2014-03-11 13:38:25 - These formulations, filled with almond shell, are totally innovative and will allow the manufacturing of toys and auxiliary furniture on biodegradable matrixes with very appealing aesthetic characteristics.
The characteristics and parameters of bio-based plastic colorants on biodegradable matrix with almond shell fillers to be processed by injection moulding have been determined within the LIFE MASTALMOND Project. These new formulations will be applied to toy and auxiliary furniture products, to adapt the formulations to their physical and chemical requirements.
Among other activities, the type of biodegradable polymeric matrix, the almond shell particle size, the drying conditions and the different required colours and textures have been established.
Preliminary formulations have been applied to tests specimens with the aim of characterising them in several almond shell percentages, what has conferred very interesting textures in several tonalities on tests specimens. The result is fully satisfactory and their aesthetic characteristics very appealing.
The scaled-up selected
formulations will be applied to the demonstrators aiming to be developed, which have been recently defined; they will applied on parts of a Ride-On toy and parts with wood texture on an office chair.
Mª Sol Estébanez, head of the project in IQAP Masterbatch Group, says that “as they are bio-based biodegradable plastics, the benefits of the results obtained are triple: achieving biodegradable materials to a lower cost, the production of products with very interesting aesthetics that simulate wood and the improvement of the branding mark of the company that uses these environment-friendly products”. As a consequence, she hopes “that industries become aware of the importance of those developments and contribute to the project providing their related requirements, thus joining synergies and allowing the implementation of good practices in the result.
This project, supported by the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Community within LIFE+ 2011 ENV/ES/513, is in its second year of development and is planned to be fully developed in 3 years.
The Technological Institute for Children & Leisure Products (AIJU) is a non-profit making organisation, located in Ibi, the Spanish geographic centre for the manufacture of toys. It was founded in 1985 with the collaboration of the Spanish Toy Manufacturers Association (AEFJ) and the Regional Government (IMPIVA).
Its aim is to transfer and allow children & leisure products manufacturers to access to the knowledge of new technologies in order to improve their competitiveness, while offering technological and financial assessment and supporting the professional development of people involved in the sector. For this purpose, it has a staff of 75 professionals who develop their work in the different departments composing AIJU. Besides, this organisation is provided with the required infrastructure to manage the different activities it undertakes.
The department intended to carry out these tasks is the Department of Product Development – Laboratory, specifically the Processing and Materials area. This area has several research lines for the development of new materials for traditional and Rapid Manufacturing processes, manufacturing & decoration processes and pre-treatments in order to optimise such processes.
AIJU is the leader of PLATECMA (Technological Platform of Traditional Manufacturer products) and an active member of the Rapid Manufacturing European Platform and the Spanish mirror led by ASERM, the Spanish Rapid Manufacturing Association, EuMAT, EFFRA the European Platform for Sports Innovation and Manufuture. AIJU is a member of the “Materials” group promoted by REDIT, the RDT Centres of IMPIVA’s Network.
In the field of standardisation, the entity is working on the potential feasibility of proposed legislation as well as new safety criteria for toys, with participation in several proficiency testing schemes, both at a National and European Level. Thus, it is participating in the development of new standards for toys in the European Committee of Normalization (CEN).
Find further information at: www.aiju.info.