Polymer Compounders Limited (PCL), a leading manufacturer of ABS plastic (ABSCOM®), has developed ABSCOM® MS117AX, a colourable conductive ABS polymer approved for use in industrial environments according to the ATEX test standard.
Usually, this can only be achieved using carbon-based additives; hence, black is the only colour available. ABSCOM® MS117AX, on the other hand, offers all colour possibilities by utilising a novel conductive additive without carbon, enabling the end-user to choose any colour they wish.
The chemistry outlined gives ABSCOM® MS117AX a distinct advantage compared to other materials on the market, especially as state-of-the-art technological solutions demand ever-greater control over the electrical characteristics in manufactured goods.
It advances on the technology of grade 'ABSCOM® MS170AX' (Discontinued), which brought anti-static properties into ABS polymer for the first time, which was achieved through the use of new additive technologies. PCL's additive technology utilised multiwall carbon nanotubes to give ABSCOM® MS170AX its industry-leading unique characteristics. In addition, ABSCOM® MS170AX proved that achieving good conductivity levels in conjunction with the high impact values needed for a rugged electronic handheld device is possible.
Typical properties of ABSCOM® MS117AX:
The key features of ABSCOM® MS117AX are as follows:
- All colour possibilities
- No loss of mechanical performance
- ATEX compliance*
*Can meet the Explosive Atmosphere Standard IEC 60079 specification with surface resistance Rs < 10^9 ohms target (RH50 % / 23°C).
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