3M™ Dynamar™ Polymer Processing Additives (PPAs) applied in the process of making plastic
A century of plastic processing innovation.

Discover the benefits of  3M™ Dynamar™ Polymer Processing Additives (PPAs) for packaging, construction, and agriculture. Specially designed to improve the extrusion of various thermoplastic polymers to result in a highly beneficial combination of optimised product quality and increased manufacturing output.

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Maximise Efficiency in Plastic Processing

The key to your success has always been the quality of your polyethylene, polypropylene, and other resins – the processing, the productivity, and the performance of the finished product. For years,  3M™ Dynamar™ PPAs have helped produce a broad range of plastics from high molecular weight, high-density polyethylene (HMW-HDPE) to high viscosity resins such as linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE).

Today, Dynamar™ PPAs can help you meet current and emerging challenges in plastic processing and production. An emerging trend toward sustainability for some designers is the use of more recycled plastic materials. This recycled content of some plastics can be varied or degraded, which can result in plate-out or die buildup on equipment that can ultimately lead to poor finished part quality or rejects.

As packaging designs become more recyclable, new materials, solutions, and related extrusion and processing challenges are emerging. For example, high-performance resins designed to boost properties with recycled content can benefit from Dynamar™ PPAs for use in your efficient processing.
More than ever before, Dynamar™ PPAs can help you  maximise your plastics production efficiency and help you enable the highest quality products today and for the future. Explore more here.

Plastic Processing in Packaging

Dynamar™ PPAs can help you enable the use of recycled polyethylene for your most innovative designs, while also helping you increase process efficiency. They help you produce materials that can be used in a wide range of packaging applications such as industrial packaging, protective packaging for e-commerce, food packaging, primary and secondary packaging, flexible and rigid packaging and more.

The Dynamar polymer processing additives help you achieve more efficient runs by improving your extruder performance so that you can run your equipment faster and produce less waste. They can help you reduce downtime during formulation transitions, and are excellent for applications such as coloured plastics where effective purging is vital. They can also help you improve the dimensional stability of the material and reduce warpage.

Browse Plastic Processing Applications to Learn More about 3M Solutions for Your Design Challenge

  • Bottles made with 3M™ Dynamar™ PPA plastics
    Blow Molding

    Dynamar™ PPAs help enable your production of high-performance resins needed for recycled high-density polyethylene. They can also help you improve the processing of formulations containing recycled content as those formulations can be susceptible to severe die build-up which may lead to product defects. In blow molding processes, Dynamar™ PPAs can help you expand the processability window, allowing you to have longer material runs and broader extrusion parameters that can help optimise cycle time and productivity.

    Dynamar™ Polymer Processing Additives (PPAs) to Improve the HDPE Blow Molding Process (PDF, 241KB)

    Processing Additives in High Density Polyethylene Extrusion Blow Molding Applications (PDF, 202KB)

  • reduce pressure during the plastic extrusion process with 3M™ Dynamar™ PPAs
    Blow and Cast Films

    Dynamar™ PPAs help you reduce the pressure during extrusion, which allows for the production of thin, high-strength plastic films with fewer surface defects and melt fracture. For your process, this can translate to less waste while maintaining functional stability for heat sealing, form-fill-seal, printability and other film converting operations. Dynamar™  PPAs can also help you enable design flexibility for a variety of film applications such as heavy-duty sacks, collation shrink films, stretch films, bags and liners, greenhouse films and many more.

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  • 3M™ Dynamar™ PPA and 3M™ Dyneon™ PTFE piles of coloured pieces
    3M™ Dynamar™ PPA and 3M™ Dyneon™ PTFE

    Whether you are producing white concentrates, carbon blacks or a custom compound for colour matching, 3M™ Dynamar™ PPA and 3M™ Dyneon™ PTFE polymers can help you maximise your productivity by improving pigment dispersion, reducing colour change over time and enabling high-quality concentrates and masterbatches.
    Because one solution is not enough for today’s varied and complex polymer processing needs, 3M delivers a wide portfolio offering of PPAs and PTFEs that provide an equally wide range of compounds.
    Masterbatches can also supply concentrates with higher additive concentrations that help film-makers dose additives more accurately during production, while also providing them with the ability to quickly address unexpected processing challenges such as the sudden onset of melt fracture or other imperfections.

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  • Fiber Extrusion & Monofilament

    Where narrow dies and high volumes combine to create very thin fibres and filaments, 3M™ Dynamar™ PPAs shine – helping you reduce die and screen pack buildup, die plugging and strand breakage, all of which can cause waste and costly downtime. 3M PPAs are excellent for fast changeovers – especially during colour transitions. They can also contribute to uniform filament thicknesses and dimensional stability.

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  • Plastic pipe and tubing processed with 3M™ Dynamar™ PPAs
    Pipe & Tubing

    For a wide range of materials – UHMW, HDPE, LDPE, PP, and more – 3M has PPA solutions to help maximise your part-to-part consistency, reduce stress points in fixed and flexed tubes and pipes, and minimise surface defects without compromising durability. By reducing extrusion pressure and extruder torque in your process, these additives enable extrusion at lower temperatures which can help reduce sag in thick-walled and large diameter tubes.

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  • application and processing of polymers for wires and cables
    Wire & Cable in Plastic Processing

    Spool more with 3M™ Dynamar™ PPAs. Dynamar™ PPAs can help you eliminate die build-up, accelerate colour transitions, and provide consistent surface finishes for wire and cable applications using polyolefins or other materials.

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Selecting the Right PPA for Different Applications

A key decision factor in PPA selection is the specific process (e.g. blown film) and related process parameters. The polymer type, rheology, and processing temperatures are important considerations in the choice of PPA type. Click on the button to contact a 3M expert for further assistance.

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