This years colors are all about the beauty of the ocean, warm sandy beaches and soothing blue skies. From the calming lavender of sunrise to the warm shades of sunset, this year’s colors open up all of the senses. Best of all, the natural beauty of water and sky inspires us and ignites our creativity.
Ultraviolet (UV) light negatively affects most plastics unless UV stabilizers are added during manufacturing. Without these crucial additives, many plastics – including the high-density polyethylene (HDPE) sheet plastic and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) used for playground equipment – would discolor or weaken with prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.
Packaging has to grab consumers’ attention within a fraction of a second – literally. Research shows that people take notice of a product in as little as 1/10th of a second. Attracting more customers often starts with consideration of packaging elements such as design and color.
Traditionally, inkjet or pad printing processes were used to essentially print information on product surfaces. But inks fade and the cost of replacement can mount over time. Laser engraving methods provide a means to mark polymer parts and surfaces without the use of ink. Additionally, laser engraving can improve the aesthetic appearance of finished products.
Drug Master Files, or DMFs, are submissions to the Food and Drug Administration that provide confidential, detailed information about facilities, processes and other specifics used to manufacture, process, pack or store drugs intended for human use.
Pearlescence and iridescence are particularly effective at catching people’s attention because, to consumers, sparkle signifies elegance, luxury, fashion and fun.
Plastics are widely used for medical and pharmaceutical applications. Having an up-to-date DMR is an indication of both credibility and reliability. Plastics Color Corporation offers a catalog of colors, additives and concentrates packaged with FDA-accepted DMFs.
Caps and closures help safeguard products from microbes, premature degeneration and damaging UV light – protection that is particularly crucial for the food, beverage, medical and pharmaceutical sectors.
In a world that sometimes sees only black and white, color opens our eyes and minds to possibilities and perspectives that can bring beauty even to the commonplace. The colors of our diverse cultures make our differences uniquely interesting while drawing us together in universal beauty. The colors of our world can bring about a variety of emotions. Many studies show that certain colors can ignite feelings of love, excitement, calmness, passion, joy or sadness.
Blow molding is a fast, cost-effective way to manufacture hollow plastic products and packaging. Essentially, blow molding fills a heated plastic cylinder with air, causing the plastic to expand like a balloon and evenly fill a shaped mold. Then the plastic is cooled and the finished bottle, jug or tank is removed from the mold press.
The experts at Plastics Color, a global leader in color concentrates and masterbatches for the plastics industry, have developed a color palette that focuses on the soul, looking inward, outward and beyond.
Color is a powerful motivator. People make purchasing decisions in a matter of seconds, often based on the colors of a logo or product packaging. In fact, research shows that, 60 percent of the time, consumers decide whether they are attracted to a brand’s message based on color alone.
Plastic toys of bright, sharply contrasting colors of red, blue, yellow, black and white are designed to help infants eyes to develop properly and foster creativity and problem solving in toddlers.
In response to consumer trends, plastic packaging manufacturers are designing travel-sized, grab-and-go packages for food, over-the-counter drugs and cosmetics. Sales of smaller, single-serving portions are increasing among one- and two-person households, budget-conscious shoppers and those who prefer healthy options. Advancements in plastic compounding and additives make for safe and cost-effective travel-sized packages.
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.
The candy industry relies heavily on impulse purchases. Candy packages are designed to be eye-catching and are typically placed in checkout lanes or near the register of convenience stores. Candy companies put a significant amount of time and effort into designing their packaging to appeal to customers’ cravings and to be readily recognizable by brand name. Polymer additives and colorants help companies achieve the exact appearance they are looking for.
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.
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.
Fairy Fern, a gauzy, dreamy green recently named the color of the year, brings the outside in – into our homes and our imaginations. Learn more about Fairy Fern and the other colors of the year.
The African American Museum is the nation’s newest repository of history and the first green museum on the National Mall. Plastic – from safety equipment during the construction phase to pipes, ceilings, insulation and skylights – played a role in making the stunning building a reality.
Orange is everywhere on a construction site, and for good reason: it’s hard to miss. Traffic cones and construction barrels, dangerous machinery, stanchions, safety fencing, detour signs, high-visibility clothing for workers and some construction trucks – all help make construction areas safer.
Your competitive advantage starts long before consumers ever rest their eyes on your product. Your edge is the plastic additives implemented during the production process. Additives allow you to modify your polymer’s properties for enhanced results. Additives can be broken down into two distinct fields: performance and manufacturing.
