Sandoz Building Material Ltd.

Release agents are an integral part of many manufacturing processes. They are often necessary, but are not frequently understood for the value that they can add. Specialty release agents can enhance productivity, extend tool/die/mold life, increase cycle times, improve part/surface quality and reduce scrap and defect rates, just to name a few of the many potential benefits. 

Working directly with our customers over the past fifteen years, we have developed a wide variety of mold release agents, possessing different attributes, all of which cater to the needs of the specific manufacturing process being addressed.

Our mold release agents are used in a wide variety of molding, forming, casting and curing applications:

  • Rubber and mandrel-based applications for gaskets, seals, hose and transmission belt manufacture
  • Composite molding applications for marine, wind energy and shower and bath
  • Polyurethane molding applications for automotive interior components, shoe soles and cast elastomer wheels
  • Concrete molding applications for masonry stone and architectural concrete
  • Plastic molding applications for packaging, automotive and toy manufacturing

 

The impact our mold release coatings can have can be broadly summarized as follows:

  • Very low transfer (contamination) of the mold release agent to the molded part when desired (in situations where gloss level or anti-squeak properties are desired, we can control transfer to the finished part)
  • Low level of in-mold build-up or mold fouling
  • Promotion of material flow where needed
  • High release ease
  • Slip levels between mold and molded part that can cope with extreme mold geometry (optimal mold surface wetting      properties to cover the toughest mold geometries)
  • Optimal, consistent, surface finish quality based on customer specifications
  • Reduction of post mold operations due to compatibility with secondary operations such as gluing, painting or welding
  • Lower scrap rates
  • Cleaner molds
  • Less downtime
  • Higher quality parts
  • Low, or no, VOC emissions
  • Cleaner, safer environments
  • Optimization of cycle time