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ELIX Polymers introduces important improvements to surface finish of novel ABS/PC blend

March 12/2018

MOSCOW (MRC) -- ELIX Polymers, a leading producer of ABS polymers and blends, says important improvements to surface finish are being made by using Roctools Heat and Cool technology to mould its ELIX Ultra HH4115HI ABS/polycarbonate blend, as per the company's press release.

The company recently completed a series of tests using this technology, carried out in line with its strategy of providing tailor-made solutions and service to companies processing its specialist materials.

"We are operating in a highly competitive market, so it is important for us to go the extra mile to demonstrate to our customers how they can get the most out of our materials, says Jose Pedro Abad, business Development Manager Automotive. "We wanted to quantify the possible improvements - in terms of part aesthetics and also processing performance - using Heat and Cool technology. We chose to use Roctool induction heating technology to characterise our innovative ABS/PC blend ELIX Ultra HH4115HI, which is a leader of Heat and Cool technology (H&C), in order to expand the already wide range of applications." continues Abad.

The material characterisation is part of Roctools ongoing effort to further develop its High Definition Plastics material database which is designed to help OEMs to achieve exceptional part quality and increased performance" comments Mathieu Boulanger, Roctool CEO. "Roctools H&C can have significant effects on surface quality; it also helps to eliminate evidence of weld lines and flow marks. Mould cavity surface is heated very quickly up to temperatures that can exceed 200 C just before injection. The surface is then cooled quickly, to achieve the necessary demoulding temperature to minimize any increase in total cycle time," continues Mathieu Boulanger.

By heating the mould temperature above the glass transition temperature, we obtain excellent replication of the cavity surface - even surfaces that have the finest laser-made grain structures as well as an elimination of weld lines and sink marks. It therefore reduces or even eliminates the need for painti-g or in-mould decoration. Furthermore, shear stress in the melt is reduced which can have an important effect on the mechanical properties of the part and thinner walls.

To characterise the innovative ABS/PC blend ELIX Ultra HH4115HI under H&C conditions and according to the HD Plastics process, Roctool characterised the surface replication following three types of surface structures: Chemical grain, EDM grain and laser grain as well as improvements in gloss and colour. Besides surface replication, flow length studies have been also carried out.

"HD Plastics characterisation highlights the improvement made by using Roctool technology with global surface quality improved by the level of gloss and the black intensity. Indeed, Roctools technology allows a reduction of the colour lightness and we obtain a piano black part with a perfect surface finish." says Abad. In addition, replication of the textured surface was improved by over 50%, and there were significant improvements for each type of surface structure, especially with low roughness. Last HD Plastics characterisations are based on the study of the flow using the Spiral mould for thicknesses of 1 and 1,5mm. This study shows strong improvement using Roctool technology versus conventional technology, in terms of pressure drop reduction which is up to 60% and flow length up to 100%.

As MRC informed before, in February 2016, ELIX Polymers unveiled an upgraded version of P2MC as well as new ABS grades to complete the plating portfolio. Target applications for these electroplating grades include radiator grilles, logos, profiles, tailgate handles, and decorative interior parts.

ELIX Polymers is one of the most important manufacturers of ABS resins and derivatives in Europe, with 40 years of experience in engineering plastics and an installed capacity of 180,000/year from their plant in Tarragona (Spain) to the world. The operation starts in 1975, when the Tarragona ABS and SAN production plant was inaugurated.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PC, ABS, compounding, car components, compounds, ELIX Polymers.
Category:General News
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