EL-Lene™ H112PC: AN INNOVATION BEYOND PE100

Date: 3 Oct 2016

Nowadays polyethylene has played an importance role in several pipeline industries such as water, gas, and mining pipe. SCG Chemicals is determined to create efficient plastic innovations to add value and create better living through relentlessly product development. An outstanding outcome is EL-Lene™ H112PC, a high performance material for high density polyethylene pipe.

As proven by accredited laboratory (EXOVA), pipes made from EL-Lene™ H112PC compound possesses impressive 10% higher withstanding pressure. With the benefit of superior strength, thickness of pipe using EL-Lene™ H112PC can be reduced by 10%. As a result, flow volume in operation increases. Besides, thinner wall also leads to easier to control pipe extrusion and faster welding installation.

In addition, slurry test showed that EL-Lene™ H112PC compound has 40% higher abrasion resistance than that of conventional PE100 pipe, and, as a consequence, has longer lifetime use.

EL-Lene™ H112PC compound is thus trusted for pipe in mining and water supply projects and is an ideal material for sustainable infrastructure.

 

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P902J Innovative Plastic Resins For Thinner Yet Stronger Packaging

P902J Innovative Plastic Resins For Thinner Yet Stronger Packaging

Date: 26 Sep 2016

Plastic containers have enjoyed continuing popularity due to the way they fit the modern lifestyle which values both convenience and speed. In Thailand, the packaging industry grows by approximately 3 - 4 per cent annually. However, growing environmental concernamong consumers has led them to choose products which are friendly to the environment. Packaging manufacturers therefore have started to put more emphasis on the development of environmentally-friendly products. One way to do this has been the use of raw materials that produce thinner and lighter packaging while maintaining other properties that give the consumers the convenience and ease of use that they need. As part of its attempt to develop environmentally-friendly innovations, SCG Chemicals has researched and developed an innovative new plastic resin, P902J, which responds to the needs of both manufacturers of thin wall injection molding food and drink packaging as well as consumers. With its product development team who are skilled in the development of plastic packaging materials and its state-of-the-art laboratory, SCG Chemicals has been able to develop these environmentally friendly plastic resins with possess properties that make them stand out from ordinary plastic resins for injection. Highlights of P902J include: Being thinner yet stronger: P902J helps reduce the amount of plastic resins used in the production process causes cost saving. From 40 - 60 % higher toughness than conventional PP resin for injection, it is stronger and does not become brittle and break easily while in use of thinner and lighter product. With greater isotropic shrinkage, the packaging does not bend out of shape which makes it easier for consumers to use. Moreover, its high transparency gives it an attractive look. The fact that it is thinner and lighter also means a higher volume of goods can be transported at one time. Increased productivity: Its high flowability and faster demolding contribute directly to the manufacturing process, as it helps manufacturers to produce more products in the same amount of time with the molding time being cut by 5 - 10 per cent. Reduced energy consumption in the manufacturing process: The high flowability and faster demolding means the need for energy in the range ofprocesses involved from resin production to packaging manufacturing can be reduced. It is easier to produce thinner packaging as the resin can fast flowing by using less energy to melt. Moreover, the ability to be fast solidified also savethe energy to cool the product. It is an opportunity to do 5 times faster cooling in same product size. This is just one example of how it is possible and worthwhile to conserve the environment through research and development of P902J plastic resins, and that these resins are a good alternative for plastic packaging manufacturers who are looking for environmentally-friendly innovations which can effectively serve the needs of consumers. For more information aboutP902Jplease visithttps://www.scgchemicals.com/en/products-services/product-type/pp/pp-homopolymer​
Returning Homes and Lives to the Sea—A Quest for A Sustainable Community

