Chase Corporation is an industry leader in Expanded Polymer Microspheres and its Dualite® products offer unique solutions to meet the needs of the numerous industries and a broad spectrum of end-use applications.
WHAT ARE MICROSPHERES
Dualite® Microspheres are microscopic ultra-lightweight fillers made from a flexible polymer shell. The microspheres come in 2 forms: Unexpanded microspheres that can expand in process as an alternative to blowing agents, and Pre-expanded microspheres.
Dualite® can be added to plastics, resins, adhesives, and composites. Their inclusion produces a number of benefits depending on the application, including lower density, reduced cost, improved insulation, VOC reduction and improved machining.
MICROSPHERE FEATURES & BENEFITS
Chase’s Microspheres: A Lightweight Filler Breakthrough
Products are created through a patented process that controls expansion and coating application, resulting in lightweight filler with a range of particle sizes, densities, and materials. Dualite Polymer Microsphere products offer unique solutions to meet the needs of numerous industries and a broad spectrum of end-use applications.
MICROSPHERE ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS
REDUCE WEIGHT -Use less raw materials (adding 1-3% by weight of Dualite can reduce weight by15-20%) LOWERINGSHIPPING COSTS.
VOC’S – Impedes solvent migration during mixing/manufacturing process.
R VALUE – Increased when using Dualite
ENERGY – Water based system can dry faster since Dualite takes up more space in mix
BLOWING AGENTS – You can replace chemical blowing agents with unexpanded microspheres givingyour a safer workplace
IMPROVED FUEL EFFICIENCY – Dualite products make sealants and coatings lighter improving the fuel efficiency of the vehicles that they are used in
SOUND DAMPENING – Helps reduce vibration and sound emissions mean quieter spaces inside vehicles and less noise pollution
MICROSPHERE COST SAVINGS
Using Dualite® E & Dualite® U can result in significant cost savings for your formula. Because of its extremely low density, Dualite® E volumetrically replaces other more expensive raw materials. The volume replacement ability of Dualite® E means that you must understand the volume costs of your current product.
To calculate the volume cost of your formula, simply multiply the weight per gallon (WPG) by the dollars per pound of the formula.
Example: A formula at 12 pounds/gallon (7 kg/liter) with a cost of $0.92/pound ($2 kg) would have a volume cost of $11/gallon ($2.9/liter).
To calculate your own formula savings, Chase can supply a spreadsheet math model that allows you to enter your own formula, raw material cost, and specific gravities.
Dualite® provides cost savings by replacing expensive raw materials, but it can also help reduce shipping expenses and energy consumption.
Using Dualite® E & Dualite® U can result in a considerable weight reduction of your product. Because of its extremely low density, Dualite® volumetrically replaces other more dense raw materials.
The reduction of weight of your product achieved when using Dualite® can lead to easier handling, both internally and by your customers. This weight reduction can also have other benefits, such as freight savings.
To better understand the potential weight reduction achievable when using Dualite®, you must know the specific gravity of your current product.
To calculate your own weight reduction, Chase can supply a spreadsheet math model that allows you to enter your own formula, raw material cost, and specific gravities.
The chart demonstrates the percent weight reduction for formulas with initial specific gravities of 10, 12, and 14 pounds/gallon (1.2, 1.4, and 1.7 kg/liter) at different loading levels of Dualite® E065-135D.