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18 November 2016

Meet Us at Brake Forum in Japan 2016

We are pleased to invite you to join us at the Brake Forum in Japan 2016. This event is held every 4 years and has been mostly limited to Japanese brake communities. From this year, the event has turned into a global platform, where the experts from worldwide brake industry have been invited for participation. LAPINUS is honored  to be invited as one of the few friction material suppliers for sharing our know-how  with respect to mineral fibres and friction applications. 

Technical Presentation in JASO Standard 

Since June this year, we have introduced the innovative product line-RB27X during EuroBrake, where we have published a technical paper to compare our existing fibres with the new fibres.

Later at SAE Brake Colloquium, we have strengthened the story by giving a comparative study among the  RB27X family: how different grades (lengths) of the  new fibers work differently on the friction material matrix. 

For the coming Brake Fourm in Japan, we are going to continue the work from SAE Brake Colloquium presentation, by explaining the functions of RB27X and the friction mechanisms behind it. All the tests are conducted by using the Japanese Standards Organisation (JASO) test procedures.
 

Feeling interested?
Please save the session in your agenda:

Tuesday, November 29  Materials 
10:00 - 10:30 New bio-soluble mineral fibres: tribologic effect on NAO copper free friction materials surface. A comparative study based on mineral fibre properties

You are warmly welcome to visit us at our booth B1 and the technical presentation.
Hope to see you there!

 

15 September 2016

Meet Us at SAE 2016

We are pleased to invite you to visit our booth 413 at SAE Brake Colloquium 2016, 25-28 September, Scottsdale, USA. 

Come and Visit Our Booth 413

We believe it is a good opportunity to have deep discussions and exchanges on the current trend of the friction industry. Next to this, we would like to have a better understanding on how our products and service can meet your demands.

Technical Presentation with New Research Results
We are continuously researching and developing new products to assist our customers to tackle the global challenges. 

Different brake formulations have different requirements for mineral fibres. Bearing this in mind, three different  products (RB271, RB274 and RB276) have been launched, and each product is specially designed to be used in a different formulation. 
During the exhibition, we are proud to present a technical paper and presentation about the comparative study on our three newly developed products. It explains how different specifications of the new developments can address different challenges, i.e. wear and comfort. 

Feeling interested?
Please save this session in your agenda:
Tuesday, September 27 - Technical and Business Sessions
Friction/Raw Materials (Part 1 of 3) (BC100)
8:50 a.m. Bio-Soluble Chemical Composition For Complementary Mineral Fibres: An Enhanced Tribologic Effect And Its Influence On Disc Wear (2016-01-1909)

We welcome your valuable feedback about our presentation afterwards. And we will wait for you in the booth!

Hope to see you there!

 

1 July 2016

Technical Paper of New Mineral Fibre Chemistry Available Now

We would like to thank you all for taking your time to visit our booth and technical presentation during EuroBrake  in Milan on 13-15 June 2016.

The exhibition was a great success, and we are glad to have the opportunity to have meetings and discussions with you.

The technical leaflet of our new product RB274 and the technical paper we presented during EuroBrake 2016 are now available in our website. You can also download them easily by clicking the following links:
 

 Click here to download Leaflet RB274

 Click here to download Technical Paper EuroBrake 2016

If you have any further questions or sample requests, please contact us.

 

02 June 2016

Meet Our New Product at EuroBrake 2016

We are glad to inform you that a new product will be introduced by LAPINUS FIBRES at EuroBrake 2016, 13-15 June in Milan, Italy.

Development Background:
Dust emissions and comfort have been global challenges in the friction industry in recent years. Staying close to the global trends, LAPINUS FIBRES has been continuously dedicating to product and knowledge innovation for friction materials. 
Customers are facing the challenge of increasing friction level without affecting the wear and noise.RB274, the new mineral fibre chemistry with an off-white color, has been developed to make a difference to help our customers to meet the challenge.

Product Description:
RB274 is an engineered mineral fibre especially designed for friction applications. Its new chemical composition enables a softer interaction with the metallic disc, leading to a reduced disc wear. Thanks to its specially designed aspect ratio, the fibre offers an enhanced anchoring effect and improved surface reinforcement for friction material. As a result, the friction level of the friction material is increased.

