Resources

  We have in-house capabilities and resources for formulating, compounding, processing, and testing.  We use outside services where required.

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  • Single Screw Extruder – 25 mm, 32:1 L/D ThermoHaake Polydrive R252
  • Twin Screw Extruder – 25 mm, 40:1 L/D Berstorffe ZE25
  • Batch mixing – 250 cc C.W.Brabander Prep Center D51
  • Injection molding – 30 Ton Battenfeld Olus350/75 Unilog B2
  • Vertical Injection Molding Machine – 10 T, Mini-jector 55
  • Film and sheet extrusion -4″” wide Coat hanger Flexible-Lip die
  • Garvery and 1″ wide Tape profile extrusion
  • Blown Film Extrusion – Bantom Blaon Film, Wayne Machinery
  • Compression molding – 12″ x 12″ Hot-Cold Carver Press
  • Granulating – Nelmor
  • Drying – Dri-Air ARDT-X100 for dew point -40
  • Lab Ovens – Cicruclating air, 2 Cu.ft. Max 220 C x 2

Testing

Physical

  • Specific Gravity – Electronic Densitmeter MD-200S
  • Pyknometer Density
  • Moisture content – Sartorius Mositure Analyzer MA50
  • Ash Conent – Muffle Furnace

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Mechanical

  • Tensile Properties – Shimadzu AGH -J 5500 lbs (23 C to 120 C)+ Instron 1130
  • Flexural Properties -Shimadzu AGH -J 110 lbs
  • Cyclic Fatigue resistance AGH-J
  • Izod impact Resistance – Cease Resil Impactor to 50 J (23 C to -40 C)
  • Dart Drop Impact test- Gardner IG1120 (23 C , -20 C and -30 C)
  • Peel strength and Cross-hatch adhesion- BYK Gardner PIG Universal

Thermal

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  • Heat Distortion Temperature (HDT) – Custom Scientific Instrument, CS 117
  • Vicat Softening Point – Modified CS17 HDT
  • Thermogravimteric Analysis (TGA) – Seiko TGA/DTA 220
  • Differential Scanning calorimeter (DSC) – Seiko DSC220 wiht auto sampler
  • Cold temperature Pipe bend

 

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  • Optical Microscopy – 10 X to 2500 X with digital imaging capability
  • Abrasion Resistance – Taber 5130 with CS 10, CS 17
  • Scratch and Mar resistance – Modified Taber 5130 +
  • Surface Gloss – BYK Gardner, Micro TRI 20, 60, 80 degree Gloss
  • Color Indices Photo spectrometer -Datacolor 110
  • Yellowness Index  -Gardener Yellowinss and Datacolor 110
  • Horizontal Attenuated Ttoal Reflection Spectroscopy (HATR)

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Flow & Rheology

  • Melt Flow rate – ATLAS Winplas MFI2
  • Steady State Capillary Rheology – Instron Model 3211, wide choice of L/D
  • Dymanic Rhemotry – Carrie Mead CSL 500 wiht ETM (max 350 C).

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Material Identification

  • FTIR – Shimadzu Hyper IR FTIR 8400 + EasyDiff Difuse Relfectance
  • ATR – Pike Miracle ATR, Pike HATR
  • DSC – Seiko RDC 220
  • TGA – Seiko TGA/DTA 220

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 Aging & Flammability

  • Thermal aging – 2 cuft circulating air ovens
  • UL 94
  • Limiting Oxygen Index – ATLAS
  • Muffle Furnace – 1100 C, 6″x 6″x6″

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Wet chemical Techniques

  • Solvent resistance
  • pH and conductivity measurments
  • Gel content via Xylene extraction
  • Dynamic Viscosity of liquids, pastes, dispersions, suspensions, coating