Product Family: Aliphatic Polycaprolactone

The material of choice to print and protect surfaces vulnerable to harsh conditions

Aliphatic polycaprolactone film is highly conformable, UV stable, and abrasion resistant. It is used as a paint and surface protection film for outdoor applications, electronic display protection films and as premium graphics film. Adhesive coaters, converters, automotive engineers, appliance designers and electronic display manufacturers around the world look to Argotec for high-performance, aliphatic thermoplastic polyurethane surface-protection films with the consistent optical clarity, conformability, UV resistance and Class-A gloss finish they require for their products. Utilizing a proprietary thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) formulation with outstanding processability, Argotec is the largest extruder of uncoated TPU-based paint protection films for the global automotive aftermarket.

Argotec’s aliphatic polycaprolactone films are also highly printable. The versatile films are used to protect, preserve and prolong the life of expensive advertising and decorative graphics in automotive, commercial fleet and other applications in demanding environments.

Typical Physical Properties

Product: 46510
Film Type Description
  • Thermoplastic polyurethane
  • Aliphatic polycaprolactone
  • Uses: paint & metal protection
  • Extrusion method: flat die
  • Gauge: 1.0-12 mils (25-300 microns)
  • Width: up to 62 inches (1.57 meters)
  • Length: up to 1000 non-spliced yards
  • Smooth and matte surfaces
  • Hardest polycaprolactone
  • UV resistant
  • No additives
Physical PropertyTest MethodUnitsTest Value
HardnessD-2240Shore60 D
Tensile strengthD-412psi7000
Elongation at break%450
GlossOTM 3-30960°>80
UV resistanceA101No changeat 3000 hours
Product: 46510-ArgoGraph
Film Type Description
  • Thermoplastic polyurethane
  • Aliphatic polycaprolactone
  • Uses: premium graphic film overlaminate
  • Extrusion method: flat die cast on
  • 2-mil PET carrier
  • Gauge: 1.0 mil (25 microns)
  • Width: up to 62 inches (1.57 meters)
  • Length: up to 1000 non-spliced yards
  • Gloss and matte surfaces
  • Conformable
  • Abrasion resistant
  • Excellent low temperature flexibility
  • UV resistant (3-5 year outdoor durability)
  • No additives - consistent, excellent adhesive compatability
  • Halogen free
Physical PropertyTest MethodUnitsTest Value
Taber abrasionD-10442grams<3.5
Tensile strengthD-412psi7000
Elongation at breakD-412%450
GlossOTM 3-30960°>80
HazeD-1003%<1
Surface tensionD-2578dyne/cm<35
UV resistanceA101 YI after 5000 hrsResults pending
Product: 46510-ArgoGraph-CLEAR
Film Type Description
  • Thermoplastic polyurethane
  • Aliphatic polycaprolactone
  • Uses: premium performance graphic film overlaminate facestock
  • Extrusion method: flat die cast on 2-mil PET carrier
  • Gauge: 1.0- 4.0 mils (25-100 microns)
  • Width: Up to 62 inches (1.57 meters)
  • Length: up to 1000 non-spliced yards (914.4 meters)
  • Class A gloss finish
  • Highly conformable
  • Excellent abrasion resistance
  • Excellent low temperature flexibility, cold-crack resistance
  • UV resistant (5 year outdoor durability)
  • No additives - consistent, excellent adhesive compatibility/anchorage
  • Halogen-free
  • Phthalate-free
  • PVC-free

Note: ArgoGraph-WHITE and CLEAR are suitable for backside paper, polycoated paper, or matte textured film release liner to prevent blocking.

Physical PropertyTest MethodUnitsTest Value
Taber abrasionD-10445grams<3.5
Tensile strengthD-412psi7000
Elongation at breakD-412%450
GlossOTM 3-30960°>80
HazeD-1003%<1
Surface tensionD-2578dyne/cm>35
UV resistanceA101
SAE-J19606
No change at 3000 hrs
No change at 2000 hrs
Product: 46510-ArgoGraph-WHITE
Film Type Description
  • Thermoplastic polyurethane
  • Aliphatic polycaprolactone
  • Uses: premium performance printable facestock
  • Extrusion method: flat die cast on 2-mil PET carrier
  • Gauge: >2.0 mils (50 microns)
  • Width: 62 inches (1.57 meters)
  • Length: up to 1000 non-spliced yards (914.4 meters)
  • Class A gloss finish
  • Highly conformable
  • Excellent abrasion resistance
  • Excellent low temperature flexibility, cold-crack resistance
  • UV resistant (5 year outdoor durability)
  • No additives - consistent, excellent adhesive compatibility/anchorage & printability*
  • Halogen-free
  • Phthalate-free
  • PVC-free

* Print compatibility: UV Screen, Solvent Screen, Digital Eco-Solvent, Digital Solvent, UV ink jet and Latex ink jet.  It is recommended that specific ink systems be thoroughly tested for printability prior to use/scale-up.  See page 2 of the ArgoGraph-WHITE Tech Data Sheet for available Argotec digital printing profiles.

