Technical Support – Plastics Sector

The CTMP provides companies with proven technical expertise in the area of plastic materials. Technical support includes implementation and fabrication processes, material processing and characterization, as well as product design support.


Main services provided


Implementation and Manufacturing Processes

  • Process optimization and industrial problem solving
  • Scaling
  • Transformation, assembly and finishing



  • Polymer formulation
  • Reverse engineering (deformulation)
  • Laboratory testing
  • Characterization


Product Design Assistance

  • Material selection
  • Failure analysis
  • Computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Quality control



Main Tests


Mechanical Testing

  • Mechanical analysis: tensile, flexure and compression
  • Impact testing (Izod, Charpy, Gardner, etc.)
  • Dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA)
  • Thermomechanical analysis (TMA)
  • Environmental stress cracking (ESCR) and Notched constant ligament stress (NCLS) test
  • Tear strength


Physical Testing

  • Density/specific gravity
  • Hardness testing (Rockwell, Shore, Barcol)
  • Friction coefficient
  • Water absorption
  • Permeability (O2 and water vapour)
  • Colour, gloss, transparency
  • Abrasion resistance


Thermal Testing

  • Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis
  • Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA)
  • Heat deflection temperature
  • Vicat softening point
  • Rate of burning
  • Oxidative induction time (OIT)


Rheological Measurement

  • Melt flow rate
  • Viscosity measurement
  • Rheometric analysis


Accelerated Aging

  • UVA, UVB, Xenon (aging)
  • Environmental chamber


Chemical Analysis

  • Chemical composition analysis (XRF)
  • Loss on ignition/ash content
  • Carbon black content
  • Chemical resistance


Spectroscopic and Microscopic Analysis

  • UV-visible/FTIR spectroscopy
  • Raman microscopy
  • Optical microscopy (polarizing light, hot stage)
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)


Available Transformation Processes

  • Twin screw extrusion
  • Injection moulding
  • Thermoforming
  • Blow moulding
  • Blown film extrusion
  • Compression moulding
  • 3D printing

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