KINGWOOD, Texas—Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. has introduced new carbon black grades designed to provide key benefits to pressure pipe, wire and cable and conductive product manufacturers.
The new grades are:
- Printex zeta A Beads for pressure pipe;
- Arosperse 5-183A Beads and Printex HV Beads for wire and cable applications; and
- XPB 552 Beads and Powder and XPB 538 Beads for conductive polymer applications.
These new carbon black grades impart surface smoothness, UV protection, stability, electrical conductivity and anti-static properties, Orion said.
Printex zeta A Beads are designed especially for use in PE 100 and PE 4710 pipe for gas and water distribution, according to the company.
The high chemical purity and physical cleanliness of Printex zeta A Beads minimize taste and odor effects, according to Orion. Its low compound moisture absorption and excellent microscopic dispersion performance ensure a smooth, defect-free pipe, the company said.
Arosperse 5-183A Beads are a soft-beaded furnace black ideal for semi-conductive isolation shields for medium-voltage cables, Orion said. It is a very clean product with low sulfur impurities, low sieve residues and excellent dispersion properties, which also makes it an excellent choice for potable water pipe.
Printex HV Beads are a special performance grade for high-voltage cables. They are clean and highly dispersible, and impart excellent surface smoothness and high conductivity, it said.
XPB 552 Powder and Beads have medium specific surface areas that give conductivity and anti-static properties to polymers, according to Orion. They are ideal for plastic auto body parts that require conductivity for trouble-free coating.
XPB 538 Beads offer extremely high specific surface areas with very high structure level and cleanliness, according to Orion. They achieve higher conductivity at lower loading levels than regular conductive carbon blacks, the company said. Key applications include lithium-ion batteries, wire and cable, and engineered conductive plastics.
Orion introduced these new grades at the Thermoplastic Concentrates 2017 show Jan. 24-26 in Coral Springs, Fla.