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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

How to Choose Mineral Filler Type and Level for Thermoforming

Posted by Natalie K. MacVarish on December 1, 2017

Calcium carbonate (CaCO3) and talc are two widely used mineral fillers in the plastics industry, and their use in rigid packaging has increased significantly over the years. Once thought of simply as resin extenders, the addition of these mineral fillers to materials such as polypropylene, has been shown to contribute to increased performance, improved processing, and improved sustainability of the finished part - properties which can be further influence by loading level.  

But if you're new to the world of mineral fillers, or considering using them in an application for the first time, you might be asking yourself, how do I determine the proper loading level for my application? To shed some light on the subject our friends at Heritage Plastics have contributed the following guest post discussing methods to help determine the optimum loading level for thermoforming applications:

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Topics: Mineral Filled Polypropylene, calcium carbonate filled polypropylene, talc filled polypropylene

Deciding Between Calcium Carbonate and Talc Filled Polypropylene Sheet

Posted by Blake Kingeter on December 7, 2016

Working with polypropylene sheet for the first time often presents new challenges for thermoformers including shrinkage, low rigidity, and low stiffness. The addition talc or calcium carbonate mineral fillers can help remedy these problems while contributing added benefits compared to resin-only formulations.  But while talc and calcium carbonate both offer benefits, we often find our customers asking, “what’s the difference?” 

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Topics: polyproyplene sheet, polypropylene, calcium carbonate filled polypropylene, talc filled polypropylene

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