Masterbatch Tutorials

Ampacet’s network of more than 1,500 highly trained, professional employees combine industry experience with special knowledge of your needs, applications and processes. Browse our library of tutorials to learn more about masterbatch products, processes and applications that will assist you in helping your customers to succeed.

Helpful hints and proven techniques designed to help you minimize costs and maximize quality are just a click away.

Discover the reason for using antiblocks, different grades of antiblocks and guidelines for their use.

Applying the correct antioxidant to protect the finished product or, for use in process stabilization polymers to facilitate stabilization.

Learn more about the different types of antistats and testing standards for various applications.

Antistatic Masterbatches
By virtue of their insulating nature, polymers of all types allow static charge to build up on their surfaces, particularly in the case of films and fibers, with their large surface-area-to-volume ratio.

Such static charge build-up may lead to undesirable consequences in the final product. For instance, built-up static charge can attract dust onto a food package, which is undesirable aesthetically. At times, static charge can damage circuit boards in electronics packaging and may cause hazardous conditions such as fire or explosion in the vicinity of flammable materials.

Azodicarbonamide as a Nucleating Agent
Everyone is well aware of the use of exothermic foaming agents to reduce the density of plastic parts and lower cost by using less resin. Exothermic foaming agents are also used to eliminate splay marks in injection-molded parts, and to improve electrical properties in wire and cable insulation. Even those who utilize physical blowing methods often use exothermic foam concentrates, such as azodicarbonamide, (ADC) as nucleating agents.

Carbon Black
Carbon black properties explained.

Conductive Carbon Black
Find out how conductive carbon blacks work, and how to use these products to ensure the desired conductive characteristics in your production process.

Flame Retardants
Uncover the physical and chemical reactions of flame retardants. Plus, identify Ampacet flame retardant types and review their applicability for use in meeting regulatory standards.

Ampacet’s world-class analytical services can help you identify the type of gels found in your product and the location of the gel coex design. And, we help eliminate your gel problems to assure quality processing.

The Elements of Color PerceptionHas This Ever Happened To You?

Your customer complains that the bottles you molded or the color film you extruded did not match the previous lot shipped, but the complaint bottles or film match the previous lot when you look at both sets on your production floor!

Polyolefin Pipe Compounds
Designing high performance pipe compounds – Material guidelines for developing quality polyolefin pipe

Slip Masterbatch
Learn how slip masterbatches are used in the films business and about their properties that allow them to provide effective performance.

Stabilizing Polyolefins Against the Influences of Weather
Polyolefins for outdoor use must be stabilized against the degradative effects of “Mother Nature.” Ultraviolet (UV) light, moisture, oxygen, and heat can all impact polymer longevity. Proper stabilization is critical when the polyolefin product is expected to provide durability over months or years of service.

Torque Rheometry
Over the years, torque rheometry has proven itself a valuable tool for studying multi-component thermoplastic systems, to assess processing behavior. Torque rheometry measures the viscosity-related torque generated by the resistance of a material to the shearing action of the plasticating process. Typical analyses include the study of processing behavior, influence of additives, thermal sensitivity, shear sensitivity, compounding behavior, and others. Torque rheometry is therefore an excellent tool in helping to determine the most process-stable formulation (resin, color concentrate, and additives) for your process. It is often used successfully in troubleshooting unwanted degradation and gel formation problems. Examine, in some depth, how this technique works, and how it can be used for your production needs.

Ultraviolet Inhibitors
Understand the classifications of light stabilizers for polyolefins, and how they protect against degradative effects of weather.

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