Impact Plastics Blog

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

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

Custom Extrusion Lamination

Posted by Natalie K. MacVarish on July 20, 2018

The process of extrusion lamination can be used to add additional features and benefits, such as barrier properties or decorative components, to traditional thermoplastic resins. At Impact Plastics, our proprietary in-line extrusion lamination system allows us to laminate specialty films onto any of the thermoplastic sheet substrates we produce on a custom level, providing our customers with a sheet that meets the exact performance and aesthetic requirements of their application. Continue reading to learn more about our extrusion lamination capabilities:

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Topics: Extrusion Lamination

Coextrusion Capabilities at Impact Plastics

Posted by Natalie K. MacVarish on July 13, 2018

With all of the advancements in resin and extrusion technology, thermoformers have plenty of options when it comes to choosing a formulation for their application. But what happens when, despite all of the choices, one material or color doesnt fulfill the performance or aesthetic requirements? When situations like this arise, a coextruded product can be a simple way to achieve the material requirements. Continue reading to learn more about the coextrusion process and Impact Plastics’ coextrusion capabilities.

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Understanding Your Data Sheet: Melt Flow Rate

Posted by Natalie K. MacVarish on June 22, 2018

So you’ve narrowed down what material you need thanks to our “Learn More About your Plastic Sheet” series - now it’s 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 tensile strength and tensile elongation – now we move onto another commonly encountered specification – Melt Flow Index or Melt Flow Rate. Continue reading to learn more!

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Topics: ASTM Test, Melt Flow

Relationship Between Crystallinity & Clarity in Clear Polypropylene Sheet

Posted by Natalie K. MacVarish on June 15, 2018
Polypropylene is a semi-crystalline polymer, and characteristic of these type of polymers, PP appears hazy in its natural state. But there are also clarified PP resins that offer drastically improved clarity, haze and overall aesthetics when compared to “neat” PP. So how does this work? Continue reading to learn more about the relationship between crystallinity and clarity in polypropylene sheet.
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Topics: ultraclear polypropylene, polyproyplene sheet, clear polypropylene