Tailored support for the electrical and electronics industries

Alternative to PC and PC+ABS

A promising new field of use for non-reinforced PBT is for switch housings. This plastic fulfills the strict demands with respect to surface quality, color stability, surface quality, dimensional stability, resistance to chemicals and heat, and simultaneously possesses very good mechanical properties. Due to cost factors, switch housings have up to now been predominantly made from amorphous thermoplastics such as PC (polycarbonate) and PC+ABS (polycarbonate + acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) blends. “Non-reinforced PBT is now becoming a viable, cost-effective alternative. At the fair, we will be getting together with potential customers to sound out its potentials,” explains Marbach.

Tailor made for LED technology

The halogen-free, flame retardant Pocan BFN6410 is a product highlight especially for LEDs and other lighting technologies. Its light reflection of more than 94 percent at 450 nanometers is unusually high. It also possesses high stability against blue light and high light impermeability, even with low wall thicknesses. Additional advantages are its good mechanical behavior and low tendency to warp. This PBT compound achieves V-0 rating (0.75 millimeters), the best classification in UL 94 flammability tests.

HiAnt - service that pays dividends for customers

The services of the LANXESS package by the name of “HiAnt” cover the entire development chain of a component. Selected services relevant to the electrical and electronics industries are, for example, testing of the corrosion behavior of flame-retardant additives in contact with metals or standards-compliant performance of important flammability tests, for instance glow wire testing according to IEC 60695-2-13 or UL 94 flammability tests. Other services offered are electrical tests such as the determination of the dielectric strength in accordance with IEC 60243-1. Marbach: “In addition to filling simulation, CAE computations and the development of applications and processes at the customer’s site, we also offer a special simulation tool for the plastic suited design of heat dissipating components that takes factors such as component geometry, installation situation, heat input, and air convection around a component into account.”