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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

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

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

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