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Masterbatch and the Plastics Industry

Choosing between raw pigments and masterbatching can be somewhat tricky. Our modern world is covered in plastic products that are designed and colored with either masterbatching or pigments. Determining the right production method for your business will ensure vibrant, high-quality plastic. Raw pigments and masterbatching are similar, but they should not be used interchangeably. Each processing method has its pros and cons.

Raw pigments are solid and dry coloring substances, and during production, they are suspended in liquids to make dyes and paints. On the other hand, the masterbatching process requires specific concentrations of additives and pigments that are encapsulated with polymers. When comparing benefits of masterbatching to raw pigments, masterbatching tends to win out. Some of the most valuable benefits of masterbatching are:

  • When compared to raw pigments, masterbatch allows for higher accuracy of controlling the opacity or transparency of final, colored products.
  • Predetermined ratios of additive ingredients are included in masterbatch, which means there is a minimal chance of variance during the manufacturing process.
  • Masterbatching gives users better color consistency when working with large orders.
  • Melting processes are improved because binding agents in masterbatch are matched with polymers being used.
  • Unlike masterbatch, pigments can become airborne during processing, which allows them to contaminate adjacent manufacturing lines.

There are other reasons to consider masterbatch besides the five above. For more information about this process, or specialty compounding in NY, let us be your first call. We can help you create beautifully colored plastic.

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