Starflam High Performance Halogen Free Polyamides
Starflam High Performance Halogen Free Polyamides
As safety conscious regulations have converged with consumer demand for more ecologically friendly products, many industries have opted to use non-halogenated flame-resistant thermoplastic in their product designs. The use of halogen-free flame retardant nylons is more common today than ever before because they offer compliance with demanding environmental standards as well as potential cost reductions compared to compounds containing brominated flame retardant packages.
Starflam ECO-FR compounds manufactured by Eurostar Engineering Plastics comply with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) and the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) 2002/95/EC.
Starflam® ECO-FR compounds, available in both reinforced and unreinforced grades, have been formulated to provide a wide range of properties such as high impact, tight tolerance, elongation and high modulus while providing flame retardancy in the
V-2 to V-0 range at 0.4 mm and 5VB - 5VA, UL746C class F1.
Many offer exceptional surface finish; all are easy molding, laser markability.
Starflam grades are covered by more than hundred UL yellow cards.
These advanced compounds are made without halogen or red phosphorus, and combine superb flame resistance with good stiffness, strength, toughness, tracking resistance, colorability and low density. In addition, all grades provide the following performance values :
- Complete UL yellow cards, in all colors : 120 UL yellow cards
- Comparative Tracking Index (CTI) of 600 volts
- Relative Temperature Index (RTI) of 120°C and up to 150°C
- WEEE compliance with no need to sort
- RoHS compliance
- Excellent ductility and low warpage
- Easy processing
- Laser markability
1) THE KEY REFERENCE COMPOUND FOR ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY
A proven track Record in Circuit Protection
From micro circuit breakers to contactors, electrical arc shielding walls to connectors, Starflam ECO-FR compounds have a proven track record of providing cost-effective, reliable and environmentally sound flame retardancy in the electrical, electronic, industrial and automotive markets. These products are already used by some of the largest manufacturers of electrical equipment in Europe and the Pacific.
2) XGEN PRODUCT : Flame, Electrical and outstanding mechanical performance combined
X Gen* Starflam* PA6, PA66 compounds were originally designed to meet the demanding needs of electrical component applications. All of these advanced compounds comply with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) and the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) 2002/95/EC.
As a group, they represent the best mechanical properties and highest electrical performance available from reinforced compounds made without halogen and red phosphorous, and they even exceed the RTI and CTI performance of traditional brominated and red-phosphorous PA’s. Plus, X Gen Starflam compounds exhibit a lower density than brominated and mineral FR PA’s, making them potentially more cost competitive.
Combining a rare balance of heat, electrical and mechanical properties with flame retardancy at very low wall thicknesses enables X Gen Starflam compounds to expand and enhance design options for an extensive range of injection molded and extruded components.
For example, X Gen Starflam compounds exhibit an RTI of 140°C, a comparative tracking index of 600V and a UL 94 V0 at 0.4mm, all of which identify them as excellent material choices in circuit protection applications, connectors, motor starters and wiring devices.
X Gen* Starflam* compounds have proven themselves to have an excellent fit in applications that need to comply with the regulations for circuit breakers and circuit protection (IEC60947-2, IEC60947-4-1, IEC61008, IEC61009, UL508, UL489). They also have a strong fit in unattended appliances that need to comply with the IEC60335 and require GWIT of 775°C. Their nonmigrating flame retardants result in almost no contact corrosion.
All the X Gen Starflam grades are fully UL listed in all colors. In addition, they all respond well laser marking, whether the need is for light on dark or dark on light. It also enables components that exhibit excellent dimensional stability, stiffness and impact performance.
Thanks to its unique combination of flame properties (UL5VA), long term stability (RTI 140°C, UL746C class F1), starflam RF0057E is a reference material in photovoltaic components (ie. junction box)
X Gen* Starflam* compounds outstanding combination of toughness, colorability and resistance to flame and chemicals make them good candidate materials for bus and railway seating.
European legislation requires most buses and trams to incorporate materials that pass the DIN5510 transportation standard. Leader manufacturer of seat systems for public transport and commercial motor vehicles, chose X Gen Starflam compound for its bus and tram seats. This X Gen Starflam grade is the first eco flame retardant PA 6 that passes the DIN5510 test.
The material also met or exceeded other requirements, including lightweight stiffness and material ductility, as well as good chemical resistance to aggressive cleaning agents. Another significant benefit is the high colorability of X Gen Starflam compounds, which offers the potential to circumvent costly painting processes.
Beyond the regulations, X Gen Starflam compounds offer excellent colorability, providing OEMs with the option to circumvent costly painting processes. Plus, the aesthetics of the finished material stand up against repeated use and cleaning agents.
X Gen Starflam compounds enable parts with good stiffness and ductility as well as low weight contributing to lighter vehicles.
Appliances & Industrial
Glass-filled structural grades in the X Gen* Starflam* family offer good dimensional strength and high-heat performance for appliance applications.
The material has replaced cast aluminium in several applications, where it provides lighter weight and the opportunity for more highly integrated parts. The good flow properties of Starflam compound also enable the molding of thinner walls.
These properties combine to allow the potential to reduce costly assembly and tooling steps during manufacture, resulting in appliances with more interior space. The excellent colorability and chemical resistance of X Gen Starflam compounds also enable higher aesthetics that resist the application of heat and chemicals. Plus, with a GWIT greater than 775°C, X Gen Starflam compounds are suitable for connectors, motor endcaps and other parts that need to comply with the IEC60335 regulation on unattended appliances.
Bringing Solutions to Industry
Eurostar Engineering Plastics products are thermoplastics compounds with fillers and reinforcements materials designed to deliver specific end-use effects. Base resins extruded at Fosses are mainly Polyamide 6 and 66, but also Polypropylene and all kinds of thermoplastics to get specific effects.
Eurostar Engineering Plastics creates effects or improves base resin properties to get homogeneous and unique material designed to serve a specific targeted application.
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