Mold Release Agents | Miller-Stephenson
ReleaSys™ Release Agents | Semi-Permanent Release Agents | PTFE Release Agents
Miller-Stephenson’s mold release agents are backed by over 50 years of research and development and are relied upon by global industries to ensure efficient, cost-effective, and high-quality release of their molded parts. Pioneering release agent solutions for many of the largest manufacturing organizations, Miller-Stephenson understands what it takes to release the most complex materials in the most demanding molding applications. We have developed specialized release agent formulations for manufacturing operations such as composite/FRP molding, elastomer and rubber molding, polyurethane and extrusion PU, mandrel lay-ups, vacuum bag molding, rotational, epoxies, compression, and injection molding, etc. Our mold release agents are designed to maximize throughput and efficiency of the critical parts you mold; from airplane stow bins to O-rings, carbon-fiber bike frames to tires. Our team of dedicate engineers and technical specialist ensure that you utilize the optimal product for molding operation.
Superior Mold Release Agents, Superior Results
Our next-generation of release agent chemistry, exemplified in our new ReleaSys™ portfolio, provides superior release performance, minimal odor, low to no VOC and are available in eco-friendly water-based formulations. Miller-Stephenson has pioneered water-based release agents, carefully optimizing our formulations to match or exceed the performance of their solvent-based alternatives which offer superior performance, safety and greatly reduced environmental impact. Utilizing the most technological advanced mold release systems, Miller-Stephenson will help molders maximize releases per application, throughput and minimize defects and scrap rates, For more information about which mold release agent is right for you to go to our guide or for guidance on proper mold preparation and release agent application.
Why are Mold Release Agents such a critical part of a companies operations?
Mold release coatings provide the critical barrier between a molding surface and the substrate. These specialized coatings facilitating separation of the part from the mold surface. Without such a barrier in place, the substrate would become fused to the mold surface, resulting in difficult clean-up, a dramatic loss in production efficiency, and significant scrap. Even when a mold release agent is used, factors such as irregular applications or improper release agent choice, will have a dramatic effect on the quality and consistency of your finished product. Proper release agent selection is critical and it is necessary that engineers understand what types of mold release agent are available and which compliment their production method. While there are numerous release agents chemistries, Miller-Stephenson focuses on the development and refinement of the most robust and advanced polymers, specifically focusing on PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), crosslinking polyorganosiloxanes resin, hybrid wax technologies. There chemistries, pioneered by Miller-Stephenson, offer the most consistent release, easiest application, cleanest molds currently available. If for some reason our current portfolio can not meet your challenges our team of dedicated chemists and engineers will develop a optimized solution for your exact process requirements.
Critical performance attributes for mold release agents:
- Surface adhesion and durability
- Ability to form a thin-film
- Sufficient surface slip & Ease of release
- Chemical inertness to the molding process
- Numerous releases per application
- Minimal or No Transfer
- Ease of application
- Environmental Friendliness and High Worker Safety
ReleaSys™ – Next Generation Chemistry
Release agents types and individual products within those types, vary significantly in regard to slip, application methods, production efficiency, and cost. For that reason, manufacturers who invest time researching and testing release agents will see a return on that investment. Sacrificial (typically waxes and silicone oils) and PVA release agents are the lowest cost materials, offering adequate slip and chemical inertness. Unfortunately, these sacrificial agents must be re-applied after each molding cycle and will contaminate he molded part. This results in time-consuming cleaning of the molded part and dramatic limitations in productivity. Interestingly, while the initial cost may be lower for the sacrificial and PVA release agents, the overall cost is substantially more as one can expect more releases per application and little to no post-operation cleaning with PTFE and reactive polysiloxane resins, like ReleaSys™.
Miller-Stephenson specializes in providing only the highest performing and cost-effective release agent solutions for it customers, our companies specializes in providing PTFE and reactive polysiloxane coatings. Our company is 100% back-integrated meaning our manufacturing, inventory, and quality is maintained regardless of fluctuations in the market. Our proprietary chemistry, robust R&D department, and rapid development team can provide your production with a distinct release agent tailored for your specific performance requirements. Miller-Stephenson has spent countless hours on the production floor with molding engineers refining our formulations so that we can offer you most efficient and cost-effective release coatings.
Semi-Permanent Release Agents
The ReleaSys™ product line is Miller-Stephenson’s most advanced, semi-permanent release systems which maximizes releases per application while minimizing transfer and fouling.
PTFE Release Agents
Miller-Stephenson’s MS-122 / MS-143 series offers high-performance mold release solutions utilizing low molecular weight PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) and proprietary surface activation.
High-Temperature Release Agents
Miller-Stephenson offers to release solutions for molding operations which operate at temperatures exceeding 1562°F / 842°C.