Wet Grip technology
Slipproof Even in the Wet
Innovative thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) that still keep their optimum grip even in wet conditions have been developed by Kraiburg TPE GmbH & Co. KG, Waldkraiburg, Germany. A new "Wet Grip" technology, which is sold under the trade name Thermolast W can achieve up to threefold improvements in coefficient of friction compared to conventional TPE - both in dry and wet conditions, with no loss of physical and rheological properties. The wet-grip technology is based on a styrene/ethylene-butylene/styrene block copolymer (SEBS); it is permanently incorporated throughout the matrix. It does not migrate to the surface, where it could be extracted, and does not have any negative effects on multicomponent injection molding or extrusion. The wide range of SEBS elastomer compounds in the Thermolast brand of TPEs can be readily modified. Such compounds can also be bonded to a range of engineering thermoplastics, e.g. acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymers (ABS) and polycarbonate (PC).
It is planned to use the newly developed compounds for applications and products in which a secure grip is important, for example in the fields of sports and gardening articles, and marine technology and equipment.Further potential fields of application are anti-slip mats, tool handles, sports equipment, serving trays for the catering trade, orthopedic aids (crutches), medical, dental and surgical instruments, kitchen appliances and household articles. Wet Grip compounds are available in the hardnesses 25 to 60 Shore A and meet FDA requirements. Besides anti-slip properties, the Thermolast W SEBS compounds naturally also possess all conventional properties, such as a smooth surface, optimum density, versatile bonding capability, high transparency and easy coloration.
KRAIBURG TPE GmbH & Co KG
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