Finding the best specialty product solution can be difficult and requires correct assessment of the issue to be solved. Defining the problem is key. Is it the need for excellent dispersion, lower total cost, ease of handling, worker safety or other issues that define the desired outcome? Specialty product options include pre-weighed materials, dust suppressors, polymer-based dispersions, vulcanized oils, and color dispersions.
Requirements specific to the product’s end use, such as tires, conveyor belts, hoses, molded goods, flat goods and fabrics, electrical goods (wire and cable), and consumer goods.
- Functional Components
These include raw materials such as base polymers, fillers, vulcanizing agents, plasticizers, process aids, lubricants, curatives, accelerators and activators, protectants, colorants, blowing agents, and bonding agents.
- Component Form
Different form types, such as solids (e.g., slabs, bars, beads, and pellets), liquids or pastes impact handling, mixing, and environmental issues.
- Compound Development
Custom formulating to meet the application’s requirements. Understanding the mixing process helps with specialty product selection and form recommendation.
Different fabrication methods, such as extrusion, injection molding, compression molding, building, and curing, affect requirements and specialty product selection. Raw materials and the base compound impact fabrication methods.
- Financial Considerations
Using performance additives is a small percentage of a formulation’s cost, but they can significantly reduce overall manufacturing costs.