Hacking Masterbatches

Francis Rodrigues
Plastiblends India

This paper will look at various methods which can be used to de-formulate masterbatches used in various plastic processes. The techniques used range from simple gravimetric analysis to paper chromatography, chemical micro analysis, chemical fluorescence to sophisticated techniques like ATR-FTIR, XPS, ICP-OES, DSC & TGA. These techniques will be utilized to troubleshoot failures in plastics. Potential users of these techniques would be masterbatch manufacturers, QA departments looking at plastic product failures both internal and external.