Testing Services

Smithers Rapra offers independent testing services for rubber and plastic materials and products, supporting a wide variety of industry sectors.

Our services range from the chemical analysis of various types of rubbers, polymers, and plastics, to the physical / mechanical testing of materials and finished products. 

Chemical Analysis

Our comprehensive laboratory facilities and world-leading chemistry expertise enables us to undertake a wide range of analytical techniques. 

Our team tailor testing programmes around specific needs, and we have a flexible approach to meeting requests; from simple material identification to more complicated requirements. Common services include;

Our laboratories are ISO-17025:2005 accredited and FDA registered.

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Physical Testing 

Our teams offer a range of physical, mechanical and electrical testing on plastics and rubber materials. We test to a variety of international standards, including ASTM and ISO. Alternatively, we can create a bespoke testing programme based around your project's requirements. 

Additionally, we have in-house sample preparation facilities - enabling us to test a broad spectrum of material types.

We cater to various industry sectors, including: 

  • Automotive
  • Medical and Pharmaceutical
  • Industrial Components
  • Electronics
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Consumer Products

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Our testing capabilities include:

  • Mechanical shock testing
  • Pressure testing
  • Vibration testing
  • Temperature testing
  • Thermal shock testing
  • Fluid compatibility testing
  • Environmental testing
  • Thermal properties
  • Polymer life prediction
  • Test Specimen Manufacturing

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Our facilities are supported by environmental chambers, allowing us to tailor our testing to real-life conditions. 

Full service expert support

Our testing laboratories are accompanied by our consultancy team, who provide full service support across every stage of the product lifecycle - from material considerations to failure diagnosis. 

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Standards and Accreditation

Our expert team can create a custom testing programme tailored to your specific project requirements. Our independent testing can meet a variety of international standards and regulations, or be built around your individual needs.