Laminate Products for FRP Thermoplastic Enhancement

Xamax Laminate Products for FRP Thermoplastic Enhancement

Xamax provides a layer of laminates or films that are used to provide an attractive and protective outer cover in variety of applications. Tractor trailers were an early adapter where they are used in side skirts and liner panels. New uses include RVs and construction materials.

Infographic showing FloLam going inside a composite, which is used to make tractor trailer paneling and skirts

Xamax Laminate Film Products

FloLam® Surface Laminate Series

FloLam® surfacing laminates were designed to provide a smooth, resin rich surface over the top of various thermoplastic substrates where aesthetics and surface quality are demanded. It is specially engineered to withstand the rigorous processing temperatures of any continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic materials (CFRTP) systems and thermoplastic sandwich panels. The FloLam® surfacing film and laminate provides a substantial level of protection and surface cleanliness to a broad range of surfaces, even under long term exposure to UV light, moisture and bacteria. With exceptional UV protection, weatherability and abrasion resistance, our FloLam® surface laminate is well suited for many outdoor applications, and typically provide fade resistance and color stability over long-term exposure.

The FloLam® PR surfacing film integrates a special release film with the FloLam® surface laminate and therefore includes all the benefits of the FloLam® surface laminate. Additonally, the use of the release film allows a clean and easy removal from the composites without transfer of any residues. The surfacing film also acts as a protective cover to the composite that can be removed by the end user later on.

The FloLam® PR+ is the ultimate enhancement for thermoplastic composites for both surface protection and aesthetics. It is specially engineered to produce a close to Class “A” finish – no surface voids.

The FloLam® series technology is patented under US 9,199,440, B2 & US 9,138,974 B2. FloLam®, FloLam® PR, and FloLam® PR+ are registered trademarks of Xamax Industries, Inc.

 

Features, Benefits, & Applications

Unique Features of XAMAX Product

  • UV protection up to 15,000 hours
  • Exceptional abrasion and weathering resistance
  • Grease and stain resistant
  • Customizable in color, width, thickness, surface finishes (matte and glossy), UV resistance, antimicrobial and flame retardancy

Benefits

  • Provide high and consistent performance
  • Withstand the processing temperatures of any CFRTP with high thermal stability
  • Increase UV resistance to overall composite
  • Extend product life
  • Superior and uniform cosmetic appeal
  • Improve stain resistance and cleanability
  • Hide void in CFRTP systems
  • Reduce fiber print through
  • Provides a moisture barrier between the outer surface and the substrate
  • Cost-effective

Typical Applications

Transportation

  • RV, tractor trailer, mobile and temporary home components
  • Signage
  • Automotive interior panels and trim
  • Marine dashboard, consoles, tables and enclosures

Construction

  • Window profiles and shutters
  • Sanitary products—shower tub and surrounds
  • Lighting diffusers

Industrial

  • Equipment rooftops, dashboard and consoles
  • Displays
  • Sporting goods

This is by no means a comprehensive list, but these are some of the most common solutions available and in use today. XAMAX is a solutionist specializing in customization. If your application requires something special, our experts will work with you to develop unique formulations to help you create products that will dazzle your customers. For more information, or to request a sample, please contact our customer service at 888-926-2988.

FloLam, FloLam PR, and FloLam PR+ feature comparison chart

FloVeil®

FloVeil surfacing films/veils are designed for use with thermoplastic FRP products. Versatile, durable and easy to handle, calendared FloVeil films help you make a dramatic impact in any environment. You can quickly and cost effectively add visual appeal, value, and bulk to thermoplastic composites used in transportation, commercial & residential construction, and consumer markets. FloVeil films are the preferred surfacing films for ABS, HIPS, PVC, PMMA, PC and ASA.

FloVeil surfacing film is a copolymer film designed for PP(polypropylene) based thermoplastic composites.  FloVeil film fills the substrate irregularities/interstices and works as a smooth protective outer layer to enhance cosmetic appeal, add longer life and seal the surface of the composite. In comparison to FloLam, where substrate surface additives are used to enhance surfaces with many imperfections, FloVeil is used in applications where surfaces aren’t as imperfect.

