Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials (MCAM) has added new resin formulations to its KyronMAX structural thermoplastic materials product line. The expansion of the product line is for applications in the medical, oil and gas, aerospace, automotive, and recreation market segments. KyronMAX compounds can be used to replace steel in a structural component.
The KyronMAX line of structural thermoplastic compounds incorporates MCAM’s short carbon fibre technology, offering its customers the strongest moldable polymers available for metal replacement applications.
“While we began with a line of high-temperature engineering thermoplastics we have migrated to include the general purpose polymers as well, including polypropylene, nylon and polycarbonate,” says Dave Wilkinson, technology director for MCAM. “We’re agnostic in terms of the material we use. If the customer requires nylon 6/6, we can give them a nylon 6/6 that is stronger than anything on the market. If they need a polycarbonate, we can give them one that’s stronger than any other material. We’re not trying to force one or two solutions on our customers. We want to produce what our customers require, so we now offer a broad product portfolio.”
The KyronMAX line is based around structural compounds which are the strongest compounds for the injection molding process in the world. KyronMAX compounds can be used to replace steel in a structural component. As MCAM continued innovating and developing its broad product range, the company broke a barrier in the industry, offering materials with 60,000 psi (414 MPa) tensile strength.
“We keep moving the technology bar higher to give our customers a lot of options when they want to replace metals with polymers,” explains Wilkinson. “Additionally, our materials are designed to be user-friendly and easily injection moldable.”
Metal replacement has become a part of OEMs lightweighting and sustainability programmes, Wilkinson says. “We’ve done studies on the savings of using KyronMAX compounds to replace metal. In addition, KyronMAX technology enables very complex parts to be injection molded and retain the strength and mechanical performance of metal, with all the added benefits.”
MCAM’s North American Research and Development Technology Centre combined what were formerly four facilities into a single, newly-built facility comprising 100,000 square feet (9,290 square metres) where the company develops cutting edge materials in a vertically integrated operation. “We take in raw carbon fibre on a spool and do everything under one roof including chopping, compounding, molding and machining,” says Wilkinson. “We sell anywhere along the supply chain whether our customers need the raw materials shipped to their molder’s or require molded parts from their molds which they ship to us.”
MCAM’s technology centre has 12 injection molding machines ranging from 20 to 700 tons to accommodate customers’ parts requirements. MCAM has technical centres around the world, which allows the company to transfer customers’ molds to other MCAM facilities globally.
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