Ingenia launches new masterbatches
Ingenia Polymers has introduced new functional compounds and masterbatches.
IP1890 is an endothermic chemical foaming agent compound for industrial blown film and extrusion uses where weight reduction, opacity, stiffness and elongation are required. It produces smaller cell sizes than typical competing products.
IP1069 is a nonmigratory medium-slip masterbatch for lamination and barrier film applications.
It is designed by Houston-based Ingenia for critical applications where migration would be problematic and where a controlled coefficient of friction is demanded.
IP1092 is a new, high-clarity anti-block masterbatch. The anti-block is permanent because the particles are bound within the polymer matrix. The product reduces blocking while maintaining low film haze and high clarity.
IP1810 is masterbatch for high-clarity polyethylene uses. It was developed as an alternative to mixing low density PE with linear low density PE or high density PE to improve clarity. Adding LDPE interferes with mechanical properties whereas IP1810 does not, according to Ingenia. IP1810 also improves vapor barrier properties, the company said.
Tel. 416-920-8100 or 800-991-9000.
Primex concentrates target HIPS sheets
Primex Plastics Corp. has a new line of color concentrates for its high-impact polystyrene sheet products. The new concentrates, called Luminique, include pearlescent, metallic and bright colors. Also included is a mirror-finish black coextruded sheet to complement colored HIPS sheets.
The Richmond, Ind., firm says Luminique allows users to add value in applications such as high-end packaging, point-of-purchase displays, signage and other uses. The new colors are free of heavy metals. Primex said it plans to expand the Luminique line to include other polymers.
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Teknor concentrates follow EU regulations
Teknor Color Co. has unveiled 12 new concentrates for low-smoke PVC plenum wire compounds.
The concentrates comply with the European Union's RoHS - restrictions on the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. The RoHS directive restricts levels of heavy metals and polybrominated ether flame retardants.
The new concentrates include 10 colors that can replace noncompliant products and two new colors, rose and aqua. They perform essentially the same as previous, noncompliant concentrates, said Teknor of Pawtucket. R.I.
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Axel's new additive improves resin flow
Axel Plastics Research Laboratories Inc. has a new MoldWiz-brand additive to improve resin flow at low loading levels.
INT-41FPE improves flow for high density polyethylene by as much as 20 percent at a 1 percent loading level, the company said.
The product is a proprietary, synergistic blend of modified polymers and organic fatty amides. It is sold as a pellet or free-flowing powder.
Although targeted at HDPE, the new product could be useful in other olefinic polymers as well, according to Axel, based in Woodside, N.Y.
Tel. 718-672-8300 or 800-332-2935, fax 718-565-7447, e-mail [email protected]
PolyMedix polymer fights bacteria cells
PolyMedix Inc. is developing polymers with antibacterial activity that can be applied as substrates on medical and other equipment.
The Radnor, Pa., firm said its antimicrobial polymers can be used as self-sterilizing surfaces and bactericidal products in plastics, paints, textiles and personal-care products.
The company is seeking out license opportunities with firms that will adapt the technology to intravenous tubes, bandages, catheters, wipes, surgical gloves, uniforms, food preparation surfaces, cosmetics and a range of other potential applications.
The antimicrobial polymers contain chemical functional groups that attack bacterial cell membranes.
Bacteria have little defense against such attacks and should not develop immunity as they have for most antibiotics, PolyMedix claimed.
The company, traded over the counter, also is developing germ fighters and medicines based on smaller molecules that can mimic proteins.
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Acrylics USA offers color-creation tool
Acrylics USA LLC has developed the Peacock color creation tool that reportedly allows easy color creation and communication.
The tool comprises 33 colored strips each with seven color density stripes, and five textured strips, the company said. A density stripe from a colored strip can be overlaid onto another stripe from a different hue to create any color. A textured sheet can be laid over or behind the new color to imitate translucency and texture.
