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Telene DCPD is giving manufacturers worldwide a way to develop small- to medium-sized series of parts requiring high level properties.
According to Telene, their solutions are now being used in a variety of applications, such as body panels in agricultural and earth moving equipment, and trucks and buses. It has been selected by OEMs including John Deere, Volvo, Caterpillar, Bobcat, CNH Komatsu, Claas, AGCO and Rostselmash.
Telene say that one of their newest applications was introduced when engineers for Nebraska-based Allmand sought a new material to replace the steel previously used on its line of portable light towers. A lightweight, impact-resistant enclosure was needed for the company’s new Night-Lite PRO II, and Telene was chosen.
Kansas-based Osborne Industries manufactured the enclosure for Allmand’s George Eakin, Osborne Vice President of Operations, says his company knows full well the advantages of using Telene resins. “Telene DCPD has very good impact properties to withstand the rough service this equipment experiences in the field,” Osborne said. “The characteristics of the material also allow an aesthetically appealing body style and shape on this machine.”
Telene is based on extra-high purity dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) – mixed with other norbornene monomers – that reacts via a Ring Opening Metatheseis Polymerization. They say standard RIM equipment with a self-cleaning mixing head is used to process the low viscosity liquid, injecting the material into a closed mould at low pressure and temperature. Within approximately four to six minutes for most applications, the parts are easily removed with no need for release agents.
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