SmartColor™ is color masterbatch that provides easier purge-out and faster color change-over for plastic extrusion processors.
Common Purge Problems
Most plastic processors encounter prolonged purge times and waste resin when changing colors using traditional color masterbatch products. Extrusion lines may also accumulate pigment residues over time that can become dislodged later and contaminate parts.
Traditional purge compounds focus on removing the color contamination in the extruder after it has occurred. SmartColor™ focuses on contamination prevention!
Using SmartColor™ products can help reduce purge time, reduce downtime to clean stained screws and dies, and reduce color contamination-related quality issues.
Ampacet has developed a line of proprietary formulations where raw materials are selected for their ability to inhibit purging and screw-staining problems. These formulations have the ability to retard staining and screw build-up even before it can cause problems with purging. Ampacet utilizes the SmartColor™ technology to create new colors that can outperform traditional pigment-based products for expeditious purge times.
Tests conducted on injection molding, blow molding, and film extrusion equipment show that the use of SmartColor™ can help suppress the accumulation of pigment (staining) on extruder screw and die surfaces.
SmartColor™ Masterbatches can provide more than a 60% reduction in purge time and more than a 50% reduction in purge resin in some applications. That can mean increased productivity every day.
SmartColor™ is most efficient in high-shear operations with simple head tooling, and is proven to be effective in the following processes:
- blown & cast film
- profile extrusion
- sheet extrusion
- injection molding
- extrusion coating
- blow molding
- wire & cable
SmartColor’s™ effectiveness will vary according to the processor’s equipment, the selection of color, as well as the severity of purging issues.
Performance / Cost
Each SmartColor™ formulation is custom-made, so the cost will depend on process and color requirements. In many cases, SmartColor™ costs are competitive with “traditional” color masterbatches, while delivering savings derived from shorter extruder downtime and increased productivity.
Ask for SmartColor™ technology when you are spending hours purging and/or want to optimize your parts per shift through reduced downtime. Let Ampacet evaluate your current product mix and process to determine the right fit for SmartColor™ Process Technology.
For more information on Ampacet’s SmartColor™ Technology contact your local Ampacet representative or complete the product inquiry form.
SmartColor™ is a trademark of the Ampacet Corporation