Primex Color, Compounding & Additives Offers New Thermoplastic Elastomers

Primex Color, Compounding & Additives (PCC&A), formerly O’Neil Color & Compounding, a leading supplier of color and polymer solutions for plastics processors, has expanded its line of Faraprene thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs). The additions to the line are a product specifically developed to reduce vibration and TPEs for wet grip applications. The two new products join the Faraprene C Series for high performance needs, Faraprene F301 FDA-compliant compounds and Faraprene H300 general use elastomers.

Decades of research and engineering have made the Faraprene product line unparalleled for its durability, flexibility and critical physical properties. “In addition to outperforming other competitive thermoplastic elastomers in scratch and tear resistance, Faraprene contains no phthalates as found in PVC-based materials,” said PCC&A’s Product Manager Lee Pfaffle, “This makes it ideal for a wide range of consumer and industrial applications.” Additionally, Faraprene is 100 percent recyclable. “It’s a superior choice for molders and manufacturers attempting to reduce their environmental impact,” said Pfaffle.

NEW PRODUCT DETAILS

Faraprene Vibration Dampened TPEs

BENEFITS:

  • Durable in demanding conditions
  • Absorb energy and noise
  • Improve user experience
  • Reduce impact
  • Design flexibility
  • Minimize motor and engine vibrations

MARKET APPLICATIONS:

  • Automotive: vibration isolators, grommets, shock absorption pads
  • Appliance: vibration pads for electric motors, foot pads for blenders & mixers

Wet Grip TPEs

BENEFITS:

  • Addresses problems of slipperiness in soft-touch components
  • Retains mechanical performance characteristics in wet / dry conditions
  • Available in a multitude of durometers

MARKET APPLICATIONS:

  • Automotive: door trim handles, instrumentation buttons / knobs compartment liners, non-skid pads
  • Appliance: door handles for refrigerators & microwaves, foot pads for mixers & blenders, grips for steam irons, knobs for blenders & coffee makers

According to PCC&A Technical Director Anthony Montalvo “PCC&A custom-formulates all our TPE lines to meet specific customer needs, adding characteristics such as color, UV protection and other properties as needed. PCC&A TPEs are available in a wide range of hardness levels.

See the entire Faraprene line at http://primexcolor.com/products/thermoplastic-elastomers/.

By leveraging the resources of the Primex Plastics “One Company”, PCC&A can manage the complete supply chain, from pellet to shipment to recycling, thus providing quality control, warehousing and distribution from six U.S. and one European facility. As part of the $600 million Primex family of companies, the vast R&D, production and sales network provides nationwide assistance to customers as Primex continues to invest in new technology, new personnel and new processes.

 

Primex Color, Compounding & Additives Technical Services & Solutions

Primex Color, Compounding & Additives (PCC&A), formerly O’Neil Color & Compounding, a leading supplier of color and polymer solutions for plastics processors, has published a document specifying its line of technical services and solutions. Since its beginnings in 1957 as the Frank V. O’Neil Color Company, PCC&A has been more than just about supplying quality products to the plastics industry. They’ve been a trusted partner in the development, production and marketing of polymer solutions.

PCC&A employs 20 researchers, scientists and technicians with over 100 combined years in color and specialty compounds. By engaging customers during early stage development they’re able to identify both challenges and opportunities before they become complications. Through collaboration with customers, they brainstorm solutions and recommend the most effective and efficient course of action to ensure product success.

In 2014 PCC&A’s parent company, Primex Plastics, opened the John J. Farber Technology and Innovation Center in central Indiana. Through chemical and mechanical analysis, large and small-scale pilot lines, and in-house thermoforming capabilities, PCC&A can handle a broad range of requests and very specific requirements. The Farber Center is an accredited facility for mechanical testing under A2LA Certificate Number 4071.01.