Returning Homes and Lives to the Sea—A Quest for A Sustainable Community

Date: 13 Sep 2016

Neun Kho Community, Rayong Province The atmosphere in my hometown of Baan Neun Kho today is one of festivity and excitement. That’s because we’re celebrating the “Towards the 5th year of fish home for sustainable community” event, and Uncle Sam-oi, leader of the local fishermen’s group was on stage for a discussion. It’s hard to believe that this is the fifth year of the project; time has flown by really quickly. I still remember 4 years ago when I was 16, Uncle Sam-oi called together the community elders to find ways to revive the coastal environment. At the time, the volume of fish caught by the local fishermen had dwindled drastically, and fishermen had to take the boats out farther and farther in order to catch fish and crabs. One of the projects we piloted in our community is fish home construction for small marine creatures. The homes are created from many different materials found in the community, such as old rope or car tyres. After hearing about the project, SCG Chemicals approached us, inviting us to try using PE100 pipes. Black pipes were assembled in the shape of a house roof — a design quite different from that of the fish homes we been building. The design process was undertaken jointly by the SCG Chemicals staff and local fishermen, and we finally came up with a design we were happy with. Every time a fish home-building activity took place, the people in the community and the staff of SCG Chemicals would take part and transport the finished fish homes on fishing boats to be placed in designated areas. Although I had gone fishing with my mom and dad many times, I was still really excited on my first trip to place fish homes in the sea. To me, going on this trip and waiting to see what would happen next was more thrilling than catching fish. Apart from fish home building, Uncle Sam-oi also rallied the people in our community to help take care of the coastal areas by collecting trash, planting mangrove trees, etc. The elders in the community also said that the community had to help take care of the fish homes that we placed in the sea—making the fish feel safe there so that they would become places fish come to spawn, and where baby fish could grow. We all agreed to not fish in the areas where the fish homes had been placed, and would make certain no one fished in the area so they would become fertile breeding grounds and nurseries for the marine life our community relied on. Just four years after humble beginning of this project, the fish homes we’ve placed over the years can now be found all over the sea floor. When we go diving there we see that a large number of fish and other marine organisms have established their homes in these areas. More importantly, our local fishermen are now able to catch more fish without having to take their boats out very far. Our lives have improved. This helps members of the new generation in our community, like me, realize that caring for the sea is important for fishermen like us. The sea is not just the home of fish; it is our home too. And cooperation from a lot of people has helped achieve the realization of this project. Today, government agencies, the community and SCG Chemicals have come together in this “Towards the 5th year of fish home for sustainable community project”. I am glad that others realize the effort of our community has made in trying to revive the ecosystem and I am thankful for their support over the years. On top of helping us with fish homes, the staff at SCG Chemicals also suggested that we set up “Neun Kho Fishery Learning Center” to pass onto other communities some of our local wisdom about fishery industry, and the story of what we have experienced and learned while conducting this project. Inside the exhibition center, there will be posters and information boards telling visitors of the way of life of the local fishermen and the success of the fish home project. It won’t be long before fishermen from other areas, as well as sea lovers and other interested people, come here for a visit to learn about the project. The elders also came up with an idea for an eco-fishing boat excursion. It sounds like a lot of fun and I, for one, plan to volunteer as a tour guide for Neun Kho. I was deeply touched by what Uncle Sam-oi said on-stage today: “If we all put our heads together and help each other find solutions to problems, and respect the agreement, we can solve the problems sustainably.” Listening to his speech I was reminded of the monthly meeting the elders have. Uncle Sam-oi often says that, in order for the community to be truly strong and sustainable, it has to be self-reliant. The community needs to be the one initiating worthwhile projects before seeking support from the public or private sectors. SCG Chemicals has provided support to many community-initiated projects and I believe that this kind of support helps the people learn to rely on themselves and feel proud of themselves. The event went smoothly and everyone is smiling with happiness. I too am sporting a big smile and I told myself that I will maintain the legacy of the local fisheries wisdom and pass it on to future generations so that our fertile source of income and pristine marine ecosystem will be with us till the end of time. Materials and installation of fish homes SCG Chemicals’ fish homes are made from polyethylene (EL-LeneTM H1000PC) or PE pipes that have passed the plastic pellet testing process by SCG Chemicals and the pipe property tests by VTT, Finland and other SFS-EN ISO 8795:2001 institutes worldwide. The chemicals in the pipe are extracted and the liquid tested for toxic chemicals, smell and contaminants by the experts and found to be free of toxic chemicals and therefore friendly to the environment. As PE is resistant to corrosion and can withstand high pressure, it is also long-lasting. To assemble the fish home, 110 mm PE100 pipes are welded into a 2 m2 fish home (1.2 m wide, 1.2 m long and 1.1 m tall). Each home weighs about 250 kg. Then at least 10 homes are placed near one another. (Each cluster of homes covers an area of approximately 20 m2). The fish homes are then weighted using 200 kg of concrete ballast at the base. The fish homes are placed within the local fishery (small fishing boat fishery) radius so that it will be convenient for the local fishermen to watch over them. Benefits of fish homes: Creates biodiversity in terms of both variety of species and number of marine creatures that have made the fish homes their habitats. Over 10 species of marine animals have taken up residence in the fish homes, including commercial fish such as yellow-stripe trevally, grouper, queenfish, sardine, spanner crab, ridge swimming crab, mussels, and ornamental fish such as batfish, stingray and diamond trevally. Increases coastal fisheries and marine habitat, nursery areas and shelter by over 1,600 m2 annually Creates a network of over 1,000 marine environment conservation areas annually Towards the 5th year of the fish home project: 2012 Fish home project was initiated in December with 10 fish homes placed in Klaeng district, Rayong province. 2013 Placed 90 more fish homes in Rayong and announced the success of placing 100 fish homes at the “Pristine Beach, Fish Come Home: celebrating SCG’s 100th anniversary with 100 fish homes” event to commemorate SCG’s 100th anniversary. 2014 100 additional fish homes were places in Rayong and the project expanded to areas in Chonburi for the first time 2015 170 more fish homes were placed in Rayong and Chonburi provinces 2016 The project aims to place 400 more fish homes in Rayong and Chonburi provinces.
PVC Resin SG500 FAST FUSE & HIGH FLOW - Effectively reducing waste during the production process

