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Armorcoat Safety & Security Window Film By Solar Gard

While the discussion of school safety continues by lawmakers around the country, San Diego-based Solar Gard is speaking out and urging school districts to incorporate its revolutionary intrusion protection and blast mitigation product, Armorcoat® Safety & Security Window Film, as part of district-wide safety standards. Armorcoat acts as a protective barrier when applied to windows to help prevent entry from unwanted intruders and drastically reduce the risks of flying glass during explosions, violent attacks or accidental breakage.

Security Window Film
An intruder test shows it takes more than 1:30 to break through the
Armorcoat protected window. (PRNewsfoto/Solar Gard)
Armorcoat adds a critical layer of protection by keeping glass doors and windows securely intact if shot or shattered during an attack. While the glass will break, it is held firmly to the door or window frame by an attachment system, acting as a physical barrier and delaying intruder entry. This extra time allows those inside to get to a safe place while first responders arrive to handle the threat. Its extensively tested intrusion protection properties make it difficult for an intruder to enter, and Armorcoat can be applied to schools, churches and government buildings with an easy installation.

“The issue of school safety is very important to me personally as well as to Solar Gard as a company, which is why we feel strongly that every school in the country should be protected by Armorcoat,” said Kendall Combs, general manager of Solar Gard. “The large-scale school safety initiatives being discussed are great, but our school districts need to also consider additional measures like Armorcoat. So much more can be done to provide better physical security for our children and the amazing educators in these schools. Communities are frantically searching for immediate options to protect students, and it’s our corporate duty to do everything in our power to keep them safe.”


Material surfaces like glass, steel, aluminum, wood or plastics are usually exposed to external mechanical conditions (e.g. dust, rubbing…) during manufacturing, processing, transport and storage processes leading to a risk of scratches and damages of the product.

To help preserve the quality of these surfaces, protective films are applied on top of these materials to provide highly effective protective shields against external shocks and scratches.

Protective films are usually colored and require excellent quality level to avoid any marking of the surfaces, especially during stacking and stamping operations.Ampacet SURFPROTEC is a high quality range of color masterbatches showing very low defect counts and excellent pigment dispersion providing outstanding quality film for use in premium surface protective applications. Ampacet SURFPROTEC range allows an excellent protection of the products’ surfaces against external shocks and scratches occurring during production, transport and handling. Ampacet SURFPROTEC Masterbatches can be used in protective film applications for various industries such as household appliances, automotive, electronics, construction, furniture and others.

Ampacet has also developed an innovative solution Antiscratch 1000617-E to protect blow molded and injected plastic articles against scratches. These scratches have a negative impact on the aesthetics and perceived quality of the product. Moreover, dust and dirt tend to inlay into the scratched surface making it less hygienic. Ampacet’s new Antiscratch 1000617-E masterbatch is designed to enhance the appearance of injected and blow molded articles by significantly improving the scratch resistance of plastics.

AntiScratch 1000617-E is a powerful additive that helps to avoid wear marks on polyethylene and polypropylene articles generated during manufacturing, transport and handling processes.

By protecting efficiently the plastic surface against scratches, AntiScratch 1000617-E allows to reduce rejects of plastic products due to scratches that are generated, for example, during manufacturing, handling or transport processes. It reduces also the risk of partial or total refusal of the products by customers which implies extra charges to the manufacturer.

AntiScratch 1000617-E performs well on clear as well as on dark colors where scratches are the most visible. It has no impact on the product’s color, odor or gloss. It provides a long-term protection that lasts during the life cycle of the product.

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Nanotubes permit transparent PE blown plastic film with permanent conductivity

Anti-static bags, flexible intermediate bulk container (FIBC) liners, static shielding bags and films, protective tapes and conductive films are the types of packaging that have all been designed to protect certain goods and products from static electricity.

Conventional alternatives have drawbacks. Permanent anti-static additives, such as carbon black, lead to the degradation of mechanical properties and a darkening effect, and migrating anti-static additives result in non-permanent conductivity at various humidity levels. These problems can now be avoided with single-wall carbon nanotubes, which offer the best value proposition in terms of price per property, making them an exciting new option for the industry.

A European manufacturer (the company’s name is covered by a Non-Disclosure Agreement) has recently succeeded in producing high-performance polyethylene anti-static film with TUBALL nanotubes produced by OCSiAl (Leudelange, Luxembourg) by using blown-film extrusion.

By introducing 0.01 wt.% of TUBALL nanotubes via the easy-to-handle TUBALL MATRIX 810 concentrate, a surface resistivity in the range 5×10^9 to 10^11 Ω/sq was achieved, which meets the ANSI/ESD S541-2003 and IEC 61340-5-1-2007 standards on protection against electrostatic effects for packaging materials.

PlasticsToday has learned from a company representative that three other OCSiAl customers in China have successfully completed laboratory and industrial tests of TUBALL MATRIX 810 application in PE blown films. All the tests have confirmed the effective concentration of 0.01% of nanotubes for achieving  resistivity level of 10^9 Ω/sq.

