The creation of nylon as a synthetic polymer was revolutionary for many industries and the development of virtually countless products. It also stemmed from the production of numerous thermoplastics, each with their own unique properties and advantages that expand upon those provided by nylon and other early polymers,
One of these is known as Nylatron. Like nylon, it’s strong, resistant and lightweight. The addition of molybenum disulfide lubricant powder provides enhanced mechanical benefits. It’s used to create various parts and components, including Nylatron washers from Superior. Nylatron itself comes in a variety of different types that have to be created to improve on certain mechanical characteristics and performance specifics.
One of the latest variations was introduced by Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products, a machinable plastics supplier in Lenzburg, Switzerland. Nylatron 66 SA FR is a flame retardant polyamide that’s free of hazardous materials. It’s also compliant with a number of regulations pertaining to use in electric railway applications, including REACH, RoHA, and WEE standards and EN 45545-2 and UL94 V0 requirements.
The development of Nylatron 66 SA FR is significant as it provides a lightweight, non-conductive, alternative to PA 66. The new material has been touted as an answer to the demand for more sustainable industrial solutions that perform just as well as various metal. Quadrant EPP Global Marketing Manager Transportation & Aerospace, Frank Johänning has said that new polymers like Nylatron 66 SA FR help some industrial sectors transition from conventional materials to more sustainable synthetics that offer their own new and enhanced advantages.
“Quadrant is committed to developing value-added material solutions that address specific industry demands, most significantly for the rail industry the safety aspects provided by flame-retardant and high reliability/high-performance materials. For a sector that still relies heavily on metals and especially steel, our polymer-based material range will open up a whole new area of opportunities and advantages. At InnoTrans, we will demonstrate our ability to meet the needs of the industry today – and how we can help our customers to be better prepared for the future.” he was quoted in a Plastics Today article.
While polymers can sometimes come with their own sets of problems, due to their inability to biodegrade and current hinderances when it comes to recycling, they are quite versatile and useful—offering longevity that can surpass metal. Nylon and polymer recycling methods are also being expanded. Does this mean that these materials may possibly be the ones that shape the future? Nylatron 66 SA FR shows that plastic and polymer developers are continually working to put this to the test.