Autoflex EB has become the latest film range in the MacDermid Autotype portfolio to be awarded UL (Underwriters Laboratories) recognition in the USA, delivering added value from an already exceptional product. The recognition applies to both the gloss and antiglare finishes and underlines the quality and consistency that customers have come to expect from MacDermid Autotype films.
Autoflex EB is composed of a UV cured hard coat, chemically bonded to polyester film. The hard coated first surface is receptive to selectively printable texturing lacquers, whilst the second surface is suitable for decoration using a variety of graphic inks. The film can be embossed to give enhanced tactile response.
Autoflex EB has been recognized to UL 746A Testing for Electrical Properties standard and gained the UL94 HB flammability rating. This recognition will enable users of Autoflex EB to gain UL Certification for their product or device with a reduced test program and enhances the opportunity for the product to be used in applications where additional flammability constraints are required.
“The UL is changing its position to ensure that more individual product components are recognized as meeting safety standards,” says Neil Bolding, Marketing Quality and Technical Manager, MacDermid Autotype. “This enables the customer to specify a recognized plastic such as Autoflex EB that maintains consistency of characteristics over a long lifespan, and offers the peace of mind that comes from using an approved material in their process.”
UL (Underwriters Laboratories) is a safety consulting and certification company headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois that participates in the analysis of new technologies and the drafting of safety standards for electrical devices and components.
About MacDermid Autotype
MacDermid Autotype is the leading global innovator, designer, developer and manufacturer of specialised screen print chemicals and films. In recent years MacDermid Autotype products have brought screen printing to new levels of control and repeatability, reinforcing the benefits of the process for many demanding industrial printing applications.
MacDermid Autotype also manufacture a wide range of speciality films for membrane switches, touch switches and Film Insert Moulding (FIM) products for the automotive, telecommunications and domestic appliance sector. With specialist expertise in precision coating technology, MacDermid Autotype transforms and enhances the performance of films for many high technology and demanding applications. MacDermid Autotype’s most recent launches have been hardcoated films for the membrane touch switch market, offering unique steel finishes to silky soft to the touch textures.
The company is part of MacDermid Group Inc., a leading global provider of high value-added specialty chemicals and technical services. MacDermid serves the metal and plastics finishing, electronics, oil production and drilling, and graphic arts markets. Established in 1922 MacDermid employs over 2,000 people in operating facilities located in over 24 countries.