Syntac® CIS (Core Industrial Solutions), Syntac® HTS (High Temperature Solutions) and Syntac® STS (Strong Tough Solutions) offer high performance, high quality solutions that are easier to machine and faster to hot-swap than alternative materials. By casting the plugs instead of machining, customers can reduce the amount of wasted material and save time by removing the need for CNC-machining or outsourcing for those customers without access to in-house CNC-machining.
Kerry Lyons, Business Development Manager for Trelleborg’s applied technologies operation in Rochdale, England, states: “Our Syntac® range of materials have been specifically developed to meet the changing needs of our customers. They are available off the shelf with shorter lead-times than previously offered, with manufacturing taking place in our UK facility. Downtime is a real issue for manufacturers, by helping customers to select the right material, they can increase efficiency and improve productivity.”
Syntac® plug assist materials are available as cast, sheet, or bar systems, requiring no specialized tools to machine or finish. Suitable for use up +220 OC, the new Syntac® materials offer improved material distribution, enhanced clarity, and consistent, reliable repeatability. Customer specific inserts can be pre-fitted by Trelleborg to provide a hot-swappable component option, supporting the easy attachment of the plugs to either the ceiling or bed plate of the manufacturing equipment.
Lyons, continues: “As part of the development process, our new Syntac® materials have been engineered to be lightweight, durable and tough, offering a cost-effective alternative solution to traditional materials. Trelleborg’s applied technologies operation in Rochdale is able to offer additional value-added services to our customers including cast to shape and CNC machining options to further support our customers.”
Trelleborg’s Syntac® CIS and Syntac® HTS materials are made from high-grade epoxy resin and hollow glass microspheres (HGMS), with Syntac® STS made from a novel thermoset polymer matrix.
Thermoformed packaging such as drinking cups, food containers and pharmaceutical packaging are formed using plug assisted pressure forming. Syntac® plug assist materials are designed to require minimal finishing with an A-class surface finish, resulting in greater repeatability, optimized material distribution and increased plug life.