Clean and Sterilized: Sterilization Techniques for Plastics

Removing or killing of pathogenic organisms (including bacterial and fungal spores) from the surfaces of tools used in a medical setting is known as sterilization. Polymers are sterilized using dry heat, autoclaving, ionizing radiation from either gamma rays or E-beam, or with ethylene oxide gas. In addition to currently available methods, researchers are pursuing X-rays and anti-bacterial biomaterials to reduce bacterial infection risks.

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Prosthetics And Plastics: Plastics Have A Leg To Stand On

Since World War II, plastics have been used in the development of prosthetics, allowing for artificial limbs that are lighter, stronger and more versatile than wood or metal.

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Too Hot To Handle: FlamaSol and Electronics

When an electrical device becomes unstable, a chain reaction occurs, which often leads to the battery exploding and causing a fire. A flame retardant additive for electronics, such as FlamaSol, is an essential tool for reducing the devastating damage caused by a fire.

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Color is Vital Tool in Forming Consumer Brand Identity

To grab attention at the point of purchase, consumer brands need to break through the clutter of competing products and messages. We are bombarded every day with ads and messages, so consumer brand companies need a differentiator to separate themselves from the visual clutter online, in print and in broadcast media.

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Plastics Are Booming In Construction

Plastics have become a common substitute for traditional building materials and are increasingly being used in construction because they are lighter, cheaper and more durable. FlamaSol, a flame-retardant additive, provides an extra layer of protection for plastic house wrap, outdoor decking, circuit boxes and similar products. Formulated to stop or slow the spread of fire, FlamaSol offers peace of mind when used in either commercial or residential applications. FlamaSol can be designed for your specific resin and application. Contact a Plastics Color representative to see how FlamaSol can e

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Microbe fighting MicroBlok

The use of antimicrobial additives in plastics isn’t new. Biocides have traditionally been added to industrial, commercial, and consumer plastics as a passive means of protecting products from degradation by microorganisms. Plastics Color, a leader in antimicrobial compounds, offers its MicroBlok formulations that are engineered to impede the growth of a wide spectrum of microorganisms on various plastic surfaces.

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Antimicrobials Protect Plastic Containers For Biocides

Plastic containers used for pharmaceutical products, food packaging and many other consumer uses are prone to microbial contamination and biofilm formation. Microorganisms such as mold, mildew, algae and even yeast can impair the service life of untreated plastic containers. MicroBlok®, an additive produced by Plastics Color Corp., helps inhibit the advance of bacteria, fungi and other microbes on treated surfaces. This greatly reduces stains, odors and product deterioration that can occur in plastic containers.

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Benefits of Flame Retardants in Plastics

According to the American Chemistry Council, flame retardants play a key role in delaying flashover, which is especially critical to escaping the deadly consequences of fire. Flashover occurs when every flammable object in a room bursts into flames at the same time as a result of a combination of intense heat and the release of flammable gases. This can occur in just a few minutes, and flame retardants’ function in slowing this process down can be the difference between life and death. Flame retardants have a major impact in easing and reducing many fire conditions including ease of ignit

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Plastics Meet Contruction Demands

Plastics are enjoying strong growth in the building and construction industry. In fact, only the packaging market tops building and construction in consumption of plastic materials today. According to EnergyStar.gov, building and construction consumes over 15 billion pounds of plastics in the form of pipes and fittings, plumbing, structural plastic, bathroom fixtures, interior/exterior building materials, and air-supported structures.

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