Polyethylene Plastic PE Films Glossary

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Slip is added to polyethylene resin to make it slipperier as the name implies. Slip agent, most commonly an erucamide or oleamide, exhibits a "blooming" phenomenon. Slip exudes to the surface of the polyethylene film to create a lubricated effect on the finish, or coefficient of friction (COF).

A common example of a very high slip film is a bread bag.

The same parts per million of slip produces a higher slip / lower COF film as gauge is increased. This is explained by what is known as the reservoir effect. The same parts per million exuding to the surface area of a thicker film has a larger reservoir of slip which all wants to get to the surface.

Two applications which should never have slip are medical applications involving gamma irradiation sterilization and tamper evident bags with a tape closure.