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The Additive Benefit When It Comes To LiquiSol

Often we get asked, ‘can I use additives with LiquiSol?’ And, we answer with an astounding ‘yes!’ One of the benefits of partnering with us is the technology and innovation behind our product lines. Our LiquiSol liquid colorant is founded on innovative, proprietary technology that allows us to have a carrier system like no other on the market. This LiquiSol carrier system not only allows manufacturers to infuse resin with color, but also any additive – whether functional or specialty – we offer. There are times when product specifications require an antistat, slip, UV stabilizer

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Overview of Liquid Colorant and Equipment

Liquid color concentrates have advanced over the past two decades as the materials, processing, carrier technology and equipment have evolved to meet increased demand and new applications. Plastics Color has been on the cutting edge of liquid color concentrate technology for more than thirty years, and we continue to be a leader in this sector with our LiquiSol liquid colorants.What is liquid color concentrate? It is the dispersion of pigments and/or dyes in a liquid carrier that is customized to be compatible with the resin types and the processes being used. LiquiSol is compatible with virtu

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What is the liquid pump system?

When it comes to liquid color, we not only understand the material side when it comes to LiquiSol recommendations, we also can recommend the liquid system to best benefit your production facility. With that in mind, the delivery system of liquid colorants can at times be confusing. Here is some basic information we think about when recommending liquid systems. There are two types of delivery mechanisms to meter LiquiSol to the machine; either a peristaltic (roller pump) or a progressive cavity (shaft pump). A peristaltic pump is generally recommended when you have shorter runs and frequent

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4 Terms to be Aware of When Speaking the LiquiSol Language

There are several terms we commonly use when discussing LiquiSol, our liquid colorant, which may be unfamiliar to those new to the concept. Let’s take some time to overview what those conceptually are so that we have a working knowledge when discussing liquid color. Liquid Carrier –This is as simple as it sounds. The liquid carrier is basically the vehicle system that incorporates the colorant and/or additive package with the base resin during processing.Dosing – The delivery of the proper LDR needed to produce a part.Pre-mixer – The mechanical mixing chamber mounted above the feed thr

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3 Tips When Considering Let-Down-Ratio and LiquiSol

When it comes to LiquiSol, our liquid colorant product line, let-down-ratio (LDR), is an important topic. If you are new to LiquiSol it may surprise you to find that typical LDR range in the neighborhood of 0.25-1%. This number, though minimal, has a major impact on your business. Since the LDR is generally low, there are several benefits you may notice. Material handling is relatively easy by simply switching out the color cart. Color changes are more efficient in regard to time and manpower required. Space requirements on the production floor are quite minimal as you just need a small foot

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Corporate Quality Systems and Regulatory Affairs Manager

We’re happy to announce the appointment of Jennifer Presnell as Plastics Color Corporation’s Corporate Quality Systems and Regulatory Affairs Manager. This new position allows us the opportunity to have dedicated corporate oversight on quality systems. Presnell began her career with Plastics Color in 1997 as a Quality Control Technician and advanced within the organization to managerial roles including Quality Control Supervisor and Corporate Lab Manager. She has managed the regulatory department, color development lab, and ISO throughout her career at Plastics Color. Plastics Color bel

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BPA Use in Food Contact Apps

Over the past few years there has been ongoing debate about the use of BPA, a structural component in polycarbonate, and is also found in epoxy resins which act as a protective lining when used in metal can coatings to protect the food from directly contacting metal surfaces, and in beverage bottles. According to the FDA, when foods are in direct contact with any packaging material, small, measurable amounts of the packaging materials may migrate into food and can be consumed with it. Heightened public awareness as well as scientific interest in the safe use of BPA has resulted in many stud

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ISO 9001

In our industry, quality matters. Quality materials equal quality products and that means more sales for our customers. At PCC, we take quality seriously because we know how critical all the products we provide to our customers are to the success of their companies. ISO 9001 certification has been around for a long time, and it seems that being ISO certified is the norm for manufacturers.But what does it mean for both we here at PCC and for our customers? ISO (International Standards Organization) certification is about more than just producing quality products. It’s also about streamlining

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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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What Color Are Your Plastic Parts?

Color is critical! Just ask any brand owner, specifically of consumer products, how color helps to identify their particular brand for a particular product. Consumers are very attuned to looking at the colors of products on the very crowded shelves of retail stores to help them find their favorite products. Liquid colorants for plastics have become increasingly popular for processors for several reasons: easier handling through automated dispersion systems which minimizes human interface; it can be used with almost any type of resin system for thermoplastics as well as thermosets; and is su

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Liquid colors have their advantages in the right situations

Liquid colorant is a dispersion of pigments and/or dyes in specially selected liquid vehicles, which can be customized to the polymer and process needed. These specialized vehicles guarantee the colorant will have total compatibility with the polymer. It also promotes rapid and complete distribution of the liquid color concentrate into the polymer, leading to fewer processing problems.Liquid colorants typically come as a ‘system’ which includes the pump which can be set for the appropriate let-down ratio which colors the resins automatically. That prevents turning the entire plant sunshin

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