Low-emission polyacetal from MEP heads to market

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Mitsubishi Engineering-Plastics (MEP) has announced a new polyacetal (POM) product family, the low-odor and low-residue Iupital 05 Polyacetal Series.

Traditional industrial polyacetal offerings can give off undesired gaseous formaldehyde products during processing, which hampers their adoption in low-emission driven industries, including automotive applications.

MEP states that the formulation of the Iupital product line helps to significantly reduce the production of formaldehyde while maintaining good chemical, thermal, electrical and mechanical properties with exceptional wear resistance.

By optimizing manufacturing technology through proprietary R&D efforts, the MEP engineering team says it has succeeded in reducing the amount of formaldehyde typically generated by about 50%. This helps to optimize injection molding production due to less mold deposit, reduces downtime for cleaning molds and extends the life of the mold, resulting in lower operating costs. Additionally, the material emits less formaldehyde odor during molding, thus improving the working conditions.

The company says it will introduce the polyacetals with a range of different viscosities, including the standard flow version F20-05 and the high flow grades F30-05 and F40-05.

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