Inventors originally intended many of the world’s most revolutionary polymer-based products to be used in wholly different ways. As consumers, we use some of the repurposed inventions so frequently that we can’t imagine any other uses. Manufacturers, researchers and inventors still need to try to foresee unintended uses because some misuses can result in lawsuits.
Everything made of plastic is vulnerable to the suns harmful UV rays. Your plastic Adirondacks, outdoor bar stools, corn hole set and grill accessories can’t fight the dangerous combination of UV radiation and air on their own. With the help of UV packages, plastic products have an excellent long-term defense against photodegradation. UV packages inhibit or absorb the UV light, which dissipates the excess energy and prevents the creation of free radicals.
Plastic is everywhere in our lives, yet few of us understand what they are or the processes required to transform raw materials into products we can use. Beginning with the resin stage, we look at how colors and functional additives can be introduced to achieve the properties desired for the end-use product. We also examine consumer goods packaging, detailing which resins are used, the qualities of the particular resins and the final product usage.
In the high-growth consumer electronics market, plastics play a variety of roles, making our personal lives easier, safer, less expensive, and more fun. Lightweight, durable, attractive, and cost-effective plastics are used in most small appliances, including coffee makers, irons, mixers, can openers, hair dryers, and shavers. Appliances such as microwave ovens and food processors use plastics to offer consumers unprecedented convenience. And all refrigerators today are insulated with thermal-efficient plastic foam, and their interiors are made of durable, easy-to-clean plastics.