New SABIC`s Xtreme LNP Starflam specialty compounds

The Xtreme LNP Starflam compounds are based on a technology that forms chemical bonds between the PA macromolecules under E-beam radiation. After irradiation the material is able to withstand exposure to temperatures decades higher than standard PA. Where a standard PA would melt or deform, Xtreme LNP Starflam maintains its rigidity and mechanical integrity.

The four new LNP Starflam compounds include two grades featuring non-brominated, non-chlorinated flame retardants for compliance with such environmental regulations as the EU`s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directives, and other eco labels. The other two non-FR grades offer excellent mechanical properties, ductility and softness.

The one-granule solution from SABIC Innovative Plastics results in good part-to-part consistency with respect to properties and color. For medium and dark colors this allows proactive color adjustment to compensate for possible discoloration due to radiation. A planned color change can also help in signaling whether parts have been irradiated.

The new Xtreme LNP Starflam compounds provide mechanical properties, part weight, and design freedom similar to those of standard polyamides. They can be processed in the same tools as the equivalent traditional grade and use standard E-beam radiation technology - the same that is used for medical device sterilization. The one-granule solution of the Xtreme LNP Starflam series offers excellent part-to-part consistency in both properties and color.

Applications for the flame-retardant grades of the Xtreme LNP Starflam compounds include internals for contactors, internals for miniature circuit breakers (MCBs) and molded case circuit breakers (MCCBs), connectors for electronics, and virtually any small or medium-size part that is subjected to short-term temperatures above the melting point of polyamide. The non-FR grades are excellent candidates for under the hood automotive applications or parts in HVAC equipment.