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/

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