FloVeil® PP-FR acts just as regular FloVeil surfacing film does, but we add flame retardancy to the overall finished composite. FloVeil® PP-FR is tested in accordance with ASTM 84-14 to meet a flame spread index under 200.

FloVeil® PNR is a PET(Polyethylene terephthalate) film with an adhesion layer. This FloVeil® PNR film layer will provide a high level of surface enhancement, similar to FloLam® PR and PR+, except the polyester cover sheet is permanent and remains with the substrate. In addition, the FloVeil PNR outer surface is treated to help bond various pressure sensitive adhesives (PSA) and urethane adhesives/hot melts.

FloVeil® BF is a high strength, flexible and cost-effective thermoplastic bonding film. This bonds directly to any polypropylene substrate, providing an additional bonding layer (on the outside) to attach supplemental substrates using urethane adhesives.

Features, Benefits, & Applications

Unique Features of XAMAX Product

  • Versatile
  • High UV performance
  • Cost-effective
  • Customizable in color, width, thickness, surface finishes (matte and glossy), UV resistance, antimicrobial and flame retardancy

Benefits

  • Fill/seal voids and conceal woven pattern
  • Enhance surface cosmetic appeal
  • Reduce fiber prominence
  • Improve abrasion and corrosion
  • Hide Print through
  • High and consistent performance
  • Excellent scratch resistance
  • Corona treatment
  • Stain resistance

Typical Applications

Transportation

  • RV, travel trailer and mobile home components
  • Signage
  • Automotive interior panels and trim
  • Marine dashboard, consoles, tables and enclosures

Construction

  • Window profiles and shutters
  • Sanitary products—shower and tub surrounds
  • Lighting diffusers

Industry

  • Equipment rooftops, dashboard and consoles
  • Displays
  • Sporting goods

 

This is by no means a comprehensive list, but these are some of the most common solutions available and in use today. XAMAX is a solutionist specializing in customization. If your application requires something special, our experts will work with you to develop unique formulations to help you create products that will dazzle your customers.  For more information, or to request a sample, please contact our customer service at 888-926-2988.

FloCore®

FloCore® is a high bulk, copolymer film designed for PP(polypropylene) based thermoplastic composites.  FloCore laminate surfacing film should be used where you have severe irregularities and imperfections in your substrate; and in conjunction with either FloLam series product or a FLoVeil PNR.

With FloCore, you can quickly and cost effectively add value and bulk to thermoplastic composites. For example, FloCore can be added to a substrate to alleviate severe imperfections; followed by FloLam material added as the final layer.

FloCore high bulk copolymer film
Features, Benefits, & Applications
EcoVeil polyester fabric

EcoVeil® PBS

Our EcoVeil® product is a 100% polyester fabric material, specially treated to bond adjacent materials to each other with strength and stability. This surfacing film has a micro dot pattern that provides a smooth and uniform fiber density. EcoVeil also has even fiber distribution, which allows for excellent bonding to various thermoplastic substrates. Its special attributes, such as high Z directional tensile strength, excellent uniformity and thickness, provide the best performance to the end user.

Our EcoVeil® product is available in a USDA/FDA grade. It is also a specified product in many US and international patents related to thermoplastic products.

EcoVeil® is another registered trademark of Xamax Industries, Inc.

Features, Benefits, & Applications

Unique Features of XAMAX Product

  • Excellent high Z directional tensile strength
  • Highly uniform in thickness and weight

Benefits

  • Provides superior bonding to various thermoplastic substrates
  • Surface fibers provide bonding points for various secondary adhesives
  • Most competitive cost per unit area
  • Can be bonded on the top and/or bottom side of the substrate

Typical Applications

Transportation

  • RV, travel trailer and mobile home components
  • Signage
  • Automotive interior panels and trim
  • Marine dashboard, consoles, tables and enclosures

Construction

  • Window profiles and shutters
  • Sanitary products—shower and tub surrounds
  • Lighting diffusers

Industrial

  • Equipment rooftops, dashboard and consoles
  • Displays
  • Sporting goods

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