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Polymers R&D

Innovation is the lifeblood of industrial polymer research and development - the push to improve materials or develop new ones infuses new life into the industry. Advancements in manufacturing processes and polymer testing such as root-cause failure analysis, are both essential to successful product enhancements. Precise knowledge of material properties and competitive products is crucial to meeting ever-evolving market demand. R&D labs are looking for polymer analysis techniques, including thermal analysis and FTIR imaging & microscopy, which address a wide variety of sample types, providing detailed insights and solutions that grow with demand.

Our comprehensive polymer product portfolio has the flexibility and high-performance analyzers to support your changing polymer research needs - and you can benefit from unique hyphenated solutions that generate multiple results from one run. With our portfolio of polymer testing instruments you can couple, or hyphenate, multiple instruments to uncover results and insights not possible with individual techniques. These technologies help advance the power of analysis in your laboratory.

  • Identification
  • Mechanical & thermal characteristics (e.g. expansion/contraction, melting point, crystallinity, glass transition)
  • Oxidative stability tests - OIT
  • Residual monomers/oligomers
  • Additive determination
  • Color measurements
    Technologies Available From PerkinElmer  
  What Are Your Analytical Needs?
FTIR
IR MICROSCOPY & IMAGING
DSC
TGA
DMA/TMA
HYPHENATION
GC
GCMS
HEADSPACE GC
THERMODESORPTION
HPLC
LCMSMS
UVVIS-NIR
ICPOES
ICPMS
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Industry Analytical Needs - Measurement or Detection
Identification                       Polymer Identification using Mid Infrared Spectroscopy
Polymer & Material Characterisation                 Polymer Identification Using the PerkinElmer Mid-Infrared Polymer Analysis System
Mechanical & Thermal Characteristics                       Characterization of Polyketone Copolymer by High Speed DSC
Analytics of Additives           Detection of Additive Used in Gloves by TG-GC/MS Hyphenation System
Defects, Contamination & Inclusions                 Detection and Identification of Contaminations in the Manufacturing Process Using an IR Microscope
Elemental Analysis/Toxic Metals                           Speciation of Hexavalent Chromium in Children's Toys According to EN 71-3 Category II with the NexSAR HPLC-ICP-MS
Emission Analysis                           Determination of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in Wallpapers Using ATD-GCMS
Residual Monomer/Polymer Content                           Determination of Monomers in Polymers by Multiple Headspace Extraction - GC/MS
PCB/PAH                           Determination of the Migration of Phthalate and PAH from Plastic Bags
Bisphenol A                             UHPLC Separation and Detection of Bisphenol A (BPA) in Plastics
Extractables & Leachables                   Assessment of Extractables and Leachables Associated with Pharmaceutical Packaging
Phtalate Analysis                         Rapid LC/MS/MS Analysis of Phthalates
Residual Solvents                           Determination of Residual Solvents in Flexible Packaging According to EN 13628-2:2004
Plasticizer Characterisation                         Plasticizer Characteristization by TG-IR

Material Characterization

Characterizing the structure, properties, and performance of polymers and compounds under process and usage considerations is key to understanding materials' properties. FT-IR technology leads the way in many industries, for example in the vital analysis of plastic films used extensively in food and pharmaceutical packaging.

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Failure Analysis/Contaminants Analysis

Contamination can cause product failure, undesirable aesthetics, or quality issues. Any of these can cause failures of single items or an entire batch. Keep ahead of the competition using our solutions to conduct competitive analysis, detect faults in injection molding and check for surface contamination and coating failures.

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Additive Analysis

Substances are added to polymer materials to enhance, change, or protect their properties, and it's critical to characterize all possible additives present in the material. Characterizations include identification of unknown material, quantification of individual additives, and detection of oxidation products.

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Emissions Analysis

Testing for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in polymer manufacturing ensures that products comply with international requirements for safeguarding environmental and human health. For example, VDA 278 is a GC/MS thermal desorption method for quantification of VOC emissions from vehicle components.

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Evolved Gas Analysis

Do you want to better understand how a material degrades or what gases evolve when it burns? Coupling, or hyphenating, multiple instruments can uncover results and insights not possible with individual techniques. Our Thermogravimetric (TG) instruments can be coupled to Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR), Mass Spectrometry (MS), or Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) to provide you with greater knowledge. These technologies help advance the power of analysis in your laboratory.

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Simulation of Processes by Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)

The PerkinElmer HyperDSC technique is the most effective and most sensitive DSC technique available for the characterization of both the crystalline and the amorphous phase of a polymeric system. Polymers are often cooled down very fast during process (liquid --> solid), and the temperature of the polymer line as well as cooling rate are very important to control the polymer crystallinity. To mimic the process and understand what is happening in the production process a DSC is required that has the ability to cool down fast enough.

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FT-IR Microscopy & Imaging Systems

PerkinElmer infrared imaging and microscopy systems are the culmination of a long PerkinElmer tradition of exceptional optics and purpose-built IR microscopes a ...

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Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) Instruments

To see more than you've ever seen from Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), turn to PerkinElmer, where DSC was invented. Our comprehensive line of high-perf ...

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Thermogravimetry (TGA) Instruments

For high throughput and reliability in thermogravimetric analysis, nobody gives you better control of your sample environment than PerkinElmer. We have been pio ...

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Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA)

Accurately characterize the modulus, compliance, damping and other bulk properties of materials using our Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) solutions. Our state ...

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Headspace

No matter what you're focused on analyzing, our TurboMatrix™ Headspace Samplers ensure that you get the data you need – quickly, easily, and accurately. They ar ...

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Polymer ID Analyzer

Accurate verification of identity, quality, and composition of polymers and their blends used in industries such as food packaging, construction, and automotive ...

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