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Polymer & Rubber Testing

Polymer Characterization & Testing Laboratory

Our polymer and plastic characterization & testing laboratory offers careful analysis of polymers, plastics, elastomers, sealants, monomers, composites, and other polymer compounds. Our polymer material testing experts specialize in migration testing (E&L Study), method development & validation, contaminant identification, material comparisons and litigation support.

By using our deformulation techniques, our laboratories capabilities include complete characterization, identification, and quantitation of polymer resins, impact modifiers, inorganic fillers, additives, stabilizers, regrind, colorants, and more.

Our polymer testing laboratory can help you avoid manufacturing errors and solve material failures through proper material evaluation, selection, and identification of your products’ raw materials.

Avomeen scientists provide chemical, physical, mechanical, thermal, and elemental analysis of polymers and composite materials by utilizing proprietary testing methods and analytical instrumentation. Methods include FTIR, GC/MS, LC/MS, FID/TCD/ECD, Mass Spec (Including Pyrolysis), GPC, DSC, TGA, Optical Microscopy, HPLC, NMR, SEM/EDS, Pyrolysis (MSD), and more. We support many industries including pharma, medical devices, transportation, aerospace, automotive, packaging, food & beverage, sporting goods, toys, industrial manufacturing, consumer products, cosmetics, and more.

Our process ensures that the proposal we send you will solve your company’s specific needs.  When you have an unusual, non-routine project or need a highly complex problem solved, turn to the polymer physical testing experts at Avomeen.

Advantages of Competitive Product Analysis & Deformulation Services

  • Research and comparison of competitive products at the chemical level
  • Replication of formulations including production/manufacturing instructions
  • Identification of batch-to-batch variations in their products
  • Litigation support for patent infringement, trade secret investigations, or product failures

Polymer Testing Laboratory Services

  • Deformulation & Reverse Engineering of Polymers
    • Polymer Chemical Composition Analysis, Material Analysis, Quantitation & Identification
    • Identification of Suspect Materials
    • Identification of Polymer Components
    • Polymer Mixtures Identification
    • Additives Analysis for Polymers & Plastics
  • Analytical Testing for Polymers
    • Good vs. Bad Lot Investigations
    • Polymer Method Development & Validation
    • Non-Routine Testing of Polymers
    • Polymer Particle Analysis & Testing
    • Polymer Coatings Comparability Testing
    • Polymer Surface Analysis Testing
    • Weathering & Aging Testing for Polymers
  • Polymer Formulation Development Laboratory
  • Chemical Analysis of Polymers
    • Chemical Resistance Testing
    • Molecular Weight Distribution
    • Chemical Bonds, Molecular Structure, & Composition (Including Crosslink Density)
    • Total Molecular Weight
    • End Group Analysis
    • Co-Polymer Backbone Chemistry, Comonomer Contents/Ratios, Polymer Blends
    • Additive & Resin Identification
    • Plastic Testing for Tensile Strength, Modulus Compression, and Elongation
    • Chemical Family, Including Base Polymer Characterization
  • Polymer Safety Testing
    • Bisphenol-A (BPA) Detection
    • Plasticizers Including Phthalates
  • Polymer Failure Analysis Investigations
    • Contaminant or Impurity Identification
    • Off-Color & Off-Odor Problems
    • Facility Leaks (Broken PCV or ABS Water Lines, drains, etc.)
  • Extractables & Leachables Testing
    • Plastics Migration Testing & Food Contact Services
    • Packaging Testing
    • Caulk, Sealant, Elastomer Interactions in Clean Rooms and Medical Facilities
  • Polymer Medical Support Services
    • Medical Device Polymer Materials Testing
    • Pharmaceutical Polymer Analysis Including Coatings
    • Polymer Regulatory & Consulting Services
  • Polymers & Plastics Physical Testing
    • Material Hardness
    • Tensile Properties (Strength)
    • Yield Strength, Adhesive Strength
    • Ductility, Compressibility
    • Cross-Sectional Multiple Layer-Film Thickness Analysis
    • Thermal Properties (Crystallinity, Glass Transition, Melting Point, Thermal Expansion)
  • Litigation Support
    • Consulting & Polymer Expert Witness
    • Polymer Patent Infringement
    • Plastic Product Liability

Avomeen offers both routine and advanced analytical testing for a wide range of plastics and polymers.  From identifying impact modifiers, inorganic fillers and discovering additives to performing a complete characterization at all levels, our skilled chemists excel at solving difficult questions for our customers.

Polymer Testing Laboratory – Case Study

Industry: Automotive Manufacturing
Problem: Peeling & breakage on an automobile bumper
Service: Product Failure Analysis.

Solution: An auto manufacturer noticed that layers were peeling off and breaking from an automobile bumper. The bumper was comprised of a variety of polymer types. Our skilled chemists examined the separation of polymer layers with a high-resolution microscopy to identify the location of the separation and performed a detailed chemical analysis of the area.  Our chemists discovered a problem with the way the polymers were compiled and that the polymers were not fully blending properly. Further analysis through our FTIR revealed no compatibilizer was in the failed product.

Our scientists helped them to reformulate their product with a compatible compatibilizer which solved their product failure issue.

