TESTING AT THE POLYMERS CENTER: RESEARCH, DISCOVER, ANALYZE AND UNDERSTAND POLYMERS.
Our lab assists with materials testing, new product development, and troubleshooting
The materials science lab specializes in the testing of plastics. Although certain tests are available at other organizations, only at the Polymers Center can processors compound, mold, and test all in one location.
Some of our customers are looking for solutions for material questions, such as why a new lot of material is failing; others need answers to flow issues, and still others are looking to identify the physical properties of their polymer resin. In any of these cases, the Polymers Center can help. Often, we act as a disinterested third-party that helps settle a dispute between vendors and processors.
Some tests including melt flow rate, ash content, and density/specific gravity, require more than 24 hours to turn around. However, if results are needed faster, we can expedite certain tests and have results to our customers within 24 hours for an additional fee. We will email a copy of the results in order to provide them as quickly as possible.
If your company needs multiple tests done repeatedly, we will work out an arrangement to reduce the cost. Please call to discuss and develop a plan that fits your needs.
We offer a variety of mechanical and chemical analysis testing, including:
- Material composition identification and analysis
- Mechanical properties determination
- Third party verification of materials properties
- Failure analysis
- Quality assurance testing
- Finished part performance evaluation
Need help troubleshooting?
At the Polymers Center, we help clients solve plastics processing problems related to machinery, material, design, or procedure. The Polymers Center laboratory is equipped with the tools to provide a thorough analysis, issued from different perspectives. Our team has the expertise to perform a wide variety of tests, and the experience to analyze the results and provide answers.
OUR LATEST TESTING EQUIPMENT
MI40 Melt Flow Indexer
The primary purpose of the MI40, from Goettfert, 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.This melt indexer can carry out measurements according to ISO 1133 and ASTM D1238, procedures B, C and D, and ASTM D 3364. Other uses of this stand-alone unit include the evaluation and comparison of materials, analysis of new incoming materials, and multi-load testing with up to 8 test weights ascending, descending or freely selectable.
Instron 3360 Series Universal Tester
The Instron 3360 Series Universal Tester is equipped to perform tensile, three-point flex, and Poisson’s ratio. The Instron 3119-609 environmental chamber allows for tensile and flex testing from 150C to 350C for any sub-ambient and elevated temperature studies.
Instron Environmental Chamber
The Instron 3119 Environmental Chamber allows for non-ambient physical testing of your samples. Polymers Center can perform tensile, flex, tear, and other ASTM standards at elevated temperatures up to 350oC.
Detection of flow instabilities is a new capability of the Polymers Center Materials Science lab via the Goettfert Sharkskin add-on. We are able to measure pressure fluctuations of material using high-speed detector and signal amplifier to detect the onset of extrudate roughness to help optimize your extrusion processes.
“I have found The Polymers Center of Excellence to be an excellent laboratory for all the polymer testing we do on our products. They are both responsive and efficient with the work they do for us. Carl Thomas does an excellent job in getting the information to us quickly and thoroughly in his reports. He is always a phone call away should we need him to interpret the data for us. PCE also has worked closely with us in developing specialty compounds for the polymer marketplace. There variety of twin screw compounding lines allows us not only to prototype our compounds in small quantities, but once we have established a working formula, their larger lines suit us perfectly for production size runs. The staff at PCE are courteous and efficient. I would recommend them to anyone for their polymer testing, operator training, or specialty compounding needs.”
“PCE has been a benchmark – gold standard partner for Microban International. We have expanded the breadth and depth of our product range four-fold over the last several years and they have been there with us every step of the way. Their expertise, unique problem solving ability, high standard of quality and safety and hyper focus on customer satisfaction are a model for us all.”
“I attended four courses put on by the Polymers Center of Excellence, and quite frankly they are the most practical and useful training classes I have had so far in my career. The instructor, Joe Henz, literally brought boxes full of examples showing well designed parts as well as failures and the causes for them, manufacturing defects, gating and much more. The course handouts contained many pictures and clear explanations, and even today they are some of the most heavily used resources on my bookshelf. If you are looking for a solid introduction to plastics, I highly recommend the Polymers Center of Excellence for your training needs.”
“For those looking for testing, evaluation of existing plastic products, prototyping and developing new products, the Polymer s Center for Excellence is your go-to source. Their test and production equipment is up to date and functional. The personnel who oversee the equipment are professional and knowledgeable, many having come from the Plastics Industry with impressive academic backgrounds. In a sentence, they know what they are doing! They can and will answer your questions honestly. In the event they do not know the answer or you require additional information they will not hesitate to let you know they find out. It was refreshing to discover such a remarkable polymer resource right here in North Carolina. No need to go to Texas or New Jersey anymore. I applaud PCE’s efforts and accomplishments in putting together such a remarkable facility.”
“Earth Renewable Technologies focuses on making environmentally friendly packaging products. One of the reasons I enjoy working with the Polymers Center is that they are always accommodating when it comes to doing tests. The Polymers Center always works with us on figuring out solutions by utilizing more than one method.”