Lapinus Fibres present at the Eurobrake 2013
Fibres will be present at the 2nd EuroBrake, that will take place June 17-19 2013, in the International Congress Centre in Dresden, Germany. EuroBrake is a dedicated, annual conference where the leading experts from industry and academia throughout Europe and world-wide come together to present their latest work, discuss new ideas, debate future directions and find solutions to common problems for brake systems and friction materials.
More information about the EurorBrake you will find here.
Lapinus Fibres will exhibit and show new developments in booth nr. 16.
The LF friction team looks forward to meeting you there.
Visit Lapinus Fibres at the 15th CFSMA from 24-25 May 2013 in Changchun, China
The main theme of the CFSMA this year is to speed up the process of asbestos replacement in the friction and sealing materials industry.
The main topics of the presentations during the colloquium include developments in the friction, sealing and automotive industry, reports on new technologies, new products, new equipments and new processes, and discussion of production technologies and experiences of asbestos-free friction and sealing products.
The exhibition will combine raw materials, production and test equipments, expertise and knowhow. Visitors from more than 20 countries have confirmed their presence at this event already. CFSMA welcome more guests from all over the world to the event.
Lapinus Fibres will exhibit and present new developments in booth T22.
The Lapinus team looks forward to meeting you there.
More information about the CFSMA and Annual meeting you can find here.
Coating Additives has published a new brochure:
“Reinforced Passive Fire Protection by Lapinus Fibres”
Lapinus fibres are used in a wide variety of coatings to improve their mechanical and thermal properties. Due to their physical shape, inorganic nature and high fibre content, Lapinus fibres can be used to alter the rheology profile of paints and to reinforce the dried/ cured coating as such. The inorganic chemical nature of the fibres provides good resistance against bacteria, algae and fungi as well as heat resistance to temperatures over 700 °C [1292 °F] for CoatForce® grades and over 1000 °C [1832 °F] for Roxul®1000 grades.
The heat resistance of the fibres makes them suitable for use in one of the most interesting coating systems around: intumescent coatings. An intumescent coating is the perfect way to protect both simple and complex constructions against fire. Due to the formation of an insulating char, it prevents them for a certain period of time from reaching the critical temperature at which the stability of the structure can no longer be guaranteed.
In intumescent paint formulations, Lapinus fibres reinforce the char structure and improve fire resistance, increase cost efficiency, are safe to use for people and the environment and ensure high consistent performance. Over the years Lapinus has continuously invested in R&D capabilities to increase application knowhow for intumescent coatings.
For more detailed information about the role of Lapinus fibres in intumescent coatings, please download our new brochure here:
By introducing SportFibres® and EquiRock® Lapinus Fibres is offering innovative application of mineral fibres in sports surfaces ranging from football pitches to equestrian riding surfaces
In addition, the SportFibres line of fibre products turns out to also significantly improve the water management of the surface and its frost resistance. As each sport has its own specific requirements, SportFibres optimizes these specific requirements in sports surfaces.
Lapinus Fibres present at European Coatings Show 2013
that will take place 19-21 March 2013 in Nuremberg, Germany.
The European Coatings SHOW plus Adhesives, Sealants, Construction Chemicals is the leading exhibition for the international coating and paint industry every two years. You will find information on the production of coatings, paints, sealants, construction chemicals and adhesives.
Lapinus Fibres will exhibit and show new developments in booth nr 124, hall 7.
The LF Coating & Composites team looks forward to meeting you there.
Lapinus Fibres - Friction - has published a new technical paper:
Reduced cost and improved performance of NAO/non-steel and Low-steel dics pads by using Promaxon®-D
Coating Additives has published a new technical leaflet:
a Guideline for dispersion of Lapinus® fibres in paint
Lapinus’ fibres are used in a wide variety of coatings to improve their mechanical and thermal properties. Due to their physical shape, inorganic nature and high fibre content, the Lapinus’ fibres are very effective in improving the strength and tensile characteristics of paint systems. Due to their smooth shape and low specific surface area, they are able to accomplish this with only a limited increase of viscosity. The inorganic chemical nature of the fibres provides good resistance against bacteria, algae and fungi as well as heat resistance to temperatures over 700 °C [1292 °F] for CoatForce® grades and over 1000 °C [1832 °F] for Roxul®1000 grades.
The key to obtaining the best results is ensuring that the fibres are well dispersed, which means that all the fibres are separated in the wet stage of the production process. The mixing process requires the necessary attention to ensure the best results, as Lapinus’ fibre products are available in various lengths (varying from 125 to 650 microns). This leaflet provides information on the best practices for dispersing Lapinus’ fibres in various coating systems.
For more information please download our new technical leaflet here:
Guideline for dispersion of Lapinus fibres in paint.