Complete Polymer and Plastic Testing Services

We train in and have experience with a full list of materials, and are skilled at recognizing which of our polymer characterization methods and physical testing practices will help you reach your goal most efficiently. Avomeen’s polymer experts have extensive experience with polymers, plastics, rubbers, composites, polyurethanes, adhesives & sealants, paints & coatings, films, thermoplastics, thermosets, elastomers, high-performance polymers, specialty polymers, and resins, Including:

  • Acetal Resins
  • Acrylic Resins
  • Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) Resins
  • Alkyd Resins
  • Allyl Resins
  • Amino Resins
  • Amino-aldehyde Resins
  • Butadiene Copolymers
  • Carbohydrate Plastics
  • Casein Plastics
  • Cellulose Acetate Resins
  • Cellulose Nitrate Resins
  • Cellulose Propionate Resins
  • Cellulose Resins
  • Cellulose Xanthate (Viscose)
  • Coal Tar Resins
  • Coumarone-indene Resins
  • Cresol Resins
  • Cresol-furfural Resins
  • Custom Compounding Resins
  • Dicyandiamine Resins
  • Diisocyanate Resins
  • Elastomers
  • Epichlorohydrin Bisphenol
  • Epichlorohydrin Diphenol
  • Epoxy Resins
  • Ester Gum
  • Ethylcellulose Plastics
  • Ethylene-vinyl Acetate Resins
  • Fluoro-polymer Resins
  • Fluorohydrocarbon Resins
  • Ion-exchange Resins
  • Ionomer Resins
  • Isobutylene Polymer Resins
  • Lignin Plastics
  • Melamine Resins
  • Methyl Acrylate Resins
  • Methylcellulose Resins
  • Methyl Methacrylate Resins
  • Nitrocellulose (i.e., Pyroxylin) Resins
  • Nylon Resins
  • Petroleum Polymer Resins
  • Phenol-formaldehyde Resins
  • Phenol-furfural Resins
  • Phenolic Resins
  • Phenoxy Resins
  • Phthalic Alkyd Resins
  • Phthalic Anhydride Resins
  • Plastics & Synthetic Resins Regenerating, Precipitating, & Coagulating
  • Polyacrylonitrile Resins
  • Polyamide Resins
  • Polycarbonate Resins
  • Polyester Resins
  • Polyethylene Resins
  • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Resins
  • Polyhexamethylenediamine Adipamide Resins
  • Polyisobutylene Resins
  • Polymethacrylate Resins
  • Polypropylene Resins
  • Polystyrene Resins
  • Polytetrafluoroethylene Resins
  • Polyurethane Resins
  • Polyvinyl Alcohol Resins
  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Resins
  • Polyvinyl Halide Resins
  • Polyvinyl Resins
  • Propylene Resins
  • Protein Plastics
  • Pyroxylin (i.e., Nitrocellulose) Resins
  • Resins, plastics
  • Rosins (i.e., Modified Resins)
  • Silicone Resins
  • Soybean Plastics
  • Styrene Resins
  • Styrene-Acrylonitrile Resins
  • Tar Acid Resins
  • Thermoplastic Resins & Plastics Materials
  • Thermosetting Plastics Resins
  • Urea Resins
  • Urea-formaldehyde resins
  • Vinyl Acetate Resins
  • Vinyl Chloride Resins
  • Vinyl Resins
  • Vinylidene Resins

Rubber Testing & Analysis Laboratory

Rubber analysis and testing laboratory services provided by Avomeen’s analytical laboratory allows companies to speed up their product development cycle and reduce quality control problems. Our scientists have experience testing a variety of rubber, plastic, and latex products.

Our rubber development laboratory provides chemical testing to solve your analytical needs. Using a variety of analytical instruments and techniques our scientists are able to identify and quantify both the organic and inorganic components of samples. Through reverse engineering techniques we are able to get very specific in the quantification of even the minor ingredients within a formulation.

Material testing and identification for rubber can be useful for a variety of reasons including in-depth competitive product analysis, quality control, and failure analysis. Many companies use the data they are provided to better understand their own or their competitor’s product in an effort to improve upon their own product or better understand their product differentiation which opens up new ways to market the product.

We specialize in material identification. While many laboratories are able to identify only the major ingredients in a sample, we are able to further break down a sample to identify and quantify the minor ingredients as well. We also compile detailed reports, not just hand over raw data. In addition, our teams can research new ways to improve upon a product.

Molecular Weight Distribution Analysis

Molecular weight distribution analysis is useful in polymers, liquids, adhesives, and more.  With polymers, it is important to analyze the distributions of their chain lengths and identify molecular weight distribution.  Knowing this information can help speed up manufacturing production times, reduce raw material loss, and reduce costs.

From analyzing a polymer’s solubility, rheology, melting point, molecular weight, and more, Avomeen’s chemists have experience solving a variety of complex polymer testing and development questions.

Avomeen’s chemists use the latest technology and a wide variety of advanced analytical instrumentation in their testing projects, and offer the following services:

  • Average Molecular Weight
  • Molecular Weight Distribution

Advanced Analytical Instrumentation

  • Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC)
  • Gas Chromatography & Mass Spec (GC/MS)
  • Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC)
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
  • Differential Refractive Index (DRI)
  • Multi-Angle Laser Light Scattering (MALLS)

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