The use of plastics in agriculture has increased over the last decades, providing endless benefits to farmers, as these plastics help them increase production and improve the quality of food.
As a result, the processes involved to achieve a high level of quality in agricultural plastics are of the greatest importance to manufacture films that will allow to improve crops, save in production costs (reducing the investment in pesticides, water consumption and electricity among others) and protect crop areas.
More and more companies are manufacturing plastics specifically designed to meet the current requirements of farmers. But that is not always the case of companies that interfere in sectors for which they have no experience. Agricultural plastics are a unique specialty and require constant investment in state-of-the-art technology for the development of these films from R&D in raw materials and extrusion machines to various on-field applications. Global manufacturers can manage to develop solutions for the needs of different crops and geographical areas where agriculture needs to be made sustainable and profitable.
How to measure the quality of agricultural plastics:
The goal is to manufacture plastics that meet the life expectancy of the product, with the necessary balance between resistance, strength and flexibility. This is exactly what we show in the video that we present in this publication, highlighting the different mechanical tests to which plastics are subjected to find the optimal point of quality.
In addition to mechanical testing, films must also comply with certain optical and thermal properties that are achieved through the selection of speciality resins that are included in the manufacture of these plastics. This also requires testing, analysis and an investment in technology to make plastics increasingly efficient for their use in agriculture.
In the end, the result of the mechanical, optical and thermal specifications is translated into a product data sheet that confirms the quality of each plastic film. It is important to keep this in mind when choosing the right one since, as we have mentioned in different articles, plastic films will be the allies to achieve success in your crops (in the production of flowers, fruits, vegetables, quality food for animals and to reduce operational costs).
Currently, different tests are being carried out with biodegradable components in mulching plastics. Several companies dedicated to the production of agricultural plastics are already producing their own plastic films and are conducting tests to find out how to control and achieve a rate of degradation that adapts to the needs of agricultural businesses.
When we talk about the quality, and quality control, of agricultural plastics, a company that is known as a global reference is certainly the Armando Alvarez Group,from Spain but also with base in the United States. Latest investments in the Agricultural Division with state-of-the-art technology enable the manufacture of a wide range of agricultural plastic films in 7 layers, an advantage that allows different additives to be added to the layers of the plastics that are produced, aside from having an in-house team dedicated to the R&D of their materials, always aiming at improving their different products and meeting the specific needs of their customers in more than 98 countries.
If you have any questions or inquiries related to the selection of the right plastic film for your crops, you can get in touch with us and we will provide advice to you without any further obligation.