Editor's note: Each week, Rubber & Plastics News will take a look at some of the rubber industry's new products and innovations on www.rubbernews.com. Does your company have a new product or new innovation? To be considered for inclusion in this recurring feature, email [email protected]
A weekly look at new products, innovations
Elasto UK Ltd., part of global thermoplastic elastomer compounding group Hexpol TPE, has developed a special grade of Dryflex TPE.
The company said the TPE provides high levels of non-slip grip for Polyco's Grip It Max gloves.
The Grip It Max gloves have a knitted liner with a three-quarter injection molded TPE coating, according to the company. The ergonomic design with underslung thumb matches the natural position of the hand at rest to allow for ease of movement, Elasto claimed, and the tapered fingers ensure that tasks can be performed easily.
Elasto said the three-quarter TPE coating has been reinforced in critical areas; offers exceptional abrasion resistance for maximum protection; and has a specially designed tread pattern on the palm and fingertips that helps to provide its gripping ability.
Elasto said it collaborated with distribution partners Distrupol UK on the development of the custom formulated grade for Polyco. The gloves can be used for transport, logistics, scaffolding, roofing, engineering and manufacturing applications.
Dukane Corp. has introduced a laser welding system that the company said allows clear-to-clear plastic welding without the need of any laser absorbing additives.
Dukane said the system incorporates a recently developed 2-micron laser with an increased absorption by clear polymers and enables a highly controlled melting through the thickness of optically clear parts.
The company said its LaserLinQ software supports the new beam delivery system that integrates a programmable multi-axes servo gantry and a scan head while providing users the ability to break complex weld patterns into separate geometric segments, modify each segment independently and assign different welding parameters to each segment.
All laser enclosures are Class I CDRH certified and utilize laser-safe glass viewing windows, the company claimed.
This Dukane flexible welding system offers a variety of highly specialized tooling cassettes, the company said, and a standard, incorporate binary tool ID recognition for automatic weld recipe recall. The system can benefit industries such as medical, electronics and appliance, the company said.
For more information, go to www.dukane.com/us.
Grieve Corp. has released a 500°F (260°C ), electrically heated walk-in oven to treat long fluorocarbon shapes supported by fixtures on wheels at the customer's facility.
The oven, No. 958, is 36 inches wide by 300 inches deep by 36 inches high. Grieve said 60KW are installed in lncoloy sheathed tubular heating elements, while a 4200 CFM, 3-HP recirculating blower provides combination airflow to the workload.
According to the company, the oven has insulated 4-inch walls and an aluminized steel interior and exterior. Its features include an integral top mounted heat chamber, single door front and rear, 2-inch insulated floor with channel guide tracks and two fixture supports with flanged wheels, the company said.
Rubber News wants to hear from its readers. If you want to express your opinion on a story or issue, email your letter to Editor Bruce Meyer at [email protected].