Nufringen, September 2012
Pioneering new products
Fakuma 2012: Ensinger to showcase additional compounds
From October 16 – 20th, Ensinger will be unveiling new compounds at Fakuma in Friedrichshafen. The innovations include materials for producing fuel cells and compounds for the direct laser structuring of conductor tracks (hall B1, stand 1222).
Highly-filled graphite compounds for fuel cells, batteries and heat exchangers
Ensinger produces PP- and PPS-based highly conductive compounds for bipolar plates used as media supply plates in fuel cells. Producing these components on injection moulding machines offers cost benefits as a result of shorter cycle times. The material can also be processed by hot pressing. The new compounds, which offer the benefit of good electrical conductivity, are suitable both for high-temperature and low-temperature fuel cells (HT-PEM and NT-PEM).
Other potential applications include use as separator plates in redox flow batteries. Their excellent thermal conductivity makes these materials equally suited for manufacturing corrosion resistant heat exchangers for industrial applications and heat sinks for use in power electronics.
Solutions for injection moulded interconnect devices (MIDs)
Ensinger has developed a new product line for the efficient manufacture of moulded interconnect devices (MIDs) by the name of TECACOMP LDS. These thermoplastic high-performance compounds are used for the manufacture of MIDs in which the conductor tracks are applied using laser direct structuring (LDS) and subsequent metallization. Polyaryletherketones such as PEEK are used as matrix polymers, and other high-temperature plastics are currently in the preparation stage. This merger of electrical and mechanical functions in a single component has opened up interesting new scope for the manufacture of mechatronic modules.
Read more in the attach pdf.TECACOMP.pdf