When it comes to manufacturing a finished product, there are several options commercially available. But two of the most popular production methods include compounding and using masterbatch. In this article, we’ll discuss the cost benefits of using masterbatch versus compounding a finished product and how both processes can help you save money in the long run.
What is Plastic Masterbatch?
Masterbatch is a method of producing a concentrate to give resins a particular requirement. Since the masterbatch is already made and becomes a part of the formulation, it provides a consistent product along with other benefits that can make it a better option than compounding methods.
The masterbatch is added to the plastic in a way that lets it fully bond with it during manufacturing. In essence, the masterbatch product is added before the polymer is fully formed, making it a part of the finished product rather than something that is added in at the end.
In many cases, masterbatch is a better choice for adding additives to finished products. This is because it is added before the product is finished, allowing it to keep its intended properties. Other potential benefits include:
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- Lower implementation costs (no setup or cleanup fees)
- Efficient manufacturing and uses fewer materials (only up to 5% of the total weight is masterbatch)
- Ability to use existing manufacturing machines (no special machines needed)
- Compliance with expected performance and manufacturing standards
- Saves on compounding costs
- Uses less energy to create
What is Plastic Compounding?
Compounding is another method of adding anything to plastics, but it involves taking the finished plastic and melting it to mix it with other additives. The resulting mix becomes the finished product.
Compounding is a great method when you need to change the physical characteristics of a finished product. However, compounding changes the properties of that finished product by heating it and adding new materials to it. In essence, it can change the materials’ performance.
Nonetheless, without compounding, plastic wouldn’t be nearly as versatile and readily available to serve our many needs today. They can help make plastic food safe, fire retardant, and improve antimicrobial properties.
Learn more about the purpose and benefits of plastic compounding.
Learn More About Masterbatch for Your Next Product
To see if your product can be made even better using masterbatch or plastic compounding, contact Phoenix Plastics today to request a quote for your next project.