The Dow Chemical Company has introduced a new calendering-grade of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) elastomers to be commercialized under the Pellethane brand. The new elastomer can offer performance and processing advantages for an array of demanding applications including fabrics, nonwovens and industrial products such as conveyor belts and sewer liners.
A method often used for coatings applications, calendering allows resin to be placed directly onto fabrics. Specifically engineered for this technique, the new TPU elastomer is easily processed and produces excellent adhesion and chemical resistance.
With a combination of clarity, abrasion resistance, tensile strength, chemical resistance and excellent processability, Dow’s Pellethane TPU elastomers are a material of choice for a range of demanding applications. In addition to calendering, these TPU products can be fabricated by a variety of methods including injection molding, extrusion and blow molding.