Testing and Characterization
WE PERFORM TESTS ACCORDING TO THE MAIN INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS
Proplast performs quality, chemical, rheological testing from the material to the finished product. The Testing and Characterization laboratory offers a wide range of tests on plastic materials. All tests are performed in accordance with the main international ISO, ASTM standards and specifications of the main application sectors (automotive, medical, packaging…..). The team is, in addition, able to provide companies with consultancy aimed at identifying and resolving nonconformities, and experimental support throughout the development of new materials and subsequent transformations.
Analysis of nonconformities
We carry out analytical investigations with combined techniques in order to identify the main causes of nonconformities that may occur at various stages of materials and components production processes. Upon request, we help our clients with visits to production sites to ensure that the process and production constantly conform to the desired parameters.
Quality control of incoming materials
We support companies in the control of various batches of incoming material, performing combinations of analytical techniques to verify the constancy of parameters identified as relevant. The checks can be performed on raw materials, semi-finished or finished products. At the conclusion of all tests, a verification report is issued summarizing all the values obtained and any nonconformities.
Verification of compliance with specifications and data sheets
We perform full characterization of polymeric materials against the values most commonly reported in data sheets and specifications. Verification of compliance with specifications can also be performed on specific production batches regardless of standards or marks of compliance.
Support activities in material selection for each application
We perform comparison characterizations between materials in use and those under study based on the specimens provided. The use of different analytical techniques makes it possible to qualitatively and quantitatively determine and control plastic materials to achieve the best performance during production and product life.
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Equipment and tests
Some tests performed in our laboratories
Chemical-physical analyses are aimed at determining the chemical nature of the polymer bases, fillers and additives present in the constituent materials of the manufactured articles under investigation. It is, in addition, possible to evaluate the possible presence of pollutants and the differences present between different batches of the same polymers to check for possible causes of anomalies in processing or to obtain information on new polymeric compounds or blends.
Karl Fischer titration
OTR / WTR Permeabilimeter
Digital thickness gauge
The application of classical tensile, flexural, compressive and impact methods allows the evaluation of mechanical properties on standard specimens according to all the most important international and industry standards (UNI ISO, ASTM, DIN, AFNOR, BSI, SAE, FIAT Auto, PSA, VW…..). The data obtained from mechanical tests are extremely useful for the design or prototyping of new plastic products and directly processed by the Product Engineering area. After viewing the geometry and usage, mechanical tests can be performed directly on the finished artifact by designing and making ad hoc grips. Finally, recently acquired devices for performing the CREEP test make it possible to determine the deformation under constant load over time.
Climatic chamber for dynamometer
50KN load cell for dynamometer
10KN load cell for dynamometer
500N load cell for dynamometer
50N load cell for dynamometer
50kN Allround tabletop
Device for dart free-fall tests on film
HDT / Vicat
HDT / Vicat Tester MP3
Thermobalance for humidity determination
Plastometer x MVR e MFI
XNR 400 C
Smart Rheo 2000 Twin
Q-SUN XE-3 mod. X3HSE