The most innovative solutions in plastics research30.04.2019
Global production of plastics in 2018 has reached over 350 million tons , which shows how big the potential of research into these materials is in order to improve their properties and enable their application in many fields of science, industry and everyday life. Such high popularity of the mentioned materials results from the fact that they are light, durable, hermetic, resistant to decomposition, inexpensive and suitable for forming into a wide range of products.
Thanks to versatility and innovation of them, plastic materials can offer non-standard solutions to meet the diverse needs of thousands of end products. The development of the plastic products market forces the company to conduct intensive research on new materials showing the desired features. One of the important components of the newly developed materials, especially in the last decade, have been modifying additives.
Modifying additives are materials that by adding them to the base materials give them additional physical, mechanical or processing properties. This operation additionally allows to increase the efficiency and optimization of production processes of modified plastics. Over the last several years, the number of types of additives for plastics has increased significantly. The graph illustrates the most commonly used modifier types in the years 2000-2014 [2-3].
Due to the rapid development of research on new plastics, the need for laboratory extruders has significantly increased. To conduct advanced research it is necessary to use devices with large capabilities that will allow efficient and functional usage. Extruders from the Polish company ZAMAK MERCATOR have been available on the Polish market for 12 years. The line of these products is being constantly developed and improved. Currently, it covers a wide range of research needs of scientists from universities and research and development centers. ZAMAK MERCATOR offers single-, twin-screw and conical laboratory extruders in many configurations.
ZAMAK MERCATOR laboratory extruders are suitable for testing plastics, as well as for difficult extrusion materials, containing additives in the form of glass, carbon, organic fibers, powders or nanoparticles. Thanks to such numerous applications, they will certainly prove themselves even for research on very demanding materials. What is more, the distinguishing element of these extruders is their wide research capabilities, which serve as the most faithful reproduction of industrial processes in laboratory conditions.
The double-screw extruder ZAMAK MERCATOR perfectly fulfills its task during research on new materials due to high torque, stable operation even at high temperatures, high efficiency, durable and ergonomic construction and energy efficiency resulting from an cost-effective heating system and active system of cooling zones.
The gearbox is a very important element in the construction of each type of extruder, because it determines the processing and research capabilities of all of equipment. Thanks to the gearbox separating the torque into two screws, the extruder can work in parallel or counter-rotating, and as a result replaces two extruders at work. Metioned technical parameters make it the extruder for special tasks, and even better, for special research – since these parameters allow research on difficult to extrude composites and conducting research on innumerable materials, especially these with modifying additives.
More information about research carried out in scientific centers using the Polish laboratory extruders from ZAMAK MERCATOR can be found in the knowledge base on our website www.zamakmercator.pl.
 PlasticsEurope Market Research Group (PEMRG) / Conversio Market & Strategy GmbH
 R. Geyer, J.R. Jambeck, K. Lavender Law, Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made, 2017, Science Advances 3(7) e1700782
 Global Industry Analysis (GIA), Plastic Additives: A Global Strategic Business Report, 2008, GIA, MCP-2122
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