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Chinaplas preview: Low smoke, non-halogen compound to debut at Chinaplas

PolyOne Corporation (Avon Lake, OH) is to launch a new ECCOH offering at Chinaplas 2012 in Shanghai on April 18. Designated ECCOH 1025/1C, this new polymer solution is part of the Company's ECCOH family of Low Smoke and Fume, Non Halogen (LSFOH) materials.

PolyOne Corporation (Avon Lake, OH) is to launch a new ECCOH offering at Chinaplas 2012 in Shanghai on April 18. Designated ECCOH 1025/1C, this new polymer solution is part of the Company's ECCOH family of Low Smoke and Fume, Non Halogen (LSFOH) materials.

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Anti-adhesion properties of halogen-free cable compound obviated the need for epoxy coating (above). Appliance can also meet UL 1581 (125°C) rating requirements (below).

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Fabricators of high temperature wire and cable will reportedly find ECCOH ideal for use in home appliances, business machinery and other applications where elevated temperature performance is required. "The launch of this new ECCOH solution is another example of PolyOne's expertise in developing polymer solutions to support customer-specific challenges," says Murielle Chuzeville, general manager, ECCOH High Performance Solutions at PolyOne. "In this case, we have launched a material that provides wire and cable manufacturers serving Asia's booming appliance market with a specialized solution for the challenges they face. This launch also clearly shows our strategic focus on specialized areas within a market where we can add value and remove obstacles to success."

ECCOH 1025/1C is an e-Beam cross-linkable, low smoke and fume, non-halogen flame retardant solution. It has good anti-adhesion and flame retardant properties combined with superior processing characteristics. Appliance wire manufactured using this solution can meet UL 1581 (125°C) rating requirements. Potential applications for this material include the internal wiring of appliances, white goods, test equipment, motor lead wires, business machines and other office and control equipment where elevated temperature performance is required.

With this new ECCOH solution, wire manufacturers have a non-halogen sheathing solution that enables them to manufacture to AWM UL 758 requirements with FT2 flame performance at 125° C temperature rating. The material typically does not require pre-drying before use, and can be processed on extrusion lines set up for vinyl or polyethylene.  

This polymer solution reportedly offers significant value to the appliance wire market in Asia, with improved elongation-at-break properties at elevated temperatures and unique anti-adhesion properties to streamline secondary processing and reduce scrap. Its anti-adhesion properties are also beneficial to wire and cable manufacturers, who typically apply an epoxy-based insulation coating on top of cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) sheathing to provide better heat and insulation resistance. This epoxy insulation coating must then be cured in ovens at high (125°C) temperatures, which often causes the XLPE insulated wires to become tacky. The tacky XLPE insulation makes it difficult to split the wires, and using too much force can tear the insulation and sheathing layer, ruining the cable.

Chuzeville further notes, "With our new ECCOH offering, our customers now have a polymer solution that processes well and helps them overcome manufacturing challenges such as splitting of XLPE cable after curing. Our new material can also be readily colored using polymer-specific color masterbatches, which PolyOne [also] offers."-[email protected]

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