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Application Note

Polymer Identification Using the PerkinElmer Mid-Infrared Polymer Analysis System

Introduction

Synthetic polymers are widely used today, with diverse applications in various industries such as food, automotive, and packaging. The quality of plastic products depends on the quality of the polymers or polymer blends used during manufacturing. Identity verification and quality testing of those materials during every stage of manufacturing is necessary to ensure that only high-quality material is used.

Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy is ideally suited to qualitative analysis of polymer starting materials and finished products, quantification of components in complex polymer mixtures, and analysis of in-process samples. IR spectroscopy is reliable, fast and cost-effective. Furthermore, in conjunction with the data analysis packages included in the polymer analysis bundle, this analysis bundle gives the user the ability to gain valuable insights into a particular material.