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Scent Additives Help your Products Stand Out!

When it comes to value-added products, scent additives deliver a unique advantage. They are used in a range of applications and are playing a growing role in consumer products for the home. They are used to reflect the fragrance or aroma of the product in plastic packaging and can even help mask an unpleasant odor of some plastics. To enhance their marketing efforts, manufacturers use scents in their plastic products, creating a mood and attracting consumer attention. Scents also help manufacturers mask unpleasant odors in applications such as dust bin bags or household chemical containers.Ins

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Enhance your Product’s Aesthetics with Optical Brighteners

Another useful tool for plastics manufacturers to enhance aesthetics in plastic products are optical brighteners. They are designed to brighten colors or mask yellowing in plastics. They work via a fluorescent mechanism, absorbing light in the UV spectrum and emitting it in the blue range of the visible spectrum, resulting in a brighter, fresher appearance.These products are particularly useful to mask the yellowness sometimes observed in plastics and fibers after high-temperature processing operations or incorporation of recycled materials. They are also used in formulations containing pigmen

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Foaming Agents

Foaming agents are another important weapon in the toolbox of plastics processors. When it comes to plastic additives, blowing or foaming agents are among the most versatile and functional in terms of performance. They can be used for weight reduction, resin usage reduction, improved thermal and acoustic insulation, increased structural strength, reduced warpage, increased production speed, and to minimize sink marks and surface flaws. Facilitate the process Chemical foaming agents can play a key role which enables both commodity and engineering polymers to process more easily and with improve

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Prevent Slipping With Functional Additives

As we continue to look at various functional additives, slip additives are important to consider. By definition, slip additives are added to plastic materials to reduce the surface of friction of polymers and are used to enhance either processing or end-use application. Plastics can be naturally sticky and have a high coefficient friction when coming in contact with other plastic parts or other surfaces. For certain applications, this can cause a range of processing or performance challenges such as parts sticking to the mold surface during ejection, minor differences in part dimensions which

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Why Anti-Blocks Matter In Your Products

Anti-block functional additives are another important tool in the material arsenal for plastics processors. This highly useful additive reduces the friction on the product surface and imparts lubricity for ease of use. In all types of plastic films for flexible packaging and other applications, anti-blocking performance it vital for further handling and converting of the material. Plastic layers tend to stick together and the addition of an anti-blocking agent creates space between two plastic layers (surface roughness) thus preventing a phenomenon called blocking. The challenges Anti-blockin

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What Is Mold Release Additive?

Q. What is mold release?A. Mold release is a functional additive that can be used in injection molding and even thermoforming molding. Mold release additives help keep parts from sticking or hanging on the part mold.Q. What problems are caused by sticking parts?A. Parts that stick to a mold can cause a lot of problems including slow and possibly interrupted cycle times. This can result in lost production and interrupted scheduling, lost product due to quality issues, and even damage to the mold such as broken core pins and other damage that requires the mold to be removed and repaired.Q. What

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Antistatic Additives

There are many properties of plastics that need modifying to suit specific applications. We call these “functional” additives because they are developed to function in a unique way when added to polymer materials. Here we’ll continue our Q&A discussion about functional additives Q: What is static electricity? A: Static electricity is electricity generated by an unbalance of the molecular construction of relatively non-conductive insulators such as plastics and other non-conductive materials. While static electricity as such is relatively harmless to humans, one report shows that static

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UV Stabilizer Additives

What are UV Stabilizers? UV stabilizers are additives for plastics that help mitigate deterioration or break-down of the plastics in products that are primarily used outdoors. These products might include but are not limited to lawn and garden equipment, pool equipment, pool and patio furniture, automotive application including both interior such as instrument and dash panels, and exterior parts. Sunlight, hot and cold temperatures and other weather situations can cause the properties that make plastic long lasting and beautiful to break down and cause color fading. How do the UV Stabilizers

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All About Toners

What are Toners? A toner is a color Masterbatch used to overcome the yellow index of a resin. What are Toners Used For? Toners are used to clarify and to bring the color back to neutral. Toners can help bottles achieve a clearer, crystal look and provide more shelf appeal for consumer products. What types of resins are toners used in? Some resins such as rPET tend to have a more yellow index, or resins in which a high regrind is being used, due to the fact that as resins are reground they tends to yellow. Reprocessors will buy a toner that’s on the ‘blue’ side to cover up the yellow of i

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Plastics Additive Market

The global plastics additive market is expected to see good growth over the next five years, according to two market research reports that have been released. Plastics additives are the substances that are added in various polymers during processing to help improve the properties and characteristics of the polymers such as strength, texture, durability, heat sensitivity, UV and chemical resistance.According to Allied Market Research, the global plastic additives market was valued at $41.4 billion in 2013 and is expected to generate revenue of $57.8 billion by 2020 at a CAGR of 4.9% during 2013

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Think About Pool and Spa Applications

Plastics used in pool and spa applications need to have a number of material attributes to withstand that environment, including good impact strength, chemical resistance to bromine and chlorine, and good UV performance. Pool and spa components are made almost entirely of plastics including the pump housings and interior gear parts; lighting housings, in-floor pool cleaning pop-ups, system filtration parts and the pipes from which the plumbing is constructed. Materials typically used are PVC and very high-strength poly-carbonate/polyester alloys to provide longevity for pool/spa systems tha

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Liquid Color Overview

Color is critical to brand owners, many whose products are identified with color. Think of Coke ‘red.’ Coca-Cola spends millions of dollars to ensure that their red is just that – theirs! It’s not just a color ‘red’ but is their brand identity. The same holds true for companies like Home Depot, Target, UPS and many more.  (http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/01/28/colors-in-corporate-branding-and-design/) Processors know however, that colorants can be difficult to manage. Liquid colors have become the coloring system of choice in recent years for a number of reasons including

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