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Material Thoughts: New sheet grades from Boltaron and Toray, plus PCC gets NSF cert for PP grades

Sheet extruder Boltaron adds new thermoformable sheet grades for aircraft application, and Toray Plastics begins marketing polyester film for use as an over-laminate film to protect labels and products against the effects of UV damage. Plastics Color Corp., a supplier of color concentrates, compounds and additive masterbatches, has earned NSF International certification for several color concentrates in its polypropylene product line.

Sheet extruder Boltaron adds new thermoformable sheet grades for aircraft application, and Toray Plastics begins marketing polyester film for use as an over-laminate film to protect labels and products against the effects of UV damage. Plastics Color Corp., a supplier of color concentrates, compounds and additive masterbatches, has earned NSF International certification for several color concentrates in its polypropylene product line.

Bolraron sheet for aircraft applications
Toray Plastics UV film for outdoor labels

Top: Boltaron offers new sheet grades for aircraft applications.

Middle: TorayPlastics' UV-protected film can be converted into labels for use on outdoor products.

First to Newcomerstown, OH, where sheet extruder Boltaron is headquartered. The processor says it now is marketing a new grade of PVC/acrylic alloy sheet for thermoforming of aircraft interior components. Called Boltaron 9815D, the sheet has Izod impact resistance of 5.0 ft lbs/in (265 J/m) and meets Federal Aviation Requirement (FAR) 6565 requirements for flammability, smoke generation and heat release.

Custom patterns such as carbon fiber, wood grains, abstracts and simulated fabrics are available in a range of surface textures with low minimums according to the company.

 The sheet is extruded in gauges from 0.040 to .250 in. (1.02 to 6.35 mm) and in widths to 48 in. (1219 mm) and lengths to 120 in. (3048 mm) with custom sizes available.

Typical applications include dividers, galley components, lavatory parts, PSUs, seat parts, tray tables, window reveals and moldings.

Moving east to North Kingstown, RI, Toray Plastics (America) Inc., has introduced a new film grade, Lumirror U65V. This UV-stabilized polyester film is for use as an over-laminate film to protect labels and products against the effects of UV damage. Lumirror U65V is being marketed for use in outdoor label applications. Labels made with U65V film may be applied to pumps, ladders, lawnmowers, industrial power tools, automobiles and parts, and agricultural equipment, among other outdoor consumer and industrial items.

"Labels are an extremely important communications tool," says Milan Moscaritolo, senior director of sales at the processor. "Equipment manufacturers require reliable film materials to help protect critical information including instructions and bar codes, as well as maintain the brand's identity. Lumirror U65V film is an ideal choice for the end user and the converter who want to create and protect a high-quality finished label product."

Meanwhile, PCC (Plastics Color Corporation) has announced the certification of several color concentrates in its polypropylene product line by NSF International, the public health and safety organization. NSF International certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods.
 
PPC color concentrate grades 132876, 531544, 531615, 531648, 531657 and 531658 now all are certified by NSF International as meeting the requirements of 21 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) for additives that hold or contact food and NSF/ANSI Standard 51: Food Equipment Materials, which defines requirements for materials used in the making of commercial food equipment.

According to the supplier, these materials are used primarily in compounds which are processed to form parts for refrigerators, dishwashers and small kitchen appliances where food contacts the inside surfaces. Each certified material is reviewed to determine its resistance to leaching component materials and gases into foods. The materials are certified after reviewing for various conditions, including the specific type of food that would contact the surface, and operating temperatures.

The company pursued certification to help its customers. PCC president Doug Borgsdorf explained, "We wanted to enhance our offerings in a sector that we currently service and saw an opportunity to support our customers' growth. We invested in NSF certification because of the number of customers we currently have in the appliance business and as a means to provide a better product."

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