A new metallocene polyethylene (mPE) platform, Enable™ mPE, has been introduced by ExxonMobil Chemical to help converters enhance their extrusion operations while providing excellent film performance. Enable mPE can help converters achieve more stable operations, extend film line output, simplify resin sourcing and generate downgauged films. As a single resin solution, Enable mPE is designed to replace blends. This simplifies sourcing and lowers inventory costs, as the number of resins needed is reduced. It also helps to eliminate costly errors associated with complex blends which reduce film waste.
Besides producing films with exceptional performance, additional value to converters can be measured through formulation simplification, extrusion energy savings, film line output benefits, more sustainable flexible film solutions, and application versatility. Enable mPE has a broad, robust operating window on both LLDPE and LDPE equipment. The ability of Enable mPE to extrude at lower melt temperatures yields extrusion energy savings, promotes greater bubble stability, and leads to stable, worry-free operations for efficiency focused converters. Enable mPE facilitates faster film processing which increases film line capacity. When replacing LLDPE-rich blends, Enable mPE can increase output by up to 20%, which may result in increased revenue and the postponement of future equipment investments. While often surpassing the mechanical performance requirements of LLDPE-rich structures, Enable mPE can significantly improve the toughness of LDPE-rich structures, making downgauging by more than 20% a possibility. Enable mPE opens up new application opportunities on LDPE equipment.
The versatility offered by Enable mPE makes it suitable for a wide range of flexible film applications including:
(1) collation shrink for bottled water, beverages, canned goods, hand soaps, detergents, health products and beauty aids
(2) large load unitization - pallets
(3) multi-layer cast stretch handwrap film
(4) agricultural greenhouse film
(5) medium to heavy duty bags
(6) lamination packaging film