Visual additives are used to quickly catch a consumer’s attention. To convince customers to buy your product, you have to make it stand out from the competition. By contrast, performance additives, which affect and modify the characteristics of the resin, are the unseen (and often unsung) workhorses of the plastics world.
When consumers spend their hard-earned money, they want to make sure their purchase won’t crack upon impact or crumble under pressure. With a history of being tough yet ductile, plastic is often the material of choice for brand owners looking for a long-lasting solution. Plastic is often tough enough, but the addition of impact modifiers gives products the extra strength and protection they need to stand strong against almost any threat.
Hard hats are worn by 20 million American workers. Originally made from leather or metal, many of today’s hard hats are made of hard plastic enhanced by plastic additives that increase the safety factors. Call Plastics Color today to discover how to improve your construction safety products.
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.
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.
People think pink is a pushover, a delicate and subdued hue suitable only for pastel nurseries or the covers of dainty romance novels. The truth is, pink is powerful. It calms even the most belligerent criminals. It’s Barbie – ladylike with an edge, not to mention houses, cars and a killer resume. And it stars in the fight against breast cancer. Fragile? Hardly. It’s time to stand up for pink.
Yellow is a cheerful color. Associated with happy things such as rubber duckies, it can alleviate depression, improve memory and stimulate the appetite. Yellow also is the brightest color in the color spectrum. It catches the eye and makes people pay attention, which is why it’s used on school buses, caution signs and heavy machinery.
Plastics Color Corp. uses its decades of experience in color development to help customers create a unique brand identity. We work to find the perfect balance between what’s trending in today’s marketplace and the look that truly fits the brand. For unique product solutions, our technical expertise leads the way from the lab to the marketplace.
Choosing the right color for your product could be the difference between your product being a massive success or a disappointment. Colors evoke a physical and emotional response from consumers. Knowing in advance how your color choice will affect your customer can help you make better decisions during your product development process. Be sure to understand the sex, age and culture of your target market. Plastics Color can help you find that perfect color to help your product pop.
Green is good – now. Walks in the park improve our mental health and without green, we’d have no TV, no color images on computer screens, no vivid video games. But for most of history, green pigments were difficult to produce and had no staying power. They faded and degraded, and corrosive paints burned through canvas, paper and wood. Green is all friendly these days, but its past hasn’t always been so rosy.
Wanda Talent is a color matcher, a job that is at the heart of the mission of Plastics Color. Part scientist, part artist, color matchers can make sure a color matches a manufacturer’s existing product line or reference sample – or invent something completely new. They also understand how colorants react with various resins, functional additives and other formulation components, and help develop the colors of the future.
The path to ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation isn’t as hard, or as tricky, as lab gossip makes it out to be. Companies that overcome their angst receive instant creditability. A better understanding of ISO/IEC 17025 will allow more manufacturers to feel comfortable with the accreditation process. Discover the most difficult challenges and the many benefits of obtaining your ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation. The path to accreditation may be a challenge, but the reward, in the end, is well worth the effort.
First impressions are important in retail. Whether you are trying to tempt new customers into splurging or maintaining your loyal fan base, packaging gives you the power. First impressions are lasting, even if they are eventually disproven by facts. Plastic additives help you make the perfect first impression by foiling dust bunnies, keeping vital information from being washed right off the label and saying goodbye to bad odors. These additives are only a few of the many great options for plastic packaging.
Whether you’re wearing it or decorating with it, don’t be afraid of color this season. From the yellow of the sun to the violet of a thunderstorm, the red of a flower to the shimmering blue of the sea, summer colors are brighter, more vibrant, more noticeable than anything other seasons can offer. Intended to transport us to a happier, sunnier place, the 2016 summer palette includes vivid, optimistic brights as well as softer shades that inspire a sense of calm and stability.
Color selection is important to the product development cycle. The experts at Plastics Colors’ Solutions Center understand the decisions necessary for aesthetics and product positioning, as well color’s effect on processing, performance and product cost.
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.
Ask people their favorite color and chances are they’ll pick blue. Color psychologists tell us blue signifies openness and tranquility, stability and confidence, intelligence and faith. In the business world, blue is the most commonly used color for corporate identity. Not bad for a hue that was apparently invisible for most of human history.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is empowered, by way of strict regulations and a watchful eye, to help protect consumer safety. Companies failing to adhere to the FDA’s rules and regulations are subject to serious penalties. FDA experts have determined a fine line for safety, which is often fudged with the help of rule 21 CFR 170.39, better known as the “housewares exemption.” But when public safety is called into question, the FDA will invoke its power to protect consumers from unsafe food. To be safe, contact a food regulatory service attorney to verify your FDA compliance.