The commercial launch of these products is scheduled for 2018.

These findings demonstrate one of the key features of TUBALL nanotubes—their ability to create a 3D conductive and reinforcing network even at very low loadings. In contrast to other conventional additives, nanotube-formulated films also show promise in terms of thermal stability.

Application of the TUBALL MATRIX concentrate has enabled a standard clean manufacturing process without the powder or dust associated with using carbon black. All these developments and advantages have encouraged the company to continue testing TUBALL nanotubes and to discover their potential for producing other anti-static parts from polyolefin polymers by various processes, including extrusion and injection molding.

PE Film Market Snap-Shot: Fresh Produce, Self-Serve, and Wet-Pack Bags

We’ve reported on stretch film, t-shirt bags, institutional can liners , consumer can liners, and shrink film in previous installments of this blog series, which provide snap shots of the results of 2017 research conducted by market-research firm Mastio & Co., St. Joseph, Mo. on the PE film industry. Here, we take a look at his analysis on the fresh produce, self-serve, and wet-pack bag market.

Mastio clarifies each type of bag accordingly: Fresh produce bags are utilized by growers, distributors, and grocers to package produce for their customers. The bags are sealed and placed on the shelf for consumers. Self-serve bags are on roll dispensers, boxed, or wicketed, and are placed among the fresh fruit and vegetable bins in supermarkets. They are usually perforated and allow consumers to select and package their own produce. Wet-pack bags are usually pulled from a box at the check-out-counter or located near the frozen-food sections of grocery stores. They are used to prevent products such as frozen juice, ice cream, or meats from damaging the carryout bag or other items packaged in paper grocery sacks.

Last year, processors in this film market consumed about 253.8 million lb of PE. With an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 6.1%, Mastio is projecting PE resin consumption for this market is expected to reach 303.8 million lb by 2020. Future growth can be attributed to companies enhancing the performance of breathable PE films and allowing for packaging to preserve the flavor, appearance, and texture of fruits and vegetables for extended periods of time.

The three most common types of fresh produce bags include side-sealed or side-weld, tubular, and baler bags, according to Mastio. Fresh produce film gauges typically range between 0.25 mil and 8 mils, with 2-3 mils being most typical. Multicolor printing, distinctive lettering, and logos are being utilized on fresh produce bags to appeal to the consumer. Clarity is important for self-serve bags, as grocery store clerks need to easily identify what is packaged in the bags. Clarity, gloss, and toughness are the key requirements for self-serve bags, and they should be easy to open in order to eliminate consumer complaints. The standard gauges for self-serve bags range from 0.4 mil to 3 mils with the most typical gauge being 0.6 mil. Wet-pack bags typically have a gauge range of 0.25 mil to 0.6 mil with 0.4 mil being the most typical gauge.

In 2017, according to the Mastio research, the four largest producers in the fresh produce, self-serve, and wet-pack bag market were Charter NEX Films; Next Generation Films, Inc.; Sigma Plastics Group; and Inteplast Group Ltd. Collectively, these four companies consumed 125.2 million lb of PE, accounting for about representing 49.3% of the market.

Material Trends
According to the Mastio study, PE fresh produce, self-serve and wet-pack bags that are constructed from monolayer film are composed of LLDPE, which provides greater tear and puncture resistance at lower gauges than LDPE. LLDPE resin manufactured with the metallocene single-site catalyst process (mLLDPE) has made great advancements in this market. When utilized in coextrusion or blends, mLLDPE resin allows fresh produce film to breathe while increasing clarity and allowing further downgauging. LLDPE grades such as metallocene, hexene, butene, and octene are sometimes blended with LDPE to enhance strength and flexibility. LDPE resins provide gloss and clarity, facilitate lower heat-sealing temperatures, and aid in film processability and high-output rates. Other resins used in this market include LDPE-homopolymer, LDPE-ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer, HMW-HDPE, MMW-HDPE, PP, and EVOH.

Technology Trends
Fresh produce, self-serve, and wet-pack bags are produced via blown film. They can be either monolayer or multi-layer in construction. Processors who participated in the Mastio study reported producing three- to seven-layer films. Close to 60% of the bags produced for this market are coextruded, Mastio reports.

Processors are also making film that incorporates antioxidant or antimicrobial additives in a controlled-release pattern for film used as internal layers on bags. PE films are designed to allow produce to “breathe” at a rate necessary to maintain the appropriate mix of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and water vapor inside the bag. This type of packaging is referred to as controlled atmospheric packaging. Additionally, food institutions want a clear, nonporous film.

My Two Cents
This is the first PE film market we’ve profiled so far where the top four or five processors dominated the industry in terms of market share. It’s also one where coextrusion technology is being used as a differentiator. Processors that have invested in new technology and are looking to develop new products are more confident about their ability to gain market share.

What also bodes well for this market is that consumers continue to be health conscious and prefer to select their own f