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Dow Corning launches PSAs, coatings for protective films

09.14.16

These advanced, silicone-based materials include low-migration, platinum-cure PSAs.

Dow Corning has introduced a comprehensive portfolio of pressure sensitive adhesives (PSAs) and coatings for protective films used throughout the lifecycle of electronic devices. On display at the Dow Corning booth (booth #2029), these advanced, silicone-based materials include low-migration, platinum-cure PSAs and a high-performance hard coating.

All of the new products have been designed to help Dow Corning’s customers optimize the performance of protective films used in electronics processing, assembly, shipment, storage and aftermarket applications. 

“Protective films utilizing silicones already play a critical role in optimizing device quality, reducing waste during manufacturing and enhancing the end user experience,” says Joanna Giovanoli Potts, Americas market manager, Packaging at Dow Corning. “Emerging electronics trends – such as new curved-edge screen designs and more-sensitive touchscreen technologies – require new types of protection, making it even more important to find the right PSAs and coatings. Dow Corning gives its customers an exceptionally wide array of material options to meet current and future needs, with advanced performance properties.”

Dow Corning is launching to the North American market here at Labelexpo Americas six PSAs that are engineered for industrial and aftermarket screen protection. Although each has specific properties, they share common advantages over competitive organic PSAs, including better wet-out and heat resistance; more stable adhesion and anchorage over time to prevent migration; greater optical clarity (non-yellowing); cleaner removal without residues; and easier repositioning for rework.

The company is also exhibiting Dow Corning AY 42-260 Coating for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film. This ultraviolet (UV)-cure silicone hard coating surpasses acrylate coatings in water and ink repellency, mar resistance, hardness, anti-graffiti performance and ease of cleaning. The use of Dow Corning AY 42-260 Coating on PET substrates can help preserve the aesthetics, performance and value of consumer electronics.

Application areas for Dow Corning silicone PSAs and coatings include surface protection for touchscreen mobile devices, thin-film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) screens, touch panels, flexible printed circuit boards and components with sensitive surfaces, as well as screen protectors for consumer use.