FLEXIBLE (SOFT) PVC COMPOUNDS
At Color Master, years of hands-on experience allows us to provide high-quality flexible PVC compounds and state-of-the-art computer-controlled processes to diverse customers and industries. Our flexible PVC compounds are customizable in color and form (pellet or powder) and are ideal for use in applications from tubing to profile and injection molding.
Flexible or soft PVC compounds differ from rigid PVC compounds in that they have plasticizer added to them — in addition to PVC resin, functional additives, lubricant, filler and stabilizer. The plasticizer (softening agent) is a distinguishing component in soft PVC compounds, as they cause the PVC resin to be more flexible and “rubber”-like.
Advantages of Flexible PVC Compounds
In addition to their versatility, flexible PVC Compounds offer benefits like:
- Resistance to UV, acids, inorganic chemicals, and oils
- Efficient to Process
- Exceptional Electrical Insulation
- Resistance to Distortion
Flexible PVC Applications
Flexible PVC Compounds are used in a variety of applications, including:
- Garden & Flexible Hose
- Power Cord
Markets We Serve
Building & Construction
BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION
Color Master develops products for many areas of building and construction. We serve customers that produce indoor building products by formulating with colorants that withstand repeated use and washing, and perform well in various light sources. We can also formulate with additives that resist microbial growth, or the buildup of an electrostatic charge.
In the world of consumer products aesthetics don’t make a product perform better but it helps products stand out from the crowd. Color master provides this service to our customers by developing custom colors that are only limited by their imagination. By remaining on the cutting edge of the color business we can provide products that are distinctive and creative as they need to be. Color Master offers special pigments for pearl, metallic or sparkle, color changing, fluorescents, granite and swirl effect.
Medical and Dental
MEDICAL & DENTAL
Color Master regularly develops colors for our customers in all levels of the medical field. Color and additive concentrates have been produced for identification by color, decorative vision and dental appliances, and functional additives. By using FDA approved components that are non-leaching and non-migrating we produce colorant and additive concentrates for our customers whose products range from devices for use in a medical environment, to one-time use products, and even implantable devices.
In the high demands of packaging, marketing requires a balance between form and function. Working with a vast array of polymers from olefins and styrenics to engineering resins like acetal, nylon, acrylic, poly carbonate and polyester, we have years of experience in the world of packaging products. We also produce PVC compounds in natural and clear, as well as formulations for producers of self-adhering films and tapes.
Recreation and Sports
RECREATIONAL & SPORTS
Everyone likes to spend some time getting away from it all. Color Master agrees, and that’s why we enjoy serving the recreation and sports industry. From pet toys made from flexible thermoplastic elastomers, to parts of recreational vehicles and campers, to sports equipment made of the most demanding specialized reinforced polymers we can help provide the look, feel, and performance our customers in this industry require.
Wire and Cable
WIRE AND CABLE
For many years Color Master has supplied to extruders and injection molders in the wire and cable industry. Not only do we supply standard colors for wire shielding (NEC, ICEA), Color Master offers colorant and additive products that are used in the production of coated conduit, UL approved recepticles and switches, wiring harnesses. We also have a full line of UL listed PVC compounds for flexible extrusion and injection molding.
Injection molding of thermoplastics is a manufacturing process for producing parts by injecting heated, molten material into a mold. The material for the part is fed into a heated barrel, mixed, and forced into a mold, where it cools, or cures, and hardens to the configuration of the mold.
Sheet extrusion is the process of producing a continuous single gauge sheet made typically of a thermoform polymeric material. An extruder, consisting of a barrel and combination conveying and mixing screw, forces the material through a slot die. The material is conveyed through rollers that keeps it flat as it is cooled. The resulting sheet is then trimmed and cut to a desired dimension, or spooled onto a roll.
Similar to sheet extrusion, profile extrusion is the process of producing a continuous multi gauge profile part made typically of a thermoform polymeric material. An extruder, consisting of a barrel and combination conveying and mixing screw, forces the material through a die. The material is conveyed through another set of dies in a cooling tank that maintain the desired profile until it it fully cooled and set. The resulting product is then cut to a desired dimension, or spooled onto a roll.
Similar to injection molding, blow molding of thermoplastics is a manufacturing process for producing parts by injecting heated, molten material into a mold. The material for the part is fed into a heated barrel, mixed, and forced into a mold. Air is then forced, or blown, into the mold where the material forms around the air bubble and it cools, or cures, to harden to the configuration of the mold
Rotational or “Roto” molding is a slow and simple process where a thermoplastic material is placed inside an enclosed mold. The mold is then clamped inside a chamber and is set to rotate in what is typically a dual axis frame. During the rotation, cycles of heating and cooling take place allowing the material to flow and form, through gravitational force, to the configuration of the mold.