DSM Engineering Plastics'
Akulon Fuel Lock, a mono-polyamide 6 compound,
reduces evaporative emissions from the fuel tanks of non-road, outdoor equipment and vehicles with small, spark-ignition
engines. Akulon Fuel Lock supports sustainable practices by avoiding
fluorination, a traditional barrier technology for high-density polyethylene
(HDPE) that can pose environmental risks.
The Akulon material for injection and blow molding
applications provides resistance to permeation from the container, without the
need for additives or post-molding treatments. Translucence allows consumers to
visually determine the fuel level in the tank.
Akulon Fuel Lock solutions' low permeation rates and high
impact resistance down to -40C, provides the ability
to design thinner-wall fuel tanks that reduce weight and material and to
utilize standard injection molding and blow molding tools and machines
currently used for HDPE.
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