PVC Resin SG500 FAST FUSE & HIGH FLOW - Effectively reducing waste during the production process

Date: 13 Sep 2016

The PVC injection molding process, when used for large-sized products such as non-pressure fittings of 80 mm or more in diameter, products which are required to have thin walls and be light-weight, and products with especially complex shapes like rain gutter fittings, often results in imperfect pieces. Short shots (incomplete filling of a mold cavity), burning, jetting, and matting of product pieces result from the fact that the commonly used PVC resin K-58 has viscosity. And although the imperfect pieces can be recycled, the process adds extra cost to the production process. Therefore, a new grade of PVC is needed that melts easily and has better flowability. In response to such requirement, SCG Chemicals has developed SG500—a new grade of PVC resin with very low molecular weight (K-Value = 50 or Degree of Polymerization = 450), which gives it excellent flow properties. This means it requires less time to melt than PVC resin K-58 and makes it ideal for use in the injection of large-sized molds such as non-pressure fittings of 80 mm or more in diameter or rain gutter fittings. SG500 may replace some or all of the old resins in the production formula, depending on the product properties desired by the manufacturers. With properties that help reduce melting and injection time, energy consumption and the number of substandard products resulting from short shots can be reduced by 40-60%. Moreover, productivity is increased by 5-15%. Thus it can be clearly seen that SG500 PVC resin can effectively increase production efficiency while reducing loss in the production process. See product details and datasheet click PVC Resin SG500 For more information contact: Mr. Nantawut Siritorn, Technical Service & Development Engineer, SCG Plastics Co Ltd. Tel: +66 2586 1144 Fax : +66 2586 5514 Email : nantawus@scg.com
Sky Visualizer Robot— an aerial visual inspection robot that increases the level of safety in the petrochemical industry

Sky Visualizer Robot— an aerial visual inspection robot that increases the level of safety in the petrochemical industry

