The AuroraGuard™ line of products includes a variety of high-performing compounds: ABS, MABS, PBT, PC, PC/ABS alloys and PEIs, as well as rigid and flexible PVC, CPVC, TPOs and TPEs. They are ideal for demanding applications that include aerospace, appliance, automotive, electrical, electronics, energy storage, umbilicals, wire and cable, building and construction, and custom extrusion and injection molding.

AuroraGuard compounds are known for their high-heat, low-smoke zero-halogen and flame-retardant properties. Low-Smoke Zero-Halogen (LSZH or LSOH) is a type of plastic used in the wire and cable industry for cable jacketing. LSOH cable jacketing is custom compounded to produce minimal smoke and low toxicity when exposed to fire.

Most network cables (CAT5, CAT6) are insulated with polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyethylene, or thermoplastic urethane (TPU). In a fire, these halogen-containing plastics release hydrogen chloride, a poisonous gas that forms hydrochloric acid when it comes in contact with water. Low-smoke zero-halogen cables do not produce this toxic combination of gas, acid and smoke when exposed to flame. Low-smoke zero-halogen material is becoming very popular, and can be required when the safety of people and equipment is critical. Low-smoke zero-halogen compound also has the added benefit of complying with the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive and similar North American safety and environmental standards.

Our innovative line of AuroraGuard LSOH compounds fall into two families: Extrusion grades – By using special grades of metal hydroxide and very unique resin combinations, Aurora Material Solutions developed one of the most flexible families of zero halogen compounds on the market, offering a -50C to 90C+ continued-use temperature rating, as well as exceptional physical and processing characteristics. Molding Grades – Using advanced phosphorus-nitrogen chemistry, we developed a high-grade FR intumescent compound with UL 94 VO rating down to 40-45 mils. These compounds also provide good thermostability and low moisture sensitivity.

In addition, the AuroraGuard family includes a portfolio of concentrates with more than 20 formulations available. These include:

  • Flame Retardant (FR)
  • Ultraviolet (UV)
  • Expandable
  • Odor Masking
  • Desiccant

The goal of concentrates is to create an ideal dispersion of additives in the polymer matrix. The fine, powdery feed material often tends to agglomerate and can be difficult to work with. Concentrate masterbatches with an additive share of 20 – 90% are available, depending on the feed material. Using a masterbatch increases the process stability. It also eliminates the handling of large powder masses, allowing the environment and the work station remain clean. When more than one additive is required, Aurora Material Solutions can combine two or several of these additives to provide multifunctional performance into a single custom concentrate, or the customer can combine them individually themselves when applicable.

Our experienced R&D team will work with you to develop a formulation that will meet your specific application needs. Our goal is to provide the highest quality products and the best customer service in the industry. We work closely with you throughout the process to meet your specific needs, from determining the formulation for the job, to assistance with colors and compound matching. Aurora Material Solutions strives to be our customers’ “first choice” in polymer compound solutions.