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APS Elastomers Develops Customized TPE for Wheelchair’s Handrim Grips

Published on 2015-11-18. Author : SpecialChem

APS Elastomers
Fig. 1: APS Elastomers

ROMULUS, MI -- 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.
Wheelchair’s Handrim Grip
Fig. 2: Wheelchair’s Handrim Grip

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.

About APS Elastomers

APS Elastomers is a full service warehousing, distribution, and technical service organization dedicated to helping TPE, TPU, TPV and other thermoplastic elastomer marketers and processors with all their product and technical support needs. APS Elastomers currently markets and supports Polymax Maxelast® TPEs, Huntsman Polyurethanes' IROGRAN® and AVALON® TPUs, Zythane® TPUs, and Viprene® TPVs. It offers the knowledge of all TPEs, TPUs and TPVs.

Source: APS Elastomers

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