For Brilliant Auto Lighting Design, GE's New Lexan(1) Xtreme Heat Resins Shine with Performance, Weight & Processing Advantages.SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- As space and weight constraints drive more compact, sleeker forward lighting components, automotive suppliers seek materials that can meet the challenges posed by these new designs, including higher temperatures from proximity to bulbs and thinner-wall parts for reduced mass. Addressing this demand, GE Plastics' new Lexan(1) Xtreme Heat (XHT XHT Expandable Home Theatre ) resin portfolio, one of the company's Signature Surfaces(1) solutions, now offers automotive lighting designers new material choices for their most demanding applications. Lexan XHT resins deliver excellent resistance to deformation and color shift under high-heat conditions, and surpass many competitive materials such as thermosets thermosets, materials that can not be softened on heating. In thermosetting polymers, the polymer chains are joined (or cross-linked) by intermolecular bonding. Thermosets are usually supplied as partially polymerized or as monomer-polymer mixtures. in recyclability potential, density, and flow characteristics. Further, when used for bezels and reflectors, new Lexan XHT resins enable direct metallization Met`al`li`za´tion
n. 1. The act or process of metallizing. , which eliminates the costs and environmental impact from pre-coating the part with paint or lacquer.
"These innovative materials complement GE's existing offerings, giving designers exciting new choices," said Jim Wilson, global market director for GE Plastics' Automotive Lighting division. "Lexan Xtreme Heat resins not only address today's tough auto lighting challenges, they also provide an environmentally responsible alternative to materials that can't be recycled or require pre-coating before metallization. This further supports GE's ecomagination(1) initiative to create innovative new materials solutions that benefit our customers, the environment, and society at large."
High-Temperature Resistance for Compact Forward Lighting Designs
The ability of GE's Lexan XHT resins to withstand high temperatures is critical for today's lighting designs, which are trending toward reduced space between the bulb and the lens, higher vehicle voltages, and minimal incursion into the engine compartment. When vacuum-metallized, Lexan XHT resins can withstand temperatures of up to 200 C without blistering, hazing, delaminating, or losing their brilliant luster. Current resin grades are excellent candidates for auto headlamp bezels and reflectors, while others in development will target lenses and other components.
Enhanced Flow Characteristics for Thinner-Wall Parts
To help designers create thinner-walled lighting components that can reduce size and weight, Lexan XHT resin grades offer improved flow characteristics for injection molding. Enhanced flow helps decrease melt temperatures and cooling requirements, decreasing cycle times by as much as 10 percent. In new designs, the GE resins offer an opportunity to decrease wall thickness and material costs.
Lighter Weight for Improved Fuel Efficiency
Compared with competitive materials, GE's Lexan XHT resins have a lower specific gravity that can help auto suppliers reduce part weight for better fuel efficiency. The GE materials have a specific gravity of 1.22 vs. 1.9 or higher for many thermoset A polymer-based liquid or powder that becomes solid when heated, placed under pressure, treated with a chemical or via radiation. The curing process creates a chemical bond that, unlike a thermoplastic, prevents the material from being remelted. See thermoplastic. resins. Even competitive thermoplastic materials used in lighting applications, such as polyethersulfone (PES pes (pes) pl. pe´des [L.]
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GE Plastics' new Signature Surfaces solutions includes the company's recently introduced LiteDesign web-based toolbox of advanced predictive technologies and other online services to help automotive lighting designers streamline the design optimization and material selection process for greater time and cost savings.
Go to www.geplastics.com/gep/eng/automotive_tools.jsp to access GE's LiteDesign Web resource.
About GE Plastics
GE Plastics is a global supplier of plastic resins widely used in automotive, healthcare, consumer electronics, transportation, performance packaging, building & construction, telecommunications, and optical media applications. The company manufactures and compounds polycarbonate A category of plastic materials used to make a myriad of products, including CDs and CD-ROMs. , ABS, SAN, ASA Asa (ā`sə), in the Bible, king of Judah, son and successor of Abijah. He was a good king, zealous in his extirpation of idols. When Baasha of Israel took Ramah (a few miles N of Jerusalem), Asa bought the help of Benhadad of Damascus and , PPE PPE (Brit) n abbr (Univ) (= philosophy, politics, and economics) → Studiengang bestehend aus Philosophie, Politologie und Volkswirtschaft
PPE n abbr (BRIT ) (SCOL , PC/ABS PC/ABS Polycarbonate/Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene , PBT PBT Provider Backbone Transport (networking technology adding determinism to ethernet)
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PBT Paper Based Test (education) and PEI resins, as well as the LNP (Local Number Portability) The capability of keeping the same local telephone number when switching carriers. See NP and WLNP. (1) line of high-performance specialty compounds. GE Plastics, Specialty Film & Sheet manufactures high-performance Lexan(1) sheet and film products used in thousands of demanding applications worldwide. In addition, GE Plastics' dedicated Automotive organization is an experienced, world-wide competitor, offering leading plastics solutions for five key automotive segments: body panels and glazing; under the hood under the hood - [hot-rodder talk] 1. The underlying implementation of a product (hardware, software, or idea). Implies that the implementation is not intuitively obvious from the appearance, but the speaker is about to enable the listener to grok it. applications; component; structures and interiors; and lighting. As a Worldwide Partner of the Olympic Games, GE is the exclusive provider of a wide range of innovative products and services that are integral to a successful Games.
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