Our polymer testing lab specializes in the testing of plastics, including materials testing, new product development, and troubleshooting.

Flexural Modulus And Tensile Strength Testing

The Polymers Center Material Science Lab has the capabilities of running both the Flexural Modulus test per ASTM D790 and the Tensile Strength test per ASTM D638. The ASTM, or American Society for Testing & Materials, is the standard that our facility follows for our testing services. The Flexural Modulus ASTM D790 is used [...]

By |2022-08-01T11:05:13-04:00August 1st, 2022|Polymer Testing|Comments Off on Flexural Modulus And Tensile Strength Testing

The Polymers Center Assists Customers in Reverse Engineering Efforts

Plastics manufacturers routinely need solutions to material challenges, such as why a new lot of material is failing or how to identify the properties of a polymer. The Polymers Center offers a wide variety of tests to assist manufacturers in finding answers. Lately, our most frequent requests have been for “reverse engineering” plastic parts. When [...]

By |2022-04-06T09:48:48-04:00April 4th, 2022|Polymer Testing|Comments Off on The Polymers Center Assists Customers in Reverse Engineering Efforts

Additives and Fillers Create New Polymeric Materials

The plastics industry is continuously developing new polymeric materials to meet specific requirements. This is usually achieved by the additives that are added to the base material. Polymer formulations often contain unique combinations of 10 or more compounds. Additionally, new blends and hybrids of additives and fillers are custom-designed to meet performance needs. The [...]

By |2021-01-04T11:13:23-05:00October 2nd, 2020|Polymer Testing|Comments Off on Additives and Fillers Create New Polymeric Materials

Announcing Our Newest Acquisition: The HV3S HDT/Vicat Tester for Thermo-Mechanical Testing of Plastic Materials

The newest acquisition of the PCE Materials lab is the Instron HV3S HDT/Vicat tester. This new system is used to evaluate the behavior of plastics at high temperatures. The HV3S measures the heat deflection temperature (HDT) and the Vicat softening temperature (Vicat) of materials. This system replaces our outgoing Ceast HDT6 that has been [...]

By |2021-01-04T12:13:12-05:00July 6th, 2020|Polymer Testing|Comments Off on Announcing Our Newest Acquisition: The HV3S HDT/Vicat Tester for Thermo-Mechanical Testing of Plastic Materials

Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)

DSC thermal analysis is a great way to study a polymer’s response to heat. It is also available for a wide range of other samples, such as elastomers and plastics, serving a wide range of industries. DSC analysis measures the amount of energy absorbed or released by a sample when it is heated or cooled, [...]

By |2019-03-18T11:53:58-04:00December 5th, 2018|Polymer Testing|Comments Off on Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)

Introducing the newest addition to our testing lab, the MI40 Melt Flow Indexer

The MI40 from Goettfert is an amazing instrument whose primary purpose is to measure the melt flow index (MFI) of a polymer depending on the temperature and load chosen. MFI has applications in comparing densities of PE or determining if your part has been oversheared or improperly dried during or prior to manufacturing. If [...]

By |2018-09-05T15:37:03-04:00September 5th, 2018|Polymer Testing|Comments Off on Introducing the newest addition to our testing lab, the MI40 Melt Flow Indexer
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