Ascend launches metal-detectable cable tie compounds to streamline supply chain for customers

HOUSTON – September 19, 2023 – Ascend Performance Materials has announced the launch of pre-colored, metal-detectable Vydyne® PA66 compounds for cable ties and fasteners for industries where foreign object contamination causes health concerns and reputational damage, such as in pharmaceutical and food processing facilities. The new product meets the most stringent performance standards and simplifies the supply chain for cable tie and fastener producers.

“We constantly look for ways to better serve our customers,” said Tim Goossens, cable tie segment leader for Ascend. “This new metal-detectable Vydyne reduces the need for additional tolling or masterbatch steps and ensures the material performs as intended right out of the box.”

Both the United States and European Union have strict performance requirements for materials used in and around food and drug processing facilities.

As the world’s largest fully integrated PA66 producer, Ascend ensures the consistent dispersion of the metal additive within the polymer matrix so that even small metal particles are clearly visible and identified with standard detection equipment. In tests with varying sized cable tie fragments added to cereal flakes, even the smallest fragment was reliably detected using X-ray imaging with a micro-focus tube at 60 kV and 0.3 mA.

Metal-detecable Vydyne materials are globally available and offered in two blue-colored grades with high- and low-impact strength. Beyond cable ties and fasteners, both grades also target safety-critical applications in other sensitive market segments, such as machined plastic stock shapes, and any consumables that require HACCP-managed* food safety.

Ascend Performance Materials will showcase the new metal-detectable Vydyne during Fakuma in Friedrichshafen, Germany, from Oct. 17 to 21 at Booth 5217 in Hall B5.

* HACCP is a food safety management system based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points

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About Ascend Performance Materials

Ascend Performance Materials makes high-performance materials for everyday essentials and new technologies. Our focus is on improving quality of life and inspiring a better tomorrow through innovation. Based in Houston, Texas, and with regional offices in Shanghai, Brussels and Detroit, we are a fully integrated material solutions provider with nine global manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and Asia. Our 2,600-person global workforce makes the engineered materials, fabrics, fibers and chemicals used to make safer vehicles, cleaner energy, better medical devices, smarter appliances and longer-lasting apparel and consumer goods. We are committed to safety, sustainability, inclusion and diversity, and to the success of our customers and our communities.

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