Lapinus Fibres increases capacity
After the global crisis of 2008/2009 Lapinus has been experiencing a strong demand for its engineered fibres as of mid 2009. Over the last two years continuous improvements, crew additions and several capacity extensions have allowed us to increase production to record levels. In view of the increasing use of our fibres in both existing as well as new applications combined with the expected growth of its core markets, Lapinus has recently decided for a major capacity extension.
The extension will result in a further capacity increase of over 50%. Planned implementation date is end of Q4-2011. With this capacity extension Lapinus will be able to gradually reduce its lead-times to approx. 4 weeks.
Lapinus’ aim is to give the maximum possible service to our valued customers. This investment in additional capacity will secure our customers a stable and reliable supply situation for the foreseeable future.
Lapinus Fibres present at SAE Brake Colloquium & Exhibition 2011
Lapinus Fibres exclusive distributor for Promaxon D in Friction
As Lapinus is a well established raw material supplier in the friction industry with a dedicated R&D team and facilities, Lapinus is in a very good position to support further growth of the Promaxon business by using its global sales channels and technical know-how.
Promaxon D is a unique raw material that is complementary to Lapinus' engineered mineral fibres. Technical advantages of Promaxon D in friction materials are:
- Increased compressibility
- Increased and stabilized friction level (without increasing wear)
- Improved fade resistance
- Improved recovery.
Lapinus has initiated in depth research regarding the USP's of Promaxon in friction materials, the results of this research are expected to be published soon.
Please read Promat's announcement
Coating Additives has published two interesting new technical leaflets
The benefits of Lapinus' fibres
CoatForce® and Rockforce® as functional coating additives
As a result of regulatory and legislative pressures, developments in protective and decorative coating systems have been focussed on reducing V.O.C. levels. However, use of low V.O.C. coatings gives rise to specific problems, such as a reduction in mechanical properties, reduced substrate wetting leading to bad adhesion and insufficient edge coverage and difficult film thickness control.
Lapinus' fibre grades help to create coatings that both comply with the latest regulatory and legislative developments as well as show enhanced mechanical, thermal and rheological properties and improved durability.
This leaflet gives an overview of recent developments of the use and application of Rockforce® and CoatForce® fibres in coatings. Test results will show the benefits of using fibres in the paints and coatings industry.
For more information please download our new technical leaflet about
The benefits of Lapinus' fibres - CoatForce® and Rockforce® as functional coating additives
Improving fire performance
Using Lapinus' fibres in intumescent coatings
Throughout the years, fibres have been a key component in intumescent paint formulations, especially as customers started to make higher demands on the intumescent paint's properties and performance and local regulations became stricter.
Lapinus Fibres is supplying a wide range of fibres worldwide, helping formulators to meet ever increasing requirements and new regulations. With its stable product quality, supply chain and R&D activities, Lapinus Fibres is a solution provider to this industry.
The goal of this technical paper is to show:
- The behaviour of fibres at moderate to high temperatures;
- The reactivity of fibres in combination with ammonium polyphosphate (APP),
titanium dioxide (TiO2) and mixtures thereof;
- The impact of fibres on the rheology of the wet paint;
- The possibility to apply thicker paint films due to the crack preventing properties of the fibres;
- The impact of fibres on slumping during the intumescent process;
- The influence of fibres on the fire test performance of both a solventborne and waterborne coating.
For more information please download our new technical leaflet about
Improving fire performance - Using Lapinus' fibres in intumescent coatings
Rockwool International A/S and Hempel A/S have reached an agreement
Rockwool International A/S and Hempel A/S have reached an agreement giving Lapinus Fibres the opportunity to sublicense the use of its mineral fibres in epoxy-based coatings, with exception of Ballast Tank coatings.
The use of Lapinus fibres in epoxy coatings was restricted by the Hempel patents under WO2006/119770. Lapinus’ parent company Rockwool International A/S has now obtained the Sole License from Hempel giving the right to exploit the licensed patents with the exception of Ballast Tanks coatings, including the right to sublicense these rights to Lapinus’ customers, thus extending the right for the customers.
The use of Lapinus fibres for reinforcement of coating systems is common practise in the coating industry. Mineral fibres from Lapinus are used in a wide variety of coating applications, ranging from intumescent coatings and decorative paints to industrial maintenance coatings and marine paints.
Using fibres in epoxy coatings will increase tensile strength and flexibility, resulting in benefits like reduced cracking and longer maintenance intervals. The performance of mineral fibres from Lapinus is found to be superior to wollastonite and cellulose fibres.
