If your products are made from coated thermoplastic fabric, it’s important to understand what makes a fabric perform the way it does. Technical textile additives are at the defining core of your product’s performance. From inflatable boats to flexible storage tanks and tents, it’s essential that your product is strong, durable, and capable of withstanding the elements.
In the technical textile manufacturing process, the coating has a decisive impact on the product’s performance. The textile industry uses numerous additives, each of which has its own designated purpose.
The coating ingredients are formulated with specific additives to achieve the desired results. From flame retardants to UV resistance coatings, these specialized additives maximize the performance and efficiency of coated fabrics used in a wide range of applications.
5 Essential Technical Textile Additives
This article provides an insightful look into the five essential additives for performance enhancement. The following technical textile additives are profiled based on the damage they prevent and what ideal result you can expect.
When plastics are exposed to intense Ultraviolet (UV) radiation, their chemical bonds break down and destabilize the polymer causing a range of problems from loss of color to reduced strength.
To protect plastic products from this damaging UV degradation, a reliable, advanced level of UV light protection is necessary.
Special additives known as UV absorbers can be added to plastic products to absorb and deflect UV light, protecting the plastic’s structure. These UV absorbers protect the plastic polymer and provide long-term damage resistance.
Fire Retardant Additives
Flame retardant additives are a key component in consumer and industrial products that must pass fire safety regulations. These chemicals create a barrier between the product material and ignition sources, reducing the spread of flames to ensure the safety of users and their property.
Many different types of chemistries can be used to enhance flame resistance. Halogenated and non-halogenated additives can be used to enhance flammability properties. Reducing the ability of a fire to spread fast is an integral part of designs in many construction applications.
When direct sunlight hits a thermoplastic surface, the intense reflected gloss can cause eye strain. To reduce this unwanted effect, matting additives absorb a part of the light and decrease the gloss intensity.
Matting also achieves a product appearance that has more demand in the market.
Antimicrobial additives give the product better functionality over a longer life cycle by preventing the formation and aggregation of microorganisms on the thermoplastic surface.
Antimicrobial additives may include Biocides, fungicides, and silver ion technology. These make the polymers resistant to damaging bacteria growth and microbial colonization.
These additives also minimize staining and unpleasant odors.
Colorant additives are incorporated into thermoplastic coating to give your products the unique brand identity you desire and to provide customers with a variety of design options. This process produces vibrant color options that will bring life to your product range and enhance user experience.
Colorfastness is the measure of a color’s durability. By using this measure you can determine a material’s resistance to color fading and wither with time. With the right additives, you can enhance the colorfastness property of the polymer.
The Perfect Formula for Your Application
The chemical characteristics of each thermoplastic product must be adapted to the conditions in which it will be used. Additives are formulated according to these predetermined characteristics – including all other additives incorporated into the polymer during processing. In order to be truly effective, the formulator finds the right balance of effectiveness by meticulously considering all properties and the best-balanced formula to integrate into the coating system.
Erez is Revolutionizing Polymer Blending
At Erez, we are revolutionizing polymer blending, providing customers with an array of reliable and high-quality textile coatings. Our innovative polymer blending has enabled us to create membranes that are lightweight yet durable, with outstanding welding abilities. These coatings make your product capable of handling continuous wear and any environmental condition, making them perfect for a wide variety of industries and end products. We commit to providing safe, dependable solutions that our customers can trust.