Mechanical Testing at Intertek Plastics Technology Laboratories

Mechanical Testing Laboratory

Common Mechanical Tests like Tensile Strength and Tensile Modulus (ASTM D638, ISO 527), Flexural Strength and Flexural Modulus (ASTM D790, ISO 178) along with Izod Impact (ASTM D256, ISO 180), Multiaxial High Speed Dynatup Impact (ASTM 3763, ISO 6603 and ISO 7765), Shore Durometer Hardness (ASTM D2240) and Dynamic Mechanical Analysis DMA (ASTM D5279, ASTM D4065), are expertly performed at Plastics Technology Laboratories, Inc. In addition, Intertek PTL also performs generally every other mechanical plastics test required by the plastics industry, including Compressive Strength (ASTM D695, ISO 604), Shear (ASTM D732), Rockwell Hardness (ASTM D785, ISO 2039) and Barcol Hardness (ASTM D2583) to name just a few. Nearly, every plastics test is A2LA Accredited and is performed on state of the art equipment to assure that you receive the accurate and precise results you require. Also, our turn around times cannot be beat.

Mechanical properties, in general, are properties that result from mechanical loading of standardized test specimens. In addition to all the standard mechanical tests, at Intertek PTL we also perform the many variations of these tests that the plastic industry requires including Elevated and Reduced Temperature Tensile (ASTM D638, ISO 527) or Poisson’s Ratio (ASTM D638, ISO 527). In fact almost all test can be performed at non-ambient elevated or reduced temperature.

Physical properties like Bulk Density (ASTM D1895), Specific Gravity and Density (ASTM 792, ASTM D1045, ISO 1183) are also performed at Plastics Technology Laboratories, Inc. and in addition we have the ability for ASTM and ISO Sample Preparation by Injection Molding, along with CNC Machining and Compression Molding to assure that your ASTM and ISO samples are properly prepared.

Our knowledge of the materials allows us to assist you in choosing the correct test, be it Taber Abrasion (ASTM D1004, ASTM D3389, ASTM D4060), Thrust Washer Wear (ASTM D3702) and Coefficient of Friction (ASTM D1894) or Tear Resistance Die C (ASTM D1004) and Puncture Test (FTMS 101C). Material knowledge allows us to assist you with your specific polymer whether it is a plastic that might require Dynamic Mechanical Analysis DMA in Torsion (ASTM D5279), an elastomer needing Elmendorf Tear (ASTM D1922) and Compression Set (ASTM D395), a Film for Falling Dart Impact (ASTM D1709, ISO 7765) or composite material for Iosipescu Shear (ASTM D5379).

Industry leaders rely on Intertek PTL for all there mechanical and physical test requirements, be it plastics performance, quality analysis, PPAP submission or material development to name a few. When it comes to mechanical and physical testing, Intertek PTL is truly “The Leader In Plastics Testing” with 20 years experience, full capabilities, A2LA Accreditation, unbelievably fast turnaround and competitive prices.

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