RB225- Roxul®1000: a new fibre for improved performance of rubber bonded friction materials
Roxul®1000 fibres from Lapinus Fibres primarily offer high temperature reinforcement to friction materials. Amino silane coatings on Roxul®1000 fibres have widely proven their added value in resin bonded friction materials, further enhancing the reinforcement properties of the fibres in these applications.
For rubber bonded friction applications a sulphur silane coated fibre, the RB225-Roxul®1000, has been developed in order to ensure a maximum adhesion of fibre surface to rubber binders. This results in an improved contribution of the fibres to the mechanical properties of the rubber bonded friction material. Also the wear resistance of rubber bonded friction materials will be affected in a positive way. This makes the fibre particularly suitable for rolled linings, rubber premixes, friction papers, railway pads, railway blocks and a variety of industrial applications.
For more information please download our new technical leaflet about the RB225-Roxul®1000 further describing the fibre and its added value.
Improved corrosion resistance of brake pads by using Roxul®1000 fibres
Besides pad failure due to thermal damage, brake pads can also be mechanically damaged when they are exposed to a corrosive environment. This can especially be the case in winter time when salt is used to prevent roads from freezing. The salty water in combination with atmospheric moisture forms an aggressive environment. This environment can cause brake pad failure like edge crumbling and detachment of the friction material from the back plate.
In general mineral fibres can be very sensitive for a loss in mechanical properties under corrosive conditions. Roxul®1000 fibres, in contradiction to slag wool and Alkaline Earth Silicate (AES) fibres, show an excellent resistance to corrosive conditions, keeping their reinforcement properties. This results in a stable performance in the brake pads during the life time on a vehicle.
For more information please download our new technical leaflet with specific results about the corrosion resistance of brake pads when using different mineral fibres.
Note Q fibres
In order to make clear that our fibres fulfil the note Q requirements we will as from now on refer to Note Q in the our new SDS according to GHS (Global Harmonization System) for countries outside EU which adopted the GHS. Note Q will also be used in our forthcoming new European SDS according to REACh/CLP.
In future Note Q will also be used in e.g. substances lists in order to distinct man-made mineral fibres with bio-solubility properties according to the description in the CLP from other, standard man-made mineral fibres with lower or no bio-solubility properties.
Altogether this is enough argument to promote this notion and mention “Note Q” in future in our communication with you and the media. Please find here a sample of the – small – change on the label (top right corner). The product and product name will stay unchanged: the same bio-soluble fibre with the same quality as before.
If additional information is required, please contact Nanty Hautus, Health & Safety Officer
Agent & Distributors Meeting in Roermond, The Netherlands
Technical SAE paper given at the Brake Colloquium in Tampa, FL USA
To see the paper follow the link: Impact of mineral fibres on brake squeal occurences
The study was conducted in cooperation with the University of Lille departments "Laboratoire Mécanique, Polytech and Ecole Centrale de Lille" in France. The resuls of this study show that squealling modes are corresponding to coupling between the pad-disc modal frequencies in frictional conditions. SEM analysis of the pad surface after braking showed a smooth and homogeneous pad surface after quiet braking but a rough structured surface after noisy braking.
Once more the study confirmed that use of rubber coated RB210-Roxul®1000 fibre can drastically reduce noise occurrence in NAO/non-steel ("ceramic") disc brake pads.
Lapinus Fibres has setup a new production unit where the RB210-Roxul®1000 will be produced on an industrial scale. This unit will make it possible to develop and produce fibres with different coatings and blends to be used in friction materials. Our team of engineers is open for new product development ideas to improve certain friction material properties.
Our technical centre in Roermond, The Netherlands is fully equipped to produce and test friction materials according to market requirements. We have a team of four fulltime engineers working on solutions for the friction material industry. Next to our FAST and Krauss machines Lapinus is going to invest in a full scale inertia dynamometer. This will enable us to give an even faster and more adequate support to our customers. Once more this shows our long-term commitment to the friction material industry.
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Presentations SAE Brake Colloquium
Our latest technical paper - Impact of mineral fibres on brake squeal occurences - was presented at the SAE Brake Colloquium 2009 in Tampa, Florida.
Impact of mineral fibres on brake squeal occurences
Please also view the presentation on European Environmental/HSE regulations for Friction Materials which has been presented by Mrs. Nanty Hautus (H&S Officer Lapinus Fibres bv).
EU environmental/HSE regulations for Friction materials
Intended uses nota Q fibres - Roxul®1000 & CoatForce®
End of July we have sent a mailing to our customers informing on the intended uses which are going to be taken into registration. These are so far: Friction materials; Gasket materials; Insulation materials; Coating materials; Plastic materials; Building materials; Road construction materials.
Should you by accident not have received this mailing and you see another intended use which should be taken into the dossier for registration, then please make your specific uses known to us before 1st December 2009 (deadline).