Development of Industry Biggest Bio-Based Plastic to be used for Exterior of Office equipment

October 19, 2010 · Filed Under Clean Tech, Green Tech 

Canon Inc. and Toray Industry made an announcement on successful development of world largest bio-based plastic part to be used in exterior of multifunction office equipment systems. Canon will be using the part in its multifunction office systems for production printing. Bio-based plastic usually suffers from moldibility and other flow characteristics, plus stiff requirements for mechanical strength and high level of flame retardant, making them difficult to be used in exterior parts.
The new bio plastic part was manufactured based on Toray’s material design technology, capable of controlling polymer structures on a nanometer order level plus Canon advanced molding technology, capable of supporting the formation of large-scale parts. The part measures 640 (w) x 440 mm (h), weights around 11kg will be used in Canon multifunction office systems. The manufactured part achieves the world’s highest level of flame retardance in 5V classification under the UL 94 flammability testing program. The newly developed part is approximately 11 times larger and 6.5 times heavier than previously announced largest bio-based plastic part that achieved the same level of flame retardance.

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