Friday, December 19, 2014

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Maxelast® TPEs Used in Taxidermy Applications



Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPEs) are finding more applications and enabling better and more sophisticated designs. After years of design and testing, an expert moldmaker and world champion taxidermist was approached by Stephane Morin, owner of APS Elastomers with a better material solution. Working in conjunction with APS Elastomers and taxidermy experts, the molder recreates earliners, earbutts, as well as replacement noses and tongues using a special translucent flexible TPE to obtain the proper thickness, the perfect color, and exact shape needed to reconstruct anatomically accurate parts.

Ease of processing coupled with the superior post-shaping and sealing characteristics of the material render Maxelast® TPE the ideal material to replicate parts needed for taxidermy.   “The choice of materials used in the production of taxidermy parts is absolutely critical in order to meet our customers high standards”, says Stephane Morin.  Maxelast® TPE combines the properties of rubber (elasticity, cold weather resistance and soft touch) with the processability of plastics allowing products to be designed and fabricated faster, easier and more economically.

Complex structures, all forms are sculpted differently; achieving the proper fit and transition. Intrinsically detailed, the ears feature a natural translucent cartilage color, detailed inner ear structure, proper auditory ridges, the correct bulge of the conchal cartilage, and the natural roll back of the tip. The molded ears, tongues and noses have the cleanest edges and finest lines of any taxidermy parts on the market; providing outstanding adhesion with a variety of hide pastes and epoxies. 



When extruded or co-extruded, the Maxelast® grade can be miter-cut and heat welded for corner fastening products and applications, providing yet another benefit by reducing the need by processors and marketers to produce different-sized products. Depending on the grade, the Maxelast® D-Series TPEs can also be foamed to achieve a smooth surface or skin. Additional benefits include good weatherability, UV stability, long service life, weight reduction, reprocessability and recyclability. The D-Series of Maxelast TPEs are available in natural, black or transparent grades for easy coloring in hardness ranges from 30 to 60 Shore A.

“Combining thermoplastic elastomer knowledge, detail product design, and expert mold making has resulted in the best commercial and competition taxidermy parts on the market”, adds Morin.

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, November 18, 2014

APS Elastomers’ Viprene® TPVs Lighten the Load


Government requirements for reduced vehicle weight for fuel economy has in turn created the need for lightweight towable recreational vehicles.  Viprene® TPVs are a cost-effective, lightweight alternative for use in a variety of components used in campers, snowmobiles, boats, and other recreational vehicles that require reduced weight for towing. 

Available in natural or black pellets with a Shore hardness range of 35A-50D, Viprene® TPVs provide flexibility over a wide temperature range and resistance to degradation from water, oil, and grease.  Additionally, Viprene® TPVs offer a better compression set, are fatigue resistant, dimensionally stable and offer heat aging stability, low temperature flexibility and excellent U.V. and ozone stability.  “Our Viprene® TPV can be formulated to individual specifications needed in a variety of applications that require reduced weight”, says Stephane Morin, owner of APS Elastomers.

For more information on Viprene® grades for extrusion and injection molding, as well as other grades for conventional, unique or highly durable applications, contacts APS Elastomers, info@apstpe.com

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 shipments.






Thursday, October 30, 2014

APS Elastomers Offers Newest Maxelast® TPEs for Manufacturing End Caps for Tubing, Piping and Poles



APS Elastomers offers a complete line of Maxelast® TPEs engineered to be easily fabricated by injection molding, extrusion, coating, and blow molding.  Maxelast® TPEs provide OEMs, designers and end-users numerous alternatives to PVC, natural rubber and thermosetting rubbers by offering design flexibility and cost-reduction opportunities.

The newest TPE available in Maxelast® D extrusion series from Polymax is ideally suited for end caps for tubing, piping and poles.  Supplied in natural pellets, the new formulations have 55 and 60 Shore A hardness and are specifically applicable for complex profile extrusion designs.

Benefits of the expanded line of Maxelast D Series TPEs include:

• Closely resembles vulcanized rubber with good, energy-absorbing performance
• Good weatherability
• High coefficient of friction and elasticity for tight seal
• Can be co-extruded for soft/hard combinations
• Good chemical and oil resistance
• Good surface finish



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. Company offerings 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 TPVs TPEs, TPUs, as well as standard and custom grades, contact: APS Elastomers at info@apstpe.com