Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Zythane® 7045D TPU Ideal for Pneumatic Tubing

Top-rated pneumatic hoses and brake tubes can be easily produced using Zythane® 7045D, which adds abrasion/tear/cut/puncture resistance, high burst pressure, high elasticity and coil retention, long-term flexibility, oil/fuel /microbial resistance, low-temperature flexibility and hydrolytic stability. Additionally, Zythane® 7045D provides puncture and abrasion resistance, along with an impressively high burst-pressure rating, yet it also ensures a high degree of flexibility for kink resistance and ease of coiling.
Zythane® 7045D is a polyether-­based TPU specifically formulated for extrusion applications with ease of processing and free of gels. It exhibits excellent abrasion resistance and toughness and has good hydrolytic stability, oil, fuel and solvent resistance. It is supplied uncolored in pellet form.
In addition to pneumatic tubing, Zythane® 7045D applications include FDA applications; cable sheathing, spiral tubing, film, irrigation hoses, conveyor hoses, fire hoses, hydraulic hoses, cable jacketing, flat flex cables, automotive sensor cables.
Polyether-based grades of Zythane® TPUs offer improved microbial resistance, enhanced resistance to weak acids/bases and moisture/humidity, and low service temperatures. The robust characteristics of Zythane® TPUs make it the superior choice for use in hose and tube applications.
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.
For more information on TPUs TPEs, TPVs, as well as standard and custom grades, contact: APS Elastomers at info@apstpe.com

Monday, March 6, 2017

APS Elastomers Now Offers Thermochromatic Pigment for TPU

Thermochromatic pigments for TPU is now available at APS Elastomers.  Thermochromatic pigment reacts to changes in temperature and can be TPU overmolded in applications where monitoring heat energy is beneficial - and in some cases, crucial. As the temperature rises, the pigment loses its color; making it ideal for applications such as baby bottles, thermoses, and coffee mugs to prevent scalding; fever patches to detect body temperature; and battery testers to detect energy levels.

The thermochromatic pigments are available in a broad range of colors that are FDA, RoHS, and NSF compliant and heavy-metal free.

thermochomatic TPU pigment reacting to heat


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

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

APS Elastomers Mentors Henry Ford Academy Student

Dakota Joseph, a high school senior at Henry Ford Academy in Dearborn, Michigan spent five weeks at APS Elastomers fulfilling his final year's required practicum. The Practicum Experience at Henry Ford Academy is a supervised work-based learning experience in which students are placed with a local business to learn in an environment where they make valuable connections outside the classroom. The goal is to enable students to become self-initiating interns by developing their own study plan, choosing research projects that are interesting and challenging to them, outlining procedures and successfully implementing them. Students choose their research project based on career interest or personal passion relative to their future endeavors.

Dakota chose thermo-chromatic pigment for TPU as his project for his final year practicum. Working with APS Elastomer's co-owners, Stephane Morin and Roger Huarng, Dakota learned how to compound thermo-chromatic TPU and mold sample plaques.

Thermo-chromatic pigment reacts to changes in temperature and can be overmolded onto TPU for applications where monitoring heat energy is beneficial - and in some cases, crucial. As the temperature rises, the pigment loses its color; making it ideal for applications such as baby bottles, thermoses, and coffee mugs to prevent scalding, fever patches to detect body temperature, and battery testers to detect energy levels.

Thermo-chromatic pigment reacts to cold

Thermo-chromatic pigment reacts to hot
Dakota created a video demonstrating the results of the thermo-chromatic pigments reaction to hot and cold, which he will use as part of his presentation to teachers and students at Henry Ford Academy of the knowledge gained during his practicum at APS Elastomers.


"I was immersed in many aspects of APS's business; customer service, warehouse operations, thermoplastic elastomer compounding, product testing and analysis, but my favorite was working on the pigment for TPUs, molding plaques, and extrusion" says Dakota.
"Mentoring students is part of our social responsibility", says Roger Huarng. "Working with Dakota has been a rewarding experience for all of us at APS Elastomers", adds Stephane Morin.