engineering plastics


Flame retardant plastics

Somtimes, we have received some quotations where a customer needs a flame retardant plastics, and/or with determinated homologated brand, due to several reasons. Nevertheless It is necessary to take account the type of flame retardant as you can see below, based on depeding on thickness.

Battery Case with flame retardant_Zatec

An example, one request for quotation where we must us the homologated raw material “x”. But if we inject this thermoplastic we cannot meet the customer’s requirements due to the part had about 1,5 mm of thickness and the mentioned raw material was flame retardant grade V0 based on a test piece of about 3 mm of thickness. By these reasons, we consider necessary to talk about this additive used in several sectors like electronic, electrical or household appliances. We are talking about the flame retardant plastics.

According to UL94 classification (Underwriters Laboratory in EEUU, with their known yellow datasheets)  and based on test where the test tube is burned in vertical by flame analyzing up to the fire is self-extinguishingTherefore the different grades of flame retardant are as follow:

  • V2, the combustion of sample is stopped in 30 seconds and there are dropping of particles in flames
  • V1, the combustion of sample is stopped in 30 seconds but there are not dropping of particles in flames.
  • V0, the combustion is stopped in 10 seconds and there are not dropping of burning particles, like previous case.

There are other nomenclatures such as 5VA, 5VB with vertical test tube, too. In these cases a burn can produce a hole or not. These cases are not so common than three mentioned nomenclatures before. The lower UL94 classification is for HB grade, where the sample is placed in horizontal.  It is known like self-extinguished although this type burn like wood (to understand the simile).

Below you can see a good video from youtube (source:Filoalfa 3D)  with different behaviours in final parts (ABS in this case), alhtought obviously there are more flame retardant engineering plastics like Polyamide (PA),Polycarbonate (PC)…

The flame retardant agentes more common to get some grades that we are talking about it are: antimony trioxide,  red phosphor (common for dark colors), halogens (fluor, chlorine, bromine, iodine, astatine)… for example. But, sometime these elements can produce harmful smoke for human beings during combustion. By this reason each time is more usual to use flame retardants halogens free, from biological raw materials sustainably manufactured, decreasing the fossil resources besides of carbon emissions to atmosphere.

If you need technical support  to chose the adequate enginnering plastic based on your application, we are glad to help you working together from initial design (bearing in mind our injection molding process) up to serial plastic part


Corporate Social Responsability in Zatec

Beyond of certificated and applied standards of our sector or sectors that we are working, for example the IATF-16949 of Automotive market, in Zatec like an injection molding company of technical parts in enginerring plastics, we have a target to develop year on year the Corporate Social Responsability Area grouping all good practices that we are doing or we will do based on sustainable development objectives. By this way, we will contribute with our effort about it.

RSC-Quiero trabajar ahí

Therefore, our interest groups are customers, supplier, social enviroment, enviromental and of course, the workers. In this context Zatec is implementing an ambitious plan of good practices integrated in our everyday and strategy. Considering the satisfaction of our customers like target, supplying plastic parts of high added value according to customer’s requirements, as priority.

Bearing in mind the last paragraph, this year Zatec has made important steps in humans resources to improve the satisfaction of our employees. For example, the birthday present, labor and family conciliation if it is possible, checking their happiness in the job and hearing a proposals to continue improving. Zatec has collaborated with Serlog, an specialized company of  Human Resources like  guide improving the work atmosphere.

Other example that is a source of pride is the Campaign of Pencils and Smiles, collaborating with Automotive Cluster of Aragon, where we are partners, and donating academic materials for children in emergency situation.

In short, it does not mean a simple whitewash, it means to improve our productivity, motivate and retaining talent, giving an important added value to our workers. In fact, this year we have achieved the stamp of Social Responsability in Aragon-RSA(our region in Spain). We expect this year will be only the beginning.


Inyección de piezas técnicas con poliamida

Inyección de piezas técnicas con poliamida

Probablemente la materia prima mas empleada en  Zatec sea la poliamida. Por ello, en este post vamos a hablar a modo de pequeño resumen de inyección de piezas técnicas con poliamida, con sus aplicaciones y características generales para estos componentes, bien sea PA6, PA66… etc y con diferentes aditivos.

Piezas de Poliamida – ©property of Zatec S.A.

Cuantas veces  habremos recibido un plano y/o 3D para cotizar, pero con el material por definir. No es lo habitual, pero ocurre. Sabiendo la aplicación final y requerimientos de cliente, información que en ocasiones llega en cuenta gotas, podemos proponer un material adecuado. Por ello, queremos destacar las principales características por las que emplear poliamida en nuestro proceso de inyección de plásticos.

Antes de exponer las características generales principales, recordar la anterior entrada donde hablábamos del origen de la poliamida y su procedencia hasta recibir el material en nuestro almacén. Os haré un “breve y alegre” resumen: la PA6 proviene de de la polimerización hidrolítica de la caprolactama y la PA66 por la polimerización de la hexametilendiamina y el acido adípico. En muchos casos se incorporan una serie de añadidos como fibra de vidrio, retardantes a la llama, estabilizados al calor, teflón… y así un largo etc que se traduce en una amplia gama donde elegir. Read more

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