In some large sectors plastic provides exterior visibility as an aesthetic finish and is an essential part of the design. Clearly the final appearance must be attractive, differentiating and innovative. It is an excellent marketing tool for product positioning in the automotive, electrical appliance, computing, smartphone and communication sectors.
These extremely demanding sectors have a high scrap rate for manufactured/finished parts and this creates waste which, without the correct treatment, would end up having a high management cost “as rubbish”.
These designs complicate the normal treatment of polymers, given that their surface has been treated with other decorative finishes (paint, varnish, lacquer, chrome plated, metal coated, etc.) Although these layers appear to be the same colour, the application systems are different, as are the pigment compositions, the chemical reagents to consolidate the said processes, etc. This all complicates the normal treatment of this polymer still further.
ALSER has the capacity to process these polymers, with the above mentioned complexities PP, ABS, PC, ASA, PA6, PA66. To do so, a prior analysis is required of the composition of the decorative “coat” applied to the surface. Based on this study, different steps can be identified in order to optimise the result.