BOSTON—Designed to improve abrasion resistance and reduce heat buildup, Cabot Corp. has introduced a pre-mixed elastomer solution for compounding in the production of off-road mining tires.
FX9390, part of Cabot's Engineered Elastomer Composites line, ultimately offers an improved bottom line, the company said in a Nov. 12 release, and can be used in a variety of tire types.
"We are proud to expand our E2C solutions portfolio with the launch of our first foundation series product," said David Reynolds, vice president and general manager, Cabot Engineered Elastomer Composites. "FX9390 presents a high-performance elastomer composite solution for OTR mining and retreading applications that enables customers to quickly develop and launch new tires with performance improvements in multiple dimensions."
FX9390 is designed to be easily integrated into a production line without any additional capital investment, which can allow for faster processing times.
According to Cabot, using the pre-mixed solution reduces the number of mixing stages and shortens the mixing time, saving both time and energy.
"We are particularly excited about the design freedom afforded to customers who combine this product with our Durability series to tailor compound performance for specific applications," Reynolds said.
New black masterbatch formulas
Cabot also has put to market a "next generation" of black styrene acrylonitrile masterbatch for styrenics applications, with its PLASBLAK XP6801D.
According to Cabot, the masterbatch is able to better balance the trade-off between color and mechanical properties. Cabot said the product also increases UV resistance with a lower concentration of the masterbatch required.
"We are excited about this breakthrough solution for styrenics applications, which presents clear performance advantages," said Santiague Pierre, global application lead, masterbatch and conductive compounds. "We believe PLASBLAK XP6801D black masterbatch will help our customers continue to innovate and provide formulation flexibility to meet evolving performance expectations set by original equipment manufacturers."
In addition, Cabot said that because the new masterbatch reduces the required material by about 50 percent, customers can realize a reduction in handling, transport logistics and GHG emissions.
The company said the new product is intended to serve the automotive, agriculture, infrastructure and packaging industries, among others.