Creating innovative solutions is our passion

At PMC Polymer Products, our industry leading scientists combine with state-of-the-art product development laboratories to allow us to develop, test and quickly bring to market new products based on our customers’ specific needs. Though we offer outstanding branded solutions, at PMC Polymer Products, you are never limited to off-the-shelf products.

Our scientists are available to assist you in developing custom formulations that meet your specific needs. 

In order to best serve your needs, our labs are outfitted with cutting edge analytical and testing instrumentation. Our scientists work within ISO 9001 norms using analytical equipment calibrated against established reference standards in order to precisely quantify composition, obtain physical properties, and determine the optimal formulations for your specific requirements.

Innovative solutions for your specific needs

At PMC Polymer Products, we adhere to a strict philosophy of building quality assurance into the manufacturing process. That starts with labs certified to ISO 9001:2008 standards and includes sizable capital investments in our plant to guarantee consistency to customer specifications.

Our customers trust us to adhere to their strict specifications because they know we test materials during every stage of production. Unlike some in the plastics industry, we are able to perform continuous testing because our testing is conducted on-site. Scroll down to see video footage of some of our testing equipment in action.

Here is a partial list of testing that our customers have come to expect from PMC Polymer Products:

Instron Instrument
Measure tensile strength (& elongation) – stretch until bar breaks

Flex Modulus
Resistance to bending

Izod Impact
Measure resistance to breaking

XRF Spectrophotometer
Measures chemical components via elemental analysis to assure proper composition to meet customer’s requirements. Used to monitor flame retardant chemicals in products.

Specific Gravity
Used to aid in measuring level of components in products. Number relates directly to densities of materials used to make products.

Colorimeter
Uses reference standards to meet the customer’s exact “color matching” for his product.

Convection Oven
Used to dry a known amount of sample to determine moisture content (weighing before and after). “Loss on Drying”.

Nitrogen Analyzer
Measures nitrogen content of a material. We use this to measure the level of antistatic “active” compound in our product.

Muffle Furnace
For measurement of inorganic content in compounds and masterbatches.

Melt Index
Products of correct make-up will have characteristic flow properties when heated. Affected by the type of plastic used and materials compounded into the resin.

HDT/VICAT
Heat Distortion Temperature/Vicat Softening Temperature: Gives an indication of the temperature at which a part begins to soften or bend under weight.

Electrostatic Testing for Anti-Stat and Conductive Products
Measure electrical surface resistance of product. Critical for performance when letdown to make film for anti-static bags (Example: computer parts bags). Products are designed not to allow for build-up of static charge.

UL94
UL standard for testing flammability of plastic materials

Smoke generation
AMINCO smoke density chamber for relative comparison of smoke development

Banbury/Brabender
Laboratory-scale compounding equipment for preliminary product development formulating.

Sterling Extruder
1” single-screw extruder for small-scale lab letdowns of concentrates.

Killion Blown Film Tower
Used for preparation of films for testing of flame retardant and antistatic masterbatches.

Toshiba 85 Ton Injection Molding Machine
Used for the preparation of ASTM Test bars.

Videos: What our Testing Equipment in Action

Click on the images below to view our testing equipment at work.

Film Burn Testing

The video is of a modified small scale version of the NFPA 701 test that is used to evaluate the flame retardancy of films. The video demonstrates the effectiveness of slight increases in the flame retardant masterbatch loading in LDPE films.

Film Tower

Several of the masterbatches developed by PMC Polymer Products are utilized in the film and sheet industry. Our blown film tower enables us to prepare film samples for testing and evaluation. The video demonstrates the preparation of a polyethylene flame retarded film.