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Technical Information Extrusion Guide

Form No. 774-00035-0705 Page 1 of 3 Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company (DOW) or an affiliated company of Dow 10701 SMG

ENGAGE Polyolefin Elastomers

ENGAGE Polyolefin Elastomers are used in a variety of extrusion applications, including sheeting, tubing, and profiles. This guide will provide a processor with general equipment setup and troubleshooting recommendations to successfully extrude and handle the product. Recommended Extrusion Guides Typical Physical

ENGAGE 8540

ENGAGE 8480

ENR 7086.01(1)

ENGAGE 8440

ENGAGE 8003

ENR 7256

ENR 8556

ENR 7380(1)

Density (g/cc) 09.08 0.902 0.901 0.897 0.885 0.885 0.870 0.870 Melt Index (190C, 2.16 kg) 1 1

Technical Information Extrusion Guide

Form No. 774-00035-0705 Page 2 of 3 Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company (DOW) or an affiliated company of Dow 10701 SMG

Additive Recommendations(3) Equipment/Processing Benefit Starting Point Levels of Active Ingredient Amide Wax Reduced surface tack 500 ppm (0.05%) Flouropolymer processing aid Reduced melt fracture & die pressure 1000 ppm (0.1%) Polydimethoxysiloxane (PDMS)

Scratch and mar 2000 ppm (0.2%)

Metal Release Reduce adhesion to nip rolls 1000 ppm (0.1%) Antioxidant or UV Stabilizer Processing/end-use stability As needed Colorants Product appearance As needed (3) Masterbatch of ENGAGE preferred, but can also use Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) or Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) carriers.

Troubleshooting Recommendations Problem Possible Cause Solution

Cold melt Increase melt temperatures Increase die temperature

Melt not mixed Use higher compression ratio screw Use screw with mixing section

Poor die design Decrease land length Heater not working Check heaters and thermocouples

Melt fracture

Polymer to metal friction or shear Use Flouropolymer processing aid Uneven cross-section Surging Decrease extrusion rate

Use screw with long feed or metering section Use finer screen pack to increase back pressure

Melt too cold Increase melt temperatures Increase die temperature

High extruder pressure

Clogged screen packs Replace screen pack Wider mesh screen pack reducing back pressure

Form No. 774-00035-0705 Page 3 of 3 Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company (DOW) or an affiliated company of Dow 10701 SMG

Product Stewardship

The Dow Chemical Company and its subsidiaries (Dow) has a fundamental concern for all who make, distribute, and use its products, and for the environment in which we live. This concern is the basis for our Product Stewardship philosophy by which we assess the safety, health, and environmental information on our products and then take appropriate steps to protect employee and public health and our environment. The success of our Product Stewardship program rests with each and every individual involved with Dow products from the initial concept and research, to manufacture, use, sale, disposal, and recycle of each product.

Customer Notice

Dow strongly encourages its customers to review both their manufacturing processes and their applications of Dow products from the standpoint of human health and environmental quality to ensure that Dow products are not used in ways for which they are not intended or tested. Dow personnel are available to answer your questions and to provide reasonable technical support. Dow product literature, including safety data sheets, should be consulted prior to use of Dow products. Current safety data sheets are available from Dow.

Dow Medical Application Policy

Dow will not knowingly sell or sample any product or service (Product) into any commercial or developmental application that is intended for: a. permanent (Long term) contact with internal body fluids or internal body tissues. Long term is a use which exceeds

72 continuous hours (except 30 days for PELLETHANE polyurethane elastomers); b. use in cardiac prosthetic devices regardless of the length of time involved; (Cardiac prosthetic devices include,

but are not limited to, pacemaker leads and devices, artificial hearts, heart valves, intra-aortic balloons and control systems, and ventricular bypass assisted devices);

c. use as a critical component in medical devices that support or sustain human life; or d. use specifically by pregnant women or in applications designed specifically to promote or interfere with human

reproduction. Additionally, all Products intended for use in pharmaceutical applications, other than pharmaceutical packaging, must pass the current Pharmaceutical Liability Guidelines. For the products sold by the Plastics Portfolio, new business opportunities require a business assessment prior

to sale or sampling of Dow products. Authorized distributors and resellers will adhere to this medical policy. The Dow Chemical Company does not endorse or claim suitability of their products for specific medical applications.

It is the responsibility of the medical device or pharmaceutical manufacturer to determine that the Dow product is safe, lawful, and technically suitable for the intended use. DOW MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, CONCERNING THE SUITABILITY OF ANY DOW PRODUCT FOR USE IN MEDICAL APPLICATIONS.

Disclaimer

NOTICE: No freedom from infringement of any patent owned by Dow or others is to be inferred. Because use conditions and applicable laws may differ from one location to another and may change with time, the Customer is responsible for determining whether products and the information in this document are appropriate for the Customers use and for ensuring that the Customers workplace and disposal practices are in compliance with applicable laws and other governmental enactments. Dow assumes no obligation or liability for the information in this document. NO WARRANTIES ARE GIVEN; ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE EXPRESSLY EXCLUDED. NOTICE: If products are described as experimental or developmental: (1) product specifications may not be fully determined; (2) analysis of hazards and caution in handling and use are required; and (3) there is greater potential for Dow to change specifications and/or discontinue production.

