Using reliable pendulum impact testing machines is therefore essential. To achieve this important goal, an innovative Dutch knowledge center for applied plastics technology, Polymer Science Park turned to Instron test equipment.
Polymer Science Park was founded in 2011 when some of the larger plastic Companies bundled their forces to speed up research in plastics. Today, Polymer Science Park is running research projects mainly focused on the characterization of recycled polymers, providing Companies insights on the most suitable materials for their final application.
A wide variety of materials are at the heart of Polymer Science Park’ day-to-day research: thermoplastics, engineering plastics, special compounds and thermosets, whose typical applications include wind, pipe, building, construction, agriculture, packaging and automotive.
Unreliable testing machines can harm research projects
Every time a pendulum impact testing machine provides high spread of results, the progress with materials research is affected. It is not difficult to understand that lab environments with several operators have a major influence on the uncertainty associated with a measurement result. Their ability to facilitate the measurement process has a direct impact on the accuracy of results.
“The pendulum testing machine we previously used was a manual tester and we have had challenges concerning operator dependency and reproducibility of results.” commented Nils Schut, Process engineer at Polymer Science Park “Anything that interferes with testing reliability is a concern for Polymer Science Park”. This is why Polymer Science Park decided to turn to Instron’s latest pendulum impact testing technology.
How the latest testing technology improves reliability
The motorized 9050 pendulum model with pneumatic operations has eliminated operators' dependency and has greatly increased the reproducibility of results. This is very important because we supply test data to Companies. “commented Nils“ The broad range of hammers, the notch centering device, the stable connections and the ergonomic design are meeting our testing needs.”
is continuously researching new products and materials. The company’s positive experience with Instron system makes Instron an effective innovation partner.