Epolene® C-10 Polymer

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Epolene® C-10 is a branched polyethylene wax developed for use as a base polymer in hot melt coatings for paper and packaging.
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Product Overview

Epolene® C-10 is a highly branched, medium–molecular weight, low-density polyethylene (LDPE) wax intended to be used as a base polymer in hot-melt coatings and hot-melt adhesives for paper and packaging applications.

Hot-melt barrier coatings formulated with Epolene® C-10 polyethylene wax exhibit exceptional gloss, grease resistance, low moisture vapor transmission, and excellent heat sealability. Epolene® C-10 may also be used in lost wax investment casting to make ceramic molds. For printing ink applications, Epolene® C-10 may be used as an additive to improve abrasion resistance, increase surface slip, and reduce the offset of the ink. 

The properties of Epolene® C-10 wax also make it useful as a low-cost processing aid for rubber compounding and as a dispersing and processing aid in color concentrate masterbatches. When added to a masterbatch at low levels, Epolene® C-10 improves pigment dispersion and color yield to achieve a target color using less pigment. Torque and backpressure are also reduced when Epolene® C-10 is used in masterbatch compounding, resulting in lower energy consumption and more efficient manufacturing.

When used in elastomer compounding, Epolene® C-10 acts as a flow and release agent that allows the elastomer to completely fill and easily release from the mold.

Product Specifications

Polymer type: LDPE
Molecular weight: 35,000
Mettler softening point (ASTM D6090): 101°C
Penetration hardness (ASTM D5): 3 dmm
Viscosity, Brookfield: 18,600 cPs at 125°C, 3,550 cPs at 190°C


Primary Chemistry: Polyethylene Polymer
Features & Benefits

Nonpolar
High gloss
Low moisture vapor transmission
Grease resistance
Good heat stability
Improved adhesion for paper and cardboard coatings
Enhanced flexibility and processability
Extended durability
Wetting and dispersion in color and pigment concentrates



Problems Solved
Damage to paper caused by exposure to moisture and oily substances Low gloss of paper packaging Poor dispersion of pigments in color masterbatch Difficult heat sealing of paper coatings
Applications

Hot-melt adhesives
Solvent-based adhesives
Plastics compounding
Plastics color concentrates
Color masterbatches
Additive masterbatches
Paper coating emulsions
Cardboard coatings
Automotive coatings
Curtain/cascade coatings
Building and construction coatings
Packaging coatings
Candles
Wax modification