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Impact Materials Used in Construction of COVID-19 Patient Beds

Posted by Natalie K. MacVarish on April 15, 2020

At Impact Plastics, the safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers, suppliers and greater communities will always be top priority during these uncertain times. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this virus and their families, as well as to the healthcare and other essential business workers and their families making sacrifices every day in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

While these are without a doubt trying and ambiguous times for our nation and our world, it is important for us to realize that we are all in this together, and to do our part to help aid in the fight against the virus. As a member of the plastics industry, I have been in-tune to the many articles featured in industry publications regarding the ways in which organizations have been stepping up and pivoting operations to contribute to the fight against COVID-19. I have never felt more proud to be a part of this industry and proud to work for a company so dedicated to being a part of the solution. 

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Topics: Medical, COVID-19

Understanding Sterilization Methods for Medical Packaging Applications

Posted by Jimmy Shah on October 22, 2019

In today’s world, patient safety is the primary concern throughout all stages of the medical packaging supply chain. The use of pre-sterilized devices or kits designed for one-time use is an effective way to ensure the cleanliness of the medical device being used.  Plastics is an ideal material for single-use packaging because of their versatility, light weight nature, sustainability, and ability to withstand the harsh sterilization techniques required to destroy dangerous bacteria and pathogens.

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Topics: Medical Packaging, Medical Device Packaging, ISO 9001:2015

Achievement of FSSC 22000 for Food Packaging Manufacturers

Posted by Jimmy Shah on March 27, 2019

Impact Plastics is proud to announce its achievement of Food Safety System Certification (FSSC 22000) for its Impact South facility located in Hamlet, NC. “FSSC 22000 Certification is a clear reflection of Impact Plastics' focus and commitment to the food packaging market and to drive continuous improvement in food packaging material for a safe food supply chain,” said Jimmy Shah, Food Safety Team Lead for Impact Plastics. Keep reading to learn more about FSSC 22000.

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Topics: Food Packaging, FSSC 22000, HACCP, Food Packaging Certifications, ISO 9001:2015

Shocking Behavior: Understanding Electronics Packaging

Posted by Jimmy Shah on March 20, 2019

This article was originally featured in the Q1 2019 Edition of SPE Thermoforming Quarterly Magazine.

With continued population growth, urbanization, and real-time global connectivity, electronics has become one of the fastest growing industries in our modern society. Constant innovation in the fields of smartphones, tablets, laptops, gaming devices, video recorders and television, increases the need for packaging material to provide safe, easy to handle and lightweight material that keeps the product safe from Electro Static Discharge (ESD). North America is the headquarters for some of the leading consumer electronics markets.  Products that were previously designed and assembled in North America but manufactured in Asia, are now returning to North America for production as a result of the increasing labor costs in Asia. It is very important for the part shipment and assembly lines for these expensive electronics to be ESD safe.

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Topics: Medical Packaging, anti-static, electronics, conductive HIPS, conductive ABS, Conductive PP, ESD, Dissipative, Conductive, electronics packaging, aerospace packaging

Market Research Shows Consumer Preference is Clear

Posted by Natalie K. MacVarish on December 5, 2018

Our partners at Milliken set out to quantify consumers’ preference for food products in clear, microwavable packaging made with Milliken’s NX™ UltraClear™ Polypropylene. They also interviewed store buyers from several stores to understand the benefits of clarity, microwaveability and freezability in packaging from the food retailer point of view. This research tested packaging of in-store prepared fresh foods, such as salads, sandwiches, entrees and rotisserie chickens. Watch the video below to learn about the results!

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Topics: polypropylene, Food Packaging, ultraclear polypropylene, clear polypropylene, microwavable, microwavable food packaging

Understanding Your Data Sheet: Tensile Strength and Tensile Elongation

Posted by Natalie K. MacVarish on November 9, 2018

So you’ve narrowed down what material you need thanks to our “Learn More About your Plastic Sheet” series - now its time to download a data sheet and take a look at the performance attributes of the materials we carry. But if you’re new to the industry, or don’t work in a technical role, the information stated on material data sheets can leave you more confused than when you started.Our last post discussed heat deflection temperature (HDT) – now we move onto another commonly encountered specification – tensile strength and tensile elongation. Continue reading to learn more!

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Topics: ASTM Test

Integrating Specialty Additives for Custom Plastic Sheet Formulations

Posted by Natalie K. MacVarish on October 12, 2018
As a custom sheet extrusion company, we offer myriad options to our customers in regards to how they can customize their order. At the most basic level, customers can select from a range of products in different polymers and customize their size, gauge and surface. Taking customization a step further, customers can also choose from a selection of “house” colorants or have the sheet color matched to any color under the sun. In addition to this, Impact Plastics also has the ability to integrate specialty additives into the plastic sheet that further enhance the properties of the material. These specialty additives are added at the extrusion level through a sophisticated blending system that homogeneously blends the additive into the sheet, creating a truly custom formulation for our customers. Continue reading to learn more about some of the specialty additives available to our customers!
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Topics: talc filled polypropylene, calcium carbonate filled polypropylene, Mineral Filled Polypropylene, anti-fog, anti-static, specialty additives

A Breakdown of Packaging Materials That Are Safe For Reuse

Posted by Natalie K. MacVarish on October 5, 2018

In plastics packaging, particularly food packaging, a sustainability “selling point” is the reusability of the package. Instead of sending the package straight to the recycling bin, the container can used again as a food storage container extending the life of the packaging container, and resulting in less waste to landfill. While this is true, what isn’t mentioned, however, is that not all plastics are safe to reuse.

Meanwhile, consumers are taking this message to heart. In fact, a ShopSmart survey reports that about half of women reuse or repurpose food packaging as food storage containers, which could present a potential risk for bacterial contamination in containers that are designed for single-use applications. To help you make an more informed decision when it comes to the safety of your food packaging, we’ve provided a breakdown of plastics commonly encountered in the market, and whether or not they are safe to reuse again after the intended use:

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Topics: Food Packaging

Understanding Your Data Sheet: Heat Deflection Temperature

Posted by Natalie K. MacVarish on September 21, 2018

So you’ve narrowed down what material you need thanks to our “Learn More About your Plastic Sheet” series - now its time to download a data sheet and take a look at the performance attributes of the materials we carry. But if you’re new to the industry, or don’t work in a technical role, the information stated on material data sheets can leave you more confused than when you started.

If you’ve ever felt this way after reviewing a material data sheet, then this next Impact Plastics Blog series focused on “Understanding your Data Sheet” is for you. In this next blog series we will explore ASTM tests commonly found on material data sheets for thermoplastic resins. Our last post discussed density and specific gravity – now we move onto another commonly encountered specification – Heat Deflection Temperature (HDT). Continue reading to learn more!

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Topics: ASTM Test, Heat Deflection Temperature

Sustainability Initiatives at Impact Plastics

Posted by Blake Kingeter on September 14, 2018

From 1964 to 2014 the use of plastics has increased by 20 times from 15 million metric tons to 311 Mt in 2014. The growth of the plastics industry in consumer products is widely viewed as a negative contributor to the environment because of the emission of greenhouse gasses, air, water and land pollution, and depletion of water. These environmental costs have led to arguments that plastics should be replaced with alternative materials, however recent studies from Trucost and the American Chemistry Council modeled the substitution of plastic with alternative materials like paper, steel, aluminum and glass, and the model suggests that a move from plastics may come at an even higher environmental impact.

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Topics: sustainability

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