According to Product Manager Lee Pfaffle, “by leveraging the total solutions of the Primex Plastics “OneCompany” venture, we can control the complete supply chain, from pellet to shipment to recycling, thus providing quality control, warehousing and distribution from our six U.S. and one European facility. As part of the $600 million Primex family of companies, our vast R&D, production and sales network provides nationwide assistance to our customers as Primex continues to invest in new technology, new personnel and new processes.”

For more information about our full line of services including testing capabilities: Download our Services and Solutions Brochure

ONE COMPANY. ONE DIRECTION. ONE SOLUTION.

To our valued customers:

In light of recent plastics industry acquisitions and other changes in the marketplace, we’d like to reiterate our position and continued commitment to providing our customers with the highest quality products and services.

One Company. One Direction. One Solution.

The consolidation of our Woodruff and O’Neil divisions into our Primex “One Company” concept earlier this year is just one of many ways we continue to improve vertical integration, leverage our resources and improve solutions.

With the renaming of Woodruff and O’Neil to Primex Design & Fabrication and Primex Color, Compounding & Additives, respectively, we not only rebranded, we are defining ourselves as a single point of entry for your important projects and promoting our ability to deliver total solutions, from early-stage development assistance to material formulation to recycling.

But it’s more than one-stop shopping. It’s involvement at every stage of production, ensuring Primex’s assets are fully employed to identify your challenges and offer the best solutions. We will now be able to leverage all Primex resources, including technical development, nationwide warehousing and distribution, quality control and a single point of contact for the entire process.

While other companies see only financial ups and downs, we see opportunities to invest in our technologies, facilities and people with the singular goal of enhancing our ability to deliver quality, value and se

PD&F SUPPORTS LOCAL STUDENTS AND MANUFACTURING SECTOR

This past Fall and Spring Primex Design & Fabrication was proud to partner with three students from the Ivy Tech Richmond Campus on industrial design projects. PD&F offered the students the opportunity to participate in real-world product design by creating new products using the unique Bubble-X extruded sheet material. Professor Patrick Piper supervised the students on behalf of Ivy Tech. Debbie Robinson and Shannon Davis coordinated the projects for Primex.

The objective of the partnership was to expose Ivy Tech students to the vast opportunities in the manufacturing sector by allowing them to design, create and plan the marketing of new products using the Bubble-X material.

Students
Tyler Moore – graduating this Spring with an associate’s degree in Applied Science. Tyler has created an alternative solution to the typical application of plywood to windows as protection in hurricanes. The use of Bubble-X with a unique attachment system is a lighter weight and less expensive alternative to plywood. 9.5mm Bubble-X is less than 50 percent of the weight and half the cost of ½ inch plywood. With the attachment system, a custom-sized sheet of Bubble-X can be applied to a window in seconds without the need for nailing and disfiguring the window trim. Additionally, due to its durability and water proof characteristics, the Bubble-X sheet is reusable, while plywood gets wet and needs to be discarded after every use.

Shannon Stump – graduating Fall of 2017 in Engineering Technology. Shannon has designed a new lightweight and foldable pet carrier system. The carrier can be manufactured in virtually any size. The prototype carrier has been tested to 37 pounds. The carrier is durable, reusable, and easy to clean. Since the carrier is foldable, it takes up substantially less space on retail shelves than existing molded pet carriers.

Roger French – pursuing a degree in Engineering Technology. Roger has created an indoor/outdoor sign system. Bubble-X is durable and 100 percent recyclable and can be printed or laminated. Most outdoor signs are currently produced with corrugated plastic material which is not as durable and shows lines in its surface, presenting a less appealing appearance. Bubble-X’s surface is totally smooth. Roger’s sign system, which includes a tubular steel frame, is easy to change out and can be scaled to 4 X 8 foot panels. He is also designing a frame system that can be applied to long haul trucks without adding much weight.

Outcomes
At a luncheon on May 25 the students will present their projects to a panel that will include Primex Plastics President Mike Cramer, and a representative of Primex’s parent company, ICC Industries. After evaluation and testing, Primex Design & Fabrication will manufacture and market the selected products.