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Reducing Static Electricity with Antistatic Additives

Specialty compounding offers plastic manufacturers with many options for improving final products. Plastic can be constructed with added characteristics, meaning that parts can be built to fit the exact needs of the application. If plastic is frequently used outdoors, added UV protection is very important. If the plastic is used in the dark, but the user needs to see it, consider glow-in-the-dark additives. Do you need a colorful and vibrant polymer piece that people adore? Consider using color masterbatch.

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Of all the additives used, antistatic additives are amongst the most commonly utilized. Antistatic properties drastically reduce the chances of static electricity.

An imbalance in atoms causes a static charge. Balanced atoms contain a positive charge present in the nucleus of the atom. Equal amounts of negatively charged atoms orbit the nucleus (electrons). In a perfect scenario, charges are equal, and they balance out to zero. When configuration gets disturbed, and the number of protons or electrons no longer matches, a static charge is created. Electrostatic shocks happen in plastic materials like PVC, Silicone, Teflon, and Polypropylene. These materials collect electrons and often become negatively charged.

How do you prevent static charges? One of the most effective and affordable ways to avoid static electricity building up in plastic is additive masterbatch. As specialty compounders in New York, we have the tools and knowledge to create antistatic polymers for your exact product and application. We also specialize in color masterbatching.

For more information on preventing static electricity in plastic, you should not hesitate to give our team a call.

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