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

 

Matérials

  • 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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