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Applied Technical Services’ plastic material testing lab offers PVC testing services. Our polymer testing experts utilize our ISO 17025 accredited facilities to fulfill clients’ testing needs.
What is PVC Plastic?
PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is a commonly used thermoplastic polymer composed of carbon atoms and chlorine. Thermoplastics are extremely malleable when heated, and their flexibility makes them ideal for remodeling or reshaping.
The Importance of PVC Testing
PVC testing ensures that PVC materials are suitable for their intended use. Failure to properly test PVC materials may lead to hazardous conditions for customers and staff, premature failure, and costly repairs. Plastics have a wide range of uses, so it’s essential to understand their behavior under specific conditions. Manufacturers rely on PVC testing for many reasons, including the following:
Applied Technical Services tests PVC materials in accordance with the following standards:
PVC Test Methods
Outside chemicals can compromise the integrity of PVC, causing premature failure, so our experts conduct chemical tests to determine the potential causes.
Our experts test the durability of plastics by determining their hardness or resistance to permanent indentation.
Plastic Pipe Testing
ATS experts analyze PVC pipes to ensure that the pipes are functional and durable.
Phthalates are often used as solvents or to soften plastics, but excess traces of phthalates can be harmful to humans. Our experts test polymers for dangerous levels of phthalates to ensure that PVC materials are safe for public use.
We conduct physical tests to determine if a PVC product performs as intended. Environmental factors may physically damage PVC, negatively affecting the material’s performance. For example, environmental factors like temperature and water erosion degrade PVC over time
Our technicians evaluate crystallinity in PVC using thermal analysis to determine if temperature changes have damaged the material.
ATS technicians conduct tensile tests on PVC materials to measure the force required to break the plastic.
The Benefits of PVC
PVC is a versatile material that excels in varying environments. The multipurpose material is a manufacturing favorite and has several benefits, including:
Several industries use PVC, including:
Applied Technical Services Testing Services
ATS has provided inspection and testing services since 1967. Our testing services are quick but don’t compromise quality, and our staff has decades of collective experience in polymer testing. Call +1 (888) 287-5227 for a free quote for our testing services.