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Rubber Replacement

The aim of using plastics as rubber replacement is to achieve a maximum weight saving in individual components or parts by means of the design, the material selection or the method of production. By focusing on key concepts such as TPE, TPO, TPV elastomer, SBS, SEBS... this Channel aims to provide engineers and designers with technical solutions to replace rubber with plastics. Subscribe Now!

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Dec 1, 2008 | Article

Low Cost, Highly Reactive Biopolyols for the Polyurethane Industry

There is an increasing need and interest in the industry to develop alternate polyols based on renewable resource based raw materials that offer potential advantages in reduced price volatility and...

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Oct 30, 2008 | Article

How Do You Select The Right TPE For An Application?

Selecting the right material for an application is key to the successful commercialization of a product. Elastomeric components are now widely produced from thermoplastic elastomers, TPEs. Selecting...

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Sep 10, 2008 | Article

Diversified Rubber Replacing Material & Process Technologies

While working with LSR (liquid silicone rubber) has its drawbacks, it is a two component material that requires special equipment and tooling to process, it also has its benefits including heat...

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May 1, 2008 | Article

Specialty TPVs Worth Watching

Thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs) are a specific class of thermoplastic elastomers made by alloying a thermoplastic material with rubber that is fully or partially vulcanized during the alloying...

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Mar 19, 2008 | Article

Effect of Gamma Sterilization on Select TPE Materials

Advancements in TPE technology, particularly in the development of bondable grades, along with the improvements made in multi-shot processing techniques, have expanded the role and use of TPE...

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Feb 1, 2008 | Article

The Effect of Injection Molding Parameters on Low Gloss TPE Compounds for Automotive Safety Restraint Systems

Ductility of TPE materials1 at extreme cold temperatures is highly desired for automotive airbag door applications. Simultaneously, higher flow properties and better processibility of TPE materials...

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Oct 31, 2007 | Article

How to Choose a Soft TPE for Parts to Add Value

Newer soft thermoplastic elastomers, TPEs, materials offer new ways to improve products and add value to the consumer. The range of TPEs available is becoming broader and their hardness range is...

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Oct 1, 2007 | Article

Parts Designed with Soft TPEs Add Value

A wide range of products across virtually every market in a wide variety of applications are able to benefit from the use of full range of TPE products available. The new materials are appearing in...

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Sep 1, 2007 | Article

Self Adhering Multimolding Capable LSR Expanding Rapidly

Multicomponent molding with LSR (liquid silicone rubber) is a growing field. Applications range from traditional rubber replacing molded-in gaskets for automotive, and nipples on baby bottles for...

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Jul 12, 2007 | Article

The Ever Versatile Vultac® Agent

The use of Arkema's Vultac® (alkylphenol disulfide), Vulcanization agent and tackifier is strategically useful in tire applications. For each given part of the tire, the use of Vultac® will provide...

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