Versaflex TPE for sustainable light and power device -- K Trade Fair


Versaflex TPE for sustainable light and power device

PolyOne's GLS Versaflex TPE was selected for several functional components in Schneider Electric's Mobiya TS 120, a portable, solar-powered LED lamp that combines lighting and mobile phone charging. The TPE provides a soft-touch gripping and sealing surface for the lamp's glow-in-the-dark, three-stage power switch as well as a cover for its mobile phone charging outlet. PolyOne worked with designers at Schneider Electric to select the material and also supported testing at the Schneider Electric R+D center in India. For the lamp components, Schneider Electric's designers wanted a globally available material with ‘water clarity' to make it easier for users to see the glow-in-the-dark switch in pitch-black conditions. The Mobiya TS 120 also needed a material that would bounce back to original shape with repeated flexing while resisting tears and scratches. Versaflex TPE meets these needs and also complies with both the European Union Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive and stringent UL flame ratings. "We are pleased to help Schneider Electric bring the basic necessity of light and power to those who need it,” said Walter Ripple, vice president and general manager, PolyOne GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers. "Versaflex TPE is ideally suited for the demanding environments in which Mobiya is used, providing an effective combination of usability, durability, and aesthetics.” "This is an excellent example of how collaboration and innovation are driving meaningful products that improve the quality of life with safe, affordable off the grid lighting,” said Gilles Vermot Desroches, senior vice president Sustainability, Schneider Electric. PolyOne's collaborative technical support and material innovations helped Schneider Electric accelerate development of its concept - providing affordable light and power to people who do not have access to clean, safe and sustainable energy.