Tuesday, September 16, 2014

APS Elastomers Introduces TPU for Flat Conductor Network Cables



APS Elastomers has developed extrusion grade thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) for flat conductor network cables. Flat cables allow more options in designs; producing cables that weigh less, create more space, and improve performance and safety. Their low profile enables them to hug surfaces and take advantage of tight space. Produced in an extrusion process; they can be sheathed without using adhesives that effect product performance.


Additional performance features of the TPU extrusion grade for flat conductor network cables include flexible insulation wall strength, resistance to abrasion, kink resistant, moisture, chemical and microbial resistance. Furthermore, the TPUs' thermal insulation properties provide heat aging stability, low temperature flexibility, and good voltage strength. "Our new grade, along with our ability to custom formulate enables us to provide OEMs improved and cost-effective solutions to meet their specifications”, says Stephane Morin, owner of APS Elastomers.

APS Elastomers is committed to providing in-depth and high level customer and technical service, problem-solving, product development and support to designers, OEMs and processors; building relationships based on knowledge, trust and experience.  APS Elastomers also provides beside-the-press consulting, full laboratory services, and expedited shipment.

For more information on TPVs TPEs, TPUs, as well as standard and custom grades, contact: APS Elastomers at info@apstpe.com

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

APS Compounding Adds Two Partners



Roger Huarng, Principal at APS Compounding is pleased to announce two new partners. Dr. Tonghua Zheng and Tongli Zheng joined the firm effective August 1, 2014, succeeding Stephane Morin who will devote his attention to APS Elastomers, and serve as an ad hoc consultant.

Dr. Tonghua Zheng received his PhD in chemical engineering from Tulane University. Dr. Zheng served as process chemist at Johns Manville’s fiberglass research and manufacturing division, as well as polyurethane product development at BASF before starting his own specialty polymer research and manufacturing firm, BHK Specialty Polymer, LLC in Toledo, Ohio.

Dr. Tonghua Zheng


Tongli Zheng is the founder of BHK Technologies, Ltd., in Beijing, China; a fast-growing and successful short and long fiber reinforced engineered plastics compounder pursuing North American expansion opportunities in the specialty TPE compounding business.

“Increased demand for thermoplastic elastomers (TPE), along with integrating new technologies was the impetus for obtaining additional partners”, says Roger Huarng. “Our combined chemical and manufacturing expertise will allow us to increase production capacity, compound standard and custom grades, and develop new product offerings; further advancing our commitment to the TPE market in North America.”

APS Compounding is an independent, fully equipped state-of-the-art compounding resource offering R&D testing and solutions for molding and extrusion challenges. Elastomer compounding specialist; APS Compounding is able to recreate, design or tweak any TPE to meet demanding specifications with new colors, additives or fillers.

For more information on how APS Compounding can find cost-effective solutions and develop proprietary formulations, contact Huarng@apstpe.com

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

APS Elastomers Newly Formulated TPVs; Softer, More Heat Resistant



The increase demand for thermoplastic elastomers to replace higher-cost thermoset rubbers was the impetus for APS Elastomers to develop enhanced grades of thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs) that are softer and more heat resistant. “Our new grades are a superior, as well as a cost-effective alternative to higher-cost thermoset rubbers used in a variety of industrial and consumer parts”, says Stephane Morin, owner of APS Elastomers.   

Under the trade name, Viprene®, the newly formulated P-Series of TPVs are easier to process and provide faster cycle times with reduced scrap rates. The new TPVs excel in demanding applications such as appliance, industrial and building materials, as well as interior and exterior vehicle parts that need to endure extreme temperatures in the presence of oil, grease and water.  In addition to its rubber-like properties, the specially formulated Viprene® TPVs are fatigue resistant, dimensionally stable and offer a good compression set, heat aging stability, low temperature flexibility and excellent U.V. and ozone stability. 



APS Elastomers is an independent TPU, TPE, TPV, and other elastomer resource to offer in-depth and high level customer service, sales, technical advice, problem-solving, marketing insight, product development and support to designers, marketers and processors.  APS Elastomers also provides custom compounding and full laboratory services.

For more information contact: APS Elastomers, 30735 Cypress Road, Suite 400. Romulus, MI 48174. Email: info@apstpe.com, Web: www.apstpe.com