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New focus on wire and cable from DSM

DSM Engineering Plastics (Sittard) : 02 September, 2004  (Company News)
With new initiatives in wire and cable coating materials, DSM Engineering Plastics announces a new focus for its Arnitel TPE elastomers
In addition to its existing family of Arnitel copolyether-ester and copolyester-ester (COPE or TEEE) elastomeric wire coating materials, DSM is developing new grades for the wire and cable market segment.

As well, the assignment of Francis Aussems as Application Development and Technical Service Manager with special focus on wire applications provides a dedicated resource to the wire and cable segment. Aussems brings to his new focus 15 of years experience in technical development within DSM. His extensive background in automotive, appliance, industrial and general wiring requirements, combined with solid technical grounding in elastomers, helps ensure effective collaboration with producers.

A broad selection of Arnitel TPE elastomer grades from DSM provides options for a variety of applications where temperature range, long-term heat resistance and flexibility are important.

“DSM have always approached customer needs with an eye on successful applications,” Aussems said. “DSM’s special applications, special formulations, and ongoing technical and production support are all designed to help wire and cable producers keep their customers happy.”

Arnitel provides superior resistance to repetitive deformation and fatigue, especially important in robotics. The material, available in a wide range of modulus and viscosity levels, shows good chemical resistance to oils, other hydrocarbons and most chemicals used in cars and industry. Its good electrical properties ensure outstanding dielectric behaviours. Processing of Arnitel grades is measurably easier than with TPUs or fluoroelastomers. Masterbatches can be used not only for colour but also for enhanced resistance to UV, heat and hydrolysis, as well as flame retardancy including halogen free systems.

Arnitel U grades provide temperature resistance of 3000 hours at 160C, with peak temperatures up to 200C, and is often specified for robotic, electric motor and similar applications. Arnitel P grades exhibit good flexibility at low temperatures - as low as -40C. Arnitel E grades meet food and medical contact standards, ideal for medical robotics and food applications.
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