Metal replacement and PA6 - a brand new reference compound by LATI

Oct. 12, 2015

Metal replacement and PA6 - a brand new reference compound by LATI

The growing demand for metal substitution is today common to almost any industrial sector.
From Automotive to Home Appliances, any new solution is discussed by taking into consideration technopolymers and compounds since the very beginning.

To provide a reliable answer to these requirements, LATI has developed a brand new compound dedicated to no-compromise structural applications featuring and outstanding price vs. performance ratio as well.

Engineered on PA6, LATAMID 6 H2 G/65 provides excellent mechanical properties thanks to its content of 65% glass fibres dispersed in the thermoplastic matrix.

The most peculiar aspect of this new compound, allowing substitution of zamak and aluminum diecast, is to be found in the interaction between the polymer and the glass fibre, accurately selected even on the basis of its geometric shape and aspect ratio.

This compound has been engineered to produce new plastic based pulleys for washing machines and dish washers, as well as other mechanical devices demanded to transmit forces and torques in the white appliances sector.

For this specific case, project requirements are severe:

  • high mechanical performances concerning load at break and stiffness, as the belt tension must not generate bending of the pulley and consequent mulfunctioning and noise;
  • excellent creep and fatigue performance, since belt tension is always applied, even during resting time, and many washing cycles must be successfully survived during the working life of the machine, with no issues of any kind;
  • resistance to temperature, detergents and low moisture absorption, all factors vastly reducing compound performances and leading to failure even after years.
  • high fluidity of the compound during injection moulding, as accurate filling of the cavity is mandatory and high quantity of glass fibres can compromise the flowability of the melt.

LATAMID 6 H2 G/65 turns out to be a new winning grade among LATI structural material, suitable to match LATAMID 66 and LATIGLOSS in the metal replacement process.

New successful case histories have already been marketed thanks to LATAMID 6 H2 G/65 outstanding features.

All data and support are available, just get in touch with LATI tech service.

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