Canadian Plastics

High-Flow Nylon Provides Process and Appearance Benefits

Euroform AB reduced its molding cycle time by 33% and gained 49% better productivity by switching to a higher flow grade of nylon 6 for injection molding of a steering wheel used in industrial lift-trucks. The company switched from a conventional...

November 1, 2004   Canadian Plastics



Euroform AB reduced its molding cycle time by 33% and gained 49% better productivity by switching to a higher flow grade of nylon 6 for injection molding of a steering wheel used in industrial lift-trucks. The company switched from a conventional nylon 6 to DSM’s Akulon Ultraflow nylon 6.

Akulon Ultraflow maintains the toughness, dimensional integrity and abrasion resistance of traditional nylon, but has enhanced processability, better in-mold flow and improved surface finish.

The lift-truck steering wheel is molded in two parts from Akulon Ultraflow K-FG6, a 30% glass-filled, high-flow grade. Both parts have detailed recesses, plus mounting bosses, clips and through-holes for the trucks’ controls and wiring.

The improved flow of Akulon Ultraflow is the result of proprietary DSM technology. The material is said to achieve up to 80% greater flow than standard nylon 6 grades, with no significant effect on mechanical properties.

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