Mold Release Agents
(MLAs) are designed to prevent sticking parts or products from adhering to molds. They are an essential component in many industries, including medical, construction, electronic and food and beverage production.
A wide range of MLAs are available to meet specific needs, with light-duty formulas for delicate applications and heavy-duty options that can take the heat. The right MLA can extend the life of your mold, help you avoid excess resin buildup and keep products free from damage or blemishes.
Some MLAs are lubricant-based, while others are abrasion-resistant. These are useful when applying a release to a highly abrasive mold material like polymer concrete or molded fiberglass reinforced polyester (FRP).
Solvent-based MLAs offer compatibility with a wide range of molding processes. These MLAs have lower VOCs than organic alternatives and are easy to apply, facilitating strong film formation.
Suitable for a wide variety of plastics, these MLAs can be applied in the extrusion and injection molding processes. They offer strong release for rotationally molded plastics and have good release properties for epoxies, thermoplastics, and adhesives.
Composite MLAs are formulated specifically to address the unique needs of composite materials during the molding process. These MLAs can be used in the production of molded fiberglass reinforced polyester (FRP) and other types of composites.
Mold release agents are an important tool in the rubber, plastic, and composite molding process. Some MLAs are sacrificial, which means that they must be reapplied to the mold surface each time a product is molded. This can lead to increased labor, materials use, and cycle time.