Teijin Frontier to Exhibit at Hose & Belt Manufacturers Conference
Akron, Ohio – Teijin Frontier will participate at Hose & Belt Manufacturers Conference (Sheraton Suite Akron Cuyahoga Falls) from April 12th to 13th. We will introduce the environmentally friendly adhesive technologies and materials to enhance the mechanical performance of rubber products as well as to reduce negative impact on our natural resources.
Hose & Belt Manufacturers Conference covers the latest groundbreaking trends and innovations across materials, operations, processes and applications in rubber industry.
Below are a few of the spectacular technologies we will be showcasing for rubber reinforcement. The technologies are fully aligned with our environmental strategy, THINK ECO®.
1, Resorcinol-formaldehyde (RF) free adhesive technology
We have developed a new environmentally friendly adhesive for rubber reinforcing fiber that does not use resorcinol-formaldehyde (RF) but still achieves the same level of performance as conventional methods. Resorcinol-formaldehyde latex (RFL) adhesives have long been used to reinforce rubber products, such as tires, hoses and belts, with fiber to maintain strength and morphological stability. In recent years, however, demands have been growing for solutions that do not use RF, which has been shown to have harmful effects on the human body. The new adhesive consists of the polymer which is effective for the adhesion, as the alternative to RF. The polymer, which is reticulated by intermolecular interaction, achieves a high level of adhesiveness, equivalent to that of an RFL adhesive thanks to its high affinity for both fiber and rubber.
2, Solvent alternative water-based adhesive technology
We have developed a unique technology for solvent alternative water-based adhesive technology for rubber reinforcing fiber. Solvent based adhesives that easily impregnate between fibers are applied according to the requirements for bundle cohesion in addition to adhesiveness. However, solvents have a high impact on the environment, so we have introduced our new water-based adhesive technology to replace the solvent adhesive.
3, Ultra fine polyester chopped fiber “Nanofront™”
We have developed ultra fine polyester chopped fiber “Nanofront™” of Island & Sea type for rubber mixing by our spinning technology. It realizes a good dispersion in rubber matrix by only heat mixing, and brings both high modulus and durability by small amount applied to reinforce rubber products, such as tires, hoses and belts. Nanofront™ reinforcing fiber can be made in low Carbon Foot Print (CFP) process and without adhesive treatment. We would like to propose our excellent solution for environmental oriented manufacturing process.