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  • Solve Polymer Static Challenges

    One common challenge that arises with the use of polymers is their inherent tendency to accumulate static charge.

    This accumulation can lead to several undesirable consequences such as dust attraction, handling difficulties, and even hazardous static discharges in extreme cases. To mitigate these issues, antistatic additives are incorporated into polymers to make them more conductive and dissipate static charge effectively.

    The Static Issue with Polymers

    Polymers, for all their utility and flexibility, have one significant downside – they tend to accumulate static electricity. This can lead to a variety of undesirable effects:

    • Dust Attraction: Polymers that have accumulated static can attract dust and other particles, affecting the cleanliness and potentially the functionality of the material
    • Handling Difficulties: When polymers become statically charged, they can stick together or to other surfaces, making them difficult to handle, especially in an industrial setting
    • Hazardous Discharges: In extreme cases, the accumulated static charge can lead to dangerous discharges, posing a threat to both equipment and personnel

    Antistatic additives are substances added to polymers to improve their electrical conductivity. By doing so, they facilitate the dissipation of static charge, effectively neutralizing the problems associated with static build-up.

    Why Choose Lohtragon® PA as Your Antistatic Solution?

    Lohtragon® PA polymer additives offer a specialized solution to the problem of static in polymers. However, their efficacy is not one-size-fits-all; it is contingent upon specific factors:

    • Polymer System Requirements: Different polymer systems have unique requirements for conductivity, mechanical properties, and stability. Lohtragon® PA is versatile enough to meet a wide range of these needs
    • End-Use Application: Whether it is packaging materials, construction polymers, or automotive applications, the suitability of Lohtragon® PA depends on the ultimate use of the polymer

    Case Study Lohtragon® K19 - An Effective Antistatic Additive

    Our Lohtragon® K19 | based on Magnesium Acetate acts as charge control agent in the production of PET foils. Characterized by its excellent free flow properties it supports homogenous distribution in the foils.

    Case Study Lohtragon® B91 - A Versatile Static Dissipator

    The ability of Lohtragon® B91 | our  aqueous solution based on Potassium Formate to dissipate static charges and its compatibility with a myriad of polymers have paved the way for its extensive use in sectors like packaging, electronics, and textiles. The environmental benignity and biodegradability of Potassium Formate further accentuate its appeal as a preferred choice in the development of sustainable, high-performance polymer products.

    Final Thoughts

    The static problem in polymers is one that can have far-reaching consequences, from minor nuisances to significant operational challenges. Antistatic additives like Lohtragon® PA offer a targeted and effective means to address these challenges, provided they are applied considering the specific needs of the polymer system and its intended application.


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