PSG ON THE GO!
July/ August 2019
Newsletter
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. -Winston Churchill
PSG is in the midst of some exciting changes, and we wanted to share the news with you. Dee Walker, Director of Operations and Sue Belton, Director of Marketing and Sales wil be taking on increased responsibilities in the day to day management of PSG. Our President, Bill Dickinson, will still be intimately involved with the company, but our customers and suppliers will see more direct communications from Dee and Sue.
Bill is hoping to take a bit more time for himself and he is confident Dee and Sue are ready for this new opportunity. Having given 100% of time and energy to PSG for the past 25 years, and 30 years prior to the plastics industry, Bill is looking forward to a new work/life balance. An avid traveler, gardener, husband, father and grandfather, Bill would like to have more time and energy to focus on more personal aspects of life.
PSG will continue to develop new materials and offer the level of service for which we are quite proud. Bill has put the company in a position of strength, and provided the direction and tutelage that will enable the company to thrive. Bill will still be working with PSG to continue the mission of the company to be a valuable partner in the development of new resin formulations that will meet the various and ever-changing needs of our customers.
Please contact Dee Walker and/ or Sue Belton with any questions, and we welcome your inquiries and comments.
PSG LUBRICITY ADDITIVE

PSG has developed a lubricity additive for several of our resin families. These include: Kostrate® Sizzle, PSG Edge, EsterGlas and Kostrate® Edge.

Unlike siloxane, our lubricity concentrates, when added to the base resin, do not wear off or dissipate. They do not cause "gumming" or "stickiness" and it maintains clarity.

Once added to a thermoplastic, it becomes part of the thermoplastic and remains as long as the thermoplastic remains.

The molecular weight of the lubricity is lower than the base resin. Therefore, it continues "bloom" for the life of the part. This additive lowers the coefficient of friction which is especially valuable to P.O.P. applications.

In a recent comparison between silicone ("siloxane") our lubricity concentrate came out superior. The silicone, although immediately reduced the coefficient of friction, ours after being allowed to "bloom" for 24 hours produced a same or better result. And if the surface of the Silone part is "wiped" it does not offer the same recovery result (it was worsened) and eventually the silicone dissipated. Our results were static for the life of the part.

In addition to the practical uses of this additive, there are aesthetic purposes to consider as well. The lubricity provides a nice "hand feel", making even a commodity GPPS feel like a higher quality resin. It gives a very slight enhancement to chemical resistance, and scratch resistance. It will cause parts to release from the mold better as well.

In terms of cost, the scrap rate is a molder's first consideration. If the lubricity is added at 1/2- 1%, which it most often is, and this is a cost of .03- .07 per pound of material: is the current scrap rate high enough to justify the addition?? In most cases, it is. And will your customer appreciate the added benefits of a better "feeling" part? And again, for P.O.P., the ability to have a product more freely slide in a pusher system with no loss of performance for the life of the part. The best part is that in dollar and cents comparison, PSG lubricity is less expensive than siloxane.

Our goal is to provide outstanding service to our customers.  To better serve you, please follow these guidelines for turnaround times.
 
  Just-In-Time Service Orders- will process and ship in 3-5 business days. 
  Custom Blends- will process and ship in 5-7 business days.
Tailored Compounds- will process and ship in 4-6 weeks.
Specialty Concentrates - will process and ship in 3-4 weeks.
 
As always, we will do our best to meet your needs.  Please allow 24 hours from order receipt for PSG to process and send an order acknowledgment to the buyer's attention.  By following these lead times, you will give us the time we need to provide our best service to you.  Thank you in advance for your help!  
 
Please join us in welcoming our new Service Administrator, Alscresha Ballinger!
       
Alcresha brings a solid 13 year background in administrative service, problem solving and organization.  Please reach her at psgcs@go2psg.com  Thank you!!
 
 
 
We have freshly printed handbooks available!
  
 Our pocket sized handbook is available to our customers, all you need to do is ask for a copy.  The information inside is all about thermoplastics and molding... not only for our resin offers but most others as well. Conversion charts, molding tips, tool design, vent depths, ASTM test guide, and so much more are subjects included.
 





PSG HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
 
PSG will be closed the following days/ dates:          
 
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 2- Labor Day

Plastic Selection Group is, and continues to be the leading cutting edge source for water clear thermoplastic resins. With resin families that "fill the gap" between brittle clears and engineered clears, we are here to be your valuable partner in water clear resin selection and development. Please note the recent addition of our terpolymer hi performance, engineering grade Ketek™.
 
We offer cost saving performance driven alternatives which provide unit cost savings and will compete in your specific application.
  
Our mission at Plastic Selection Group, Inc. is to be a valuable and profitable partner in material selection and development for plastic manufacturers, component processors and end-users across the globe.
Our water clear lines offer superior performance and significant savings resulting in a higher profit margin.   
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