About Solar Compounds
Solar Compounds Corporation was founded in 1920 in Linden, New Jersey. Until 1940, Solar manufactured varnishes for the wire finishing industry. In the years that followed, Solar Compounds expanded its capabilities, developing and manufacturing high performance polymers for industrial, military, and commercial wire and cable manufacturers.
Today, operations consist of the large-scale production of sealants, adhesives and coating compounds for the worldwide wire and cable industry. In addition to being a key supplier to the wire and cable industry, Solar Compounds Corporation has developed into a major supplier of advanced technology epoxy and silicone electrical/electronic potting and encapsulating compounds for a broad range of electrical devices used in automotive and appliance applications. In addition, Solar produces an extensive product range of high performance adhesives for a wide variety of industrial adhesive applications.
Today, Solar's corporate offices, R&D laboratories and manufacturing facilities occupy more than 5 acres. Solar has become a major worldwide supplier of an expanded product line of advanced technology polymers to a broad range of industries.
Wire and Cable Products
Solarite wire and cable polymer technologies are extensive and include; waxes, epoxies, RTV silicones, specialty asphalts, rubber modified asphalts, butyl rubber sealants, solvent based coatings, water based coatings, hydrocarbon resins, hot melt adhesives and sealants.
Solar has continually expanded its product line to include high performance epoxy, silicone and polyurethane polymers for the electrical potting and encapsulation of electrical devices and electronic components, and a broad range of 2-component epoxy adhesives.
Potting compounds are pourable insulating resins (epoxies, silicones, urethanes and hybrids) that are cast into cavities containing electronic components to insulate, protect, and hold them in place. These polymers function to protect costly and delicate components from shock and vibration and prevent premature failure due to high operating temperatures.
Solar potting and encapsulating compounds are formulated for the demanding high performance requirements of the electrical and electronic industries for such applications as the potting of HID electronic ballasts, capacitors, power supplies, relays and other devices with high heat dissipation requirements. Solar FR (Flame Retardant) and HTC (High Thermal Conductivity) products provide higher flame retardancy, increased high-voltage insulating characteristics and improved thermal management over currently available materials. Solar EP Series (Electrical Potting) products significantly reduce the operating temperature of potted internal components - thus extending the life of electrical devices.
Adhesives, Sealants and Coatings
Solar Compounds EA Series (Epoxy Adhesives) offer superior bonding; thus providing improved performance and durability to filters, separators and to sporting equipment such as skis, snowboards, and golf clubs... to striking tools such as hammers and axes... and to grinding wheels, composite panels, laminated shims, bolt anchors, appliances, and precision tables.
Advanced technology EA Series epoxy structural adhesives provide exceptional strength even after prolonged exposure to high temperatures, yet remain flexible at low temperatures. Solar adhesives offer better adhesion to dissimilar surfaces compared to currently available materials. Examples of substrate compatibilities include wood, metals such as Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Copper, and Brass, and plastics including ABS, polycarbonate and fiberglass. Solar adhesives have numerous applications in automotive, aerospace, electrical and OEM applications.
Research and Development
Modern, fully staffed research and development laboratories located in Linden, New Jersey are the birthplace of a continually expanding product line of advanced technology polymer systems including paints, coatings, sealants, hot-melts and fire retardant products.
Solar is committed to excellence in the development of new products and to supporting and improving existing products. Working in partnership with our customers, Solar chemists ensure that products meet or exceed their requirements.
R&D Laboratory Equipment
The Solar research and Development laboratories is fully equipped with a complete spectrum of research and testing equipment and instrumentation including:
- Brookfield RVT and RVF Viscometers
- Brookfeld Thermocel Viscometers for testing hot melts
- ASTM Softening Point Apparatus
- Melt Index Plasiometer
- Gardner Gel Timers
- Muffle Furnaces
- Ashing Oven
- Cowles and Hockmeyer High Speed Dissolvers
- Ross three (3) gallon Double Planetary Mixer
- Pilot scale hot melt mixers
- Instron Tensile/Compression Tester
- Shore D Durometers for hardness testing
- Shore A Durometers for hardness testing
- Needle Penetrometer
- Cone Penetrometer
- Nicolet Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer
- Volume Resistivity Testers
- Dielectric Strength Testers
Solar Compounds Manufacturing
The Solar Compounds Linden, NJ production facility includes a complete spectrum of production equipment for the full scale manufacture and batch processing of specialized industrial paints, coatings, sealants, mastics, hot-melts, asphaltics and adhesives
Production capabilities extend to filtration and vacuum systems, process development laboratories and fully equipped pilot testing facilities.
The Linden facility includes a full spectrum of mixing equipment for processing hot melt products, solvent based products, and high viscosity materials. Lab mixers, pilot plant, and full scale production mixers are available for most product types.
Solar Processing Capabilities and Equipment
- Hot Melt and Asphalt Kettles: 50 Gallons to 5,000 Gallons.
- High Viscosity Mixers: (2) Ross Double Planetary: 200 Gallons
- (2) Sigma Double Arm: 350 Gallons
- Rake Mixer: 100 Gallons
- Solvent Based Mixers: 50 Gallon to 2,000 Gallon Blending Tanks
- High Speed Mixers 50 Gallons to 350 Gallons
- Product filtration and vacuum capabilities for most products.
- Hot-melts can be supplied in chip form, if needed, and where formulation allows processing.