Conductive & Anti-Static Plastic Compounds
Provide static dissipation and ESD protection
All-polymeric and particulate filled grades available
Conductive thermoplastic compounds offer reliability and value for applications that require dissipation of static charges, protection from electrostatic discharge (ESD), or thermal management.
Specialty compounds can be tailored to offer electrical properties spanning the surface resistivity spectrum from 100 to 1012 ohm/sq and formulated for injection molding or extrusion processing.
Multiple technologies are available to impart conductive properties into thermoplastic resins. Each offers different approaches to providing the exact degree of conductivity required for your application, whether anti-static, static dissipative, ESD protection, conductive or EMI/RFI shielding.
In all-polymeric grades, conductive IDP polymers are alloyed with host resins, for others conductive particulate or fibers are combined with a base polymer to form a conductive matrix.
Anti-static and conductive plastic compounds have a number of advantages over metals or surfactant coatings. Finished parts are lighter in weight, easier to handle, and less costly to ship. Their fabrication is usually easier and less expensive due to the elimination of secondary processes, and they are not subject to denting, chipping, and scratching.
Black is not your only color choice when working with conductive compounds, many can be colored for the identification or aesthetic purposes, eliminating the need for secondary color processes. Some anti-static grades even offer transparency.
EMI Shielding Plastic Compounds
Provide Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)
Protection integral to the material
Thermoplastic compounds for EMI/RFI shielding offer reliability and value in applications where electromagnetic compatibility is required.
These specialty compounds give designers and processors tremendous flexibility and offer significant benefits over metals, unfilled resins, or coatings.
Increasingly strict government regulations on both emissions and immunity are driving designers and manufacturers to integrate shielding compounds into their product designs.
EMI shielding compounds provide “immunity” for sensitive components from incoming EMI and/or prevent excessive emissions of EMI to other susceptible equipment.
Typically, they use carbon fiber, stainless steel fiber, or nickel-coated carbon fiber in a thermoplastic matrix to provide the necessary shielding.
These compounds can also incorporate flame retardant additives, wear additives, reinforcements, and colorants for a custom solution to meet your exact application requirements.
EMI Shielding compounds are used in a variety of markets, including the automotive, electrical and electronics, energy, healthcare, and industrial markets.
Conductive Compounds for Extrusion Applications
High electrical conductivity provides reliable ESD protection
Engineered for consistent conductivity even in thin extrusions
Available in a wide variety of elastomeric and rigid base polymers including PE, PP, PS, TPU, ABS, TPE and PVC
Designed for a wide range of applications including vacuum hose, conductive pipe, ESD packaging sheet, geomembrane films, wire & cable jacketing, ESD tubing
Consistent conductivity and ESD protection delivered via compounds produced on specialized manufacturing equipment designed for the highest level of uniform carbon dispersion
High carbon black dispersion process maximizes physical properties even in thin extrusions
Global manufacturing and technical processing support
Flame retardant versions available upon request
All products formulated for RoHS compliance
Imagine an extrudable plastic compound that was specially formulated to provide consistent electrical conductivity and ESD protection, even in thin extrusions. Furthermore, imagine that these compounds were manufactured on dedicated equipment which was designed to maximize both carbon dispersion and physical properties.
Designing conductive compounds for extrusion applications, such as conductive vacuum hose or ESD packaging sheets, requires special attention to detail. Thin extrusion applications have strict physical property requirements which will be compromised if the conductive carbon is not consistently and uniformly dispersed.
In addition, thin cross-sections mean that the carbon loading must be accurately tuned to maintain conductivity over the entire extrusion run. Finally, the surface quality must not contain visual defects since we know that your product appearance is part of your product branding.