PolyOne Introduces New Non-Halogen Flame-Retardant TPEs for Appliance Wire Applications

PolyOne GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers unveiled OnFlex™ AW, a new line of non-halogen flame-retardant TPEs for the appliance industry. These new wire and cable insulation and jacketing specialty materials help support appliance manufacturers’ sustainability goals by combining outstanding physical performance with an eco-conscious solution that enables reduced material usage and lighter weight.

“Our new OnFlex formulation helps our customers advance sustainability with a non-halogen material that meetsstrict regulatory requirements and helps to optimize product design and manufacturability,” said Charles Page, director of global marketing, PolyOne GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers.

OnFlex™ AW helps simplify multi-wire assembly and construction and reduces jacket / insulation diameter significantly compared to traditional materials. This reduction enables manufacturers to produce wires and cables that require less space, use less material and can be up to 65 percent lighter – saving energy in shipment. Size reduction also expedites processing, enabling faster, easier extrusion. OnFlex AW features enhanced mechanical properties and improved dielectric strength, with a bend radius of 6 to 8x. It is rated for up to 1 million flex cycles and the new material can also withstand temperature extremes ranging from -50°C to 105°C.

This new TPE formulation also complies with the requirements of the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals(REACH) directives.OnFlex AW can be used in 300V and 600V appliance hook-up wire constructions that meet stringent UL 758 requirements for tensile strength and elongation.

Source: www.noodls.com

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