A polyamide 6 compound blended with carbon powder is able to reliably dissipate static electricity, protecting the radon gas detection element at the heart of an at-home radon detection kit. Electrafil NY-7/EC is used for the molded housing of RSSI’s (www.rssi.us) Alpha-track Radon Detector, a $25 kit that allows homeowners to check for the carcinogenic, invisible, odorless, and tasteless gas. Tom Drye, director of sales and marketing for Electrafil’s manufacturer, Techmer Lehvoss Compounds (Clinton, TN), says that the compound is rated electrically conductive, 10E2 to 10E6 Ohm-cm, according to the ASTM D257 standard.
Techmer PM’s Electrafil compounds could find a home in a wide range of applications.
Drye says there are a variety of potential applications for Electrafil compounds, including automotive fuel-delivery components, printer parts, conductive monofilament, and more. Electrafil denotes the company’s conductive grades with compounds using a variety of base resins, including, but not limited to PP, ABS, PC, PA, POM, PEI, PEEK, and PBT. The compounds can also feature different fillers, including stainless steel for electromagnetic interference shielding; carbon fibers for conductivity and strength; carbon powder, as applied by RSSI; and conductive alloys for static dissipation and custom colors.
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