Additional Information

North America Europe/Middle East +800-3694-6367 U.S. & Canada: 1-800-441-4369 +32-3-450-2240 1-989-832-1426 Mexico: +1-800-441-4369 Latin America South Africa +800-99-5078 Argentina: +54-11-4319-0100 Brazil: +55-11-5188-9222 Colombia: +57-1-319-2100 Asia Pacific +800-7776-7776 Mexico: +52-55-5201-4700 +60-3-7958-3392

www.dowplastics.com Published July 2005

Technical Information Injection Molding Reference Guide

Form No. 774-00036-0705 Page 1 of 2 Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company (DOW) or an affiliated company of Dow 10701 SMG

ENGAGE Polyolefin Elastomers

ENGAGE Polyolefin Elastomers have a wide processing temperature window. The following temperatures should be used as a reference point and can vary 5C. These temperatures should be used as a starting point and can be increased by a maximum of +20C. Note: From starting point, the hopper feed throat should be cooled below 50C to avoid polymer bridging, especially on ENGAGE 8400 and ENGAGE 8407. Successful injection molding of ENGAGE requires fast injection velocities to promote shear thinning throughout the material. Typical polyolefin equipment should be used.

If Switching From Another Product Processing modifications will often be needed for ENGAGE. Generally, these process changes can be summarized below:

If presently set up for PVC processing, use a colder mold/faster injection speeds. Versus SBC, use a colder mold/similar injection speeds. Versus EVA, processing conditions should be similar.

Injection Molding Parameters (Starting Point) Material Nozzle, C Front, C Center, C Rear, C ENGAGE 8400/8407 190 180 175 120 ENGAGE 8411 190 180 175 120 ENGAGE 8401 190 180 175 120 ENGAGE 8402 200 195 190 120

Processing Recommendations Processing/Equipment Recommendations Mold temperature, C 5-15 Screw speed, rpm 40-140 Back pressure, bar 4-10 Injection speed, sec 0.4-2.0 Pack pressure, % of injection pressure

50-75

Hold pressure, % of injection pressure

60

Cooling time, sec 20-60 Cushion, mm 3-6 Screw type General purpose polyolefin screw

L/D ratio 20:1 Compression ratio 2.5:1-3.5:1

Nozzle General purpose

Mold Design Equipment/Processing Recommendations Gates, mm 0.75 or greater Runners Hot runners preferred Vents, mm 0.04 0.07 Ejection Air ejection Mold Shrinkage, %

ENGAGE 8400/8407 ENGAGE 8411 ENGAGE 8401 ENGAGE 8402

0.7-0.9 0.8-1.0 0.9-1.1 1.0-1.2

Form No. 774-00036-0705 Page 2 of 2 Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company (DOW) or an affiliated company of Dow 10701 SMG

Product Stewardship

The Dow Chemical Company and its subsidiaries (Dow) has a fundamental concern for all who make, distribute, and use its products, and for the environment in which we live. This concern is the basis for our Product Stewardship philosophy by which we assess the safety, health, and environmental information on our products and then take appropriate steps to protect employee and public health and our environment. The success of our Product Stewardship program rests with each and every individual involved with Dow products from the initial concept and research, to manufacture, use, sale, disposal, and recycle of each product.

Customer Notice

Dow strongly encourages its customers to review both their manufacturing processes and their applications of Dow products from the standpoint of human health and environmental quality to ensure that Dow products are not used in ways for which they are not intended or tested. Dow personnel are available to answer your questions and to provide reasonable technical support. Dow product literature, including safety data sheets, should be consulted prior to use of Dow products. Current safety data sheets are available from Dow.

Dow Medical Application Policy

Dow will not knowingly sell or sample any product or service (Product) into any commercial or developmental application that is intended for: a. permanent (Long term) contact with internal body fluids or internal body tissues. Long term is a use which exceeds

72 continuous hours (except 30 days for PELLETHANE polyurethane elastomers); b. use in cardiac prosthetic devices regardless of the length of time involved; (Cardiac prosthetic devices include,

but are not limited to, pacemaker leads and devices, artificial hearts, heart valves, intra-aortic balloons and control systems, and ventricular bypass assisted devices);

c. use as a critical component in medical devices that support or sustain human life; or d. use specifically by pregnant women or in applications designed specifically to promote or interfere with human

reproduction. Additionally, all Products intended for use in pharmaceutical applications, other than pharmaceutical packaging, must pass the current Pharmaceutical Liability Guidelines. For the products sold by the Plastics Portfolio, new business opportunities require a business assessment prior

to sale or sampling of Dow products. Authorized distributors and resellers will adhere to this medical policy. The Dow Chemical Company does not endorse or claim suitability of their products for specific medical applications.

It is the responsibility of the medical device or pharmaceutical manufacturer to determine that the Dow product is safe, lawful, and technically suitable for the intended use. DOW MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, CONCERNING THE SUITABILITY OF ANY DOW PRODUCT FOR USE IN MEDICAL APPLICATIONS.

Disclaimer

NOTICE: No freedom from infringement of any patent owned by Dow or others is to be inferred. Because use conditions and applicable laws may differ from one location to another and may change with time, the Customer is responsible for determining whether products and the information in this document are appropriate for the Customers use and for ensuring that the Customers workplace and disposal practices are in compliance with applicable laws and other governmental enactments. Dow assumes no obligation or liability for the information in this document. NO WARRANTIES ARE GIVEN; ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE EXPRESSLY EXCLUDED. NOTICE: If products are described as experimental or developmental: (1) product specifications may not be fully determined; (2) analysis of hazards and caution in handling and use are required; and (3) there is greater potential for Dow to change specifications and/or discontinue production.

Additional Information

North America Europe/Middle East +800-3694-6367 U.S. & Canada: 1-800-441-4369 +32-3-450-2240 1-989-832-1426 Mexico: +1-800-441-4369 Latin America South Africa +800-99-5078 Argentina: +54-11-4319-0100 Brazil: +55-11-5188-9222 Colombia: +57-1-319-2100 Asia Pacific +800-7776-7776 Mexico: +52-55-5201-4700 +60-3-7958-3392

www.dowplastics.com Published July 2005

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