SMC for exterior applications

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IDI Composites International (Noblesville, Ind.) has introduced E-200 Series thermoset sheet molding compound (SMC). It features high UV resistance and flame retardance and is suitable for outdoor lighting applications, where exposure to heat and UV are key considerations. Common uses range from architectural lighting to safety applications, such as high-intensity discharge parking lot lights (tunnel-lighting fixture application shown in photo). UL-approved for flame resistance, the material has good structural rigidity, strong dielectric properties, superior corrosion and moisture resistance, and a high total reflectance (TR) value. The SMC also molds to net shape because it reportedly has a zero shrinkage factor, allowing it to withstand high-temperature manufacturing and assembly conditions. Molded-in color options are available.