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Flame retardancy

The engineering plastics used in various electronics parts have to comply with strict flame retardancy requirements and more environmentally friendly solutions

Flame retardancy that’s safer for the environment

Flame retardancy that’s safer for the environment

As the electronics industry moved to capture more computing power into smaller spaces, it puts bigger demands on the materials used to manufacture the various parts. The engineering plastics used in these parts often have to comply with strict flame retardancy requirements, for example UL94 ratings, as well as looking to solutions that are more environmentally friendly, such as halogen-free flame retardant additives.

Our researchers have spent many years studying the flame retardancy behavior of the plastics in our portfolio, leading to the development of numerous halogen-free flame retardant grades across all our major product lines. This includes Akulon, Arnite, Arnitel, EcoPaXX, Stanyl and ForTii. Whether it’s for USB-C connectors, DDR4 connectors or low voltage switch gears, our materials ensure the flame retardancy your products need in a product with low environmental impact.

Improved equipment lifetime

High temperature engineering plastics containing glass fibers and flame retardants have the tendency to cause abrasive wear and corrosion on molding and extrusion equipment. This is not limited to the materials in the DSM portfolio. Successful trials with a treatment known as chromizing, clearly show a significant improvement in both abrasive wear and corrosion. The immediate effect is a longer life time for molding and extrusion screws including tips and check valves as well as other components like for instance nozzles, tips and needles of hot runner systems. Chromizing is a well-known, existing and commercially available surface treatment to improve wear and corrosion resistance for steel parts.

Ask us how we can help ensure your electronics meet safety standards for flame retardancy.

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