Kydex, a manufacturer of thermoplastic sheet design, officially opened a materials testing facility, called FSTLab at its Bloomsburg, PA facility earlier this month.
The FSTLab is a space where suppliers, engineers, processors, and end users collaborate with the company on research, development and design teams on new fire-resistant technologies and materials, and where Kydex engineers perform regulatory tests on products throughout the development cycle.
"At Kydex, we recognize the challenges our clients face. In high profile, highly-regulated industries like aviation and mass transit, sourcing design-forward products that meet industry compliance can be a big challenge." said Ronn Cort, President at Kydex. "There is no initiative more important than safety. No matter how safe materials are, there is always an opportunity for improvement. The FSTLab aligns with our core commitments to the industries we serve: service, speed, and superiority. Our team of engineers and chemists will be able to further reduce development time of new formulations, in our ongoing commitment to making our products lighter, safer, and more sustainable."
The FSTLab includes collaboration areas and six testing laboratories. Thermoplastics are often required to meet flammability regulations. The term "FST" refers to flame, smoke development, material toxicity, and heat release testing. The aviation and mass transit industries have some of the most stringent FST requirements. The FSTLab will be utilized during product development by two Sekisui Chemical Company Sheet business brands, Kydex Thermoplastics and Allen thermoplastics.
In 2012, Kydex opened designLab, a 6,000 sq-ft design center that includes a color development laboratory, research and development labs, an exhibit space, meeting hall and collaborative working areas.