Celanese Corp. (Irving, TX) reports that its Vectra LCP FIT50 liquid crystal polymer (LCP) has received UL approval for flame class V-0 at 0.20-mm thickness with 50-percent regrind material. This LCP contains 30 percent mineral reinforced material and shows excellent flow capability and outstanding warpage performance.
Celanese’s Spillner: “Use of high-performance engineered materials such as Vectra LCP FIT50 enables connector manufacturers and tier suppliers increase design and processing capability, improve appearance, and increase performance levels.
The new UL 94 V-0 certification at 0.2 mm thickness shows Vectra LCP FIT50 has excellent flame-retardant performance for ultrathin wall and complex connector applications such as SIM (subscriber identity module) cards and board-to-board connectors in smart phones, tablets, ultra-books and other mobile communication devices.
Other advantages of electronic connectors manufactured using Vectra LCP FIT50 include the maintenance of good dimensional stability, and improved overall processing, especially in filling performance
“The use of high-performance engineered materials from Celanese, such as Vectra LCP FIT50 polymer, enables connector manufacturers and tier suppliers increase design and processing capability, improve appearance, and increase performance levels of electronic components,” said Sabine Spillner, Senior Business Director, Celanese. “The UL approval for flame rating V-0 at 0.20 mm thickness for this LCP grade highlights our commitment to continuous innovation on behalf of our customers using Celanese’s broad product portfolio and applications expertise to enable them to improve production efficiencies and develop high performing, quality parts.”
Vectra LCP FIT polymers along with other grades of Vectra LCP and Zenite LCP are halogen-free, high-performance polymers that provide high-temperature performance in eco-friendly thin-wall applications with exceptionally precise and stable dimensions.