Advantages of RB274:
- Reduced aggressiveness to disc
- Enhanced anchoring effect
- Improved surface reinforcement

Benefits to Applications:
RB274 is ideal for friction applications, especially for NAO/non-steel disc pads and next generation of friction materials. It contributes to: 
- Reduced disc wear
- Increased friction level

Visit Our Technical Presentation and Booth:

We kindly invite you to visit our technical presentation about this new product at Technical Session for Raw Materials and Formulations:
8:30-10:30, Tuesday, 14 June 
BIO-SOLUBLE MINERAL FIBRES:  ALTERNATIVE CHEMICAL COMPOSITIONS AND THE EFFECT IN DISC PAD  APPLICATIONS (EB2016-MDS-003) 

Please come and see the new product and get the new technical paper at our Booth 28 at EuroBrake 2016! 

 

26 October 2015

LAPINUS SAE Technical Paper 2015 available at SAE website

A Big Thank You to everyone who came to visit our booth and technical presentation during SAE Brake Colloquium & Exhibition 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. We are pleased to meet our customers and proud that we have had very positive feedbacks about our technical presentation:

PROMAXON®-D in NAO/non-steel disc pad formulations: the importance in the third body layer and its effect on brake noise

The corresponding technical paper is now available on SAE website, you can buy it online at SAE Publications Website.

This paper will be available at LAPINUS website on 1 March, 2016!

 

24 September 2015 

Join the LAPINUS presentation at SAE Brake Colloquium & Exhibition 2015

We are pleased to announce our participation at SAE Brake Colloquium &  Exhibition October 4th -7th, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA.

At this important show leading industry experts will gather to present advancements and innovations for brake systems and friction materials.

Please visit us at Booth 408 and learn about the innovative product lines of Lapinus Fibres.

More excitingly, during the technical session, our Friction Development manager Dr. Diego Santamaria will give a very interesting presentation about “noise reduction” in NAO/non steel disc pad formulations:

“PROMAXON®-D in NAO/non-steel disc pad formulations: the importance in the third body layer and its effect on brake noise”

Session Code: BC106
Time: Tuesday, October 6
Room: Ballroom C1/C2 9:00 a.m.

 

20 September 2015

Lapinus Fibres invited to give lectures at 11th CFSMA Friction Material Training Session

CFSMA, the largest Friction & Sealing Material Association in China has successfully held its 11th Friction Material Technical Training Session from 8th to 9th September, in Zhangjiajie, China. More than 100 delegates from around 60 friction companies have attended this training session. The two-day training session covered the topics including the design of friction formulations, the quality control for friction materials production process and noise reduction optimization for friction materials, and so on.

Lapinus Fibres was invited to give two lectures during this important training session. As one of the keynote speakers, our Friction Development manager Dr. Eng. Diego Santamaria Razo enjoyed a great popularity during the training the session for his two lectures:

1.   "The challenge of copper replacement and the role of fibres", which helps to identify a series of different raw materials that could support formulators in the re-formulation of copper-free friction materials.

 2. " Fibres in friction materials", which explains how to differentiate fibres based on their function in friction materials.

We are glad that Lapinus Fibres can share expertise and experience to the Chinese friction industry and exchange ideas about global trends for friction materials.

 

20 July 2015

Rockseal Note Q fibres approved by UBA

The German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) has approved our Rockseal® products and placed them on the positive list of the elastomer guideline.

According to UBA there will be a change in the regulation of the elastomer guideline which states that only raw materials on the positive list of UBA can be used for the production of elastomers (including gaskets) for drinking water applications.

In response to this future change Lapinus Fibres Regulatory Affairs department took quick actions and started the registration of our fibres on the positive list of UBA.  On July 14th, 2015, we were confirmed officially by Intertek (our regulatory affairs consultant) that the Rockseal® fibres (including the fibre coating) got approved on the positive list of the elastomer guideline of UBA. 

This approval enables our gasket customers to continue using Rockseal® products for drinking water applications, despite the incoming stricter regulation in Germany.

We are proud of this authorization, which shows again the value of our products and our commitment to successfully deliver the needs of our customers.

Background information 

The German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) is the central environmental authority in Germany. It was established in Berlin in 1974. Apart from its Central Administration Division, UBA has five divisions with a total of 14 departments. The Federal Environment Agency employs more than 1,400 people at 13 locations – its headquarters in Dessau, three sites in Berlin, one each in Langen and Bad Elster as well as seven measuring stations of its own air quality monitoring network. Almost 800 of its total staff work in Dessau-Roßlau. In addition to ‘purely scientific work’, the enforcement of environmental law – for example the Chemicals Act or the Plant Protection Act - and providing information to the general public about environmental protection issues are key areas of their daily work.

Please click the link to find the confirmation report from the company Intertek, which oversaw the registration process for us.

 

May 2015

It is important to focus on the right balance between fibre length and specific surface area to obtain optimal aramid fibres for friction materials.

