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Laboratory Testing

We pride ourselves on producing final components that meet the exact specifications and requirements of our customers. Novotema’s laboratory is used to ensure that this is always the case through consultancy, research, development, testing and analysis of polymer materials which are carried out by our team of specialist engineers.

Each of the projects that we receive go through rigorous laboratory testing stages.  A typical application will be taken through the following process, for example:

Failure Analysis
Our team of experienced engineers will determine the root cause and mode of component failure in the field.

Compound Definition
Working to determine the correct elastomer materials and compounds for the application. If it does not already exist in our extensive database, the laboratory will work closely with our polymer suppliers to define a completely new compound suited to the needs of your project.

Compound Control
The compounded material is verified to ensure it conforms to industry
specifications and regulations before production.

Process Control
Laboratory testing of components at various stages of production ensures the highest levels of quality throughout the process.

Post-Production Control
Mechanical tests and evaluations are carried out on the final product/s to ensure the physical properties meet the specified requirements. Test data is also used in FEA simulations and operating model predictions.

Benefits of laboratory testing:-

  • Validation that Novotema materials meet customer specifications such as automotive manufacturers.
  • Identification of the most suitable material for your application.
  • Determining the root cause and mode of component failure in the field.
  • Evaluating the performance characteristics of seals to aid FEA simulation.

Our laboratory tests cater for applications throughout some of the harshest industries and environments including oil & gas, medical and food & dairy.

Laboratory Equipment

The laboratory is an integral part of Novotema’s technical department and is equipped with the following apparatus:-

  • Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) for identifying the constituent elements of a material
  • Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) for determining the minimum and maximum operating temperatures of materials
  • Rheometer for measuring the correct amount of vulcanisation within the elastomer compound
  • Dynamometer (with climate chamber) for evaluating the mechanical characteristics of the material when stretched and compressed under load
  • Hardness control (Sh/IRHD) for measuring the surface hardness of elastomer materials and finished components
  • Climate chamber for conducting tests in hot, cold and high humidity environments.
  • Ovens for testing heat ageing and compression set characteristics
  • Dedicated presses for moulding prototype specimens

For assistance with your industry specific application, contact us to discuss your requirements, or chat with us online.

How can Novotema help?

Failure analysis – determine the root cause and mode of component failure in the field.

Chemical compatibility – immersion testing to determine the best polymer material for specific chemical environments.

Thermo-mechanical evaluation – measure the physical properties of materials at various temperatures to ensure they meet application requirements.  Test data is also used in FEA simulations and operating model predictions.

 

Benefits of laboratory testing:-

  • Validation that Novotema materials meet customer specifications such as automotive manufacturers.
  • Identification of the most suitable material for your application.
  • Determining the root cause and mode of component failure in the field.
  • Evaluating the performance characteristics of seals to aid FEA simulation.

 

Contact us to discuss your requirements, or chat with us online.

Laboratory Equipment

The laboratory is an integral part of Novotema’s technical department and is equipped with the following apparatus:-

  • Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) for identifying the constituent elements of a material
  • Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) for determining the minimum and maximum operating temperatures of materials
  • Rheometer for measuring the correct amount of vulcanisation within the elastomer compound
  • Dynamometer (with climate chamber) for evaluating the mechanical characteristics of the material when stretched and compressed under load
  • Hardness control (Sh/IRHD) for measuring the surface hardness of elastomer materials and finished components
  • Climate chamber for conducting tests in hot, cold and high humidity environments.
  • Ovens for testing heat ageing and compression set characteristics
  • Dedicated presses for moulding prototype specimens
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