How to Select Formulation, Blending and Compounding Services        Image Credit: Associated Polymer Labs   Formulation, blending and compounding services specialize in the custom or contractual processing, development, and/or packaging of bulk materials such as plastics, elastomers, adhesives, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and lubricants. To produce a finished product, they combine materials ranging from high-purity, single component chemicals to compound...
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Q & A on Formulation, Blending, and Compounding Services

We asked our users for their input on Formulation, Blending, and Compounding Services. Here are the results of 59 users familiar with Formulation, Blending, and Compounding Services.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing formulation, blending and compounding services?
9 answers
Answers:
Ultra-fine wet milling of pesticides and dry extrusion of water-dispersible formulations of pesticides.
~Doanld L, Marketing/Sales, Kansas City, MO
Small to midsized blenders for prototype production Equipment rental Chinese materials importing
~Michael T, Project Manager, Sioux Falls, SD
Development of special additives has made compounding very interesting and profitable.
~Suresh S, Engineering Consultant, Mumbai, India
Prepared syrups and solution for oral solutions that help with compounding.
~Marketing/Sales, Santa Elena, Belize
Base oil and additive technologies
~Watcharaphol T, Research & Development, Bangkok, Thailand
Engineered polymer compounds
~Technical Support/Services, Fernandina Beach, FL
Industrial to silicone chips.
~Paul A, Research & Development, Calgary, AB
Design of mixers involving blade design, seals etc.
~RAvindra L, Manager - Product Development, Mahad, India
Bio technology
~Ed G, Research & Development, Chicago, Cook

Q:
From your perspective, which companies are performing the most innovative formulation, blending and compounding services?
11 answers
Answers:
AgraForm in St Louis has the best set up from process control and quality of any of the pesticide tollers in the US. They are just getting starting as a toller having previously been part of Bayer & Aventis CropScience.
~Doanld L, Marketing/Sales, Kansas City, MO
Companies like Crompton Speciality, BYK, mfrers of special additives have helped in development of formulation and compounding.
~Suresh S, Engineering Consultant, Mumbai, India
Pharmaceutical and industrial chemical suppliers.
~Paul A, Research & Development, Calgary, AB
Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell.
~Watcharaphol T, Research & Development, Bangkok, Thailand
Paddock laboratories
~Marketing/Sales, Santa Elena, Belize
Regalube Ent.,
~Ed G, Research & Development, Chicago, Cook
Rohm and haas
~Technical Support/Services, Kota bharu, Malaysia
Nutrabio
~Michael T, Project Manager, Sioux Falls, SD
Nalco
~Owais M, Research & Development, Lahore, Pakistan
LNP
~RAvindra L, Manager - Product Development, Mahad, India
GLOBALSPEC
~Other, SURULERE, Nigeria

Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the projects you have used formulation, blending and compounding services for?
14 answers
Answers:
Formulation of Benadryl, and other pharmaceutical solutions and suspensions.
~Marketing/Sales, Santa Elena, Belize
Manufacture and moulding of DMC and SMC for Electrical Industry with my own formulation and compounds.
~Suresh S, Engineering Consultant, Mumbai, India
Formulation & blending of pesticide formulations.
~Doanld L, Marketing/Sales, Kansas City, MO
Blending of PTFE compounds, formulating rubbers compounds
~RAvindra L, Manager - Product Development, Mahad, India
Future projects will be identified and dominate some operations.
~Paul A, Research & Development, Calgary, AB
Lube blending: SAE 20w/50, SAE40, hd 50 & atf.
~Quality Control/Assurance, LAGOS, Nigeria
Wood plastic composite for building material.
~Technical Support/Services, Kota bharu, Malaysia
Cooling water & boiler feed water treatment.
~Owais M, Research & Development, Lahore, Pakistan
I have studies all phases of tribology.
~Ed G, Research & Development, Chicago, Cook
Develops industrial lubricants
~Watcharaphol T, Research & Development, Bangkok, Thailand
Adult supplements.
~Michael T, Project Manager, Sioux Falls, SD
Flame retardants.
~Technical Support/Services, Fernandina Beach, FL
Textile colors.
~Other, SURULERE, Nigeria
Rubber
~Research & Development, Ahmedabad, India

Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” projects that formulation, blending and compounding services have been used for.
6 answers
Answers:
Have used pesticide tollers as repackaging centers for returnable/re-usable container filling of solids and liquids.
~Doanld L, Marketing/Sales, Kansas City, MO
Formulation of PVC plastisol for manufacturing tooling accessories.
~RAvindra L, Manager - Product Development, Mahad, India
Wood chip wood chip+hdpe+lubricant+coupling agent
~Technical Support/Services, Kota bharu, Malaysia
None, we eventually had to develop in-house capability to meet our prototyping needs.
~Michael T, Project Manager, Sioux Falls, SD
Laboratory research
~Paul A, Research & Development, Calgary, AB
The Indian curry /masala blended by a housewife is a classic case of non-standard project !!
~Suresh S, Engineering Consultant, Mumbai, India

Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to faulty or incompetent practices of formulation, blending and compounding services?
4 answers
Answers:
Biggest mistake is not to study the formulation in detail. In DMC mfr, I have seen people charging the fillers first (!!) followed by resin, which results in improper coating of filler and glass fibre.
~Suresh S, Engineering Consultant, Mumbai, India
Business interruption due to OSHA or permit violations are rare, but do happen to companies with poor safety records and inadequate HSE resources.
~Doanld L, Marketing/Sales, Kansas City, MO
Production run that resulted in unusable product due to source change of one ingredient.
~Michael T, Project Manager, Sioux Falls, SD
In-homogenous blends due to selection of off-spec raw materials.
~RAvindra L, Manager - Product Development, Mahad, India

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this service's capabilities?
8 answers
Answers:
Feedback on mixing agents and stabilizers Advise on ingredient interaction issues Prototyping services for blend evaluations Better packaging options Contact info for bottle manufacturers Volume estimates for production formulas
~Michael T, Project Manager, Sioux Falls, SD
Clearing house/areas of opportunity where interested parties can share needs and challenges encountered in formulation, blending and processing of polymers.
~Technical Support/Services, Fernandina Beach, FL
If a mfrer can offer a really good additive to hold heavy fillers in suspension to avoid precipitation of filler in a compound.
~Suresh S, Engineering Consultant, Mumbai, India
They need to provide lab scale 100-mL to 1000-mL testing to provide process and recipe optimization capabilities.
~Doanld L, Marketing/Sales, Kansas City, MO
Mixers that could bring down mixing time, technology capable of confirming perfect / homogeneous compounds etc...
~RAvindra L, Manager - Product Development, Mahad, India
A design that is sustainable and environmentally compliant.
~Paul A, Research & Development, Calgary, AB
Better Performance.
~Ed G, Research & Development, Chicago, Cook
Decking.
~Technical Support/Services, Kota bharu, Malaysia

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of formulation, blending and compounding services?
3 answers
Answers:
Do your homework by doing an HSE audit to determine if they have a good safety record and all of the required air & water permits. The cheapest tolling fee should not be the only criteria when selecting a formulation toller.
~Doanld L, Marketing/Sales, Kansas City, MO
Prototype to avoid solubility and taste issues
~Michael T, Project Manager, Sioux Falls, SD
First advice is to keep your machine and surrounding clean to avoid errors due to contamination. Follow the formulation properly. Most important is to follow proper procedure in feeding the machine while blending. Do not cut corners.
~Suresh S, Engineering Consultant, Mumbai, India

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using formulation, blending and compounding services?
4 answers
Answers:
Plan on doing prototyping in-house Require blender to supply samples of all ingredients Require solubility guarantees Require ingredient sourcing information Get a consistency/source repeatability guarantee
~Michael T, Project Manager, Sioux Falls, SD
Depending on your location and availability of special raw material, choose your formulation. For blending and compounding, know your machine well.
~Suresh S, Engineering Consultant, Mumbai, India
Determine specifications of raw materials that your process is capable of giving optimum results and then select ingredients accordingly.
~RAvindra L, Manager - Product Development, Mahad, India
Have a thorough knowledge of the formulation you want or hire someone who does have the skill.
~Ed G, Research & Development, Chicago, Cook


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