Omya Smartfill

Prevention of hydrolysis and ductility improvement in demanding polymers

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Omya Smartfill is a calcium carbonate with an innovative modification that outperforms conventional calcium carbonate in most engineering polymers and in biopolymers that hydrolyse easily during extrusion, such as PLA and PHA.

Improves the performance of Polylactic Acid (PLA) and Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA)

Omya Smartfill does not hydrolyse PLA and PHA like other calcium carbonates and improves both PLA stiffness and elongation, making PLA more ductile without additional impact modifiers.

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Improves the ductility of Polyamide (PA) at lower cost 

Omya Smartfill improves the elongation and impact strength of PA 6 and thus offers cost advantages in the formulation of glass fiber and impact-modified compounds, as lower amounts of glass fibers and impact modifiers can be used. 

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Improves mechanical properties of white Polycarbonate (PC) at lower cost  

Pigments and minerals lower the mechanical performance of non-transparent polycarbonate.

 

For instance, when using Omya Smartfill, less titanium dioxide is required in white PC formulations, so that the impact strength of PC is significantly improved. 

Benefits of Omya Smartfill in PLA

  • Increases stiffness and elongation
  • Increases impact resistance
  • Colors PLA white
  • Reduces formulation costs
  • Accelerates heat transfer (heating / cooling)

 

Omya Smartfill  0%10%20%40%
Tensile ModulusN/mm23200360041004900
Tensile Strength at YieldN/mm268574838
Elongation at Break%5.5509028
Melt Flow Rate
210 °C / 2.16kg
g/ 10 min23212023
Opacity%13758998

Sustainability and Composability

Omya Smartfill is made of natural and renewable calcium carbonate and fulfils the requirement for composting.

Carbon footprint of CaCO3

Technical support

Omya has a highly experienced technical services team which supports customers throughout the process of product development. Our pilot compounding and production lines combined with our extensive testing laboratories enable process optimization and product innovation.

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