Houston October 13, 2017
Ascend Performance Materials, a fully integrated producer of polyamide 66 (PA66) resin, has announced that they will showcase numerous product and application innovations for automotive, electric and electronic applications at Fakuma 2017, the international exhibition for plastics processing, in Friedrichshafen, Germany, between 17th to 21st October.
Ascend’s growing Vydyne family aims to solve automotive industry challenges like increasing fuel efficiency and improving performance and comfort. These products are useful in applications like fasteners and electrical connectors to under-the-hood and external components, and are particularly prized for their ability to perform in harsh environments.
PA66-based compound ranges include the glass-filled, heat-stabilised Vydyne H series, Vydyne HR series with best-in-class hydrolysis performance, and Vydyne HT series which provides high levels of resistance to property degradation after long-term heat exposure beneficial in turbo-charged systems.
Ascend will also show several compounds with critical roles in hybrid and electric vehicles. The impact-modified Vydyne 40H and the electrically-neutral Vydyne J series are used to manage and protect the wiring that relays power and information throughout the vehicle. These compounds are ideal for hybrid and EV connectors, cable jacketing, cable ties and fasteners.
“The shift already underway in the auto industry requires innovation and technology,” said Scott Rook, Ascend’s vice president of nylon. “Our newest Vydyne PA66 compounds are not only innovative in their own right, but they spur innovation in engineering and design.”
Volker Kessler, Ascend’s European automotive segment manager, will be discussing the company’s innovative PA66 solutions for electric and hybrid vehicles at the exhibition.
Ascend offers Vydyne grades developed to meet increasing demands for safety, reliability and performance. The company’s new Vydyne FR350J, for example, is an unreinforced, flame-retardant material ideal for connectors used in unattended domestic appliances, with the highest possible glow wire ignition temperature (GWIT) rating with zero flame: 960°C at all thicknesses.
Another recent introduction, Vydyne ECO366H, is an unreinforced PA66 grade that obtains a UL94 V-0 rating at a thickness as low as 0.4 mm,exhibiting an RTI electrical (the relative thermal index associated with critical electrical insulating properties) of 150°C, making it ideal for terminal blocks. It exhibits superior melt flow and low plate-out for intricate parts, delivering good stiffness/impact balance, chemical resistance and thermal resistance.
These grades will be showcased as under the company’s E-and-E products.