Plastics play a significant role in the building and construction industry. In fact, the industry is the second largest consumer of plastic, followed only by the packaging industry.
Read below to find out how, through team effort, our customers were able to reduce weight, increase efficiency, and save money.
1:Chemical nucleation in foamed sheet for semi-rigid food packaging results in lower equipment costs, reduced direct gas volume and lower emissions.
INDUSTRY : Leading Food Packaging Manufacturer
FINANCIALS : Reducing emissions while retaining properties and low production cost.
CHALLENGE : Understanding performance enhancements with chemical nucleation versus particle nucleation (e.g. talc).
- Reduced amount of butane by 20%
- Maintained 15% weight reduction despite reduction of butane
- Maintained physical properties
- Saved significant resin cost per unit
- Both extruder and thermoforming throughput rates increased by over 20%
2:Foam Pipe company lowers overall costs, improves physical properties and reduces scrap and rework.
INDUSTRY : Co-extruded foam pipe
CHALLENGE : To save overall costs and material by-product to meet new governmental regulations for sustainability standards.
- Achieved 6% greater reduction in density over an alternative foaming process
- Achieved a 9% net savings in resin cost
- Increased extrusion rates and lowered direct equipment operating costs per foot by 20%
- Reported an improvement in physical properties
- Consistency of SAFOAM®/SAFTEC® reduced scrap and rework
3:Wood plastic composite compounder with a goal to improve performance of their decking products finds multiple, unexpected benefits.
INDUSTRY : Composite decking
QUALIFIER : Looking to increase wood content (MDF) in PVC composite
CHALLENGE : Increasing the percentage of wood increases the water absorption.
- Measured 30-40% less water absorption as measured by 24 and 48 hour water soak standard ASTM tests.
- Increased wood content by 35%
- Increased tensile, flexural and compressive strength by 20-25% according to ASTM standards
- Benefits were achieved with less than 1% of SAFTEC AS applied directly to the wood flour.