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RTP Introduces New Conductive Extrusion Compounds Designed to Improve Consistency in Conductivity and Mechanical Properties

  • Tuesday, 16th September 2014
  • Reading time: about 2 minutes

RTP Company has expanded its line of conductive compounds to include those specifically designed for extrusion processes and applications.

Produced on dedicated manufacturing equipment designed for the highest level of uniform carbon black dispersion, RTP explains it’s Conductive Extrusion Compounds provide consistent electrical conductivity, electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection, and maximisedphysical properties.

The company explains many applications require consistent ESD protection, excellent physical properties, and flawless surface appearance — even in thin extrusions. Physical properties and surface appearance are often compromised if the conductive carbon is not highly and consistently dispersed. In addition, thin extrusions require that carbon loadings are accurately controlled to maintain consistent conductivity over the entire extruded product. RTP claims that it has thermoplastic compounds that are engineered to meet these demands.

“Extrusion compounds require special attention to both formulation and manufacturing details,” said Neil Hardwick, Marketing Manager for Conductive Products at RTP Company. “RTP Company takes special care to select the correct polymer and fillers to provide the best results for customers. In addition, we have installed specialised manufacturing equipment globally to address the application demands of our extrusion customers.”

According to RTP its extrusion compounds can also be engineered to provide the needed conductivity (both surface and volume resistance) as well as the required mechanical properties (tensile strength, tear strength, abrasion resistance, and durometer and flexibility for elastomers). These properties can be incorporated into a wide range of both elastomeric and rigid resin systems, including polyvinyl chloride (PVC), thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), thermoplastic elastomers (TPE), polycarbonate (PC), polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS), and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS).

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