Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Irogran® TPU Polycaprolactone for Seals, Gaskets and Other Demanding Applications Now Available Through APS Elastomers

APS Elastomers is working with Huntsman Corporation’s Thermoplastic Polyurethanes (TPU) division to promote a recently extended range of polycaprolactone-based TPU grades that are ideal for high temperature, industrial applications.

Marketed under the IROGRAN® brand, Huntsman’s high performance K-series TPUs offer customers good processability and an excellent compression set at elevated temperatures. Ideal for use in heavy-duty engineering equipment, engines and hydraulic systems, this special portfolio of TPUs can withstand a wide range of temperatures from sub-zero conditions to environments where heat exceeds 100°C.

Excellent wear resistance against oils, grease, and elevated temperatures, means the TPUs are particularly well suited to the high performance injection molding of seals, gaskets, wheels and rollers, and other demanding applications.

Recently, the performance envelope of the polycaprolactone range has been extended to include a superior ability to mold products. Additionally, for added flexibility, a range of different hardness is also available for customers. Distributed through APS Elastomers, the K-series products are available in both granule and pellet form.

Huntsman and APS Elastomers are committed to providing on-going technical support, problem-solving and product development services to designers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and processors.  APS Elastomers also provides expedited shipment and full laboratory services.

For more information about IROGRAN® TPUs for injection molding and extrusion, contact APS Elastomers, 30735 Cypress Road, Suite 400, Romulus, MI 48174. Email: info@apstpe.com Web: www.apstpe.com

IROGRAN® is a registered trademark of Huntsman Corporation or an affiliate thereof, in one or more countries, but not all countries.

About APS Elastomers
APS Elastomers is committed to innovation in all areas of the elastomer business by providing knowledge of all TPEs.  Along with the highest level of service and support,   APS Elastomers helps select the right polymer and develop new and better processing techniques allowing OEMs and processors to manufacturer their products successfully and efficiently.

About Huntsman:
Huntsman Corporation is a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals with 2014 revenues of approximately $13 billion including the acquisition of Rockwood’s performance additives and TiO2 businesses. Our chemical products number in the thousands and are sold worldwide to manufacturers serving a broad and diverse range of consumer and industrial end markets.  We operate more than 100 manufacturing and R&D facilities in more than 30 countries and employ approximately 15,000 associates within our 5 distinct business divisions.  For more information about Huntsman, please visit the company's website at www.huntsman.com.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Viprene® TPV Optimized with Specific Grip and Softness for Guitar Knobs | PRLog

Viprene® TPV Optimized with Specific Grip and Softness for Guitar Knobs | PRLog

Viprene® TPV Optimized with Specific Grip and Softness for Guitar Knobs

Knobeez was looking for a rubber alternative with a soft, easy grip for guitar and bass knobs. “We needed a super “grippy” moldable material”, says Tom Washburn of Knobeez.  Manufactured near APS Elastomers’ headquarters in Metro Detroit, Knobeez contacted Stephane Morin to find the optimal material to produce the guitar knobs that would provide the proper feel and fit over potentiometer shafts. Potentiometers are a three-terminal resistor with an adjustable center connection, widely used for volume control in audio equipment. Knobeez are press on guitar knobs designed for comfort and ease of use for all types of electric stringed instruments; ideal for guitarists who do volume swell. 

“Viprene® thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV) exhibit many properties similar to rubber such as flexibility over a wide temperature range and resistance to degradation from water, oil and grease”, says Stephane Morin, co-owner of APS Elastomers.  It can also be processed using conventional injection molding and extrusion equipment.  Available in Shore hardness range of 35A-50D, Viprene® can be optimized with specific softness and grip needed in industrial, construction, appliance, and electronic applications. Lower processing costs as well as adhesion to a broad range of substrates make it an ideal substitute of more costly material needed in soft touch parts such as overmolded grips for power tools, appliance, and utensil handles.

In addition to its rubber-like properties, Viprene® TPVs are fatigue resistant, dimensionally stable and offer very low compression set, heat aging stability, low temperature flexibility and excellent U.V. and ozone stability. “Good colorability allows Knobeez to produce their knobs in a variety of bold colors”, adds Morin.

Knobeez available in a variety of colors

 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

For more information on Knobeez visit their website:  http://www.knobeez.com/