Impact Plastics Blog

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: Mineral Filled Polypropylene, talc filled polypropylene, calcium carbonate 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: Heat Deflection Temperature, ASTM Test

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

What is EVOH and How is it Used in Food Packaging?

Posted by Blake Kingeter on September 7, 2018

In the food packaging industry, using a material composition that extends shelf life is a key component to ensuring the safety of the product and preserving the taste of the food. In addition, using packaging material that prolongs a products shelf life can drastically cut down on waste of perishable products, and creates a longer window for grocery stores to stock product before it reaches the hands of the consumer. A great way to achieve this is by using a packaging material that reduces the amount of oxygen that permeates the plastic, such as EVOH. Continue reading to learn more about this barrier material.

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Topics: Food Packaging, EVOH

New Capabilities Announcement: Roller Coater for External Additive Coating

Posted by Natalie K. MacVarish on August 24, 2018

Impact Plastics is adding new production capabilities to our current portfolio of services!  Adding to our offering of additive integration capabilities, Impact Plastics is adding a Roller Coater with the capability to provide a controlled and consistent amount of specialty additives to the surface of the plastic sheet.  

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Topics: Extrusion Capabilities, specialty additives, anti-fog, anti-static

Environmental Advantages of Using Calcium Carbonate in Plastics

Posted by Natalie K. MacVarish on August 17, 2018

Have you ever thought about how much plastic products are integrated into your everyday life? If you stop to think about it, chances are you touch something made from plastic every day. For decades plastic materials have helped provide us with products that help us live a clean, healthy and efficient lifestyle and are used in a vast range of products from plastic bottles, cups and plates, to composite furniture and building products, and even in automotive components.

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Topics: sustainability, calcium carbonate filled polypropylene

New Capabilities Announcement: Thick Gauge Sheet up to .500"

Posted by Blake Kingeter on August 10, 2018

Impact Plastics is adding new production capabilities to our current portfolio of services!  While our focus still continues to be thin gauge precision sheet, this new addition will expand our product offering in the thick gauge sheet market.

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Topics: Extrusion Capabilities, Cut Sheet, Thick Gauge

Sustainability in the Workplace: 5 Major Benefits of Plastic Recycling

Posted by Natalie K. MacVarish on July 27, 2018

As sustainability concerns continue to remain at the forefront of packaging decisions, particularly in the plastics industry, recycling plays an increasingly important role in the effort to reduce packaging discards and overall solid waste levels - and business and brand owners can help make a difference by setting an example in the workplace. The following is a guest post from our friends at Northern California Compactors, Inc. outlining 5 major benefits plastic recycling can have on our environment:

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Topics: sustainability, recycling

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