A new line of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) has been launched by Alliance Polymers & Services (APS), a distributor of elastomer materials, for extrusion applications. The new Polymax Maxelast D-Series TPEs are used as a cost-effective alternative to EPDM and vulcanized rubber. The materials are ideal for both outdoor and indoor applications.
The new line is a suitable replacement to conventional thermoset rubbers used for blown compounds, water stops, ladder feet and pipe seals, as well as for dishwashers, extruded glazing seals and gaskets for refrigerators and various other appliances. In addition, the Maxelast D-Series is used in solar products and window and door seals for automotive and construction applications. The Maxelast D01-011A grade thermoplastic elastomer is successfully used in solar panel seals and the material can be co-extruded.
APS’ new extrudable grade TPEs offer several benefits, including recyclability, reprocessability, weight reduction, long service life, UV stability and excellent weatherability. Additional advantage of the materials is that it enables easy processing when integrated with better post-shaping and sealing attributes. Extruded and co-extruded grades of the Maxelast D-Series TPEs can be miter-cut, heat welded for use in corner fastening products. They can also be foamed to produce a smooth surface. The Polymax Maxelast D-Series materials are offered in transparent, black and natural profiles.