Posted on: 27 July 2017
Santoprene thermoplastic vulcanisates (TPV) have several benefits over other plastic elastomers. This article discusses some of the benefits that you would enjoy if you selected this material for your manufacturing processes.
Santoprene TPV is less dense when compared to the density of other plastic elastomers, such as ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM). This lower density makes santoprene TPV easier to move from one stage of the manufacturing process to another. This lower weight also makes the products made from santoprene TPV more attractive to customers because those products will be more energy-efficient. For example, cars with components that are made from santoprene TPV will consume less fuel than cars whose components are made from denser plastic elastomers.
Less Waste is Generated
Waste during the manufacturing process can often raise the cost of production. This is because the cost of the wasted materials has to be recouped when the finished products are sold to clients. Santoprene TPV reduces production costs in this regard because any waste can be reused on other production lines. This is because the constituents of the material can be broken down easily during the manufacturing process. You will be able to sell your products at a competitive price since your production costs will be optimised.
Less Manufacturing Space is Required
Santoprene TPV manufacturing equipment requires less space than the space required for the manufacturing processes that use other materials. This reduced space requirement is partly because santoprene TPV needs no heat curing. Any additional space can be devoted to other uses, such as product storage.
Reduced Chemical Use
Santoprene TPV can be processed using integrated extrusion or injection moulding equipment. This eliminates the need for using spray coatings and other adhesives that other plastic elastomers require in order to keep the different parts together until they cure fully. The reduction of the use of chemicals increases the number of applications where santoprene TPV can be used. For example, it can be used in the food and pharmaceutical industries. Your clientele is likely to come from a wider pool of industries.
You need to know the potential shortcomings of santoprene TPV before you select it for your manufacturing processes. For example, the overall heat resistance of the material is limited by the maximum tolerable temperature of its plastic base. Talk to an expert in thermoplastic elastomers so that he or she can guide you during the material selection process.Share