Plastic is so commonplace today that most people don’t stop to think that there may have been elements added to the plastic during manufacturing that make it as reliable as it needs to be. Now that you are considering plastic for your manufacturing, construction, or other needs it is advisable to consider what additives would be beneficial to your specific applications. In fact, there may be many benefits you are not yet aware of.
Improved processing is often the reason additives are initially considered. These additives are combined with the plastic to improve the processability of the material. Often internal and external lubricants are added that will offer flow enhancement and increased productivity as well as to aid in mold release and eliminate build up.
Increased Life Span
Plastic is a versatile material, but it is prone to breaking down over time especially when exposed to UV light, oxygen, and high temperatures. The break down of the plastic can occur during manufacturing. Stabilizers can be added to the plastic to mitigate degradation. UV additives can be used to protect the plastic from UV light and antioxidant additives can be implemented to protect against oxidative degradation. Utilizing these stabilizing additives will extend the life of the plastic, making their use imperative in many applications.
Flame retardant additives are very commonly used in electrical elements because they delay or even prevent combustion. There are different flame retarded additives and they can be used in a variety of ways including adding during processing or after processing as a final product. While plastic has been used without flame retardant additives for generations, where electricity and construction is concerned, the additive is an additional safeguard.
Embrace Far-Reaching Benefits with Plastic Additives
In addition to the above-mentioned benefits, there are antimicrobial benefits, corrosive applications and so much more. With additives, plastic can be even more versatile than ever before.