• Plastic Testing

    Testing plays a critical role in the life cycle of a polymer, from the raw material to the compound through to the semi-finished and finished product.  Each stage has different test requirements, and each end user may require a different test solution depending on their role, whether it is in Product Development (R&D), Quality Control (QC), Testing Services (TS), or Research (R).

    Typical Test Solutions for the Plastics Industry...

    Melt Flow Testing
    A melt flow test measures the melt flow rate (MFR) and melt volume rate (MVR) of a molten polymer. Values are taken at a certain temperature and with a certain mass applied, dependant on material.

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    Melt Flow Testing
    Impact Testing - Drop Tower
    A drop tower can be used to measure energy absorbed of a sample or to apply a set amount of damage to a specimen at impact velocities from 1 – 24m/s.

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    Impact Testing - Drop Tower
    Impact Testing - Pendulum
    A pendulum tester measures the impact resistance of samples in various standard test configurations.

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    Impact Testing - Pendulum
    Mechanical Testing
    A materials testing machine is used to accurately measure the physical strengths of solid materials.

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    Mechanical Testing
    Rheology
    A Rheometer is used to measure the rheological properties of molten polymers when varying shear rates and temperatures. A wide number of accessories are used to determine other characteristics of the polymer.

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    Rheology
    Sample Preperation
    Sample Preparation Equipment is used to prepare samples to specific shapes before a mechanical test is performed

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    Thermal Testing
    Thermal testing consists of either measuring the HDT (Heat Deflection Temperature) or VICAT softening point. The HDT test is a 3 point bend set up and the VICAT test is a spike.

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    Thermal Testing