Rubber Automotive Profiles Benefit from UHMW-PE
Product Announcement from DeWAL Industries, Inc.
DeWAL UHMW-PE thin film products provide excellent protection from wear and abrasion when added to rubber profiles. The low friction properties and outstanding resistance to stick-slip of UHMW-PE are also exceedingly useful in certain high-wear automotive applications. Particularly in glass-run channels, these thin film surfaces exhibit major advantages as compared to conventional flock-coated products.
The high degree of abrasion resistance of UHMW-PE, combined with smooth operation and long flex life in dynamic use, assure dependability and freedom from premature warranty failures. In addition, and perhaps most importantly, the coefficient of friction of a UHMW-PE wear surface is remarkably lower than flock coated profiles. This lower friction can typically allow for the use of less powerful - and more cost effective - window drive motors.
The particular suitability of UHMW-PE for applications in combination with rubber is due to its unique chemical structure. This structure allows this versatile polymer film to be permanently bonded to compounds such as EPDM, NMR, and SBR by the vulcanization process alone and adhesives are typically not needed. Only minor changes to existing production processes are needed to apply the film. UHMW-PE products can also be compound with select additives to improve physical properties and reduce susceptibility to UV light.
DeWAL Industries, an industry leader in the manufacture of high performance thin films for over 30 years, produces a comprehensive line of UHMW-PE film products. DeWAL is the only supplier worldwide that offers this film in thickness ranging from 0.08 mm to 3.0 mm and width ranging from 5.0 mm to 1500 mm. For further information call 1-800-366-8356 or visit the website www.dewal.com.