rep-L® is a safe, effective, and affordable additive for plastics and polymers – either during the manufacturing process or applied as a coating.

As the fastest growing commodity on our planet we are now hard-pressed to find products or surfaces that are non-plastic, primarily as it is inexpensive, highly durable and can be produced in a vast array of colors, textures and flexibility. The recent advent of 3D printing will only propel the ubiquitous nature of the material.

Current solutions for plastic are very expensive and while these expensive solutions may be common practice for the healthcare industry, industries such as packaging are looking for additives to enhance their bottom line and not price them out of their respective markets.

The following are just several of the reasons why plastic manufacturers and processors are now turning to rep-L® antimicrobials for their products protection:

  • Bio-Based – rep-L® is almost 90% bio-based.
  • Price – rep-L® is a fraction of the cost of Silver and other prolific toxic solutions.
  • Efficacy – rep-L® is a broad-spectrum (eliminates both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria including many of the most deadly bacteria known as “Superbugs” including MRSA, VRE, CRE, E. coli, etc.
  • Value – rep-L® adds significant value to both the health of the environments in which they are utilized, and secondly in the value that it adds to the product with enhanced capabilities.
  • Wet & Dry – rep-L® has excellent efficacy in both wet and dry environments. 90% of currently available antimicrobials are only when activated by moisture / humidity.

rep-L® will eliminate bacteria on plastics creating safer environments for the people who use it.

As populations come together in denser environments, and sharing of spaces, transportation and commercial goods becomes more commonplace, it is important for manufacturers to offer built in antimicrobial protection to their plastic products.

rep-L® can be easily added to materials during their production:

  • As a Masterbatch – rep-L® can be supplied in a pre-blended form with the plastic of your choice along with other additives of your choice to facilitate production for those melt and mold manufacturers.
  • As a liquid – for direct dispersion into your plastic batches.

Both methods of addition add value to existing products in the form of greater safety to users of the products and greater return for the manufacturers that have created them.

rep-L® is a bio-based, broad spectrum, innovative, inexpensive solution to microbial problems encountered throughout the world. We invite you to experience the benefits rep-L™ can provide to your products and materials. We are here to enhance your products and the lives of those that use them.

rep-L® is the clear solution for both commodity and non-commodity based plastic applications.

Polylactic acid (PLA, PLLA and PDLA)

Principal Applications Include:

Medical implants (pins, rod, mesh, screws, plates, etc.), biodegradable packaging materials, cups, bags, awnings, disposable garments, diapers, etc.

Properties:

3D Printing, film, sheet casting, injection molding, investment casting, spinning, bio-degradation, high strength

Polyethylene oxide (PEO)

Principal Applications Include:

Additive basis for laxatives, eye drops, film coatings, tablet binders, ointment bases, preserving painted colors, stabilizer for green wood, spandex, rocket fuel, paintballs, foam cushions, laboratory applications such as potentiator, etc.

Properties:

Lubricant, binder, low molecular weight, excipient, dietary preventative agent, preservative, dispersant, anti-foaming agent

Polycaprolactone (PCL)

Principal Applications Include:

Biomedical (implants – long lasting), sutures, drug delivery devices, adhesion barriers, housing, dentistry (mouth guards, root canal filling)

Properties:

Slow biodegradability for long term implants, softened with heat for retreatment

Polydioxanone

Principal Applications Include:

Medical (orthopedics, surgical sutures, tissue engineering, plastic surgery, drug delivery)

Properties:

Degraded by hydrolysis, reabsorption to body within 6 months

Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)

Principal Applications Include:

Paper adhesive (winding and board production), sizing agent for textiles, paper coatings, detergent packs, plastic backing for feminine hygiene and incontinence products, CO2 barrier in PET bottles, form release, eye drops, reinforcement in concrete, chemical-resistant gloves, fish bait bags, etc.

Properties:

Water soluble film, CO2 barrier, release agent, embolization agent, surfactant, fixative

Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)

Principal Applications Include:

Automotive Trim, medical devices, electrical assemblies, luggage, toys (including Lego), canoes, helmets, etc.

Properties:

Lightweight, injection molded, extruded, excellent compression

Nylon (4; 6; 4,6 6,6)

Principal Applications Include:

Parachutes, military supplies (including gun handles), tents, tires, bank notes, ropes, carpet, toothbrushes, oven bags, tools, stockings, finishing line, car engine components, instrument strings, racquet strings, etc.

Properties:

Extrusion, casting, injection molding, high density, oxygen barrier (food packaging), high temperature resistance

Polyacrylic acid (PAC)

Principal Applications Include:

Disposable Diapers, adhesives

Properties:

High molecular weight, neutral pH, some can retain water and swell many times of their original volume

Polycarbonate (PC)

Principal Applications Include:

Electronic, telecommunications hardware, capacitors, dome lights, flat or curved glazing, sound walls, compact disks, DVD’s, signs, poster protection, aircraft security components, bullet proof glass, cockpit canopies, aircraft windows, eye protection, riot gear, scuba masks, drones, phones

Properties:

Low Weight, high impact resistance, low scratch resistance

Polyethylene (PE)

Principal Applications Include:

Machine parts, gears, milk jugs, detergent bottles, portable pumping systems, shrink film, carrier bags, screw closures, butter tubs, garbage containers, bulletproof vests, toys, lids, buckets, piping, bubble wrap, packaging, sporting goods, hip implants

Properties:

Density (various), toughness, flexibility, stress resistance

Polyurethane (PU)

Principal Applications Include:

Foam Seating, rigid foam insulation panels, microcellular seals and gaskets, shopping cart wheels, skateboard wheels, , automotive suspension bushings, bushings, synthetic fibers, carpet underlay, hoses, coatings, etc.

Properties:

High-resilience, durability, high performance

Polyvinyl carbadazole (PVCD)

Principal Applications Include:

High-frequency insulation

Properties:

Good resistance to heat and chemicals, not very strong

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

Principal Applications Include:

Piping, door and window profiles, non-food packaging, bottles, electrical insulation, inflatable products, signage

Properties:

Both rigid or flexible, brittle, insoluble in alcohol, high hardness, mechanical properties, good flame retardancy

Polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF)

Principal Applications Include:

Tubing, films, plates, sheet, piping, insulator for premium wire, semiconductor, medical and defense industries, aerospace, paint, tin metal roofing

Properties:

High purity, resistance to solvents, acids, bases, strength, can be injected, molded, welded

Polypropylene (PP)

Principal Applications Include:

Hinges, flip-top bottle caps, piping systems, potable plumbing, car batteries, pails, coolers, dishes, clear plastic bags, carpets, mats, aircraft parts, adhesive tapes, binders, drums, clothing, floating barriers, medical products

Properties:

Fatigue resistance, strength, rigidity, environmental benefits

Silicon

Principal Applications Include:

Electrical insulation, seals, gaskets, cookware, office machines, coatings, medicine/dentistry, greases, automotive, molds, dry-cleaning solvents, fire barriers, hair products, building and plumbing, aquariums, plumbing, baby bottles, toys, footwear, etc.

Properties:

Lubricity, non water-soluble, low coefficient of friction, temperature resistance, easy cast ability, good flow ability, clean ability, non-degradable