The new pheos from uvex are no ordinary safety spectacles: They offer optimum protection with high comfort and a sporty design, thanks to the innovative Thermoplastic Elastomers with polyoxymethylene adhesion (POM adhesion) from KRAIBURG TPE.
Waldkraiburg -- The properties of Thermoplastic Elastomers from KRAIBURG TPE make them ideal for a wide range of applications: not only are they suitable for all methods of processing conventional plastics, but are also soft to the touch and feature maximum adhesion for virtually unlimited freedom of design and function. This was decisive for their use in the earpieces of the new uvex pheos safety spectacles: The goal of the development engineers was to introduce lightweight safety spectacles with a sporty design that offer optimum protection and high wearing comfort. The pheos spectacles get their stylish design from the two-colored, highly functional earpiece concept with TPE compounds. The innovative adhesion technology on the earpiece ends ensures that the spectacles are comfortable even when worn for long periods; anti-slip components provide for a secure fit. This combination of features significantly increases the acceptance for wearing safety spectacles, making them a valued and attractive article of everyday use at the workplace.
The THERMOLAST® K compounds used for the spectacles withstand all influences of the work environment, such as weather, UV radiation and scratches. Also, they pose no health hazard whatsoever to the wearer: The TPEs are free of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, phthalates and allergens and are RoHS and REACH compliant.
"We have been working together with KRAIBURG TPE successfully for ten years. In the past, we used TPE in our safety spectacles primarily for seals and end elements. Now, for the first time, we have added a soft component to the earpiece. The result is quite attractive and recently even received the iF product design award 2012!" Harald Frank, Product Group Manager uvex explains. The earpiece is manufactured using the 2-component injection molding process. KRAIBURG TPE, in coordination with uvex and the tool manufacturer, adapted the manufacturing process for optimal compatibility with the injection molding system and the material. Such good adhesion to the hard component polyoxymethylene (POM) can be achieved only under optimal processing conditions.
About KRAIBURG TPE
KRAIBURG TPE (www.kraiburg-tpe.com) manufactures thermoplastic elastomers based on HSBC (hydrogenated styrene block copolymers) and markets them all around the world. In addition to custom solutions, under the THERMOLAST® brand the company offers a broad spectrum of standardized compounds covering a wide range of applications. With its high-performance HIPEX® compound, KRAIBURG TPE is opening up the world of rubber for all thermoplastics processing companies and with the new compounds COPEC® and For-Tec E it is entering new dimensions in terms of haptics, adhesion and resistance for consumer electronics products. The TPE specialist has production sites in Germany, USA and Malaysia. The sales organization covers France, Italy, Spain, China, India, Taiwan, Mexico and Brazil. In further countries KRAIBURG TPE is represented by a distributor.
UVEX WINTER HOLDING GmbH & Co. KG is a consolidation of three international companies under one roof: uvex safety group, uvex sports group (uvex and Alpina) and Filtral. The uvex group has 41 subsidiaries in 22 countries and manufactures the majority of its products in Germany, out of conviction. Two thirds of the total of 2,100 employees (2010/2011 figures) work in Germany. As a worldwide partner of international professional sports, uvex sponsors numerous top athletes. The company lives the motto: "protecting people". uvex develops, produces and markets products and services for the safety and protection of people engaged in work, sports and leisure activities.
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