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Plastics Applicative Testing

The IMI Plastics Applicative Unit - Plastics & Polymers Testing Services

The IMI Plastics Applicative unit offers its development, analytical and testing services in the field of polymers and plastics to the plastics industry, to compounders, developers of new products, and manufacturers of plastic parts. 

Plastics Testing information derived from stress/strain curves, microstructure, rheology, and injection molding trials may be used for a variety of purposes such as:

  • Quality Control: for the evaluation of raw materials (additives, polymers) and products
  • Cost Reduction/Material Replacement Alternative Studies
  • Source Selection
  • Failure Analysis and Troubleshooting.

Should the testing needs of the customer require special procedures, apparatus, or set-up, a test program can be designed together with our workshop to meet the customer's requirements.

IMI offers Consulting and Market Research services including specific Data Searches.

The IMI Plastics and Polymers Group employs skilled staff with extensive experience and in-depth expertise in polymers and plastics with access to state-of-the-art facilities to provide proprietary compound development services, using:

  • A co-rotating twin-screw compounder

The formulations are further processed either by:

  • Injection Molding (with a Dr. Boy 25M injection molding machine)
  • Compression Molding (with a Dr. Collin electrically heated 30 ton press)

The specimens are conditioned and then tested for mechanical properties, flame retardancy, thermal behaviour, UV stability, density, chemical composition, etc.  The rheological behavior of the formulations is derived by MFR (Haake Melflixer) and from data gathered from the processing machines.

The IMI Plastics Applicative Unit makes the following tests available:

  • Mechanical Testing
  • Flame Retardancy Testing
  • Microstructure Investigation
  • Characterization of Fillers
  • Density
  • Rheological Behaviour
  • Chemical Analysis/Reverse Engineering
  • Oven Aging
  • UV Stability
  • Thermal Analysis
  • Adhesion
  • Molecular Weight Distribution (GPC)
  • Wettability


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