With the attitude that ‘all plastics are bad’ gaining traction in the media, it’s easy to forget the many advantages of plastics; it is the vast range of applications that means a total ban on all plastic is simply inconceivable.
Whilst there’s no denying the issue of plastics pollution, simply eliminating this material from our society is not possible.
So, what more can be done to help us win the war on plastic pollution?
At Polyblend, we recommend introducing antimicrobial technology into a greater range of plastic products.
Anti microbial plastics are plastisols that have an antimicrobial additive added. PolyBlend’s PB-Protect PVC Plastisol has been certified by an Independent Industrial microbiological test house and the scientifically proven antimicrobial technology will provide lasting and effective protection against harmful bacteria, mould, fungi of up to 99.99% efficacy.
The antimicrobial technology can be added to our full standard range. The anti-microbial technology is incorporated into the PVC plastisol at the time of manufacture. Our innovative mixing method ensures that the PVC coating is protected for the intended lifetime of the end-product. This proven process gives assurance and confidence to our customers and their end user or consumers.
1. Antimicrobial products last longer. Antimicrobial additives are proven to increase the functional lifetime of a plastic. This increases the reusability of any product incorporating this technology, helping to minimise ‘throwaway’ culture.
2. Once manufactured into the material, antimicrobial additives will work to minimise the presence of bacteria that can cause the plastic to degrade quicker. This means that a product made from antimicrobial plastic is more durable, making it easier to harvest if disposed of irresponsibly.
3. Not only does antimicrobial plastic offer strong sustainability characteristics, antimicrobial plastic plastic kills up to 99.99% of bacteria. It’s usage can help in reducing the spread of bacteria in high-risk environments during the current Covid-19 Pandemic.
Plastisol is used for a wide variety of plastic coatings, mouldings and casings. Most commonly, plastisol is known to be used for:
Plastisol cures at 160 – 210 degrees celsius
Yes, you can over cure plastisol. Working with specialists throughout the design and manufacturing phases of your project will minimise the risk of this occurring.
In specific applications, you can cure plastisol with a heat gun. However, this method of curing can be more challenging, meaning you should speak to a specialist before making the decision to go ahead with this – there might be a more effective alternative.
No, plastisols are hydrocarbon-based rather than water.
You can soften plastisol through the use of a plasticiser. If you would like to learn more about this process, our technical team will be able to provide further advice.
Dip Moulding is a simple and frequently employed process used worldwide. It works by creating a ‘to-scale’ mould of the product before it is heated and dipped in a liquid PVC or Acrylic, known as plastisol. With this type of process, the speed of entry and dip time determines the shape and thickness of the final product.
PolyBlend Managing Director, Mark Stewart announces his official retirement date as Friday March 31st 2023.
Let me wish all of you – our customers, our suppliers, our staff and my network – a very Merry Christmas!