ATRONA ARTICLE SERIES

POLYMERIC MATERIALS

AND 21ST CENTURY MANUFACTURING

Polymer Pellets for Manufacturing

A Sector Poised for Explosive Growth

Advances in polymeric materials, high performance thermoplastics, additives and resins are fueling growth in the use of plastics in manufacturing. In fact, according to a 2015 study by Grand Research, Inc., the global plastics market is expected to reach $654.38 billion by 2020. Much of this growth will be driven by major end-use industries, such as packaging, construction, automotive and other engineered parts.

Assuring Polymers and Polymeric Materials Meet Your Exact Manufacturing Specifications

Polymer Testing and DeformulationThese manufacturing processes, including injection molding, extrusion, and solution casting, demand that polymeric raw materials used have the properties required for the precise product or end-use application. Specific polymeric properties include heat resistance, chemical resistance, flexibility, durability, and weight. At ATRONA Test Labs, we are accredited to perform polymer and plastic testing in accordance with ASTM, ISO and other recognized testing standards to assure that your materials meet your exact manufacturing specifications. We can also deformulate polymers for reverse engineering, perform material ID, thermal property analysis, and conduct failure analysis investigations.

We perform analysis on many different types of polymers including thermoplastics, thermosets, adhesives, elastomers, rubbers, etc.

ATRONA offers a full range of polymer testing capabilities, including:

  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR)
  • Attenuated Total Reflectance Accessories (ATR)
  • Scanning Electron Microscope
  • Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy
  • Thermomechanical Analysis (TMA)
  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
  • Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)
  • Melt Flow Indexer (MFI)
  • Filler Content and ID
  • Viscosity
  • Hardness Testing
  • Real Time X-Ray
  • Density
  • Specific Gravity
  • Tensile Testing
  • Compression Testing
  • Flex Modulus
  • Rheology

Why Choose ATRONA Test Labs for your Polymer Testing?

As an independent, accredited polymer test lab, ATRONA offers you expertise and resources few can match. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have, investigate any issues and develop solutions, consult with you regarding polymer and plastic products and material requirements, and can even perform custom polymer testing to simulate the application and environment a product will be exposed to.

ATRONA is also a leading lab in the science of deformulation for reverse engineering activities. We can reverse engineer full products or materials. If you simply need material analyses to determine what to put on the engineering print or if you need a full engineering print from a part or assembly of parts we can help. Our experienced chemists have performed this type of analysis on many different products and have the skills and laboratory instruments and tools to accomplish this.

Finally, with our depth of experience in polymer testing and research, we can help you improve your product by improving wear, strength, toughness, etc. Learn more about Polymer Testing at ATRONA →

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