An interactive approach


Material supplier PolyOne attracted visitors to its stand with its interactive displays. The company highlighted solutions that help manufacturers address trends and solve challenges across multiple end-use industries. Matt Defosse, Marketing Communications Manager, Europe at PolyOne, guided Plastics around the booth.

Percept authentication technologies enable manufacturers to efficiently protect their products from counterfeiting or unauthorised distribution. (photo: PolyOne)

Authentication of anti-counterfeiting solutions

PolyOne has launched Percept authentication technologies. This new suite of technologies draws from covert, overt and forensic techniques, enabling manufacturers to efficiently protect their products from counterfeiting or unauthorised distribution. Percept technologies include formulation and consultative services to assist manufacturers and brand owners in minimising the potential risks and loss of revenue from counterfeits.

Looking through the microscope the visitor can see the microprint “Sample”.

This spectrum of technologies can be tailored to a wide variety of polymers, processing conditions and applications in numerous markets, such as medical devices, prescription drug packaging, consumer electronics, packaging (for multiple markets), apparel and footwear, aircraft parts, after-market automotive parts, consumer goods and toys. Defosse emphasised that PolyOne is offering here a service and a product, and not merely a technology.

Colour and design services, including 3D printing and prototyping

Colorant Chromatics, a subsidiary of PolyOne, has introduced a new range of colour concentrates for high-performance polysulphone applications, such as aerospace, automotive, telecommunications and healthcare. These colour concentrates enhance colour consistency and streamline product development for increased speed to market.

This new colourant range features ten standard colours for polyethersulphone (PES), polysulphone (PSU) and polyphenylsulphone (PPSU) polymers which are said to offer resistance to heat, fire and oxidation.

The colour solutions are formulated without heavy metals and use pigment dispersion techniques that promote consistent colouring and improve homogenisation for more efficient processing and reduced waste.

Metal-to-polymer conversions

Turkish company Mars Otomotiv, a global supplier of advanced lighting systems for the transportation industry, selected PolyOne’s Therma-Tech (see also issue 5/2013) thermally conductive polymers to replace metal in the heat sink of LED lighting for construction vehicles, heavy trucks and trailers.

Heat sink of LED lighting for construction vehicles

Heat sink of LED lighting for construction vehicles (photo: PolyOne)

By manufacturing HB LED heat sinks with Therma-Tech solutions instead of aluminium, Mars Otomotiv is said to have reduced part weight by more than 30%. The company claims that the daily production rate can be increased by up to 50%, and secondary operations, which were needed for the aluminium parts, were eliminated, reducing cost by more than 20% per unit. In addition, with technical support from PolyOne, the existing mould, which was used to cast aluminium parts, was able to be modified to mould the polymer heat sinks, eliminating the expense and delay of building tooling from scratch.

Biobased solutions

The biobased solutions portfolio at PolyOne encompass colorant and additive masterbatches, non-halogenated flame retardant compounds, and more. During the K show the company highlighted the use of its reSound biobased materials in sunshine solar chargers, made and marketed by Dutch company Xindao. These chargers for mobile devices include resound in their base as well as PolyOne’s OnColor Bio colour masterbatch.

Anne Hippert, Marketing Director Europe for speciality engineered materials at PolyOne, engages with stand visitors at the company’s bio-solutions interactive display during K 2013. (photo: PolyOne)

Vibration damping applications

For the Healthcare sector, such as surgical devices, and E+E, as well as, for instance, power tools, and Consumer sectors, PolyOne has developed TPE material, Versaflex VDT, which helps to dampen vibration. In an interactive display at PolyOne’s stand, two metal balls could be swung to strike samples of Versaflex VDT and of a standard TPE. The vibration damping characteristics of the new material were clear to see as ball striking the Versaflex VDT solution did not bounce back as far as the ball striking the standard material.

Comparison of vibration damping: with the newly developed TPE material the ball swings back less (right) than using a traditional TPE (left).

Lightweight foaming technology

PolyOne’s subsidiary, ColorMatrix, global supplier of liquid colour and additives for plastics, unveiled new grades of Excelite liquid foaming solutions for extruded vinyl construction applications. This technology is said to increase reproducibility, reduce density and streamline processing for vinyl building and construction extrusion applications.

Examination of the profile material; the foaming agent in the PVC material reduces density but does not affect the surface finish.

Excelite foaming agents can be metered directly at the extruder feed throat for in-line production flexibility. Its liquid dispersion properties promote distribution of the active foaming agents to create a fine and consistent cell structure that is said to enable customers to achieve densities of 0.45g/m³ and less, while maintaining superior surface finish quality and physical properties.

Ballistic protection solutions

PolyOne is offering ballistic protections solutions, with its Polycast and GlasAmor acrylic panels. They can be used for canopies of helicopters or other applications where bullet resistance is necessary. The solutions, respectively offered by PolyOne’s DSS and Glasforms businesses, included a thermoplastic, transparent solution (from DSS) and the thermoset plastics-based solution from Glasforms. The Polycast solution can provide the same protection as ballistic glass at half the weight.

Visitors were able to turn the various panels (white and transparent) to prove that the bullet did not penetrate the panel.

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