Unfortunately, these components can reach very high temperatures in the automotive environment which, over a typical lifespan of 10 years of a battery electrical vehicle, can cause the orange color to fade.
Confronted with the problem of color retention in polyamides L. Brüggemann GmbH and Co. KG, Heilbronn have developed a solution in cooperation with the colour specialist, GRAFE Advanced Polymers GmbH, Blankenhain. Two new products, PA-Tekolen e-Orange TS for flame retardant and PA-Tekolen e-Orange HP for non-flame retardant polyamides, allow the manufacture of orange polyamides which retain their hazard warning effect over a vehicle’s lifetime.
Brueggemann’s and Grafe’s R&D teams produced these additives in the form of a masterbatch which combines the high temperature stabilised orange colour together with stabilised polymer additives PA6 or PA6.6 which performs for more than 1000 hours at 130°C. These new e-Orange products allow compounders to optimise further product performance since the orange color and the mechanical properties are already ensured by the new additive when exposed to high temperatures.
Through their joint cooperation Brueggemann and Grafe allow the marketplace to focus on further innovations for e-mobility safe in the knowledge that the “new black“ e-Orange is no longer an issue.
The collaboration between the polyamide additive specialist Brüggemann and the paint specialist Grafe shows once again what can result from creating the missing link between two partners. This allows the industry to concentrate on new innovations in e-mobility with the certainty that the new black: e-Orange can now be used in its entirety for the purpose for which it was developed: reducing danger and increasing the safety of all people who work on electric motors.