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New Non-Flammable SMC Material Wins UL Approval

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  • Examples of HVAC components manufactured by MFG. They are designed for complex, rugged systems similar to this illustration.

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  • Examples of HVAC components manufactured by MFG. They are designed for complex, rugged systems similar to this illustration.

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Non-flammable and fire retardant materials are a requirement for applications in many markets as a matter of safety. And composite materials are becoming the go-to choice as new formulas with these characteristics are developed and made available.

In June a new non-flammable SMC material called iNVENTA 616UL received UL 723 approval by Underwriters Laboratories. This proprietary SMC (sheet molding compound) was specially formulated by MFG for HVAC components, however the attributes are ideal for a multitude of applications where non-flammability is important.

In fact, non-flammability and electrical conductivity standards have created strong demand for the conversion of HVAC components to composite materials. In addition to the safety benefits composites offer HVAC manufacturers the ability to consolidate parts, reduce noise level, resist corrosion, reduce weight and improve other areas of functionality.

MFG is actively involved with a number of HVAC customers to manufacture condensate pans, blower housings, bases and other components. According to Alec Raffa, MFG Director of Sales, “It’s becoming standard now for customers in many markets to ask for non-flammable and low smoke formula — heavy trucks, lighting, electrical utility parts to name a few. We see this growing trend as the complexity of electronics increases as well as government regulation.”

iNVENTA 616UL is just the newest UL-approved material developed by MFG Research — there are others designed to different certification levels. MFG Research also works hand in hand with customers who need support with their own applications for UL approvals, providing both expertise and laboratory services.

More information on MFG’s materials expertise and specifics on UL approved materials can be found on the company’s website: moldedfiberglass.com