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PolyOne Corp. has an enhancement to its existing thermoplastic elastomer technology that it said will help products with nylon grips deliver superior resistance to oil and abrasion. The GLS Versaflex OM TPE material bonds tightly to nylon substrates to deliver a soft, yet resilient grip for safety, ergonomics and comfort, PolyOne claimed.
PolyOne reported material testing shows that it surpasses other TPEs on the market in resisting the oil and abrasion often encountered with demanding usage.
Testing under ASTM D3389 proved that this material delivers 40 percent better abrasion resistance than a leading competitor's product, PolyOne said, as well as incumbent GLS nylon overmolding grades.
Versaflex OM also allows for lower processing temperatures to achieve superior bond strength, and using two-shot or insert molding, the material bonds tightly without adhesives to most standard nylons, as well as heat-stabilized, lubricated, glass-filled and impact-modified versions, the company claimed.
Available in translucent and black formulations, PolyOne said this overmolding TPE grade can be custom colored to meet aesthetic and branding needs. With a standard Shore A hardness of 60, the material can be customized to other hardness levels to meet specific customer requirements.
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