Specialty Applications

The impressive versatility and material properties of Elastollan allow it to be used successfully in a wide variety of applications and processing methods.

 

Elastollan can be specially formulated in both polyester- and polyether-based grades and in a large range of hardnesses. It can also offer a host of unrivalled physical properties, including impressive tear/cut/abrasion resistance, excellent hydrolytic stability and superb elastic memory. Further, BASF’s vast experience with TPUs helps it to develop Elastollan grades that are:

  • Aliphatic
  • Flame retardant
  • Crosslinkable
  • Halogen free
  • Foamable (light TPU)
  • Low in tackiness
  • Nylon alternatives
  • Fast cycling
  • Made of high-performance materials
  • Designed for a low coefficient of friction
  • Static dissipative
  • Compliant with numerous certifications

 

Please click below for more information about how Elastollan can be used to improve specific specialty applications.

 

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Our staff of TPU experts is available to discuss using Elastollan in specialty applications not listed on the web site. Please e-mail us at tpu_techdesk@basf.com to see how we can help meet your needs.

 

Animal ID Tags

Elastollan qualities that benefit animal ID tags include weather resistance, color stability, resistance to farm/animal chemicals, microbial resistance, fast molding cycles, and printability, thermal stampability and laser markability.

Armrests

Key Elastollan attributes of soft-touch feel, good adhesion, hydrolytic resistance, microbial resistance, resistance to weathering and color stability help manufacturers in the production of armrests.

Automotive ABS Cable Connectors

Drivers rely on their anti-lock brake systems for safety, and manufacturers of ABS cable connectors can rely on Elastollan to ensure those systems do their jobs, thanks to the TPU’s creep resistance, tear/cut resistance, moldability and excellent adhesion characteristics.

Automotive Bumpers

With the ability to impart abrasion/mar resistance, chemical/oil resistance, adhesion characteristics, low-temperature/long-term flexibility, hydrolytic stability, resistance to weathering and color stability, Elastollan is a prime choice for the manufacture of automotive bumpers.

Automotive Coil Spring Isolators & Strikers

Elastollan supplies a smooth ride to success for producers of automotive coil spring isolators/strikers, with traits that include abrasion resistance, good load-bearing qualities, chemical/oil resistance, low-temperature impact resistance, hydrolytic stability, resistance to weathering and color stability.

Automotive Cup Holders

A crucial component of today’s vehicles, automotive cup holders made from Elastollan feature excellent adhesion to substrate, transparency, hydrolytic resistance, abrasion/cut/tear resistance, microbial resistance, resistance to weathering and color stability.

Automotive Exterior Side Panels

Imparting traits such as rigidity, mar/impact resistance, hydrolytic stability, abrasion/cut/tear resistance, oil/fuel resistance, resistance to weather and color stability, Elastollan excels when used to manufacture automotive exterior side panels.

Automotive Instrument Panels

Elastollan qualities including abrasion/tear/cut resistance, a uniform, small powder size, superb haptics, resistance to fogging, low glass-transition temperature, adhesion to substrate, hydrolytic resistance, microbial resistance, resistance to weathering and color stability make it well suited for utilization in automotive instrument panels and “invisible” airbag deployment.

Automotive Seating Fabric

Other TPUs take a backseat to Elastollan in the production of automotive seating fabrics. The BASF TPU supplies abrasion/tear/cut resistance, good adhesion to fabric, barrier properties, low-temperature flexibility, hydrolytic stability, resistance to weathering and color stability.

Ball Joint Seals

Ball joint seals made from Elastollan benefit from the TPU’s grease resistance, abrasion/cut/tear resistance, long-term flexibility, low-temperature flexibility, hydrolytic stability, creep resistance and oil/fuel resistance.

Bellows

Successful manufacturers know that Elastollan gives grease resistance, puncture resistance, abrasion/cut/tear resistance, long-term and low-temperature flexibility hydrolytic resistance, creep resistance and oil/fuel resistance to automotive bellows.

Chair Adjusters

Unique, compact chair adjusters made from Elastollan benefit from the TPU’s good adhesion, hydrolytic resistance, microbial resistance, resistance to weathering and color stability.

