Ascend launches new polyamide 66 electrical components
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Ascend launches new polyamide 66 for electrical components

11:23 AM, 23rd October 2017
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HOUSTON, US: Ascend Performance Materials LLC has launched Vydyne FR350J, a new high-performance compound based on polyamide 66 (PA66) that will bring extra safety to electrical connectors used in unattended home appliances.

In addition to its excellent electrical and flammability properties, Vydyne FR350J also exhibits high ductility and elongation at break (15 percent), providing engineers with greater freedom when designing parts such as living hinges and snap fits.

The new unreinforced, flame-retardant compound also has superior melt flow and requires lower pressure to fill moulds; reducing cycle times and production costs. Vydyne FR350J has a wide processing window and is colour stable for natural and colourable applications.

Additional features of Vydyne FR350J include an RTI electrical rating of 130°C (RTI is the relative temperature index; RTI electrical is an indication of how critical electrical insulating properties vary with temperature) and a UL94 V-0 flammability rating at thicknesses down to 0.4 mm. The flame retardant additive package is REACH and RoHS compliant and exhibits low corrosion for improved electrical contact performance.

“Home appliances are getting smarter and demand for these so-called ‘smart’ products continues to grow. That means they will incorporate more electronics and more connectors. Vydyne FR350J will make sure that appliances are safe as well as smart,” said Vikram Gopal, Ascend’s vice president of technology.

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