Plastic and Polymer Additives aid both in processing and in enhancing the performance/appearance of materials. But because a wide variety of additives can be used to create new formulations, careful monitoring is a necessary part of development—a way to ensure that your products maintain their stability, uniformity, and consistency.
Color analysis for plastic and polymer additives can be used to assess the specific changes needed to improve the performance of your products. Color measurement provides information not only on color-changing additives, but can also measure molecular changes in stabilizers, fillers, processing aids, and antibacterial additives. It’s not an exaggeration to say that this technology has revolutionized the polymer manufacturing industry.
Spectrophotometers are the primary tool used for the color analysis of plastic and polymer additives, from molten samples in polymer melts to quality control inspection in final product analysis. Advanced color measurement instrumentation monitors light absorption and reflection to determine even the slightest changes in formulation, allowing you to develop a more efficient method of evaluation. Closely monitoring color and molecular changes with spectral technology reduce wasted materials and improve final product quality, in turn enhancing the marketability of your offerings.
Spectral Technology Leads to New Innovations in Polymer Production
Spectrophotometers can, for instance, be used to monitor polymer stability and breakdown of plastic and polymer additives due to thermal changes and UV exposure. Degradation and chemical decomposition of materials are often attributed to these two factors, but color analysis instrumentation allows you to monitor UV reflectance values easily, providing the data necessary to assess changes. The data can then be used to ensure the proper formulation and use of polymer additives, allowing you to maintain product stability.
Clarification of plastic and polymer additives is another concern in the plastic industry since clarifying additives affect the overall structure of the polymer and increase the crystallization rate of your material. A more condensed crystallized structure leads to better clarification and improved visual appearance—and these condensed crystals also exhibit lower reflectance values, which means that color measurement instruments can closely monitor changes in the crystallization process by quantifying reflective value data. This data can then be used to compare the results of changes in your additive formulation or processing.
Fillers are another common additive used in plastic and polymer additives production as a way to reduce costs and increase production quantity. However, these additives can have an excessive effect on color. But spectrophotometers closely monitor color changes throughout product development, allowing for adjustments to color additives during production to improve final color quality and reduce wasted materials. Using color measurement software technology, this data can then be stored and used for developing exact formulations that are consistent from batch to batch.
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