Problems with polymer product failure?
Researching new additives?
Looking to characterize a competitor's product?
Questions of infringement of a patented product?
Chemir offers a complete range of analyses for polymers, plastics and composites. We can provide analytical services from basic characterization of materials to investigations of complex problems. Plastic materials can be found in a wide variety of industries, including medical devices, packaging, sporting goods, toys, industrial products, construction materials, consumer goods and more.
In our plastic testing labs, we use analytical instrumentation such as FTIR, GC/MS, GPC, LC/MS, Optical Microscopy, NMR, SEM/EDS, mDSC, XPS, ToF-SIMS and Pyrolysis-GC/MS. Our experts have years of experience interpreting this data to investigate challenges such as:
We have extensive experience in plastic and polymer analysis and processing. Our polymer and plastic testing experts have investigated a wide range of polymeric materials, including:
Our polymer analysis and materials science capabilities range from obtaining basic information to more detailed and structurally specific results. Depending on our clients' needs, we can offer a strategic combination of physical and chemical testing to answer specific questions. Physical properties analyzed have included:
Services for testing plastics and polymer materials for chemical properties include:
Our facility is ISO 9001:2008 certified, FDA registered and DEA licensed, and is centrally located in suburban St. Louis, Missouri.
Heat Seal Adhesive Failure Analysis
Our client's new heat seal adhesive was not providing a hermetic seal and released after only a few days. Faced with production line shut-down and delayed shipments, the customer called Chemir. They suspected that the new adhesive's formula, a polyurethane-acrylic hot melt adhesive, was the reason for the failure. Our expert chemists deformulated both the old formula and the new formula. The results showed significant differences in the molecular weight and molecular weight distribution, as well as the urethane-acrylic ratio. After concluding that these variations were the reason for the adhesion failure, we recommended a formula adjustment. The revised formula performed well, and the customer was able to resume operations.
Chemir is a member of SPI- The Plastics Industry Trade Association. Members of our team are also affiliated with SPE-The Society of Plastic Engineers.
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