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Vinyl compound cuts cost of outdoor cords and plugs

A new vinyl thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compound for extruded outdoor cord jacketing and insert-molded electrical plugs provide greater elasticity and low-temperature toughness than conventional vin...

December 1, 2000   Canadian Plastics



A new vinyl thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compound for extruded outdoor cord jacketing and insert-molded electrical plugs provide greater elasticity and low-temperature toughness than conventional vinyl, and costs 20 to 40 percent less than competing TPEs, according to Teknor Apex.

Designated Flexalloy 9604-75, the compound has a rating of 78 Shore A, an elongation of 285 percent and a brittle point of -47 C.

The Flexalloy product line is based on Teknor Apex technology for compounding ultra-high-molecular-weight (UHMW) PVC to yield TPEs with greater toughness, chemical resistance and heat resistance than many styrenic and olefinic TPEs, according to the company.

Applications for the new compound include products such as snow blowers, lawn and garden tools, and extension cords. It is readily colored with vinyl based concentrates at letdown rates similar to conventional PVC.

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