Cotton Harvester

The exceptional abrasion resistance, resistance to weathering, color stability and resistance to farm chemicals make Elastollan a superb choice for cotton harvester “fingers.”

Drawer Stops

Notable impact resistance, long-term flexibility, low-temperature flexibility, resistance to oil and hydrolytic stability are crucial Elastollan qualities for manufacturing drawer stops.

Drive Belts

Abrasion/tear/cut resistance, high puncture resistance and low-temperature and long-term flexibility are all crucial for the manufacture of drive belts, and Elastollan showcases all of these traits and more.

Dunnage

Shipping goods requires dunnage that has superior flexibility, elastic memory and abrasion/cut/tear resistance, and Elastollan can impart all of those important qualities.

Elastic Fabric

It’s no stretch to say that Elastollan can help manufacture superior elastic fabric with its tear/cut/abrasion resistance, high puncture resistance, long-term flexibility, low-temperature flexibility and hydrolytic stability.

Escalator Handrails

Elastollan qualities that assist in the high-quality production of escalator handrails include abrasion/tear/cut resistance, oil resistance, long-term flexibility and low-temperature flexibility.

Gearshift Knobs

Manufacturers driving to improve gearshift knobs can depend on Elastollan for good adhesion to substrate, cut/abrasion/tear resistance, oil/grease/chemical resistance, hydrolytic stability and low-temperature flexibility.

Geophysical Streamers

Durable Elastollan is vital to high-quality manufacture of geophysical streamers, supplying transparency, low-temperature flexibility, hydrolytic stability, ultrasound transparency and microbial resistance.

Goggles

Keep high quality in sight by using Elastollan to make goggles for the military, leveraging the TPU’s abrasion/cut/tear resistance, low-temperature flexibility, ability to make a good seal, color retention and fast cycle times.

Golf Balls

Elastollan drives the manufacture of high-quality golf balls by supplying abrasion/cut/tear/impact resistance, high rebound, good adhesion, a fast molding cycle, hydrolytic stability and low-temperature flexibility.

Golf Disks

Offering qualities like abrasion/cut/tear/impact resistance, a fast molding cycle, hydrolytic stability and low-temperature flexibility, Elastollan excels in the manufacture of golf disks.

Golf Soft Spikes

Elastollan used in the production of golf soft spikes affords abrasion/cut/tear resistance, creep resistance, rigidity/softness and adhesion.

Golf Tees

Exceptional performance is par for the course when Elastollan is used to make golf tees, thanks to the TPU’s abrasion/cut/tear/impact resistance, fast molding cycle, hydrolytic stability and low-temperature flexibility.

Homing Devices (GPS)

Using Elastollan to manufacture GPS homing devices will get you going in the right direction, thanks to its soft-touch feel, adhesion to substrate, transparency, hydrolytic stability, abrasion/cut/tear resistance, microbial resistance, resistance to weathering and color stability.

Horseshoes

Elastollan offers impressive impact resistance, abrasion resistance, resistance to weathering, color stability and resistance to animal chemicals when used in horseshoes.

Ink Rollers

With traits such as abrasion and mar resistance, good load-bearing characteristics, a quiet roll, chemical and oil resistance, low-temperature flexibility and the ability to adhere strongly to inserts, Elastollan is perfect for ink rollers.

Living Hinges

Top-quality living hinges benefit from Elastollan traits such as tear/cut/abrasion resistance, flex-fatigue resistance, resistance to oil, and long-term and low-temperature flexibility.

Mining Screens

Impact resistance, a fast molding cycle, chemical/oil resistance, hydrolytic stability and low-temperature flexibility all make Elastollan the right sort of choice for mining screens.

Over-Molded Laptop Housings

Featuring soft-touch feel, good adhesion to substrates, transparency, hydrolytic resistance, microbial resistance, resistance to weathering and color stability, Elastollan is a proven success in making over-molded laptop housings.

Photovoltaic-cell Backings

For superior functionality in photovoltaic-cell backings, Elastollan provides high-puncture resistance, long-term flexibility, resistance to weathering, color stability and hydrolytic stability.

