The process of masterbatch is an amazing way in which to color plastics as well as strengthen plastics. There are different reasons why one would want to consider this process as a means for coloring. This article will be going over different reasons why masterbatch is a good choice.
The prices associated with masterbatch are lower when compared to other coloring methods. This is the case because masterbatch makes substantially less mess, which save a good deal of time in the creation process. There is also low stock holding that drives cost down.Using masterbatch is also cleaner than using powders or pigments. There is no dust, health, or safety risks associated with masterbatch. Other coloring methods are a dirtier and create more potential environmental hazards.
It is an easy and convenient method for adding color to products, but it adds more than color. When utilizing the process of masterbatch one can add performance-enhancing additives (this includes UV stabilizers, anti-static, and metal deactivator). The additives are added to a base polymer.
Masterbatch can be created in two different final products: granular form and rough-cut form. Granular form comes as pellets and miniature pellets. Rough-cut is made up of tiny chunks and shreds. The options allow for different end products.
There are two different types of masterbatch that is available. There is a choice between polymer specific and universal. Each types is created differently and servers different purposes. Universal masterbatch is created from stock, so it is a quick and easy process. When using this type of masterbatch in small quantities, you are more than likely to save money. This doesn't mean that universal masterbatch is without its downsides. The type of coloring uses a carrier system that distributes all the needed additives. Polymer specific masterbatch uses the same base polymers being used in the processer. One of the main perks of polymer specific masterbatch is that it can be pre-died in host polymers, and it can be done at an extremely high loading rate.
Despite the type of masterbatch being used, it is always done in a two-stage process. Simply put, the first step is getting the proper ingredients and the second step is mixing them together. They are added with the help of heat. A pre-mix is made using high or low speed mixers. The mix is compounded on with kneaders, twin-screw extruders, and roller mills.
Call a local masterbatch or color compounding company today, so you can find out about all your colored plastic options.Related Reading