Aramid fibres are used all over the world in friction applications. Both in NAO/non-steel and low steel formulas, aramid fibres offer a unique combination of properties for improved processing and performance of friction materials. Heracron® aramid fibres are high tenacity, high modulus fibrillated fibres with excellent strength, thermal and chemical resistance.

An improved production technology of aramid fibres has been developed to obtain the best combination of fibre length, fibrillation, specific surface area, moisture content and mechanical strength. This technical paper describes the evaluation results of all the different materials produced during this process improvement in comparison to reference grades.

Download the technical paper

The technical paper can be downloaded using this link:

Technical paper Lapinus Fibres Aramid fibres.

 

January 2015

Please visit Lapinus Fibres at the upcoming exhibitions

 Asean Brake 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand

Lapinus Fibres will be present at the 1st Asean Brake Conference that will take place February 2-3,  2015, in the Peninsula hotel, in Bangkok, Thailand.

Asean Brake Conference 2015 is destined to give the most up-to-date technical information about braking and brake system to people in the friction industry; from application engineers, researchers, and academics, to management and business owner. The applications cover the field of passenger cars, motorcycles, commercial vehicles, and more.

More information you can find at the Asean Brake website: www.aseanbrake.com

Lapinus Fibres will exhibit in booth nr. B9. The LF friction team looks forward to meeting you there. 

EuroBrake 2015, in Dresden, Germany

Fibres will be present at the 4th EuroBrake, organised May 4-6 2015, 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 EuroBrake you will find here: Website EuroBrake

Lapinus Fibres will exhibit and show new developments in booth nr. 23. Come and visit us.

CFSMA 2015, in Zhengzhou, China

Visit Lapinus Fibres at the 17th Friction and Sealing Material Technology Exchange and Product Exhibition, organised May 28-29 2015, in Zhengzhou International Convention Centre, in Zhengzhou, China.

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 equipment 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 equipment, expertise and knowhow. Visitors from more than 20 countries have confirmed their presence at this event already. CFSMA welcomes 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 your visit.

Please have a look at the CFSMA website for more information: CFSMA website

July 2014 

Lapinus Fibres present at SAE Brake Colloquium & Exhibition 2014 

Lapinus Fibres will be present at the 32nd annual SAE 2013 Brake Colloquium & Exhibition that will take place October 5-8,  2014, in the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, in Burlingame, California, USA. At this important show leading industry experts will gather to present advancements and innovations for brake systems and friction materials. Lapinus Fibres will exhibit and show new developments in booth nr. 400. The LF friction team looks forward to meeting you there. 

More information you can find at the SAE website: www.sae.org/events/bce/ 

March 2014

Visit Lapinus Fibres at the 16th CFSMA in Guangzhou, China on 19-20 May 2014

Lapinus Fibres will be present at the 16th Friction and Sealing Material Technology Exchange and Product Exhibition which will be held in Guangzhou, China, in the Guangzhou Poly World Expo Center.

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 equipment 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 equipment, expertise and knowhow. Visitors from more than 20 countries have confirmed their presence at this event already. CFSMA welcomes more guests from all over the world to the event.

Lapinus Fibres will exhibit and present new developments in booth T05.
The Lapinus team looks forward to meeting you there.

More information about the CFSMA and Annual meeting you can find here

March 2015

 Lapinus Fibres present at the Eurobrake 2014

Fibres will be present at the 3th EuroBrake, that will take place May 13-15 2014, in the Grand Palace in Lille, France. 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 EuroBrake you will find here.

Lapinus Fibres will exhibit and show new developments in booth nr. 40.
The LF friction team looks forward to meeting you there. 

June 2013

Lapinus Fibres will give a presentation and publish a new technical paper at the EuroBrake in Dresden

The paper shows that combination of thermally conductive Roxul®1000 fibres RB205-Roxul®1000 and synthetic iron sulphide is able to provide a similar level of friction and wear performance compared to a copper fibre based formulation

In the technical paper you can find information about a research performed by LF. The research shows that a combination of thermally conductive Roxul®1000 fibres and synthetic iron sulphide can provide a similar level of friction and wear performance as can a copper fibre based formulation, while at the same time offering sufficient reinforcement to the matrix.

Best results achieved

The best results were achieved when replacing 3 vol% (9 wt%) copper fibre by a combination of 12 vol% (11wt%) thermally conductive RB205-Roxul®1000 fibres and 5 vol% (8 wt%) synthetic iron sulphide.

