10/18/2010

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A combination formed for the future

API Applicazioni Plastiche Industriali S.p.A. in Mussolente, Italy, and A. Schulman GmbH in Kerpen, Germany, are showing together with KraussMaffei and other partners at the K 2010 fair a new ColorForm process by means of which such a path can be taken through combination of injection moulding, reaction technology and intelligent machinery technology.ColorForm shows that such success can only be achieved if the competence of the partners is combined with innovative and new materials in interdisciplinary cooperation applied to the process chain already at an early stage. The result will be presented at the K fair with an example of a briefcase.
 Combination of properties
A key factor was adhesion between the three different material components:Thermoplastic support
TPE
Polyurea lacquer systemA large contribution has been made here by the innovative thermoplastic elastomer Megol AM DP 2501 from API, which is distributed by A. Schulman.The requirements presented a large challenge to the developers. Aside from excellent adhesion to Schulman's Polyman M/AQ LE K1671 grade of ABS thermoplastic and compatibility to the polyurea system, great emphasis was placed on scratch and writing resistance, alongside a balanced mechanical property profile, simultaneously with an attractive price level.This resulted in Megol AM, a TPE compound adapted as an adhesion partner to Schulman's Polyman ABS, combining the high demand for excellent adhesion, good flow, outstanding mechanical properties and a matt surface, with an attractive price.
API has again been able to demonstrate its competence in the area of adhesion-modified TPE materials for multi-component technology through its successful implementation within this project. The new Megol AM product family introduced at the K 2010 fair should underline the competence with which increasing customer requirements are met in this area.Megol AM type
Shore hardnessDP 2501
30°~ 90°ADP 2392
30°~ 85°ADP 1741
35°~ 85°ADP 2339
50°~ 85°ADP 2268
55°~ 85°ADP 2217
60°~ 85°AHard componentPolyman ABS
XXSchulablend
XSchulamid 6
XXSchulamid 6.6
XXSchulamid 12
XSchuladur PBT/PET
XPolyvin (PVC)
X About ColorForm
The ColorForm process combines 2C-injection moulding with a polyurethane flow-coating in the same mould, the substrate with partial TPE surface and partial polyurea high-gloss painting. Target market for the technology are all kinds of plastic components with optical, tactile, decorative and functional surface properties, made for example for the automotive and electrical/electronics sectors.Visitors at K 2010 can see a live demonstration of the ColorForm process with the production of the above-mentioned briefcase at the KraussMaffei stand in hall 15, stand C24. Dr Marco Meneghetti
Renato Gheno
API S.p.A., Mussolente, Italy
Marco.meneghetti@apiplastics.comSven-M. Druwen,
A. Schulman GmbH, Kerpen, Germany
Sven_Druwen@de.aschulman.com APIHall 6, stand A42
A. SchulmanHall 8a, stand D12KraussMaffeiHall 15, stand C24

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