In June 2013, APS introduced a line of polyester and polyether-based thermoplastic polyurethanes. The TPU materials are sold under the brand name Zythane®. They are transparent, UV-resistant and available in a hardness range from 60 Shore A to 70 Shore D.
Mechanical properties are:
• tensile strength 3,000 – 8,000 psi
• tear strength 400 – 1,600 lb f/in
• elongation 300 – 760 %
Benefits include flexibility at low temperatures, low compression set as well as good high temperature resistance. Depending on the grade the materials can be processed via injection molding and extrusion.
Zythane® TPU Applications include footwear, wire and cable sheathing, hoses and tubing, industrial and consumer goods, transportation products, geophysical and mining products (i. e. belting), recreational products and food processing.
|Zythane® TPU Application for Footwear|
|Zythane® TPU Application for Wire and Cable|
|Zythane® TPU Application for Hoses|
|Zythane® TPU Application for Sporting Goods|
APS (Alliance Polymers and Services LLC) is an established TPE technology resource offering service, technical support and TPE materials for consumer and industrial applications. Company offerings include Maxelast® TPEs, Viprene® TPVs, Zythane® TPUs, TPE alloys, compounding services and custom and standard soft elastomer formulations.
APS is owned and operated by three of the plastic industry’s leading marketing and technical support executives, Roger J. Huarng and Stephane Morin, formerly with BASF Corporation. They work with a series of independent technical agents located throughout the North American Continent.
For more information on TPUs for extrusion or injection molding, as well as other grades for conventional, unique or highly durable applications, contact APS. APS can provide samples on request for molding trials.