At JEC Europe 2015: Chem-Trend

This Howell, MI, US-based international mold-preparation products supplier, through Maisach, Germany-based Chem-Trend (Deutschland) GmbH, introduced Zyvax TakeOff release agent.

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Chem-Trend (Howell, MI, US and Maisach, Germany) presented its comprehensive portfolio of high-quality processing aids for the production of composite components and introducing trademarked Zyvax TakeOff. The latter is a water-based, semi-permanent new release agent specifically developed for the production of components for the aerospace industry. Zyvax TakeOff, launched in January of this year, is reportedly particularly well suited for the manufacture of extremely large epoxy components and therefore ideal for use in aircraft construction. The water-based and environmentally conscious Zyvax TakeOff is said to meet the highest standards of this demanding industry segment.

"As the aerospace industry's demand for lightweight composite components increases, so does the need for high-quality release agents that perform to the highest standards," said George Barton, senior business development director for composites at Chem-Trend. "A modern aircraft consists of up to 50% lightweight composites, which reduces fuel consumption dramatically. Manufacturers in the marine, rail and automotive sectors are also increasing their use of composite materials to gain the same advantages. With our specifically designed solutions, we provide targeted support for these manufacturers."

Zyvax TakeOff enables composites to release quickly and flawlessly from molds. It is easily applied by wiping or spraying and reduces waste and scrap significantly. Additionally, there is very low transfer of the release agent to the moulded part. This can eliminate or significantly reduce any cleaning process that might be required prior to a post-moulding procedure, such as painting and gluing. This saves material, time, and money for manufacturers.

A distinct advantage of TakeOff is that it can be applied to molds at varying temperatures, thus reducing the required downtime to allow the mold to cool, as is sometimes necessary when using solvent-based release agents. TakeOff needs only a minimal number of coats to become effective, with short dry times between applications. It also provides multiple release capability, potentially contributing to improved productivity in the manufacturing process. The new parting agent provides a favorable match for vacuum bag and autoclave molding methods as well, because no sealant is required, in most cases.