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Application Innovations Based on PA66 for Auto & E&E by Ascend at Fakuma

Published on 2017-10-16. Author : SpecialChem

Ascend Performance Materials will be showcasing numerous product and application innovations for automotive and electric and electronic applications at Fakuma 2017. The international exhibition for plastics processing takes place in Friedrichshafen, Germany, on October 17-21. Ascend will be at booth 4119 in hall A4.

Ascend's PA66 Automotive and E&E Innovations to Take Center stage at Fakuma 2017
Ascend's PA66 Automotive and E&E Innovations to Take Center stage at Fakuma 2017

Improving Automotive Performance

Ascend’s growing Vydyne® family is helping solve automotive industry challenges to increase fuel efficiency and improve performance and comfort. These products find use in applications ranging from fasteners and electrical connectors to under-the-hood and external components, and are particularly prized for their ability to perform in harsh environments. Ascend’s latest PA66 compounds exhibit enhanced high temperature and hydrolysis resistance.

Vydyne®PA66 Family

PA66-based compound ranges include the glass-filled, heat-stabilized Vydyne H series, Vydyne HR series with best-in-class hydrolysis performance, and Vydyne HT series which provide high levels of resistance to property degradation after long-term heat exposure beneficial in turbo-charged systems.

Compounds for Hybrid & Electric Vehicles

Ascend will also show several compounds with critical roles in hybrid and electric vehicles.
  • The impact-modified Vydyne 40H and the electrically-neutral Vydyne J series are used to manage and protect the wiring that relays power and information throughout the vehicle. 
  • These compounds are ideal for hybrid and EV connectors, cable jacketing, cable ties and fasteners.

Scott Rook, Ascend’s vice president of nylon, said:
“The shift already underway in the auto industry requires innovation and technology. Our newest Vydyne PA66 compounds are not only innovative in their own right, but they spur innovation in engineering and design.”

Volker Kessler, Ascend’s European automotive segment manager, will be discussing the company’s innovative PA66 solutions for electric and hybrid vehicles on Tuesday, October 17, between 14:20 and 15:00 in the Fakuma Exhibitor Forum in the Foyer East – Gallery – Europa Lounge.

Superior Insulation, High Fire Resistance for E&E

For consumer, commercial and automotive E&E, Ascend offers Vydyne grades developed to meet increasing demands for:
  • Safety
  • Reliability
  • Performance

Vydyne FR350J

The company’s new Vydyne FR350J, for example, is an unreinforced, flame-retardant material ideal for connectors used in unattended domestic appliances. FR350J has the highest possible GWIT (glow wire ignition temperature) rating with zero flame: 960°C at all thicknesses.

Vydyne ECO366H

  • A second recent introduction, Vydyne ECO366H, is an unreinforced PA66 grade that obtains a UL94 V-0 rating at thicknesses as low as 0.4 mm
  • It also exhibits best-in-class RTI electrical (the relative thermal index associated with critical electrical insulating properties) of 150°C, making it ideal for terminal blocks. 
  • ECO366H exhibits superior melt flow and low plate-out for intricate parts and delivers good stiffness/impact balance, chemical resistance and superior thermal resistance.

Ed Nerlich, Ascend’s E&E global segment leader, said:
“Our E&E products are pushing the envelope in terms of performance and processing. FR350J and ECO 366H offer unique properties and finished part performance. They are also very easy to process; saving time and money.”

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Source: Ascend Performance Materials
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