Will showcase fiber-reinforced LSR technology at MD&M West 2014
WATERFORD, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
At MD&M West booth 1804, Feb. 11-13, 2014, Momentive Performance
Materials Inc. (MPM) will showcase its solution – fiber-reinforced
liquid silicone rubber (LSR) – for designers seeking ways to enhance the
ergonomics and aesthetics of wearable medical devices, as the demand for
this type of product grows. Additionally, MPM will exhibit a variety of
other liquid silicone and heat cure rubbers that can significantly
increase design freedom for medical device and parts manufacturers,
including its new anti-static silicone elastomers and UV-curing silicone
Combining silicone elastomer flexibility with the high strength of
textile fibers, MPM’s fiber-reinforced LSR can be a good solution to
consider when elastomeric properties have to be combined with very high
modulus at low elongations. The solution may be especially useful in
applications where high torsional stiffness is required such as in
devices with a wrist band configuration. The inherent properties of
silicone elastomers can provide good wearability, comfort against the
skin and resistance to skin oils. In addition, a variety of colors can
be achieved with the use of pigments.
This advancement can also potentially serve as a mono-material concept,
providing the design freedom and cost-efficient processability of liquid
silicone rubber, while eliminating the need for a composite fabric
layer. As such, fiber-reinforced LSR may be a candidate for applications
such as membranes, flexible robotic “skeletons” that mimic the human
body and numerous bio-mechanical applications.
Another area where MPM is removing limitations is with anti-static
materials. Traditionally, carbon black fillers have been used to achieve
anti-static properties in silicone rubbers, limiting the material color
to black. MPM’s new anti-static silicone elastomers may be translucent
or colored, and provide the excellent mechanical properties and thermal
resistance of silicones. The newly developed anti-static elastomers
include high consistency elastomers (HCE) and anti-static LSRs, which
may be considered for use in applications where dust pick-up reduction
is critical, such as keyboard covers, elastomeric keypads and buttons,
soft-touch features on devices, as well as in electronic applications
where anti-static properties without an electrostatic charge are desired.
Also, MPM’s UV-curing
LSR will be the subject of an impressive demonstration on an Engel
injection molding machine at Engel booth #3814. Soap holders will be
molded in a two-component process utilizing MPM’s UV-curing LSR, UV LSR
2030, co-molded with polypropylene resin. With MPM’s technology, UV LSR
now can be combined with more affordable, lower melting point resins,
such as PP or PMMA, enabling new approaches for hard-soft combinations
with silicone rubber in medical applications.
For more information, visit www.momentive.com.
About the Company
Momentive Performance Materials Inc. is a global leader in silicones and
advanced materials, with a 70-year heritage of being first to market
with performance applications for major industries that support and
improve everyday life. The Company delivers science-based solutions by
linking custom technology platforms to opportunities for customers.
Momentive Performance Materials Inc. is an indirect wholly-owned
subsidiary of Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC.
Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC (“Momentive”) is the
ultimate parent company of Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and
Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. Momentive is a global leader in
specialty chemicals and materials, with a broad range of advanced
specialty products that help industrial and consumer companies support
and improve everyday life. Its technology portfolio delivers tailored
solutions to meet the diverse needs of its customers around the world.
Momentive was formed in October 2010 through the combination of entities
that indirectly owned Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Hexion
Specialty Chemicals Inc. The capital structures and legal entity
structures of both Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Momentive
Specialty Chemicals Inc. (formerly known as Hexion Specialty Chemicals,
Inc.), and their respective subsidiaries and direct parent companies,
remain separate. Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Momentive
Specialty Chemicals Inc. file separate financial and other reports with
the Securities and Exchange Commission. Momentive is controlled by
investment funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, LLC.
Additional information about Momentive and its products is available at www.momentive.com.
Momentive Performance Materials Inc.
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