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Logicom chooses overmoulded elastomer skin for wireless game controller

DSM Engineering Plastics (Sittard) : 30 September, 2004  (Application Story)
An overmoulded skin of an elastomer on an ABS moulded base has been adopted by Logicom design engineers to give both a soft touch feel and a good grip for its wireless game controller.
Logicom, a reputed moulder of engineering plastics with production bases in Malaysia, Indonesia and China has chosen Arnitel TPE from DSM Engineering Plastics for wireless game controllers for high end gaming stations.

The wireless game controller has been available in the market for more than a year with very high acceptability in the market. It is targeted at the high end of the market for controllers. Logicom, to keep with the high end requirements of the gaming console was looking at designing the game controller for maximum aesthetics and the optimum ergonomics.

An overmoulded skin of an elastomer on an ABS moulded base was adopted by the design engineers to give both a soft touch feel and a good grip, something that had been expressed by the gaming community as imperative.

In selecting the skin elastomer, they evaluated various TPE’s and selected Arnitel TPE. The excellent texturing ability and surface feel, combined with the outstanding processibility of Arnitel TPE using two component moulding provided Logicom with the ideal solution to what they had conceived for the console.

“The outstanding adhesion of Arnitel TPE to the ABS base that it is over-moulded on is one of the strong factors for Arnitel TPE being chosen. Our shop-floor managers find Arnitel TPE very easy to mould. In processing Arnitel TPE we do not face problems such as mould sticking and flash which were common problems with all other TPE’s that we evaluated,” said Lim Lay Hoon, sales coordinator of Logicom, Singapore.

“DSM has decades of knowledge on Arnitel TPE for two component molding on various polymers,” says Tan Yam-Boon, Business Development Manager - DSM Engineering Plastics South East Asia, Singapore. “Especially on polar polymers such as ABS and polycarbonate, Arnitel TPE has outstanding adhesion. The optimum processing conditions for the best adhesion on to ABS which have been gathered through the intensive studies carried out over the years and quantified in practice, was passed on to Logicom so as to make sure that they got the best solution. We worked together with Logicom to make this solution perfect for the application.”
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