Material Testing

Why should you test your material?

It is important to recognise that there may occasionally be unforeseen side effects when utilising functional additives. For this reason, we have invested in a comprehensive suite of material testing equipment, ensuring any such effects can be identified and mitigated as part of our standard process.

Material Testing for X-Ray Detection

Our X-ray Inspection System fully supports the development of your products in the area of detectable plastics and rubbers. Any applications where there is a risk of small fragments entering the production flow will greatly benefit from the addition of X-ray detectable properties and our thorough material testing process.

Products such as tags, straps, pallets, seals etc. need to be detected in order to minimise the risk of them entering the consumer chain. This will ultimately avoid costly product recalls.

Material Testing for Metal Detection

Our Safeline Metal Detection Equipment is able to assess the level of metal detectability of your products, again reducing the risk of potentially harmful elements entering the consumer chain.

The decision as to whether you require X-ray or metal detection testing from us will ultimately be made by your customers. If they require one over the other, we are on hand to help you through the process and deliver the results you require.

Mechanical Testing

Material Testing for Tensile Strength

Tensile testing is a fundamental materials test in which a sample is subjected to a controlled tension until failure. The results from the test are commonly used to select a material for an application, for quality control, and to predict how a material will react under normal forces. SCOPIC utilises a 10kN Tinius Olsen tensile testing machine and associated software capable of testing and reporting yield/tensile strength, modulus, elongation etc on a range of filled and unfilled polymers. The information obtained from such testing allows for tensile characterisation of polymer samples and analysis of the effect of functional additives.

Material Testing for Impact Resistance

Impact testing utilises the kinetic energy of a falling pendulum hammer to break a test sample, in order to determine the energy required to do so. The resultant data gives a measure of impact toughness, and can be used to report comparisons between different materials and the effect of functional additives on this property. SCOPIC can perform testing and report to both Izod (test sample clamped vertically) and Charpy (test sample rests horizontally) methods. Any additive can affect the mechanical strength of a material, and carrying out this testing in house allows us to really put our products (and yours!) through their paces when it comes to tensile and impact strength.

Our Machinery

Mechanical Testing

Tinius Olsen 10kN tensile tester
Mecmesin 250N tensile tester
Mecmesin 250N compression/flexure test
Ray-Ran IZOD impact tester
Ray-Ran CHARPY impact tester
Taber Abrader (x2)

Environmental Testing

Atlas SunTest CPS+ xenon
QUV Weathering station
Labcold -30degC freezer
35-90degC water bath (x2)


Material Analysis

Netzsch thermal conductivity analyser
Mettler Toledo moisture analyser
Tinius Olsen melt flow analyser
Ashing furnace
Viscosity tester

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