Case Study

Case Study - Improving Wear Performance in Demanding Applications

Increasing Part Durability with Inhance Performance Additives

CHALLENGE

A molder of polyurethane wanted to increase the durability of their belt scrapers.  Their customer in the mining industry had numerous belt conveyors in their operations, and frequently had to shut down to replace blade scrapers. This was an added cost and limited production. Inhance’s solution significantly increased the lifespan of the scrapers, and the customer was able to retain existing accounts — and gain new business.

BY INCORPORATING INHANCE TECHNOLOGIES PERFORMANCE ADDITIVES IN MOLDED PARTS, WE SAW AN INCREASE OF 3-6 TIMES LONGER THAN THAT ACHIEVED BY SCRAPERS MADE WITHOUT THESE ADDITIVES...OUR CUSTOMER HAS SINCE PICKED UP SEVERAL NEW ACCOUNTS BECAUSE OF HIS HIGH ABRASION RESISTANT PRODUCTS...

PROCESS / COLLABORATION

The polyurethane molder contacted Inhance to evaluate our line of Performance Additives.  A sample of INHANCE® UH-1080, surface modified ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW PE) powder was provided. The molder made several samples using different levels of the additive to assess processing and field performance. Since the molder did not have in-house test facilities, Inhance agreed to carry out the evaluation of the abrasion resistance of the samples.  Results from ASTM D5963 testing were shared with the molder.

SOLUTION

Due to the encouraging results of the abrasion resistance results, the molder produced several test blade scrapers.  The molder’s customer was pleased with the durability increase equivalent to 3 – 6 times longer service life than the current scrapers.

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