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New nylon 6/12 compounds for automotive

Teknor Apex has announced two new compounds of nylon 6/12 that the company says can help address industry concerns about nylon 12 supplies. The injection molding compounds are said to provide "comparable performance in the fuel line components that comprise the major application for nylon 12."

PlasticsToday Staff

September 4, 2012

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New nylon 6/12 compounds for automotive

Teknor Apex has announced two new compounds of nylon 6/12 that the company says can help address industry concerns about nylon 12 supplies. The injection molding compounds are said to provide "comparable performance in the fuel line components that comprise the major application for nylon 12."

Saying that the compounds, fiber-reinforced Chemlon 813 and 830 GHI, possess only "slightly greater" moisture gain than nylon 12, the company also says they offer shorter molding cycles. Jeff Schmidt, automotive market manager, says the compound is already in commercial use in one application for fuel line components.

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Chemlon 813 uses a 13% loading of carbon fiber, which provides antistatic conductivity, while Chemlon 830 GHI uses a 30% loading of glass fiber that increases strength and rigidity.

According to Schmidt, "Finished part dimensions are acceptable in existing tooling used for nylon 12 with little to no modification needed," when speaking about the moisture gain. "At the same time, Chemlon 800 Series materials process in shorter cycle times and at higher melt temperatures than nylon 12."

The company says that extensive testing has shown the compounds to be well suited for fuel-handling uses.

“For manufacturers seeking alternatives to nylon 12, Teknor Apex provides extensive automotive industry experience, expertise in custom compounding, and strong engineering support,” says Schmidt. “With nylon operations in the U.S., the UK, and Singapore, we have sufficient compounding capacity to meet new demand for nylon 6 /12.”

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