Global custom engineered thermoplastic compounder RTP Company has developed a line of decaBDE-free, flame retardant thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds that are RoHS compliant. These products address the needs of electrical and electronics and other component manufacturers following the European Union’s repeal of the decaBDE exemption under the RoHS Directive.
According to Paul Killian, Technical Marketing Manager — TPE Division at RTP Company, RTP Company now offers decaBDE-free flame retardant compounds in all major TPE resins.
Flame retardant TPEs are commonly used in the electronics industry for components such as overmolded connectors and strain reliefs. “RTP Company’s flame retardant TPEs offer superior bondability and can be used with multi-shot or overmolding techniques, providing two key properties in one material,” said Killian. “UL94 flammability ratings for these compounds are predominately V-0 @ 1/16 inch (1.5 mm) with some grades extending down to 1/32 inch (0.8 mm). Many of RTP Company’s TPE compounds are fully UL Recognized with yellow cards and more are in the works.”
Additionally, RTP’s flame retardant TPE compounds can be combined with additional compounding technologies, from color to conductivity, while maintaining the material’s RoHS compliance.
RoHS compliant, flame retardant TPEs from RTP Company are available in thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer (TPUR – RTP 1200 Series), polyether-ester block copolymer thermoplastic elastomer (TEEE – RTP 1500 Series), styrenic block copolymer thermoplastic elastomer (TES – RTP 2700 S Series), and thermoplastic polyolefin elastomer (TEO – RTP 2800 Series) resins at durometers ranging from 45 Shore A to 65 Shore D.