Sekisui Polymer Innovations, manufacturer of the Kydex and Allen brands of thermoplastic sheet products, has unveiled Infused Imaging.
The company says thermoplastic surfaces with bespoke patterns and designs are typically achieved by application of a cap layer to a polymer sheet either during production or after thermoforming. However, the new Infused Imaging process offers an alternative – it integrates the design into the polymer. It can be applied across the company’s product lines and industries the company serves.
“We’ve been listening to the challenges our customers have encountered when faced with sourcing materials for finish and effect that are compliant to aviation interior regulations,” said Ronn Cort, COO and president, Sekisui SPI.
“Decades-old technologies including press lamination, application of decorative film caps, and bonded buildups all create challenges for the seating and interiors manufacturers. Now, customized, integral patterns and bespoke artwork created by the client can be used throughout the cabin as part of a design concept, which becomes part of the company’s brand, far beyond a name or color.
“It’s the ultimate in customization and part of SPI’s commitment to continuous improvements in customer collaboration, quality, innovation, design and color. No more last-minute design compromises due to deformed designs, cap delamination, or burn test failure because of multi-layer construction. This new technology means the design is the polymer.”
April 23, 2015