American company specializing in compounding of advanced polymer materials, Teknor Apex recently unveiled its New Elexar® Compounds-a new class of TPE compounds-for wide range of insulation, jacket, and molded applications meet stringent UL criteria while providing rubber-like flexibility and toughness. A new class of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds are fully RoHS-compliant and meet stringent UL criteria for fire retardance while providing flexibility and toughness over a broad temperature range.
The new additions to the Elexar® product range are available with hardnesses from Shore 56A to 90A and recommended for insulation, jackets, and molded parts for flexible cords, coil cords, and cables in power tools, appliances, industrial robots, welding equipment, and entertainment audio and lighting systems. The benefits of the new Elexar TPE grades include fire retardant performance without use of polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardant. The flexibility and toughness of the new Elexar compounds make them suitable for use at temperatures down to -50°C. The grades are also formulated to pass a UL-1581 continuous rating of 125°C. The TPE compounds also exhibit good electrical properties having dielectric constant of 2.4 minimal dissipation losses and excellent oil resistance.