Chemical Analysis of Plastic and Rubber Materials

Smithers delivers a complete portfolio of rubber and plastic analysis to support a wide range of industry sectors. Our services for the chemical analysis of plastic, rubber, and thermoplastic elastomers support the key sectors including aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, medical devices, transport, industrial, and consumer. Smithers ISO 17025 accredited laboratories provide techniques to examine the chemical properties of numerous materials and compounds including:

  • Compounds e.g. rubbers, thermoplastics and thermoset formulations
  • Additives e.g. fillers, plasticisers, antidegradants and curatives
  • Base polymers e.g. elastomers and thermoplastics
  • Polymer based products e.g. adhesives, paints, inks, lacquers, laminate films, plastisols and coatings
  • Manufacturing sector products and components e.g. those used in the automotive, construction, electrical, and offshore industries
  • Extractables and leachables analysis for pharmaceutical, medical device and food packaging

Smithers analytical laboratories are used independently for data only projects or combined with other areas of our technical consulting services for comprehensive projects. Analytical services typically support the following activities throughout the product lifecycle:

  • Materials selection
  • Product development
  • Compound deformulation / formulation
  • Service life prediction
  • Quality assurance
  • Process improvements
  • Technical specification compliance
  • Failure analysis
  • Forensic investigation
  • Expert witness service

Contact us to discuss your current needs for chemical analysis of rubber and plastic.


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