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The Versaflex OM 6200 Series second generation of TPEs is said to provide a superior bond/overmold to most types of standard and modified nylons. According to the company, the OM 6200 Series was developed to provide an excellent bond across most nylon substrate types, as well as most modified nylons. Varying the nylon type (6, 6/6, 6/6/6) or modifying the nylon with colorants, lubricants, impact modifiers like glass or other common modifiers is said to significantly affect TPE overmold adhesion. The OM 6200 Series grades were formulated to minimize the effects of these nylon modifications, according to the company. Another important advantage is said to be in processing. Besides being developed to process in both insert molding and two-shot molding, the new grades do not require drying the TPE or the nylon substrate prior to molding. The OM 6200 Series also offers a wide processing window, fast cycle times and excellent surface aesthetics, according to the company. Target markets include lawn and garden, hardware, hand and power tools, and other industrial applications where a soft touch is needed, or vibration or noise damping is required. The new grades are offered in natural and black, and range in hardness from 40 to 75 durometer A. The company can also customize a specific nylon overmold TPE for a customer's specific application.

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Title Annotation:Materials
Publication:Rubber World
Date:Jun 22, 2006
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