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RTP Company Unveils Conductive Compounds Designed for Extrusion Processes & Applications

Published on 2014-09-11. Author : SpecialChem

WINONA, MN, USA -- RTP Company, a global custom engineered thermoplastics compounder, has expanded its line of conductive compounds to include those specifically designed for extrusion processes and applications. Produced on dedicated manufacturing equipment designed for the highest level of uniform carbon black dispersion, RTP Company's Conductive Extrusion Compounds provide consistent electrical conductivity, electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection, and maximized physical properties.

Many applications require consistent ESD protection, excellent physical properties, and flawless surface appearance — even in thin extrusions. Physical properties and surface appearance are often compromised if the conductive carbon is not highly and consistently dispersed. In addition, thin extrusions require that carbon loadings are accurately controlled to maintain consistent conductivity over the entire extruded product. Fortunately, RTP Company has thermoplastic compounds that are engineered to meet these demands.

"Extrusion compounds require special attention to both formulation and manufacturing details," said Neil Hardwick, Marketing Manager for Conductive Products at RTP Company. "RTP Company takes special care to select the correct polymer and fillers to provide the best results for customers. In addition, we have installed specialized manufacturing equipment globally to address the application demands of our extrusion customers."

Some of the most popular applications for flexible conductive extrusion compounds include vacuum hoses, ESD tubing, wire & cable, and geomembrane films used a large range of applications in the industrial, automotive, pharmaceutical, and electronics markets. Common applications for rigid extrusion compounds include industrial pipes and ESD packaging sheets.

Drawing on RTP Company's years of custom compounding expertise, these extrusion compounds can also be engineered to provide the needed conductivity (both surface and volume resistance) as well as the required mechanical properties (tensile strength, tear strength, abrasion resistance, and durometer and flexibility for elastomers). RTP Company can also incorporate other performance enhancements during compounding such as RoHS compliant flame retardant modifiers and processing aids.

These properties can be incorporated into a wide range of both elastomeric and rigid resin systems, including polyvinyl chloride (PVC), thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), thermoplastic elastomers (TPE), polycarbonate (PC), polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS), and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS). Conductive Extrusion Compounds from RTP Company are available worldwide through their global network of full-service facilities that provide technical support from design through production.

About RTP Company

RTP Company, headquartered in Winona, Minnesota, is a global compounder of custom engineered thermoplastics. The company has 12 manufacturing plants on three continents (including Beaune, France and Ladenburg, Germany in Europe), plus sales representatives throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. RTP Company's engineers develop customized thermoplastic compounds in over 60 different engineering resin systems for applications requiring color, conductive, elastomeric, flame retardant, high temperature, structural, and wear-resistant properties.

Source: RTP Company

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