Ames Corporation, a leading manufacturer of high-quality elastomeric molded components, dispensed gaskets and insert-molded components, introduces its AMESCoat dent-resistant coating technology. Ames is a leader in the development and manufacture of fusing products for today’s high-speed digital printing and copying machines. The demand for higher-performance materials and product construction challenges the existing state-of-the-art technology and requires novel approaches leading to fusing solutions for OEM systems.

To stay on the cutting-edge of the industry, Ames recently developed a series of fusing constructions based on compliant-composite systems using DRC technology. Elastomeric basecoat materials vary in hardness and thermal conductivity, while topcoats are compliant and dent resistant, with low surface tension that enhances release properties applicable to many monochrome and color environments. DRC technology can be applied to various substrates, including steel and aluminum inserts, as well as stainless steel, nickel and polyimide belts.

The construction of Ames’s DRC technology consists of a top layer and a bottom layer. The top layer is made from Fluropolymer, a 20-50 micron film coating. The bottom layer consist of silicone with a 0.25 - 2.0 mm thickness range, with a thermally conductive range of 0.3 - .08 W/mk, and a hardness range of 20 - 70 Shore A.

Ames has provided high-quality products for office equipment since 1949 when it developed the required synthetic rubber compounding for manufacturing coated platen rollers for typewriters. While a lot has changed since then, the demands for an infinite variety of rollers and belts that guide paper through the automation process has never slackened. Today, Ames applies its compounding and applications knowledge to create business automation products that are exceptionally durable and, depending on the requirement, accurate to within microns. Ames draws from dozens of different processes to create the product, including conventional and state-of-the-art coating processes for protective and precision coatings.

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