Note: ArgoGraph-WHITE and CLEAR are suitable for backside paper, polycoated paper, or matte textured film release liner to prevent blocking.

Physical PropertyTest MethodUnitsTest Value
Taber abrasionD-10445grams<3.5
Tensile strengthD-412psi
MPa
7000
48.26
Elongation at breakD-412%450
GlossOTM 3-30960°>80
Surface tensionD-2578dyne/cm>35
UV resistanceA101
SAE-J19606
No change at 3000 hrs
No change at 2000 hrs
Product: 49510
Film Type Description
  • Thermoplastic polyurethane
  • Aliphatic polycaprolactone
  • Uses: paint & metal protection
  • Extrusion method: flat die
  • Gauge: 6.0-12 mils (150-300 microns)
  • Width: up to 62 inches (1.57 meters)
  • Length: up to 1000 non-spliced yards
  • Smooth and matte surfaces
  • Hard polycaprolactone
  • UV resistant
  • No additives
Physical PropertyTest MethodUnitsTest Value
HardnessD-2240Shore93 A
Tensile strengthD-412psi5000
Elongation at break%550
GlossOTM 3-30960°>80
UV resistanceA101No change at 3000 hours
Product: 49510-60DV
Film Type Description
  • Thermoplastic polyurethane
  • Aliphatic polycaprolactone
  • Uses: surface protection for outdoor applications requiring UV resistance
  • Extrusion method: flat-die, multilayer construction
  • Gauge: 5-12 mils (125-300 microns)
  • Width: up to 62 inches (1.57 meters)
  • Length: up to 1000 non-spliced yards
  • Carrier: 2-mil PET
  • Gloss surface
  • Combines soft and hard polycaprolactones
  • UV resistant
  • No additives or processing aids
Physical PropertyTest MethodUnitsTest Value
BASE LAYER
HardnessD-2240Shore A93
Tensile strengthD-412psi
MPa
5000
34.47
Elongation at breakD-412%550
UV resistanceA101No change at 3000 hrs
SURFACE LAYER
HardnessD-2240Shore D60
Tensile strengthD-412psi
MPa
7000
48.26
Elongation at breakD-412%450
UV resistanceA101No change at 3000 hrs
Product: 49510-60DV-AM
Film Type Description
  • Thermoplastic polyurethane
  • Aliphatic polycaprolactone
  • Antimicrobial technology
  • Uses: surface protection for electronic displays, touch screens & other shared-surface applications
  • Extrusion method: flat-die, multilayer construction
  • Gauge: 6.0 mils (150 microns)
  • Width: 50 - 62 inches (1.3 - 1.6 meters)
  • Length: up to 500 non-spliced yards
  • Gloss surface
  • Combines soft and hard polycaprolactones
  • UV resistant, non-yellowing
  • Tough, durable, abrasion & chip resistant
  • Optimal PSA anchorage
  • Plasticizer free
  • Halogen free
  • Self healing
Physical PropertyTest MethodUnitsTest Value
BASE LAYER
HardnessD-2240Shore A93
Tensile strengthD-412psi
MPA
5000
34.47
Elongation at breakD-412%550
SURFACE LAYER
HardnessD-2240Shore D60
Tensile strengthD-412psi
MPa
7000
48.26
Elongation at breakD-412%450
Antimicrobial activity4JIS Z-280199.9% Reduction in E. Coli & Staph
Product: 49510-72DV
Film Type Description
  • Thermoplastic polyurethane
  • Aliphatic polycaprolactone
  • Uses: surface protection for outdoor applications requiring UV resistance
  • Extrusion method: flat-die, multilayer construction
  • Gauge: 6-12 mils (150-300 microns)
  • Width: up to 50 inches (1.27 meters)
  • Length: up to 1000 non-spliced yards
  • Carrier: 2-mil PET
  • Smooth, gloss surface
  • Combines soft and hard polycaprolactones
  • UV resistant
  • No additives or processing aids
  • Improved stain resistance
Physical PropertyTest MethodUnitsTest Value
BASE LAYER
HardnessD-2240Shore A93
Tensile strengthD-412psi
MPa
5000
34.47
Elongation @ breakD-412%550
UV resistanceA101No change, 3000 hrs
SURFACE LAYER
HardnessD-2240Shore D72
Tensile strengthD-412psi
MPa
8500
58.6
Elongation @ breakD-412%400
UV resistanceA101In process3

1 QUV using UVA bulb, 4 hours 50°C UV exposure, 4 hours 60°C condensation.
2 Taber abrasion H-22 wheel, 1000 gm weight, 1000 cycles.
3 1000-hour QUV testing: no visual change.
4 EPA Notice 2000-1 and JIS Z-2801 test reports available upon request.
5 Taber abrasion CS-17 wheel, 1000 gm weight, 1000 cycles.
6 Xenon arc.