Packages for health and beauty products need to be break-resistant and/or portable so the preference for plastic isn’t too surprising. By 2019, this flourishing market is projected to be worth $38.1 billion, with developing nations such as Latin America and Asia-Pacific seeing higher growth rates than developed countries.
Special-effect masterbatches are widely used to enhance the visual effects of consumer products. There are a broad range of special effect options that can be used in finished products such as toys, CDs, safety products, cosmetic bottles and personal care/fashion products, along with industrial parts in the automotive and electrical industries.
NSF International sets global public health and certification standards for food, water, consumer products and the environment. As an independent, accredited organization, the NSF’s mission is to audit, educate and provide risk management for the protection of people and environment.
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
From the inception of an idea, to product development, all the way through the first sale and beyond — Plastics Color Corporation will provide the support you need to succeed, with three key services.
Nylon netting. House wraps. Ceiling tiles. These plastic items and more are common on construction sites and can benefit from the addition of a flame-retardant. FlamaSol can play a crucial part in reducing the devastating impact of fires on a jobsite.
You know you want the product you’re developing to include a flame-retardant, but do you know which kind you need? Plastics Color Corporation’s FlamaSol is available in three formulations: halogenated, low-halogenated and non-halogenated. We can help you determine the best type for your product. FlamaSol meets UL 94 standards and can be formulated to adhere to V-0, V-1 or V-2 ratings. We strive to meet or exceed industry-specific standards, so if you require different flame tests, we can formulate accordingly. FlamaSol can be designed for your specific resin and application. Contact a
Decorative granite, quartz and pearl finishes allow homeowners to create a custom look for their pool. Plastics Color takes pride in providing the special effect additives needed by brand owners and molders to bring dream pools to life.
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.
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.
For processors and brand owners, there is a wide range of factors that affect color. These include resin, additives, texture, shape, lighting conditions, usage environment, processing conditions and certainly human perception. In addition, there are many regulatory compliance issues and regulations, such as UL or FDA guidelines, that can impact the selection of pigments and dyes that are used to achieve an accurate color match.
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.
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
The pharmaceutical industry is challenging and competitive and it pays to be aware of pharmaceutical packaging service trends at all times. With global sales passing the $1 trillion mark, product development and purity are more important than ever. Being first and being the best are crucial. Two important trends, lab services and clean compounding, offer innovative solutions to safeguarding the purity of the product and staying ahead of the competition.
The global demand for flame-retardant materials is growing exponentially. Stricter building codes, particularly in developing nations, and concerns over toxicity in consumer products are driving the increase. FlamaSol, one of the most effective flame retardant additives, contains none of the harmful chemicals used in previous formulations. Available in non-halogenated and low-halogenated versions, FlamaSol can help your product meet even the most stringent standards and regulations. Adding FlamaSol to your products prepares them for the global marketplace. Contact a Plastics Color represent
Plastic has far overtaken glass, metal and paper as the preferred packaging material for the food and beverage industry. Benefits include a lighter end-use product, which greatly reduces shipping costs, and an effective oxygen barrier. Containers can be shaped in literally hundreds of ways, thanks to inventive container forms made possible by new developments in plastic concentrates and liquid carriers.
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.
Plastics Color Corp. is regarded as a leading supplier of colorants and performance additives, but it offers so much more. The company plays a key role as a solutions provider and not only delivers products but important value-added lab services and other ancillary assistance that supplement and expand a manufacturer’s overall product development cycle.
Red is a look-at-me color, whether it’s on a pair of shoes or plastic food packaging. A stimulant to the taste buds, the brain and the emotions, it’s a top choice for advertising, logos and brand identities worldwide. It speaks to us of power and courage, excitement and sensuality. On a label or package, it can stop shoppers in their tracks. The darker the red, the more luxurious the product within, or at least so our brains believe.
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.
Plastics Color Corp. has good news to report about the health and safety performance of its manufacturing facilities. The company’s Illinois and California plants have been honored with perfect safety records in 2015. “This is an outstanding achievement and we couldn’t be prouder of our employees in Illinois and California,” said Joseph Byrne, president of Plastics Color. “We congratulate all of our associates who do their job year after year in a safe and responsible manner.”
If you’re looking to launch a new product or undertake some long-term design and development work, now’s the time to reach out for expert color development advice from a sales representative at Plastics Color Corp. We’re armed with trend-setting information, a broad range of technical resources, and a strong desire to work closely with our customers.
