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Arlanxeo launches “unique” high-viscosity EPDM

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MATERALS – Arlanxeo has launched a “unique” semi-crystalline EPDM grade, of very high Mooney viscosity, for demanding rubber applications, particularly automotive. Keltan 13561C DE is manufactured at Arlanxeo’s EPDM plant in Changhzou, China, using Keltan ACE post-metallocene polymerisation technology. The technology is said to enable the production of enhanced-performance grades ,with ultra-low catalyst residues and chlorine levels.   >

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Sumitomo nets ERP app award

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AUTOMATION – Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc. (SRNA) has received an award from enterprise software firm MicroStrategy for its development of an iPad application that provides its sales reps with ready access to competitor pricing, fitments for popular vehicles. SRNA is responsible for the sales and distribution for Falken- and Ohtsu-branded consumer and commercial tires and Dunlop motorcycle tires throughout North America and the Caribbean markets. SRNA deployed the app in just eight weeks, MicroStrategy said. The app combines data from SRNA’s ERP and sales systems with tire market data to provide salespeople with the insight needed to do their jobs better and help customers make informed purchasing decisions.


Freudenberg develops new fluorinated rubber for seals


MATERIALS – Fluorinated rubber grades were developed in response to the demand by the automotive sector, which is now advancing in a range of powertrain solutions, including electric drivetrains, hydrogen fuel cells, and smaller, more powerful, turbocharged engines…   >

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New FFKM grades have “lowest” compression set

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MATERIALS – Material & Design Solutions (MDS) of Houston has launched a new line of low-compression set perfluoroelastomers (FFKM) compounds for the chemical processing and refining industries. The FFKM development is a “step change” in FFKM materials for the chemical processing and refining industries, the company claims…   >

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KraussMaffei Berstorff tackles rubber extrusion scrap

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MACHINERY – New unit processes large-volume rubber residues removed from the flow channels as well as start-up scrap converting the material into sheets or strips with a thickness of 8 mm… 

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Nanodiamonds can now be a US seal-maker’s best friend

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MATERIALS – Silicon Sense has gained Environmental Protection Agency registration to import Carbodeon nanodiamonds into the US for industrial purposes. The products are used in a ragne of industrial applications including rubber seals… 

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HF advances new tire building machine


MACHINERY – Labelled PLT2-SD-Flex, the TBM features a flexible drum concept, which is said to facilitate “diversified production” of highly complex tires. With just a tool-change, the machine can build all tire constructions currently on the market, in a flat or high-crown building process…  >Read more


Camso tracks smart tractors

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SMART ‘TIRES’ — Industrial tire and track maker Camso Ltd. has developed “smart-track” technology to help improve the durability of rubber tracks used on farm equipment. The first part of the technology involves high-speed ‘roading’, allowing farmers to operate at maximum transport efficiency… >Read more


Michelin launches fleet-management apps


SMART TIRES – Michelin Solutions has launched four digital apps that are designed to simplify most common tasks of fleet management. They include: MyBestRoute which provides the smartest route suitable for transport; MyInspection which digitalises and standardises vehicle inspection; MyTraining which digitalises and facilitates driver training and  MyRoadChallenge which rewards good driving practices. According to Michelin, the products could improve fleet management by reducing costs and “unifying” staff.


Teknor Apex unmasks new TPEs

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MEDICAL – Teknor Apex has introduced new medical-grade thermoplastic elastomers for injection moulded face masks that are said to be more deformation-resistant than PVC and less costly than silicones. The transparent Medalist TPEs are tailored to fit comfortably on the face yet retain their shape during packaging and storage, without any inserts. The company also introduced TPE gels that can be moulded directly on to rigid masks. They are billed as a less expensive alternative to air-filled PVC cushions that must be glued onto the rigid component.



































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