of envir
Poor car sales to see European butadiene production overtake demand
European production of butadiene, the chemical required to create the synthetic rubber used for tyres, will soon overtake demand for the first time since 2000 as a result of the continent’s shrinking car industry,
Power through storage in the structure of a device
The Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), in partnership with The Functional Materials Division and Defence, Safety and Security Committee of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Aerospace, Aviation and Defence KTN, is offering a free one day workshop to consider the challen
Growth in Asia will help synthetic rubber bounce back
Asia’s weakened demand for synthetic rubbers, commonly used in tire production, is expected to recover following this year’s drop in car production, says a new report from petrochemical experts GBI Research. This
Improved low bloom and low odour instant adhesives
Loctite 403, 408 and 460 are three improved instant adhesives from Henkel that can be used for bonding virtually any materials.
Three new ways to protect aircraft against wing icing
When ice builds-up on the wings of aircrafts, it drives up costs and impedes safety – and in the worst case scenario, could even cause an aircraft to crash. At the ILA Berlin Air Show, researchers demonstrated new ways to keep ice off of the aircraft's wings.
Creating materials on the fly with multi-jet 3D printers
Multi-jet 3D printing is one of the available rapid prototyping technologies. Objet’s technology lets multiple photopolymer materials be printed simultaneously, including ones created "on the fly,’ says Zehavit B. Reisin, Head of Consumables Line of Business, Objet.
Low Thermal Expansion Epoxy Passes NASA Low Outgassing Tests
Formulated with a special blend of polymeric and inorganic materials, Master Bond EP30LTE-LO features unparalleled dimensional stability and sets new standards of performance for bonding, sealing, casting and coating applications in the aerospace, electrical, electronic, chemical, optical, and compu
Award-winning tough coated piston ring combines low wear and low friction in a single application
Federal-Mogul has received two prestigious Automotive News PACE awards in this year
High performance bumps stops contribute to pedestrian safety
Driver influence is a key cause of pedestrian-related injuries, but car design has a huge impact on the severity of those injuries. Reducing pedestrian injuries is a priority for the automotive industry, and specialist automotive design and manufacturing companies, such as Trelleborg Automotive are
White reflective elastomeric roof coatings reduce overheating in buildings
After many years of study into the indoor temperature effects of direct sunlight, Dow Construction Chemicals will use the platform of 2011 European Coatings Show (ECS 2011) to announce latest developments in their
Epoxy adhesive cures at room temperature, yet withstands cryogenic conditions
Polymer System EP37-3FLF is an optically clear, two component epoxy which has exceptional resistance to cryogenic temperatures and severe thermal cycling. Its low exotherm also makes it a superb potting, encapsulating and casting system, especially where wider cross section thicknesses are specified
Materials advance reduces carbon footprint of key transmissi​on component
Federal-Mogul has developed a clever elastomeric compound that makes the production of its Unipiston bonded hydraulic clutch pistons more energy-efficient. The component is used in most automatic and dual-clutch t
MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) being used in oil pipeline cleaning tools
Roplast, the German designer and manufacturer of oil pipeline cleaning tools, is using MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) from Huntsman Polyurethanes to help keep some of the world
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