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Applications PA 410 for Ferrari and Maserati fuel vapor separators Royal DSM (Heerlen, The Netherlands) recently announced that its bio-based high performance EcoPaXX ® polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. This solution, in halogenfree flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combining flame retardancy with a high level of chemical resistance, essential for this application. The fuel vapor separator is an important element of the complete fuel delivery system in road vehicles. It separates vapors from liquid fuel coming out from the fuel tank, and prevents the liquid fuel reaching—and contaminating—the fuel vapor canister. This prevents the evaporating fumes from reaching the atmosphere while also maintaining proper fuel tank pressures. While fuel lines themselves have a coextruded outer cover in a flame retardant thermoplastic, fuel vapor separators are most often still made from a non-flame-retardant polyamide. Dytech Dynamic Fluid Technologies, based just outside Turin, Italy, now part of Tokai Rubber Industries Ltd group, develops and supplies fuel delivery components and systems for many of the world’s leading automotive companies. Dytech chose the innovative halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX to meet increasing fire safety requirements as well as a wide range of other demanding requirements for the application. EcoPaXX is highly resistant and impermeable to conventional gasoline fuel (E10) as well as to the more sustainable E85 fuel. In the SHED (Sealed Housing for Evaporative Determination) test, EcoPaXX fuel vapor separators showed a very low permeation level for E10, of 0.002 grams/24 h. EcoPaXX Q-KGS6 has a UL 94 V-0 flammability rating at 0.7 mm. The high thermal stability of EcoPaXX is demonstrated by its Maximum Continuous Use Temperature of 175°C. This engineering plastic also has very good dimensional stability (proven by short term aging at 100°C), and outperforms current materials used in low temperature impact tests carried out at -30°C. EcoPaXX also passed tube extraction and impact tests after thermal and fuel aging, as well as fatigue resistance. EcoPaXX has, in addition to its unique technical performance, an extra advantage in that polyamide 410 is 70% derived from renewable resources and is certified Carbon Neutral from cradle to gate. “We have been very impressed by the performance we have obtained from the new EcoPaXX fuel vapor separators,” says Mario Zasa, Research & Development at Dytech. “Our customers make some of the most prestigious cars on the road, and they call for top quality solutions from their suppliers. Working with DSM, we have succeeded again in meeting their demands.” MT www.dsm.com/automotive www.ecopaxx.com 44 bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/14] Vol. 9

Applications Beautiful and sustainable water filter Soma (San Francisco, California, USA) is proud to present “the world’s most beautiful water filter” which combines form and function to bring the best tasting water to thirsty consumers. “The product is incredibly sustainable,” says a spokesperson at Soma. The filter is unique and user friendly, and unlike other commercial water filters which use charcoal, the Soma filter uses carbon-activated coconut shell, and has a plant-based filter casing which is made from BioFlex ® by FKuR (Willich, Germany and Cedar Park, Texas, USA). The Bio-Flex material used in the production of the Soma filter was designed especially for injection molding applications. This Bio-Flex grade has excellent flow characteristics and its mechanical properties are comparable to conventional polystyrene (PS). The material is biodegradable and is an excellent choice for those wishing to use a resin with a high percentage of renewable resource raw material content. The design itself is extremely innovative: a seal at the bottom allows one to pour straight from the filter without spillage or leaks, and the interior design makes a replacement of the filter extremely easy. David Beeman, a leading water expert designed the filter. In a YouTube clip (see link below) he explains why coconut carbon is so healthy. “There’s really no better filter than the one that we’ve engineered.“ Soma also explains that the hour glass shaped carafe is made of glass which both enhances the flavor, and is much safer than certain plastics which can contain harmful BPA chemicals. The new filter carafe is a well-designed, innovative product, and the company strives to give their customers the best tasting water possible. They also work to provide clean water for 800 million people in need. Through a partnership with charity: water, an amazing organization focused on water equity, Soma contributes a portion of their revenue towards providing clean water to communities in developing nations. By combining technology, design, wellness, and philanthropy, Soma created a truly unique product which will change the way to drink water. “When Soma was born, this to me was a chance to not only have a beautifully designed, sustainable water filter, but we could do our part in giving back to clean water projects. We’ve solved the design flaws that so many other companies overlook, and we use a unique filtration system which is userfriendly, and truly optimizes the taste of water,” says Mike Del Ponte, founder of Soma . MT www.drinksoma.com www.fkur.com www.charitywater.org Info: watch video clip at bit.ly/1dm1LRV bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/14] Vol. 9 45

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