RTP Company, US-based global custom engineered thermoplastic compounder, has developed a line of decaBDE-free, flame retardant thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds that are RoHS compliant. These products address the needs of electrical and electronics and other component manufacturers following the European Union's repeal of the decaBDE exemption under the RoHS Directive. "As a result of the RoHS Directive, global OEMs are seeking materials using non-decabrom flame retardants for plastic articles used in E&E applications," said Paul Killian, Technical Marketing Manager-TPE Division at RTP Company
Flame retardant TPEs are commonly used in the electronics industry for components such as overmolded connectors and strain reliefs. "RTP Company's flame retardant TPEs offer superior bondability and can be used with multi-shot or overmolding techniques, providing two key properties in one material," said Killian. "UL94 flammability ratings for these compounds are predominately V-0 @ 1/16 inch (1.5 mm) with some grades extending down to 1/32 inch (0.8 mm)." In addition, the new flame retardant TPE compounds can be used with additional compounding technologies, from color to conductivity, while maintaining the material's RoHS compliance.