Innovation Trends in Plastics Decoration and Surface Treatment by Edward B. CrutchleyInnovation Trends in Plastics Decoration and Surface Treatment by Edward B. Crutchley

Innovation Trends in Plastics Decoration and Surface Treatment

byEdward B. Crutchley

Paperback | August 8, 2014

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The plastics industry is a major player for consumer items, notably for the automotive, consumer electronics and packaging industries, and is necessarily very active in innovation. As a result, moulded thermoplastics are achieving new heights in decorative appearance and quality. Many striking aesthetic effects are possible by employing new polymer blends coupled with a diverse range of decoration and surface treatment technologies. These can produce three-dimensional and tactile finishes, high definition images, flawless high gloss and metallic surfaces, as well as effects ranging from imitation materials, interferential colours, colour gradients, colour change and travel, gloss and matte combinations, and even acoustic or olfactory effects. Manufacturing processes to achieve these include several types of in-mould film, coating or decorating technique, relatively recent technologies to improve surface quality, as well as traditional separate decorating or coating processes such as dry offset; flexographic; inkjet; pad and screen printing; foil transfer; labelling; laser marking; plating; spray coating; and vacuum deposition.

This unique book analyses and compares recent trends in each of over 20 types of mainstream manufacturing process and 10 classes of sensory effect they can produce. Supported by over 100 tables, a three-year sampling of over 1,000 mentioned patent documents and hundreds of commercial developments helps to identify the main trends and their innovators, key innovative clusters and the most sought-after effects, as well as provide indications for the future.

Ed Crutchley is a consultant in plastics decoration and surface treatment. After studying printing technology at the London College of Printing he has worked in the rigid plastics packaging industry in the UK, France and the USA in the fields of manufacturing plant management, running technical and quality departments, and R&D and inno...
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Title:Innovation Trends in Plastics Decoration and Surface TreatmentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 11.69 × 8.27 × 0.52 inPublished:August 8, 2014Publisher:Smithers Rapra TechnologyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1909030848

ISBN - 13:9781909030848

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Table of Contents

1-Introduction; 2-Sources; 3-Decorative Effects on Plastics; 4-Materials and Additives for Colour or Reflectivity Changes; 5-Materials for Effects and Other Special Colours; 6-Films, Foils and Labels; 7-Inks, Paints, Coatings (Excluding Colour Change or Effect Materials); 8-Substrate Polymer Resins, Blends and Additives; 9-Coloration, Co-injection, Multilayer Moulding and Multiple Material Moulding; 10-In-mould Coating and On-mould Painting; 11-In-mould Film Techniques; 12-In-mould Printing, Marking, or Use of Engraved Cavities; 13-In-mould Surface Improvement; 14-Atmospheric Plasma Deposition or Thermal Spray; 15-Dry Offset and Flexographic Printing; 16-Embossing; 17-Flocking; 18-Foil Transfer Processes; 19-Inkjet and Droplet Printing; 20-Labelling, Sleeving and Form Over Part; 21-Laser and Irradiative Marking, Engraving or Transfer; 22-Liquid Coating Techniques; 23-Pad Printing; 24-Pigment Orientation Techniques; 25-Plating, Electroplating and Chemical Deposition; 26-Powder or Particulate Coating; 27-Screen Printing; 28-Sublimation Printing, and Dye Infusion; 29-Vacuum Deposition; 30-Water Transfer Printing