Flame Retardant TPEs Meet RoHS Requirements

RTP Company has developed a line of flame retardant thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds for the electronics industry that are both decaBDE-free and RoHS compliant.
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UL94 testing conducted by RTP Company under the Client Test Data Program can be used to expedite yellow card issuance.

“As a result of the European Union’s repeal of the decaBDE exemption under the RoHS Directive, global OEMs are seeking materials using non-decabrom flame retardants for plastic articles used in E&E applications,” said Paul Killian, Technical Marketing Manager—TPE Division at RTP Company. “Drawing on our strong flame retardant technologies, we now offer decaBDE-free flame retardant compounds in all major TPE resins.”

Flame retardant TPEs are commonly used in the electronics industry for components such as overmolded connectors and strain reliefs. “Our flame retardant TPEs offer superior bondability and can be used with multi-shot or overmolding techniques, providing two key properties in one material,” said Killian. “UL94 flammability ratings for these compounds are predominately V-0 @ 1/16 inch (1.5 mm) with some grades extending down to 1/32 inch (0.8 mm). Many of these TPE compounds are fully UL recognized with yellow cards.”

“Additionally, our flame retardant TPE compounds can be combined with additional compounding technologies, from color to conductivity, while maintaining the material’s RoHS compliance — solving multiple problems for customers with one product,” explained Killian.

RoHS compliant, flame retardant TPEs are available in TPUR, TEEE, TES, and TEO resins at durometers ranging from 45 Shore A to 65 Shore D.

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