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Teknor Apex highlighting recycled-content TPV
By Frank Esposito
Plastics News Staff
Teknor Apex Co. - a materials
fi rm based in Pawtucket, R.I. - is
at Fakuma 2023 with new grades
of Sarlink-brand thermoplastic
vulcanizate that contains up to 40
percent post-industrial recyclate.
Offi cials said the materials
" are the premier choice " for automotive
applications requiring
superior elasticity and long-term
performance, as a recyclable,
light-weight alternative to EPDM
rubber.
The newest Sarlink grade - RX
3100B - was developed to help
auto brands achieve sustainability
targets. These multi-purpose
TPVs are suitable for injection
molding, extrusion, overmolding
and co-extrusion with PP or other
TPEs.
" Different customers have different
comfort levels with sustainability, "
Pratik Shah, engineering
plastics vice president, said at
Fakuma 2023. " Some ask us if we
have recycled content material in
general, while some are farther
ahead and design their products
Engel
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e-motion packaging application,
also running at the stand, showing
that
thin-wall performance
and energy effi ciency " actually
can go hand in hand. "
" An all-electric drive and ideal
temperature control add up to potential
energy savings of around
30 percent compared to hybrid
machines. The 1.3-liter pail, which
weighs just over 26 grams, is being
produced with maximum energy
effi ciency. The e-motion is
also equipped with an assistance
system from the iQ family. iQ motion
control cuts cycle times by
0.2 seconds - another source of
potential savings. "
He also called attention to the
suite of assistant systems Engel
has developed to enhance the
processability of bio-based and
recycled materials. The diffi culty
in using materials that are not
virgin or prime grades is that
these often suffer from fl uctuating
material properties from
batch to batch.
for circularity. Where we play is in
how do we tailor our materials for
a big brand or a small molder or a
tier 1 supplier. "
Stef Hordijk, TPE sales and
marketing director, added that
although customers can come at
sustainability from different angles,
the subject " is important for
all of us. "
" Reducing the carbon footprint
is critical, " he said. " We can make
materials lightweight so they consume
less energy or with less material
so they're easier to recycle. "
Teknor Apex is a major recycler
of PVC through its garden hose
unit. The fi rm also recycles fi ber
scrap at a location in Tennessee.
Electrifi cation and fl ame retardants
are other areas where Teknor
Apex is expanding its product
line. Nylon compounds and
soft-touch TPEs are being used
in electric vehicles and outdoor
power tools, Shah said.
In fl ame retardant compounds,
he said that Teknor
Apex's goal is to be a one-stop
shop for fl exible applications
such as wire and cable and rigid
applications such as connectors
" We have developed assistant
systems which ensure that the
fi nal product properties are constant
by automatically adapting
process parameters during the
injection molding process. Simply
put: with our assistant systems,
injection moulders can
process recycled materials like
virgin
materials,
yielding the
same high-quality output. "
He added that there are two
other processes that will also play
a major role in closing the material
circle.
" These are: processing recycled
PET for packaging applications on
the one side and feeding mostly
unprocessed " waste " technical
thermoplastics and polyolefi ns
directly into an injection molding
process on the other. Engel has
been developing and continues to
develop solutions for both.
Two further products shown by
the company are the new CC300
plus control unit, with improved
ergonomics and a new pushbutton
panel for haptic feedback.
The new unit was developed in response
to operator feedback for
frequent mold set-up operations
and housings. The fi rm can make
fl ame-retardant materials based
on polypropylene, nylon, TPEs,
TPUs and other resins.
Responding to market demands
for sustainable compounds, Teknor
Apex recently relaunched its
Terraloy brand to build up a portfolio
of products that offi cials said
" will meet the challenges of today's
rapidly changing industry. "
The Terraloy portfolio will include
polymers, additives and
fi llers covering a broad range of
sustainable attributes such as
recycled, bio-derived, and biodegradable
content. As the portfolio
evolves, it will include products
with verifi able carbon footprint
and LCA data.
Teknor Apex is one of North
America's 30 largest compounders
and concentrate makers. The
fi rm operates 13 plants worldwide
in the U.S., Belgium, Germany,
China and Singapore and
has annual sales of more than $1
billion. Its products include PVC
compounds, thermoplastic elastomers
(TPE) and engineering
resin compounds, as well as garden
hoses.
and frequent manual operation.
Engel also launched its new
part fi nder at the show: an effective
tool for plastics processors
in everyday operations providing
a simple, time-saving solution to
improve machine availability and
to boost production effi ciency, for
which a smartphone is all that is
needed. The path fi nder lets users
identify and order virtually any
part of an Engel injection molding
machine in an uncomplicated way
Pratik Shah from Teknor
Apex at Fakuma 2023 in
Friedrichshafen, Germany.
Plastics News photo by Caroline Seidel
TEKNOR APEX CO.
Hall B2, Booth 2114
and is available free of charge as
a feature of the Engel e-connect
customer portal.
The tool offers various options
for identifying parts, including a
convenient, image-based spare
parts search function. Users take
a picture of the part in question
and defi ne the image section to be
used for the search.
Alternatively, images can be
mailed to the purchasing department.
The purchasing coordinator
can then use the image fi le in
part fi nder to identify the part.
The app can even recognize
dirty, worn or defective parts of
older machines - from cables to
pumps. The part fi nder's database
includes injection molding machines
which are up to 20 years
old, along with other systems.
It's just another way for the
company to get connected with
its customers, " and they with us, "
Engleder said.
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