WINONA, MINNESOTA, USA ? Global custom engineered thermoplastic compounder RTP Company has expanded its broad line of halogen-free flame retardant (FR) compounds to include nylon and polyester grades.
WINONA, MINNESOTA, USA ? Global custom engineered thermoplastic compounder RTP Company has expanded its broad line of halogen-free flame retardant (FR) compounds to include nylon and polyester grades. These new compounds provide plastics processors and OEMs with more options to meet popular green-initiative requirements driving today's material selection processes. Halogen-free FR products, which are fully compliant with RoHS Directive regulations, are for the first time available in nearly all resin systems ? providing a viable alternative to using traditional halogenated FR additives for applications in electrical & electronics, building and transportation interior markets. "Development of halogen-free FR materials by RTP Company has been driven by the global push for manufacturers to eliminate halogens from their products," said Paul Killian, Technical Marketing Manager - FR Products at RTP Company. "Our next generation halogen-free FR compounds do exactly that ? while still providing the same physical property and UL94 V-0 FR performance as conventional halogenated grades." Recent additions to RTP Company halogen-free product line include nylons (PA 6/6, PA 6, HTN, & PPA) and polyesters (PBT, PET, & PTT) in addition to six previous resin systems. According to Killian, "Increased availability of halogen-free FR plastics is a big benefit to engineers who now have a choice that doesn't require them to compromise mechanical or FR performance when selecting a plastic material." Halogen-free FR compounds from RTP Company have UL94 V-0 flammability ratings of either 1/32 or 1/16" (0.8 or 1.5 mm). Other advantages of using halogen-free FR additives include lower smoke generation, making them ideal for enclosed space applications. They also have a significantly lower specific gravity ? up to 20% less than halogenated FR grades ? reducing the quantity of material used and thereby end part cost. And, like all products in RTP Company's extensive portfolio, halogen-free FR properties can be combined with other compounding technologies ? such as structural reinforcement or conductivity ? to solve multiple problems with a single solution. "Helping manufacturers meet their environmental objectives, whether it be RoHS, EPEAT, or LEEDS compliance, by developing green-inspired products showcases RTP Company's responsiveness and ability to tailor our engineered compounds to meet specific application requirements," said Killian. "Our development of these next generation halogen-free FR systems is a significant step forward in FR additive technology and in meeting manufacturers' environmental-awareness goals that will allow RTP Company to collaborate with an even wider variety of industries." For more information, contact RTP Company at 507-454-6900 or 800-433-4787, or e-mail rtp@rtpcompany.com. About RTP Company RTP Company, headquartered in Winona, Minn., is a global compounder of custom engineered thermoplastics. The company has ten manufacturing plants on three continents, plus sales representatives throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. RTP Company's engineers develop customized thermoplastic compounds in over 60 different engineering resin systems for applications requiring color, conductive, elastomeric, flame retardant, high temperature, structural, and wear resistant properties.