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GE Plastics has introduced a new product platform that they say helps solve the drawbacks of dry-blending colorants, flame retardants, additives, and other effects in long-glass-fibre compounds.
GE’s LNP Verton Xtreme compound portfolio is a one-pellet solution for enhanced colour, flame retardance (FR), and weatherability. According to GE, this patent-pending technology improves batch-to-batch consistency and within individual parts by eliminating the need to blend two pellet types, which can lead to separation, settling, and other quality issues. LNP Verton Xtreme compound grades – XC for extreme colour, XFR for extreme flame retardance, and XW for extreme weatherability – enable customers to achieve the mechanical properties of long-glass-fibre reinforcement while boosting quality and consistency that can reduce overall system costs.
Jamie Tebay, structural product manager for GE Plastics, LNP, said, “GE Plastics has invested millions of dollars – including new extruders, equipment, and specific strand designs – to develop and commercialize the new LNP Verton Xtreme compound platform. This significant commitment demonstrates our dedication to the industry. GE Plastics’ value-added services, expertise, and next-generation products, allow us to meet the most stringent customer requirements for improved quality and consistency, exceptional performance, and system efficiencies.”
Steelcase Inc. is evaluating injection-molded LNP Verton XC compound to produce the seat back frame of its award-winning Leap office chair. By replacing a two-pellet solution with LNP Verton Xtreme compound, Steelcase has seen an improvement in surface finish and colour consistency. With the rich and consistent color of GE’s LNP Verton XC compound, Steelcase expects to improve overall aesthetics while reducing system costs.
GE’s LNP Verton XC compound is currently available in nylon base resins, while LNP Verton XFR compound is available in polycarbonate/acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (PC/ABS) resins. The third grade, LNP Verton XW compound, is based on GE’s Geloy resin, an advanced amorphous terpolymer of acrylic-styrene-acrylonitrile (ASA) resin. It will be available in Q3 2007. These compounds can be processed using standard and gas-assist injection moulding, structural foam moulding, and injection-compression moulding, and can be extruded into profiles.
Future plans for the platform include one-pellet solutions that offer enhanced lubrication for parts such as gears and washers, and enhanced conductivity for powder-coated parts.
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