Thermoplastic Elastomers
November 2002
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A new brochure explains how designers, processors, and OEMs can differentiate their products, create new product lines, and increase profit margins by using Santoprene® TPE for a variety of grip applications. Citing numerous grip applications from around the world, Getting a Better Grip with Santoprene TPE details how many companies have used Santoprene TPEs in their products to add manufacturing, retailer, and consumer value to products such as sporting goods, kitchenware, hand and power tools, personal care products, lawn and garden equipment, appliances, consumer electronics, and office supplies.

Ergonomic testing data of grip materials confirms that Santoprene TPEs are superior in areas of friction, grip effort, surface texture, perceived control, finger comfort, and hand comfort in comparison with grips made of steel or polypropylene, according to the supplier. Other attributes include variable finishes and textures, soft-touch, durability, resistance to heat and various fluids, food standards compliancy, dishwasher and microwave safety, low vibration, and non-slip surface.

Information on Santoprene 8000 TPE grades explains the benefits of improved colorability, non-hygroscopicity, low residual halogens, and low coefficient of friction. From a manufacturing perspective, the processing advantages of using Santoprene TPEs to produce dual-hardness grips are described in detail. Grip design guidelines, including attaching overmolded grips and separately molded grips, are illustrated. For designers, useful information on process selection identifies the special grades of Santoprene TPEs that bond to materials, such as nylon (PA), ABS, PC, PS, ASA, PMMA (acrylic), PET, and PPO, enabling increased design flexibility. The brochure also takes designers, processors, and OEMs through the product development process and details the professional resources available from the company.

Advanced Elastomer Systems, L.P.

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