In this next blog post, we narrow our focus to discuss one of the materials we extrude in greater detail – High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS).
High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) is a very versatile, economical and tough material that exhibits good impact strength, easy processing and works very well with thermoforming processes.
Below are 7 important facts about High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) plastic:
High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) is a good printable substrate:
High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) can be decorated using a variety of printing methods including screen printing, offset lithography, and flexography. This material is compatible with corona treatment processes which helps mitigate problems with adhesion to the plastic.
High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) is an easily processed & versatile:
Polystyrene (PP) is known as a very easy material to process in thermoforming and form-fill-seal processes. The inherent rigidity of this material offers key functionality such as the snap-ability and score-ability required for certain form-fill-seal packaging applications.
In addition, polystyrene (PP) materials are FDA approved for food contact making them a suitable material for a range of packaging applications in the food, medical, consumer goods, cosmetics and even industrial markets.
High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) can be easily customized:
High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) from impact plastics is an easily customized material and is available in virtually any color under the sun. This material is compatible with a variety of processes and is therefore available in a vast range of colors, finishes and additive package formulations.
Additional customization of High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) sheet from Impact include:
- Custom color match HIPS including pearl, iridescent, and metallic colors
- Custom Embossing including small square, diamond plate & brushed metal
- Custom laminates including mylar, mirror, brushed metal & wood grain
- High gloss COEX and Matte surface finishes
- Electro Static Dissipative
- Double-sided corona treatment
- Clear HIPS
- Multi-layer Coextrusion
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