Copper free

Copper fibres are a key raw material in disc pad applications. Due to environmental reasons, copper and its compounds have to be removed from friction materials in the future. This solution provides a base for copper-free NAO/non-steel passenger car disc pad development. The thermally conductive RB205-Roxul®1000 fibres provide thermal conductivity and reinforcement while the synthetic iron sulphide provides lubrication, in particular at elevated temperatures. This solution was verified in two different commercial NAO/non-steel disc pad formulations.

Follow up

This study will be followed up by an evaluation of the wear performance at specific temperatures and by determination of the NVH performance of the copper fibre and copper-free formulations. New results will be published on our website.

Download the technical paper

The technical paper can be downloaded using this link: Technical paper Lapinus Fibres Conductive fibre.

March 2013

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:

Reinforced Passive Fire Protection by Lapinus Fibres

February 2013

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

ENGINEERED SPORTFIBRES

An optimum sports surface is the wish of every sports person focused on results. Lapinus Fibres supplies a range of environmentally friendly fibre products for improving the quality of sports surfaces under the name of SportFibres. Stability, safety and quality are the key characteristics here.
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.

 

EQUIROCK

EquiRock is a label SportFibres, developed specifically for equestrian surfaces.  A good riding surface is essential for equestrian sports. Addition of the durable mineral fibre EquiRock improves the quality of a horse riding surface. EquiRock improves the resilience, traction, and stability of the surface, making it more comfortable and safer for horse and rider alike.

If your curiosity has been aroused and you want to know more about this smart solution for sport surfaces, just go to: www.sportfibres.com

January 2013

Lapinus Fibres present at European Coatings Show 2013

Lapinus Fibres will be 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.

April 2012

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 

A porous calcium silicate by the name of Promaxon®-D has been widely used in friction materials. In disc pad applications, Promaxon®-D is an important ingredient of new generations of formulations. This technical paper shows that by utilising its unique material properties, Promaxon®-D can increase and stabilize the friction level, improve fade resistance and recovery, improve the noise performance while at the same time reduce cost. This proves that Promaxon®-D is one of the key raw materials in new generation NAO/non-steel (ceramic) and Low-steel (metallic) disc pad formulations. 

For more information please downwload our new technical paper here 

 January 2012

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.

May 2011

Lapinus Fibres exclusive distributor for Promaxon D in Friction

Promat International NV and Lapinus Fibres have agreed on Lapinus Fibres being the worldwide distributor for Promaxon D in the friction Industry. Lapinus will start  the distribution activities for Promaxon as of June 1st  2011 except for North America where  the start  is planned as from  April 1st , 2012. 

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 

March 2011

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  

November 2010

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.  

October 2010

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. 

October 2010

Improved corrosion resistance of brake pads by using Roxul®1000 fibres

Roxul®1000 fibres from Lapinus Fibres primarily offer high temperature reinforcement to friction materials preventing the materials from e.g cracking during heavy duty driving conditions.

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.

 August 2010

Note Q fibres

Over the years we have put emphasis on the distribution of the Health & Safety information to our customers.  In this respect we want to inform you about the following: it is a known fact that our engineered mineral fibres are bio-soluble. In the 2nd half of 2010 this information will be filed in the REACh dossiers. The substance name of our fibres in the REACh dossier is: “Man-made vitreous (silicate) fibres with random orientation with alkaline and alkali earth oxides (Na2O+K2O+CaO+MgO+BaO) content greater than 18% by weight and fulfilling one of the Nota Q conditions”. This is quite a long description which is nowadays often shortened to Note Q or Nota 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
Tel. +31475353554
Fax. +31475353677
Cell. +31653368588
nanty.hautus@lapinusfibres.com

October  2009

Technical SAE paper given at the Brake Colloquium in Tampa, FL USA

The results of the scientific study - Impact of mineral fibres on brake squeal occurences - were presented during the 2009 SAE Brake Colloquium 2009 in Tampa, Florida.
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.

 August 2009

Intended uses nota Q fibres - Roxul®1000 & CoatForce®

We are en route for the registration of our fibres. Registration deadline is October 2010. Considering the - very green - nature of our fibres, we do not expect that exposure scenarios are going to be required. Nevertheless, the IUCLID5 system may require us to define the indentified uses.

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). 

Contact LAPINUS FIBRES

ROCKWOOL B.V.
LAPINUS FIBRES
Delfstoffenweg 2
6045 JH Roermond 
P.O. Box 1160
6040 KD Roermond
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Room 1401, Summit Center
1088 Yan'an Road West
Changning Dist.
200052 Shanghai, China
中国上海长宁区延安西路1088号长峰中心1401室
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