Monday, March 6, 2017

APS Elastomers Now Offers Thermochromatic Pigment for TPU

Thermochromatic pigments for TPU is now available at APS Elastomers.  Thermochromatic pigment reacts to changes in temperature and can be TPU overmolded in applications where monitoring heat energy is beneficial - and in some cases, crucial. As the temperature rises, the pigment loses its color; making it ideal for applications such as baby bottles, thermoses, and coffee mugs to prevent scalding; fever patches to detect body temperature; and battery testers to detect energy levels.

The thermochromatic pigments are available in a broad range of colors that are FDA, RoHS, and NSF compliant and heavy-metal free.

thermochomatic TPU pigment reacting to heat


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About APS Elastomers
APS Elastomers provides service, technical support, and TPE materials (TPEs, TPVs, TPUs and other soft elastomers) for consumer and industrial applications. In addition to thermochromatic pigments, company offerings have grown to include Maxelast® TPEs, Viprene® TPVs, Huntsman Polyurethanes' IROGRAN® and AVALON® TPUs, Zythane® TPUs, TPE alloys, compounding series, and custom and standard soft elastomer formulations.

For more information on how APS Elastomers can find cost-effective solutions, develop proprietary formulations, and enhance products faster and more efficiently, contact info@apstpe.com



Tuesday, January 17, 2017

APS Elastomers Mentors Henry Ford Academy Student

Dakota Joseph, a high school senior at Henry Ford Academy in Dearborn, Michigan spent five weeks at APS Elastomers fulfilling his final year's required practicum. The Practicum Experience at Henry Ford Academy is a supervised work-based learning experience in which students are placed with a local business to learn in an environment where they make valuable connections outside the classroom. The goal is to enable students to become self-initiating interns by developing their own study plan, choosing research projects that are interesting and challenging to them, outlining procedures and successfully implementing them. Students choose their research project based on career interest or personal passion relative to their future endeavors.

Dakota chose thermo-chromatic pigment for TPU as his project for his final year practicum. Working with APS Elastomer's co-owners, Stephane Morin and Roger Huarng, Dakota learned how to compound thermo-chromatic TPU and mold sample plaques.

Thermo-chromatic pigment reacts to changes in temperature and can be overmolded onto TPU for applications where monitoring heat energy is beneficial - and in some cases, crucial. As the temperature rises, the pigment loses its color; making it ideal for applications such as baby bottles, thermoses, and coffee mugs to prevent scalding, fever patches to detect body temperature, and battery testers to detect energy levels.

Thermo-chromatic pigment reacts to cold

Thermo-chromatic pigment reacts to hot
Dakota created a video demonstrating the results of the thermo-chromatic pigments reaction to hot and cold, which he will use as part of his presentation to teachers and students at Henry Ford Academy of the knowledge gained during his practicum at APS Elastomers.

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"I was immersed in many aspects of APS's business; customer service, warehouse operations, thermoplastic elastomer compounding, product testing and analysis, but my favorite was working on the pigment for TPUs, molding plaques, and extrusion" says Dakota.
  
"Mentoring students is part of our social responsibility", says Roger Huarng. "Working with Dakota has been a rewarding experience for all of us at APS Elastomers", adds Stephane Morin.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Whisk Wiper Kickstarter Campaign

APS Elastomers worked with the developer and supplied the TPE material used to create Whisk Wiper.

Find out more about Whisk Wipers!

Whisk Wiper Kickstarter Campaign

Thursday, October 6, 2016

APS Elastomers Attends K-Show 2016

When looking for innovation in the plastic industry, there is no better place than the K-Show. Every three years, Stephane Morin, owner of APS Elastomers in Romulus, Michigan heads to Dusseldorf, Germany for this triennial event; seeking cutting-edge technology and current product offerings, as well as new partners in the plastic industry to enhance our thermoplastic elastomers portfolio.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Stephane Morin Hosting TPE Primer at TOPCON

Stephane Morin, owner of APS Elastomers (AKA Alliance Polymers & Services) and TPE SIG Board Member, will be hosting the TPE Primer at TOPCON in Akron, Ohio on Tuesday, September 20th, between 1:00PM-4:00PM. Topics to be discussed include; Commodity TPEs, Engineering TPEs, and Specialty TPEs.

The TPE Primer will wrap up with Stephane Morin's topic: TPE Selection.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

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APS Elastomers is touting is Zythane 4045D and 4060D lines as a cost-effective thermoplastic polyurethane material for injection molded dunnage ...
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

APS Elastomers’ Zythane® TPUs for Automotive Dunnage Applications



Shipping finished products requires dunnage that has superior flexibility and elastic memory to insure parts arrive secure and intact.  Physical properties, including good tear, cut, and abrasion resistance, excellent hydrolytic stability and superb elastic memory has rendered Zythane® 4045D and 4060D the ideal, cost-effective TPU material for injection molded dunnage required for the safe shipment and handling of automotive parts.

“In the past few years, APS Elastomers has positioned itself in many aspects of developing and supplying TPU material for automotive dunnage”, says Stephane Morin, owner of APS Elastomers in Romulus, Michigan. Automotive dunnage products include trays, totes, containers, racks, separator bars, flippers, conveyor hooks, support brackets, and cushion bumpers.

Zythane TPU for Automotive Dunnage
Available in natural or colored pellets, Zythane® 4045D and 4060D are polyester-based TPUs with a Shore Hardness ranging from 95A-62D.  Due to its formulation, Zythane TPU allows for faster processing and lower power requirements due to easier flowing characteristic. “Our customers can expect higher production rates compared to typical TPUs at similar hardness levels”, says Morin. Specifically formulated for injection molding applications, these grades offer excellent abrasion resistance and toughness, as well as good hydrolytic stability, oil, fuel and solvent resistance.

In addition to dunnage, other applications include shoe soles, ski and skate boot shells, caster wheels, animal tags, good overmolded adhesion to certain EP (ex: PC, ABS, PMMA), couplings, gaskets and seals, tool handles, industrial parts, mobile phone cases, armrests, golf disks, and mining screens.

“Our Zythane® TPU portfolio is the most versatile and cost-effective on the market”, adds Morin.

For more information on Zythane® for dunnage or other applications, phone 734-710-6700 or email info@apstpe.com