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Office Equipment Plastics

Dow Corning siloxane masterbatches and siloxane powders:

  • reduce friction and increase the lubricity of molded plastics
  • increase the mar and scratch resistance of molded in-color office furniture parts
  • serve as processing aids (improving mold flow to permit the production of thin-wall housings for cell phones, for example)
  • increase the fire retardance of housings and components used in office equipment

Designers of office equipment such as faxes, printers, scanners, copiers, etc. make extensive use of siloxane masterbatches and siloxane powders. A typical application is a gear that must function with little or no external lubrication. In such applications, the ultra high molecular weight siloxane polymers improve lubricity and slip, reducing the coefficient of friction in the gear assembly.

Pelletized formulations containing 50% siloxane dispersed in nylon, for example, have outperformed fluoropolymers in side-by-side evaluations.

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