Silicone-free Release Agents Reduce Post-molding Requirements
Because of its inherent lubricious qualities, many release agents use silicone as a base component. However, there are many instances in which a molded component needs to be painted, glued or have some other type of ancillary processing done to it to make it fully functional for its intended purpose. These post-molding processes are often not directly compatible with the use of a silicone-based release agent. If the release agent used in the molding of the component contains silicone, then painting or gluing the component directly after molding will not be possible because silicone residue that remains on the component does not allow paint or adhesives to form a bond with the component. The component requires thorough cleaning before paint or glue will stick to it. This results in extra processing time and cost.
Silicone-based release agents will cause the surface of parts to seem oily, and silicone is difficult to remove from various material surfaces. The risk of paint shop contamination is also very high and silicone can shut down a manufacturing paint shop fairly easily, causing production delays and incurring significant expense. Chem-Trend has developed a robust range of release agents that do not utilize silicone, thus reducing contamination risk and removing costly steps from the manufacturing processes of many of our customers. The use of silicone-free release agents can provide for the removal of costly and time consuming steps in the manufacturing process of many components, thus increasing productivity and lowering operational costs.
To learn more about our silicone-free products and find out if they are right for your material and process, contact us and talk with one of our industry experts.