EZ-Kote Inc. has introduced an upgrade to its RS1 silicone mold release agent to match the product's performance for rubber and urethane-based elastomers as well.
The Canton, Ga., company unveiled its newest 100-percent fluoropolymer water-based release agent-called RS2-at the International Silicone/Rubber Molding conferences, held concurrently April 5-6 in Dearborn, Mich.
EZ-Kote has seen a lot of success with its RS1 product since its introduction three years ago, said Bill Stephens, the company's CEO.
But some customers who had bought the release agent for silicone told him they had used RS1 for elastomers such as EPDM and HNBR, and while it had worked well, the situation ``woke us up,'' Stephens said.
The firm made improvements to its original formula and developed a product with the same benefits-durability, level of slip, mold cleanliness, ease of release and maximum number of releases-as its predecessor, only designed to release with silicone, rubber and urethanes, he said.
EZ-Kote's release agents help save costs on waste, particularly on elastomeric parts that rip and tear, Stephens said. The firm prides itself on 100-percent yields, a result that's hard to get on difficult-to-mold parts, he said. ``We think they're very good products,'' Stephens said. ``They reduce scrap and save money.''
The release agents also are easy to use, he said, with no stirring or baking involved. ``You just spray and go.''
The company does the bulk of its business in the rubber/urethane sector, with semi-permanent water-based release products for foams, cast urethanes, urethane elastomers and composites, and molded silicone and rubbers. It also makes releases for gel coal and cultured marble.
Much of what EZ-Kote makes is custom-formulated, with the company working off its base products to develop the ideal formula for a customer's application, Stephens said. He holds four patents in the mold release sector and has experience with several companies, including as a vice president working with Dexter Corp.'s Frekote mold release division.
In addition to its sales in North America, EZ-Kote has a customer base in Germany, has started doing business in Brazil and Thailand, and is working to do so in China, he said.
Down the road, Stephens would like EZ-Kote to continue to focus on the rubber/urethane elastomer segment and eventually be a dominant player in that area.
The company operates out of its 10,000-sq.-ft. facility in Canton, and employs 10. Its products are disseminated through its master stocking distributor, Chembar Inc., based in Columbus, Ohio.