In addition to North Carolina and Illinois, PCC also operates a lab facility at their Nanjing, China plant and at the new California clean compounding facility.
The Asheboro lab works in conjunction with PCC's Solutions Center. The Center is a constantly evolving product design area on PCC's North Carolina campus. It consists of a high-end color design area affectionately known as the "light box," linked to a comprehensive research laboratory. It's an ideal marriage between the art of color and the science of plastics, a creative and problem-solving area where clients can immerse themselves in brand ing and product line development, buoyed by decades of PCC expertise and state-of-the-art equipment.
"We engaged our customers; we asked them what a solutions center should look like, how it can actually benefit the -- and that's the way we are building it," says PCC Director of Development Tim Workman. Workman says that the project is ongoing and evolves every time PCC discovers a new customer requirement they can add to it. Currently the design center features a balance of real-world color lighting conditions including straight fluorescent, fluorescent/daylight and cool gray; a 10,000-chip color library, a resource library, and all the amenities of a relaxed living environment -- fully stocked refrigerator, big screen plasma TV, inspirational and informative wall art, and ultra-comfortable furnishings. "Designers like to be in a relaxed work environment," says Strategic Accounts Manager Noah Bronson. When creating a b rand identity, when a new product line needs to have consistent, perfect color across a broad spectrum of polymers, the design sessions can get very long. "Looking at colors for that long you can get really goofy," jokes Bronson, adding, "It's almost like writing a script. That's really what we do here? tell a story in colors."
"The investment in the Solutions Center is paying off," says Workman. Two products that have already emerged from research at the Solutions Center are SoluPET£, PCC's line of colors for PET, and SoluPLAs£, a line of additive and toner packages that make PLA more "user friendly."