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Managing the Elements of Success

Capano & Associates colorant analysis technology brings plastic alive, giving it the right look and function for almost any end use. Since 1999 those who work with plastics have turned to us for the color and additive formulations they need.

As the leading consultant of color concentrates and additive masterbatches, we offer exceptional product solutions and service the world over. We span the globe with the ability to have on-site support in North and South America, Europe and Asia, and back our products with world-class technical support.

Contact us for the masterbatch solutions you need to create cost-effective packaging, consumer products and industrial goods, as well as the ability to make injection and blow molding, film processing, extrusion, thermoforming and other processes more efficient.

Proven techniques designed to help you minimize costs and maximize quality.

Discover the reason for using antiblocks, different grades of antiblocks and guidelines for their use.

Applying the correct antioxidant to protect the finished product or, for use in process stabilization polymers to facilitate stabilization.

Learn more about the different types of antistats, their attributes and test standards to ensure peak performance.

By virtue of their insulating nature, polymers of all types allow static charge to build-up on their surfaces, particularly in the case of films and fibers, which have large surface area to volume ratio.

Such static charge build-up leads to several undesirable consequences in the final product. For instance, built-up static charge can attract dust onto a food package, which is undesirable aesthetically. At times, static charge can damage circuit boards in electronics packaging and may cause hazards of fire or explosion in the vicinity of flammable materials.

Azodicarbonamide as a Nucleating Agent
Everyone is well aware of the use of exothermic foaming agents to reduce the density of plastic parts and lower cost by using less resin. Exothermic foaming agents are also used to eliminate splay marks in injection-molded parts and to improve transmission and electrical properties in wire and cable insulation. However, did you know that even those who utilize physical blowing methods often use exothermic foam concentrates, such as azodicarbonamide, (ADC) as nucleating agents?

CaCO3 in Molded Containers
Can Calcium Carbonate reduce costs and cycle times when used in molded products?

Conductive Carbon Black
Find out how conductive carbon blacks work, and how to use these products to ensure the desired conductive characteristics in your production process.

Flame Retardants
Uncover the physical and chemical reactions of flame retardants. Plus, identify the Ampacet flame retardants and recommendations for their use to meet regulatory standards.

Capano & Associates world-class analytical services can help you identify the type of gels found in your product and the location of the gel coex design. And, we help eliminate your gel problems to assure quality processing.

The Elements of Color Perception - Has This Ever Happened To You?

Your customer complains that the bottles you molded or the color film you extruded did not match the previous lot shipped, but the complaint bottles or film match the previous lot when you look at both sets on your production floor!

Learn how slips are used in the films business and the necessary properties that make for their effective performance.

Stabilizing Polyolefins
Against the Influences of weathering, polyolefins for outdoor use must be stabilized against the degradative effects of Mother Nature, such as ultraviolet (UV) light, moisture, oxygen, and heat. Proper stabilization is paramount when the polyolefin product is expected to provide durability over months or years of service.

Torque Rheometry
Over the years, torque rheometry has proven itself a valuable tool for studying multi-component thermoplastic systems to assess processing behavior. Torque rheometry measures the viscosity-related torque generated by the resistance of a material to the shearing action of the plasticating process. Typical analyses include the study of processing behavior, influence of additives, thermal sensitivity, shear sensitivity, compounding behavior, and others. Torque rheometry is therefore an excellent tool in helping determine the most process-stable formulation (resin, color concentrate, and additives) for your process. It is often also used successfully in trouble-shooting unwanted degradation and gel formation problems. Let's examine, in some depth how this technique works, and how it can be used for your production needs.

Ultraviolet Inhibitors
Understand the classifications of light stabilizers for polyolefins to protect against degradative effects of weather. Discover the selection of Ampacet products and their applications.