Thursday, March 3, 2016

APS Elastomers Develops Proprietary TPU Polycaprolactone for Suspension and Drive Train Components



One of the world’s leaders in the polyurethane casting industry specializing in suspension and drive train components for automotive, light truck and off-road industries was looking for a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) that could outlast and outperform the competition. Collaborating with their customer, APS Elastomers developed several proprietary TPE formulations with the proper mix of softness, strength, and durability needed for rigorous off-road applications; supplying polycaprolactone-based thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) grades with good processability and compression set at elevated temperatures.  With a Shore Hardness range of 80A – 64D, the Zythane® 3000 polycaprolactone series of TPEs was formulated for each specific application. “Our ability to custom compound enables us to meet or exceed our customer’s expectations” says Stephane Morin, owner of APS Elastomers.

In addition to suspension and drive train components, the Zythane® 3000-series has been expanded to meet diverse demands of vigorous and high temperature industrial applications such as heavy-duty engineering equipment and hydraulic systems where working conditions range from -40⁰C to 130⁰C. Excellent wear resistance against oils, grease, water and extreme temperatures make them ideal for high performance injection molding of seals, gaskets, wheels and rollers.  Available in pellet form for ultimate performance and efficiency, the polycaprolactone range has been broadened to include high flow and soft grades.

 
APS Elastomers Proprietary TPU Polycaprolactone for Suspension and Drive Train Components

About APS Elastomers
APS Elastomers provides engineering service, technical support, and TPE materials (TPEs, TPVs, TPUs and other soft elastomers) for consumer and industrial applications. 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 TPE formulations, and enhance your products faster and more efficiently, contact info@apstpe.com

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Yellow Plaques Free to Good Molder!

Call today for free Zythane® sample plaques! APS Elastomers’ Zythane® TPUs custom "salt and pepper" blends offer superb colorability, and excellent U.V., and ozone stability. Additionally, they are fatigue resistant, dimensionally stable, offer very low compression set, heat aging stability, and low temperature flexibility. They can be processed using conventional injection molding and extrusion equipment.

APS Elastomers’ Zythane® TPUs available in yellow.
APS Elastomer offers "salt and pepper" custom blending in a wide range of colors that are FDA, RoHS, CONEG, and NSF compliant and heavy-metal free.

Pick a Zythane® color, any color. (these plaques are free, too!)





"salt and pepper" blending at APS Elastomers

About APS Elastomers
APS Elastomers provides engineering service, technical support, and TPE materials (TPEs, TPVs, TPUs and other soft elastomers) for consumer and industrial applications. Company offerings have grown to include Maxelast® TPEs, Viprene® TPVs, Huntsman Polyurethanes' IROGRAN® and AVALON® TPUs, Zythane® TPUs, TPE alloys, compounding series, “salt and pepper” blends, and custom and standard soft elastomer formulations. 

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




Monday, February 1, 2016

APS Elastomers Provides TPE Deagglomeration



Deagglomeration is a size-reduction process in which loosely adhered plastic pellets are broken apart.  For soft TPEs, agglomeration can occur if the material is packed hot or if the pellets themselves are under pressure due to the way it was packaged.  “Deagglomeration is a valuable service we offer to our customers to ensure our pellets flow freely in our customers’ processes”, says Stephane Morin, owner of APS Elastomers.

All soft TPE material shipped from APS Elastomers warehouse in Romulus, Michigan is inspected for agglomeration. To achieve proper particle dispersal, APS Elastomers developed proprietary deagglomeration equipment; allowing resin to dry, mix and separate evenly.  “We strive to offer the best quality TPEs - and this extends not only to performance, but appearance as well”, adds Morin.

agglomerated TPE


About APS Elastomers
APS Elastomers provides engineering service, technical support, and TPE materials (TPEs, TPVs, TPUs and other soft elastomers) for consumer and industrial applications. Company offerings have grown to include Maxelast® TPEs, Viprene® TPVs, Huntsman Polyurethanes' IROGRAN® and AVALON® TPUs, Zythane® TPUs, TPE alloys, compounding series, “salt and pepper” blends, and custom and standard soft elastomer formulations. 

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

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

APS Elastomers Helps Inventors/ Entrepreneurs Develop Their Final Product


Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) supplier, APS Elastomers has worked with molders, inventors and entrepreneurs for years; helping them choose the proper material, find cost-effective solutions, conceptualize, develop and commercialize elastomer-based products.  “We receive numerous inquiries from small companies, inventors, and independent molders seeking information regarding proper material selection - or occasionally, an alternative to a material they are using that may be better suited for the product they are developing”, says Stephane Morin, owner of APS Elastomers. 

In addition to assisting in product development, APS Elastomers will evaluate material’s performance, and if needed, rectify deficiencies.  “It’s exciting to see the end products created from our TPEs”, says Morin. Recent projects include fishing lures, wheelchair rim grips, and target stand brackets. “We welcome the opportunity to discuss projects and we embrace the challenge of developing new products or enhancing existing ones” adds Morin. 

Target Stand using proprietary TPE
Fishing Lure using proprietary TPE
wheel grip using proprietary TPE
  

About APS Elastomers
APS Elastomers provides engineering service, technical support, and TPE materials (TPEs, TPVs, TPUs and other soft elastomers) for consumer and industrial applications. 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 how APS Elastomers can find cost-effective solutions, develop proprietary TPE formulations, and enhance your products faster and more efficiently, contact info@apstpe.com


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

APS Elastomers Formulates Proprietary TPE for Wheelchair Grips



Intelliwheels, the maker of handrim grips for wheelchairs, wanted a TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) specially formulated with the right amount of abrasion resistance; allowing greater control and responsiveness for wheelchair users. APS Elastomers developed a TPE with the precise feel and grip needed for wheelchair users to obtain more power going up hills, over carpet and demanding terrain.  “APS Elastomer provided a proprietary formulation with the right amount of abrasion resistance and tackiness; allowing better grip, control and responsiveness when stopping, starting and turning”, says Scott Daigle of Intelliwheels. 

Fit Grip by Intelliwheels
Characterized by its soft feel and cushioning nature, TPEs work well alone or can be bonded to many other harder substrates to improve functionality and design. “We formulated a TPE with better abrasion resistance as well as a combination of aesthetic, sensory, and performance characteristics that allowed Intelliwheels considerable design flexibility”, say Stephane Morin, owner of APS Elastomers. Available in natural pellets, APS Elastomers’ TPEs offer superb colorability.

The patent pending design increases the circumference of the hand rim to minimize the strain on hands, wrists and forearms, while the improved grip allows users to push with less effort. The latex free grips wrap 3/4 of the way around the push rim providing extra grip on the pushing surface leaving the underside exposed for fine adjustments and braking.  Fit Grips stretch to fit over 24”-26” wheels, including power assist wheels and ergonomic handrims. For more information about Fit Grips visit intelliwheels.net/fit-grips.

Fit Grip by Intelliwheels
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