Pool Cleaners

Pool cleaners fabricated from Elastollan boast hydrolytic stability, soft durometer, abrasion/cut/tear resistance, microbial resistance, resistance to weathering and color stability.

Radiator Grille Seal

Elastollan is recommended for the production of radiator grilles because of the TPU’s sealing charcteristics, mar resistance, impact resistance, cut/tear/abrasion resistance, oil/fuel resistance, resistance to weathering and color stability.

Railway Pads

Companies that choose Elastollan for railway pads are definitely on the right track, benefiting from the TPU’s compression set, resistance to weathering, load-bearing and damping qualities, abrasion/cut/tear resistance, microbial resistance and hydrolytic stability.

Rifle Butts

For the manufacture of rifle butts, Elastollan properties are right on target, offering abrasion/cut resistance, impact resistance, a fast molding cycle, hydrolytic stability and low-temperature flexibility.

Rocker Panels

The successful production of rocker panels relies on key Elastollan qualities including rigidity, sealing characteristics, mar resistance, impact resistance, hydrolytic stability, abrasion/cut/tear resistance, oil/fuel resistance, resistance to weathering and color stability.

Roller Wheels

Roller wheels made from Elastollan are enhanced by the TPU’s abrasion and mar resistance, load-bearing abilities, quiet roll characteristics, chemical and oil resistance, ability to adhere to inserts and low-temperature flexibility.

Safety Goggles

Elastollan is an essential component of safety goggles, contributing transparency, hydrolytic resistance, scratch resistance, microbial resistance, resistance to weathering and color stability.

Seeders

Elastollan provides superior performance in seeder conveyor belts as a result of its abrasion resistance, resistance to weathering, color stability and resistance to farm chemicals.

Shin Protectors (Horse)

Elastollan’s excellent impact and abrasion resistance, resistance to weathering, color stability and resistance to animal chemicals all are crucial when the TPU is used for shin protectors for horses.

Shoes & Boots

Elastollan qualities that provide a step up in the production of shoes and boots include abrasion/cut/tear resistance, impact resistance, a fast molding cycle, hydrolytic stability, oil resistance and low-temperature flexibility.

Ski & Skate Boots

For high-quality ski and skate boots, Elastollan can impart abrasion/cut/tear resistance, impact resistance, a fast molding cycle, hydrolytic stability, oil resistance and low-temperature flexibility.

Snowboard Bindings

Elastollan-based snowboard bindings leverage the TPU’s notable cut/tear/abrasion resistance, impact resistance, fast molding cycle, hydrolytic stability and low-temperature flexibility.

Snowshoe Straps

Manufacturers of snowshoe straps won’t slip up if they use Elastollan, which offers cut/tear/abrasion resistance, impact resistance, a fast molding cycle, hydrolytic stability and low-temperature flexibility.

Soft-Touch Steering Wheel Covers

For premium soft-touch steering wheel covers, you can turn to Elastollan for soft-touch feel, excellent haptics, adhesion to substrate, transparency, hydrolytic stability, abrasion/cut/tear resistance, microbial resistance, resistance to weathering and color stability.

Soft-touch Bike Handles

To get a firm grip on producing soft-touch bike handles, manufacturers can count on Elastollan for abrasion/cut/tear resistance, a fast molding cycle, hydrolytic stability and low-temperature flexibility.

Spandex Fiber Replacement

Elastollan is a superior alternative to spandex fiber, providing exceptional tear/cut/abrasion resistance, high puncture resistance, long-term flexibility, low-temperature flexibility and hydrolytic stability.

Sport Goggles

Imparting qualities like abrasion/cut/tear resistance, low-temperature flexibility and fast cycle times, Elastollan is ideal for use in sport goggle production.

Surfboard Leashes

Key attributes of surfboard leashes made from Elastollan include flexibility, hydrolytic stability, high elasticity, high tensile strength, microbial resistance and cut/tear/abrasion resistance.

Toys

Elastollan is a good choice for toys that require cut/tear/abrasion resistance, low-temperature flexibility, fast cycle times, hydrolytic resistance and microbial resistance.