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A look at the manufacturing process of plastic bags

A splash of color – Plastics are colored in a variety of ways according to the needs of the customer and the way the plastic will be utilized. Masterbatch, cube blends, and pre-colored resin are three of the most widely used methods of coloring plastic, even though there are many different methods on rutanpoly.com.

Mixtures for masterbatches – Plastics are commonly colored using masterbatches, also called concentrates. During the colorization process in rutanpoly.com, concentrated pigments are mixed with polymer resin.

Blending cubes – The cube blend, or salt and pepper blend, can be controlled precisely since it involves mixing a master batch blend with polymers. Polymers remain solid throughout the process, so their properties are not affected.

The pre-colored version – Precolored resins are easy to use, and they match desired performance rates quickly due to the polymerization of the pigments into the resin.

The extrusion process – To make plastic bags, extrusion is used. Plastic resin pellets are superheated to over 500 degrees Fahrenheit to form a consistent molten liquid that fits through the circular die at the end of an extruder. Once they have been superheated, they must be pliable enough to fit through the die.

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The hopper – Getting the resin to melt right is crucial to shaping and configuring plastic bags. At the beginning of the barrel above the auger is the hopper where resin pellets are first inserted into the extruder. We filled the first hoppers manually with resin pellets. They were just cone-shaped openings. These days, hoppers come in all shapes and sizes with different technologically advanced feed mechanisms that eliminate the need to manually load them.

An extruder – An extruder is used to produce plastic bags. It consists of a long tube known as the barrel, inside which is located a helical screw known as the auger, which slowly moves resin pellets toward the die as they fall into the barrel from the hopper.

Die – By exerting pressure on the molten plastic resin, the extruder barrel forces it to pass through the breaker plate and die as it moves along the barrel. By removing contaminants from the die and protecting it from the exceptionally high pressure created by extrusion, the breaker plate serves two purposes.

Towers for cooling – In the cooling tower cylinder, the molten resin is forced through a die and brake plate. Molten plastic resin is inflated into the cooling tower using compressed air to create its shape and thickness. The process is like that of inflating a giant balloon.

The gussets – A gusset is a fold, crease, indent, or expansion placed on a plastic bag’s side to increase volume but keep it flat when it is stored. As the fully inflated plastic moves toward the nip rollers in the cooling tower, boards in the walls indent the bag material.

Nip Rolls – To place finished bag material on rollers, nip rollers provide traction, tension, and wind. Inflated plastic film crystallizes at the frost line and becomes lay flat or collapsed tubing as it cools. By pulling the cooled plastic film up, nip rollers allow it to be rolled for further processing.