SANTA ANA, Calif.—Following nine months of development, Maverix Solutions Inc. has released Mavcoat MD-W6, a mold release system that works for all elastomers.
"We wanted to give the industry one release to use for everything, which would consolidate all the many different releases used in a typical plant into one single product that simplifies molding operations," said Vi Doan, Maverix marketing manager and Mavcoat technician. "One of our key company goals is to always push the boundaries of mold release and anti-stick coatings in order to provide the best available technology."
Specialized elastomers are hard to de-mold, so manufacturers require unique mold releases in their inventory, he said.
"It is commonplace for a manufacturer to utilize three or four types to release 'normal,' specialized, and silicone elastomers," Doan said. "Mavcoat MD-W6 will displace all of the one-time use products and consolidate their inventory to control costs while simplifying their molding processes."
While the Mavcoat MD-W6 has similar properties to the Mavcoat MD-4, which the company also rolled out in 2018, the MD-4 is specifically used for organic rubber elastomers.
A manufacturer using "normal" elastomers, such as natural or SBR, would use MD-4, Doan said, whereas companies manufacturing with specialized elastomers, such as AFLAS, FKM or silicone, would opt for MD-W6.
"Mavcoat MD-W6 is engineered to release silicone, organic and inorganic rubber so it becomes another great option in our large portfolio of mold release systems," Doan said. "A semi-permanent system like Mavcoat MD-W6 will be novel in the rubber industry due to its ability to release aggressive materials such as AFLAS as well as inorganic and organic elastomers. It utilizes our ceramic-based technology which significantly reduces build up, increase production yields, and keeps the tools clean."