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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.