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Thermoplastic Composites offer 100,000+ psi tensile strength.

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July 25, 2014 - With Kyron® MAX Series, parts can be injection molded at high volumes with strengths that approach lay-up composites and metals. Composites are available in 3 performance levels, allowing designers to select option to match their needs. Low filler loadings generate high mechanical performance with lower fiber content, increasing material’s strain, which allows part to yield and not fracture.

Piper Plastics

257 E. Alamo Dr., Chandler, AZ, 85225, USA

Original Press Release

Piper Plastics Introduces Kyron MAX - The Strongest Line of Injection Moldable Thermoplastic Composites Available

Press release date: July 22, 2014

Chandler, AZ  USA --  The new Kyron® MAX series from Piper Plastics bridges the performance gap between components produced via standard injection molding compounds and pre-preg lay-up composite materials. Kyron MAX materials allow parts to be injection molded at high volumes with strengths that approach lay-up composite and metals.

The Kyron MAX series significantly changes the way design engineers think of plastic materials.  The unique combination of a proprietary high pressure molding technology, coupled with a state-of-the-art material technology, is used to produce the highest strength structural components made from thermoplastics today. These new materials offer mechanical properties which meet, and in some cases exceed, those of metals.

Generally speaking even the strongest moldable plastics cannot match the strength of metals so the metal part geometry must be altered and re-engineered to utilize plastic materials.  This often involves adding much more material volume of the plastic which can compromise the weight savings and cost reduction advantages of the conversion to plastics. Kyron MAX polymers offer mechanical properties that sometimes meet or exceed those of  metals. The resulting component design can more easily replicate the original metal design, minimizing the mass of plastics required while realizing all of  the engineering benefits of the plastic materials.

The following is a summary of the product features of the new Kyron MAX series:

  • Tensile strength -  Higher than steel (greater than 100,000 psi)
  • Weight - Nearly 75% lighter than steel and approximately 60% lighter than titanium
  • Lower component cost - The ability to mold components in a high volume tightly controlled process significantly reduces the manufacturing costs associated with pre-preg lay-up materials.
  • Product flexibility - The product will be available in three performance levels allowing designers to select a cost vs. performance option to match their needs.
  • Better “practical toughness” due to lower filler loadings - The revolutionary filler generates high mechanical performance with lower fiber content increasing the material’s strain, which allows the part to yield and not fracture.
“The Kyron MAX technology is a game changer. Piper’s expertise in fabricating components from both metals and plastics, combined with our proprietary polymer processing techniques, gives our customers an uncommon advantage,” said Dave Wilkinson, Materials Engineering Manager at Piper. “We understand factors critical to component design, the influence of reinforcements and additives, and the effects of processing and tool design. Knowing the complexities of plastics is essential to reliable replacement of metals.”

For more information on the Kyron MAX series please visit http://www.piperplastics.com/kyronmax/kyronmax.html .

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