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Argotech: improving glass lamination applications

2010-03-01 | Innovation

Argotec, Inc., of Greenfield, Massachusetts, United States, the world’s largest manufacturer of TPU optical interlayer films, recently announced the restructuring of its thermoplastic polyurethane business. President and Chief Executive Officer, Bruce Wilby, stated, “Instead of focusing just on products we can make and market, we are concentrating on better matching our film extrusion capabilities, technical expertise and resources with the applications of our customers – strength to strength. And that is especially the case with customers who use our TPU optical interlayer glass lamination films.”

Argotech: improving glass lamination applications
HIGH PERFORMANCE LAMINATING APPLICATIONS
Aliphatic polyurethane film is typically used in glass lamination applications where polyvinyl butyral (PVB) or interlayer films made from other polymers cannot meet the performance specifications of the application. (For instance, TPU interlayer films will not degrade polycarbonate when bonded with glass for bullet-resistant glazing, as is the case with PVB; nor does TPU cause distortion [birefringence] on bent glass composites.)
“Our customers recognize Argotec as providing the cleanest, highest quality TPU films available in the industry today,” Wilby stated. “They frequently come to us looking for solutions to design challenges that commodity film producers often say are impossible,” declared Wilby. “But that’s our bread and butter. It has been since the company was founded in 1988 and we shipped our very first roll of aliphatic TPU film the next year.”
Describing how the company works with customers, he explained, “Our plastics engineers interact closely with the customer’s design engineers to develop a film with the physical properties and surface finish characteristics needed to meet the parameters of the application.” Wilby continued, “Our engineers are then made available to work with the production engineers at the customer’s location to ensure that our films perform properly in their fabrication and manufacturing processes.”
Steve Wolkenbreit, company co-founder and co-chairman, added: “From the beginn...



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