ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONICS
Electrical Cabinets and Enclosures
Electrical cabinets and enclosures are used in appliances and consumer electronics to house and protect electrical and mechanical components. They also play an important role in aesthetics and design. Plastics are a material of choice because they are light weight, have excellent properties, are easy to process, and offer unparalleled design freedom. Examples of plastics used in these applications include polyolefins (PP, PE), styrenic polymers (HIPS, ABS), and engineering plastics (PC, PET, PBT, PPO/HIPS, PC/ABS).
Flame retardants are used to enable plastics to pass strict flammability standards such as UL 94. Halogen-based flame retardants have been used in plastic electrical components for many years. While effective, their use is being phased out in many countries due to concerns over potential effects to human health and the environment. Amfine's flame retardants are halogen-free, and represent more eco-friendly alternatives to conventional halogenated products for use in polyolefins, styrenic polymers, and engineering plastics.
Wire & Cable
Cross-linked polyethylene (XL-PE) is widely used as insulation for low and medium voltage cable applications. Antioxidants used in XL-PE must not interfere with the cross-linking process while providing protection against degradation during processing (scorch resistance) and long-term service.
PVC wire and cable insulation requires an effective thermal stabilizer to maintain its electrical properties over long lifetimes. This has traditionally been accomplished using stabilizers based on lead salts, but their use is being phased out around the world due to toxicity concerns. Amfine and its parent company Adeka have been world leaders in the development and commercialization of environmentally-friendly, heavy metal free thermal stabilizers for a variety of PVC applications.