Polyethylene wax comprises a polymer chain with ethylene that has a low molecular weight. Mainly, it exists as a by-product of the polymerization of crude oil into ethylene. PE wax is classified into HDPE wax and LDPE wax. Typically, HDPE is more crystalline and denser, so if you have a way of determining these properties, you can distinguish the difference between these variations. PE wax is available in various forms, including:
Features of Polyethylene Wax
- High melting point
- High chemical resistance
- Outstanding thermal stability
- Perfect lubricant
- High softening point
- High head resistance
- Compatible with other wax varieties
Due to its PE wax’s low molecular weight and poly disparity, it has outstanding heat stability, is flexible, and is highly resistant to chemicals.
Uses of Polyethylene Wax
PE wax is used in different applications across the world. It works as a critical raw material in the production of coatings, cosmetics, PVC products, and inks. It is used as a dispersant in the production of color masterbatch.
Polyethylene wax increases the wax product’s strength and softening point for a good gloss. Oxidized polyethylene helps ensure that candles burn brightly and safely without producing a cloud of black smoke.
In the PVC industry, wax is used in the molding process as an internal lubricant. This helps enhance the toughness of pipe and other plastic products. PE wax ensures that the PVC products have an improved pass rate and are smooth. In the production of PVC film, PE wax can enhance the film’s transparency and gloss and improve its transverse and longitudinal toughness.
In ink and coatings industries, PE wax is used as a dispersant since it provides a tremendous anti-selling effect. It helps ensure that the printed matter has a three-dimensional effect and good gloss. Adding as little as 1% of oxidized polyethylene wax to the ink can affect its fluidity and reduce its viscosity.
Besides, the wax improves abrasion and scratch resistance and enhances the smoothness of the ink. PE wax speeds up color fixing, increases hydrophilicity, and completes printing dots.
At the same time, the wax can reduce the effects of plucking and caking and enhance the printing capabilities of the ink. It can be emulsified in water and dispersed in organic solvents to make wax emulsion or dispersion of appropriate particle size.
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Various grades of polyethylene wax can be used in PVC, ink, cosmetic, and coatings industries. At Bisley International, we supply quality grades of polyethylene wax to make your subsequent project a success. Contact us for more information about Polyethylene wax’s different applications and grades and place your order today.
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