Plastic articles that are untreated are under the threat of being attacked by microbe growth that causes problems for plastic. The most common issues associated with this problem include:
During the production phase, antimicrobial additives can be combined with plastic resins through a process called specialty compounding. It can also be incorporated as a masterbatch while molding and still provide a biocide treatment for controlling microbes.After the additives have been combined with the resins, the plastic part will be effective against mold, mildew, yeasts, algae, and other microbes. Multiple antimicrobial technologies are compatible with an array of thermoplastic resins. For instance, silver-based antimicrobials, when contacted by moisture, undergo an electrochemical reaction releasing silver ions that penetrate microbes to render them unable to function.
The most common industries to benefit from antimicrobial treatment include:
Creating a checklist to determine suitability for your application and available antimicrobial technologies will help to save time and money. Ask yourself the following questions:
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