Date: 13 Sep 2016

In the petrochemical industry, plant equipment and machinery require regular inspection. One of the most critical equipment is a flare stack. At the height of 30-150 meters — the equivalent of a 40-storey building—and constantly blazing flares at its tip, human inspection is not possible during normal operations. First, the temperature at the tip of the stack can be up to 1,300 °C, and the inspection can only be done when plant is shut down during turnaround, which means that it can be done only once every 5-6 years. Moreover, manual inspection is dangerous as the inspectors have to climb up to the flare tip and work at great height in the areas that are hard to access. As a proponent of safety innovation initiatives, SCG Chemicals, a manufacturer and distributor of comprehensive chemical products which conducts its business with concern for society, has researched and developed the Sky Visualizer Robot—a flying inspection robot which provides greater safety for both operators and communities. Although drones or unmanned aerial vehicles are widely used in many industries nowadays, the use of normal drones in petrochemical plant can pose great risks to safety due to the lack of safety systems. For instance, if mistakes are made either from improper manual control of the drone or loss of control during flight, the drone might crash into an area causing damage to the petrochemical plant, local communities or public roads, which can potentially result in damage to property and loss of life. In contrast, the Sky Visualizer Robot has been developed to be able to work in autopilot mode with an emphasis on safety. The flight plan can be set ahead of time so as to prevent the robot from going into dangerous areas or low-signal spots. The flight plan is also configurable during the flight. Most importantly, the Sky Visualizer Robot comes with an effective safety system that eliminates the risks that may exist during a manually-controlled flight. The safety features of the Sky Visualizer Robot are unique and different from ordinary drones in that: 1. The flight plan can be set ahead of time so as to prevent it from flying into risky or low-signal spots 2. Programmable invisible walls prevent robot from flying out of safety area and a safe crash zone can be predefined. 3. Automatic “Return Home” function allows the robot to return to the starting point in cases where the control signal is lost or the battery is weak. 4. The controller can switch to manual mode if the autopilot should malfunction or there is no GPS signal 5. It has been designed to be virtually failure-proof, featuring multiprocessor, multi-frequency operations and a high-precision dual-source GPS system. With its outstanding features, the Sky Visualizer Robot is able to fly to inspect flare stacks in petrochemical plants without the need to shut down the operation of the entire plant. This helps save time and cost, but more importantly, it is safer for both factory workers and people in the surrounding communities. The Sky Visualizer Robot has already proven its efficiency and safety in the inspection of SCG Chemicals plants. However, SCG Chemicals is not going to stop there and will continue to develop the Sky Visualizer Robot to achieve even better performance so that it can be used in other industries in the future. For more information please contact Mr. Piyavudh Vonglertvidhya at Industrial Solutions. Email: piyavudv@scg.com
BI-COMPONENT FIBER FOR DISPOSABLE HYGIENE PRODUCTS THAT REQUIRE EXTRA SOFTNESS

BI-COMPONENT FIBER FOR DISPOSABLE HYGIENE PRODUCTS THAT REQUIRE EXTRA SOFTNESS

Date: 1 Apr 2016

Nowadays demand for disposable hygiene products, especially diapers and sanitary napkins, has increased dramatically in line with demographic changes in the world’s population. People these days are more concerned about hygiene, which has created higher competition among the manufacturers of this group of products. Producers thus have to adapt themselves and offer products with unique characteristics which will stand out from their competitors’. One characteristic that sells is softness. This makes customers feel more comfortable while wearing the product, and also does not irritate the skin. Adding softness to nonwoven fabric used in the top sheet of a product which comes into direct contact with the users’ skin can be done by replacing the traditional PP spunbond with bi-component fiber. Thus, to adapt to market trends and better serve the needs of consumers, SCG Chemicals has striven to develop High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) plastic pellets for use as the raw material in the manufacturing of bi-component fiber. The fiber is used as the “nonwoven” fabric on the top sheet of diapers or sanitary napkins which requires added softness. Bi-component fiber’s structure is composed two layers. The core usually has Polypropylene (PP) or Polyethylene Tarephthalate (PET) as its main raw material where- as the sheath or the outer layer is coated with High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) to give the fiber a softer feel while maintaining its other properties. SCG Chemicals has developed EL-Lene H103S plastic pellets specifically for the production of bi-component fiber. In-depth research and development has resulted in a fiber that is softer and silkier than PP spunbond fiber. Apart from that, the bicomponent fiber also has other winning properties namely good elasticity, water absorbency and air permeability which re- duces the dampness of the nonwoven fabric top sheet of diapers and sanitary napkins. Also, it does not leave behind residues that may cause irritation to the skin. Not only has EL-Lene H103S been created for use in bi-component fiber, it can also be used in staple fiber or other nonwoven fabrics that require added softness as well. Bi-component fiber is an example of a product that results from SCG Chemicals’ ongoing commitment to developing products which best respond to customers’ needs. Click here for more information aboutEL-Lene H103S