The connected home
With the growth in ‘smart’ home appliances that consumers control remotely on their smartphones and tablets, the demand for appliance connector materials that meet the highest flame resistance requirements combined with the required electrical properties grows.
While performance requirements for appliance connectors are increasing there are important regional differences in the standards that are applied. As a result connectors fitted to equipment sold in one region are often made from a different material to those on equipment sold in another region. What would simplify logistics considerably for global manufactures who purchase and market worldwide are connector materials that meet all the relevant industry requirements, wherever they are sold.
Working in close cooperation with leading OEMs and connector manufacturers DSM has recently developed Akulon® SafeConnect and EcoPaXX® PA410 grades, creating a complete portfolio of polyamides that enable OEMs to not only meet the EN 60335-1 international standard on safety of household and similar appliances, but which also meet individual OEM requirements that exceed international standards.