What happens if my release agent application system malfunctions and a release agent is not applied?
The result of having no release agent applied depends on the type of release agent that has been used in the process and how long the system was operating without release agent. Most release agents on the market today are designed to have a characteristic known as “memory”. Memory is the maintenance of a trace amount of release agent on the pressing surface after the panel is released. It is similar in concept to the seasoning of a cast iron frying pan. Because of the memory found in release agents, brief disruptions in the application of the release agent rarely result in catastrophic sticking and the associated downtime to scrape the platens or belts.