Technology: Argotec Innovation Center Showcase (R&D)

Powerhouse of thermoplastic polyurethane research and development

The only center of its kind in the industry, the Argotec Innovation Center (AIC) is a stand-alone facility with a team of technical experts dedicated to research and development of new and improved thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) films and processes. Argotec is part of the Advanced Materials & Structures group in SWM. Being part of this technology leading enterprise we have an unparalleled focus on technical innovation and R&D. We are committed to our customers' success. Our team uses state-of-the-art testing methods to analyze the physical property and processability of source resins and new film formulations to ensure optimal performance in commercial production and operation. Our team works both in-house or on-site at customer locations to test the newest resins, engineer distinct formulations and troubleshoot both new and existing applications.

The facility has a complete product development laboratory and post-production testing operation; flat-die and blown-film lab lines; and three fully functional production-capable extrusion lines housed in two state-of-the-art hard-walled clean rooms.

With this resource, Argotec is able to provide unequaled technical service and support to engineer TPU-based or other film compounds to meet a customer's specific application requirement. That combined with the support of SWM, we can not only develop new applications and bring them to market quickly but we can help our customers engineer solutions to establish new markets. 

Benefits

  • Speed - reduced time to market, dedicated technical service and support to advance urethane application development faster 
  • Technical expertise - unmatched lab testing capability and expertise in TPU technology  
  • Reduced cost - lab lines to pilot test smaller test batches, allows customers to avoid the expense of committing to full production run