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Publication Date: 05/1/2010
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Henkel Intros Thermal Management Film
Thermal management material film.
Irvine, CA — Loctite PowerstrateXtreme Printable (PSX-P) from Henkel addresses the challenges posed by traditional greases and phase-change thermal interface materials. The company has developed and commercialized this new print-friendly thermal management product.

Delivering extraordinary process flexibility, PSX-P allows for thermal management materials to be deposited using traditional screen and stencil printing methodologies and is offered in both medium dry and extended dry version to accommodate varying manufacturing conditions and requirements. The reliability and performance of PSX-P is consistent with that of the company's phase-change films, but its paste format enables the material thickness to be adjusted as required.

According to the company, traditional phase-change materials have been supplied in film formats and while films do come in a variety of thicknesses, thinner films are difficult to manufacture and even more problematic to handle. The new film reportedly resolves these issues.

But, it's not just phase-change films that pose challenges; thermal greases, the most common thermal management products, also have drawbacks. Greases are very messy in a production environment and are limited in their ability to be automated. In addition, these products tend to migrate or pump out over time which ultimately reduces their heat transfer capability. PSX-P is applied as a paste and, once dry, yields a phase-change pad, thereby eliminating any grease-like pump out concerns.

The material has been formulated for production floor adaptability. While alternative materials dry quickly and may cause significant machine downtime, PSX-P's extended dry formula delivers an abandon time of two hours minimum, giving production specialists significant manufacturing flexibility. And the paste format of the material is suitable for high-speed or high-mix environments and can dramatically enhance throughput.

Contact: Henkel Corp., 15350 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA 92618 949-789-2500 fax: 949-785-2595 E-mail: Web:

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