Acrylics USA claims the nonelectronic tool can create colors in minutes and saves time vs. mixing inks and dyes. The strip combination can be communicated easily to others wanting to duplicate the color.
The Waukesha, Wis., company sells a color kit containing the Peacock tool and acrylic chips for about $189.95.
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Ampacet increases masterbatches line
Ampacet Corp. has launched new masterbatches aimed at PET bottles.
The Tarrytown, N.Y., firm has extended its line of masterbatches that give PET bottles the look of frosted glass. New grades give lower luster and a better matte finish that more resembles frosted glass.
The grades are suited to bottles for cosmetics, alcoholic drinks, high-end beverages and other upscale products. They are added during extrusion and eliminate a separate, costly spray-painting step typically used to gain a premium frost effect.
Ampacet also has two new amber masterbatches for PET pharmaceutical bottles that allow manufacturers the flexibility and efficiency to color their PET rather than rely on pre-colored resin. Both amber masterbatches meet standards for lightfastness, ultraviolet-light protection, clarity, color and extractability demanded in such applications.
Ampacet's new products are based on the firm's Formula X PET technology, which eliminates the need for pre-drying and allows feeding at the extruder throat.
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Sunoco boasts PP's improved strength
Sunoco Chemicals has developed a highly crystalline homopolymer polypropylene aimed at thermoformed packaging uses.
F020HC has a melt flow of 2 grams per 10 minutes and offers enhanced stiffness and strength when a thermoformed part is downgauged. These advantages promise cost savings and better sustainability, said Philadelphia-based Sunoco Inc.
F020HC is one of several highly crystalline homopolymers Sunoco makes for various applications that have melt flows as high as 100 grams per 10 minutes.
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Medical tubing uses `green' technology
Natvar Corp. said its transparent Sure Bond-brand medical tubing constitutes an advance in ``green'' technology, by incorporating Clearweld additive technology from Gentex Corp. and an Ecdel elastomer from Eastman Chemical Co.
The Clearweld process avoids the need for solvent or adhesive bonding. The laser-absorbing additives are compounded into the resin, resolving environmental issues such as emissions and harmful chemicals. It also eliminates a requirement for ultraviolet curing time in laser welding tubing and other parts. Bonding can leave behind residual material.
Using Ecdel for the outer layer provides clarity and joint strength, Natvar said. Production began in August at Natvar's Clayton, N.C., plant. Natvar is a subsidiary of Tekni-Plex Inc. of Somerville, N.J.
Sure Bond tubing can be laser welded to transparent components for use in medical applications including intravenous therapy, hemodialysis and cardiovascular treatment. Medical personnel need clear tubing to monitor fluids being administered to patients.
Gentex of Carbondale, Pa., licensed its Clearweld technology to Natvar. Colorless organic near-infrared-absorbing additives focus and convert laser energy into heat and lead to the formation of hermetically sealed welds at the laser and tube interface.
Kingsport, Tenn.-based Eastman began collaborating with Natvar and Gentex in January, and the firms selected Eastman's orthophthalate-free Ecdel copolyester elastomer as the outer layer for Natvar's coextruded 252 trilayer tubing for delivering unstable medications.
The inner polyethylene layer prevents absorption; the proprietary middle layer provides adhesion; and the outer Ecdel layer facilitates bonding, the firms said.
Colorite Polymers, a Tekni-Plex division, in Ridgefield, N.J., compounds the additives and PVC for extrusion into Sure Bond tubing.
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Inkcups Now inks compliant in Calif.
Inkcups Now Corp. has developed inks for screen and pad printing that comply with new California restrictions as well as European EN71 toy safety standards.
Inkcups debuted its Sapphire DP series to replace unsuitable inks for polypropylene. As well, the DP series eliminates the need to pre-treat surfaces because they have excellent adhesion to PP, according to the Danvers, Mass., company.
The Sapphire series includes 21 standard color shades and a high- density ink for printing onto dark and translucent substrates.
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