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RadiciGroup Launches High-performing Metal-replacing PPS Products for Auto & E&E

Published on 2017-11-03. Author : SpecialChem

RadiciGroup at Fakuma
To meet the ever more exacting requirements of the engineering plastics market – notably the important German automotive industry – in terms of innovation and performance, RadiciGroup has carried out its strategy of becoming a partner that can always be counted on. And, to this end, the Group has continued to expand its range of high performance polymers. At Fakuma 2017, RadiciGroup has officially announced its new PPS-based products: high-performance polymers particularly suited to engineering applications.

New Engineering Plastics

The distinguishing characteristics of the new Raditeck® P materials are as follows:
  • Superior chemical resistance to oil, fuel, solvents and water-glycol solutions.
  • Retention of mechanical properties when exposed to high temperature in air and other fluids.
  • High dimensional stability thanks to very low hygroscopicity.
  • Natural flame resistance.

Erico Spini, marketing manager Europe of RadiciGroup Performance Plastics, stated:
“The Raditeck® P products were created as part of RadiciGroup’s strategy of expanding its specialty products portfolio. A wider choice of available materials allows us to better support our customers, specifically in their projects involving innovation and metal replacement. At Fakuma 2017, we are presenting five Raditeck® P grades, from a 40% glass-fiber fill to a 65% mixed mineral-glass fiber fill. Naturally, we are ready to create new customized grades, in line with our collaboration philosophy, which has always positively influenced business relations between our company and our partners.”

Main Application Sectors for RadiciGroup’s New Raditeck® P Products

  • Automotive: Raditeck® P provides high dimensional stability (required, for instance, for pump impellers and housings), high chemical resistance even to acid substances, and good retention of mechanical properties over time even when exposed to high temperatures (>200°C).
  • Water management and household appliances: Raditeck® P offers excellent hydrolysis resistance, dimensional stability and mechanical properties, as well as excellent creep resistance.
  • Electrical / Electronics: PPS boasts intrinsic flame retardancy and practically zero moisture absorption. After launching its Radilon XTreme product line and introducing Radilon® Aestus T (PPA) at the K fair in 2016, RadiciGroup has expanded its high-performance polymer offering with new PPS-based products, thus continuing to build its reputation as a reliable partner in the implementation of its customers’ innovative projects.

Customer Collaboration

Erico Spini
Erico Spini
Erico Spini concluded:
“Another aspect we are particularly proud ofis our collaboration with our customers providing support in the development of their projects starting from the very beginning phases. We like to call ourselves a ‘solution provider’: besides giving assistance in choosing the right materials, we can also provide advanced structural calculation support. This simulation approach allows for obtaining a model of the structural component, typically made with fiber-reinforced material, that take into account all variables that affect processing and part performance, including most importantly the glass fiber orientation.

In this way we establish a relationship between the ‘local’ mechanical characteristics of the part and its morphology influenced by the parameters of the molding process used. It is, thus, possible to evaluate, among other properties, the change in the mechanical resistance of the component as a function of the position of the injection gate(s), with the part geometry left unchanged.

We have concluded that this new approach provides a noticeable improvement in the reliability of virtual calculations, with a consequent reduction in the design costs caused mostly by errors in the initial stages. We’ve made sizeable investments in the advanced characterization of our materials – both new and standard ones – that are often used for metal replacement in innovative applications.”

In the RadiciGroup exhibitor space at Fakuma, the laser marking of a RadiciGroup specialty polyamide, optimized for this kind of processing, was observed. This demonstration is made possible through collaboration with EVLASER, a company specializing in the design and production of laser equipment for industrial, aesthetic and medical applications.

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Source: RadiciGroup
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