SABIC Innovative Plastics is
playing a critical role in the conversion of incandescent bulbs to compact
fluorescent lights (CFLs) as global requirements for energy-efficient
alternatives continue to tighten. The most recent example is the company's
high-tech Lexan* FXD polycarbonate (PC) resin, a technology chosen by OSRAM, a
leading global lighting manufacturer, to mold its new line of high-end,
retrofit CFL candle bulbs, called the DuluxstarÂ® Mini Candle. OSRAM selected
Lexan FXD PC resin for the new bulbs - which offer a much longer life and up to
80 percent lower energy consumption than conventional incandescent versions -
for its outstanding performance, aesthetics and safety.
With a new color formulation, Lexan FXD resin met OSRAM's requirements
for the candle bulb:
High-impact resistance to avoid breakage.
Excellent light transmission for optimal brightness.
Translucence to hide internal components and provide
a soft, flattering effect.
Maximum light scattering capability.
Compliance with Glow Wire Ignition and ball pressure
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.