While the first thoughts of bacteria may lead you to visions of illness, your favorite electronics are often more susceptible to being attacked by bacteria. In a study by Which?, an independent group known for testing household products, phones were found to have seven times more "hazardous" levels of bacteria than office toilets. Results for tablets were an alarming 30 times higher, and it goes to show that no electronic device is safe.
Colors as a whole are influential because they help consumers identify your product, but what leads them to make a purchase is the relationship they have with the colors used in your packaging.
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 makes assembly difficult to complete, and sheet or film adhering to itself. With these types of challenges in mind, slip additives help to achieve positive solutions by promoting the de-nesting and ejecting of parts of highly intricate shapes.
Full-service capabilities are important for processors and brand owners who have tight product development cycles. Plastics Color goes beyond expectations in its delivery of lab services, providing state-of-the-art capabilities in testing, formulations, and color matching. We focus on the process to ensure that the best product is created.
Fitsi is a plastic hospital bedside caddy designed to gives patients the ability to clean their hands without the help of a caregiver as well as a place to store comfort essentials and personal items. MicroBlok is added in with the colorant and resin to provide a long-term solution to inhibit the growth of a broad spectrum of microorganisms on the treated plastic.
When selling a product, color can be everything. Plastics processors and brand owners recognize the fact that color matching is an important part of the product development cycle and can’t be considered an afterthought. Having the right color part is important to most of our customers. Color is especially important for consumer products, and many industrial and military products must have specific and consistent color as well. The right color may be functional, or it may reinforce the appearance of a quality product.
High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is one of the most in-demand resins because it is used for a wide range of product including food and beverage containers and packaging, water pipes, building and construction products, household goods and much more. It can be blow-molded, injection molded and even thermoformed and extruded.
Clarifiers increase the clarity of PP by reducing the size of the spherulites. Smaller spherulites allow more light through the polymer, which decreases the haze of the part. Unlike nucleating agents, clarifiers are transparent, which also helps to decrease haze values. Key injection molding PP applications include housewares, food storage containers, and caps and closures.
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.
It’s important for companies in the plastics industry supply chain to be in compliance with the various regulatory standards and procedures. Since plastics are ubiquitous and touch nearly every corner of our day-to-day lives, health and safety are critical issues for Plastics Color to ensure that the colorants and functional additives that go into our customers’ plastics products meet strict standards.
The International NSF is a certification that lets customers know a product is compliant with the strict standards and procedures imposed by the International NSF. Because it is an international certification organization, OEMs around the world understand that an NSF certified products adhere to these developed standards and procedures to help protect the consumer in areas of health and safety for products and the environment.
Take a look around almost any consumer products store and you’ll find a huge “health & beauty” section filled with an array of cosmetics and personal care products packaged in brightly colored bottles, jars and compacts as brand owners seek to draw the attention of shoppers. There are cosmetics ranging from low-cost products for the average consumer to extremely high-end products for the luxury cosmetic market – many packaged in precision specialty bottles and jars.
Liquid colorant is the dispersion of pigments and/or dyes in a liquid carrier that is specially formulated to guarantee the colorant will have total compatibility with the polymers for your processing applications.
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.
DMFs are important because they contain information on the chemistry, manufacturing, and specifications of several packaging components used for certain medical products. The primary benefits of a DMF for plastic use include legal protection for all entities involved, confidentiality of specific formulations, documented accuracy of chemistries, and communication of different parties involved.
Plastics Color Corporation has developed a powerful antimicrobial technology called MicroBlok® to help protect consumers against the harmful germs and microorganisms that lurk everywhere.
What does your branding say about your product? Color can be the sole reason a consumer makes a purchase. When it is time to pick out the color scheme for your products or packaging, it is important to understand the impact the color you choose will have on your brand.
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.
A typical color change when it comes to LiquiSol, is relatively simple and does not require up-stream cleaning. We asked our LiquiSol Product Manager to walk us through what is involved with a typical LiquiSol color change. Here is what he had to say!
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.
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%.
Q: What is an Antistatic additive? A: Antistatic additives have static dissipative qualities that prevent static charges that build up on the surface of plastic products. Static can attract dust and dirt, cause clinging or sticking, as well as even be a fire or explosion hazard if a static charge sparks in the presence of flammable liquids. While there are various antistatic sprays that can be applied to the surface of parts, the optimum method of tackling this problem is through at antistatic additive that becomes an inherent part of the plastic material.
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.