Le tour de TPV.
The All X-cess design uses pairs of trays onto which a bicycle's wheels are placed to support the weight of the bike. Molded polymer clamps, tightened by a threaded locking device, secure each individual bike to the rack by attaching to the bike's frame. Thermoplastic rubber pads over the hard-molded clamp protect the frame and cables from abrasion while it is being transported in the rack.
These pads are injection molded from NexPrene 1064A UV/LCOF TPV, a UV-stabilized material developed by Thermoplastic Rubber Systems of Shirley, Mass., and marketed by Solvay. The NexPrene TPV is described as a fully crosslinked EPDM/PP compound designed to deliver the performance of thermoset rubber combined with the ease of thermoplastic processing. It has a hardness of 64 Shore A and exhibits excellent resistance to compression set, Solvay says. Both these properties are important to the application, the company points out. NexPrene 1064A LCOF provides a low-friction surface to protect the bike's painted frame and its components from abrasion. It also ensures the security of the clamping function itself.
Color was also important in the material selection. As a safety feature, says Solvay, Stromberg Carlson wanted the clamp pad to be bright yellow, to provide visibility to following vehicles. Thus the NexPrene TPV is precolored to match PMS 012C yellow.
Solvay Engineered Polymers,, 1200 Harmon Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326; (248) 391-9500; fax (248) 391-9501 www.solvayengineeredpolymers.com
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|Title Annotation:||Plastics Applications; thermoplastic vulcanizate; Solvay Engineered Polymers; Stromberg Carlson Products Inc.|
|Comment:||Le tour de TPV.(Plastics Applications)(thermoplastic vulcanizate)(Solvay Engineered Polymers)(Stromberg Carlson Products Inc.)|
|Date:||Nov 1, 2003|
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