Our expertise in testing plastics allows us to provide you with the best solutions tailored to your specific requirements. From tensile testers to dynamic test machines, our selection is designed to meet various testing needs. Our machines are built with precision and attention to detail, ensuring accurate and reliable data you can trust.

Whether you are a research institution, a manufacturing company, or a quality control department, we have the right plastic testing equipment for you. If you are looking for equipment to test the strength, durability, or any other properties of plastics, we have a wide range of options available that ensure quality and performance.

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What Is Plastic Testing?

Plastics testing is a crucial process that ensures the quality, safety, and compliance of plastic materials. Testing a plastic's physical and mechanical properties determines if it will meet the requirements of your application.

The behavior of plastics under stress depends on both the duration of stress exposure and the temperature during that exposure. This involves a series of tests to evaluate various properties and characteristics of plastics, such as strength and stress strain characteristics.

Plastic materials are created from a wide range of organic compounds that are malleable and can be molded into solid objects. Plastics are known for their versatility, low cost, and ease of manufacturing, making them one of the most widely used materials in the world.

Physical Plastics Tests

There are two common types of plastics that may require physical tests include:

  • Thermoplastics are the most common type of plastic and can be melted and remolded multiple times. They are used in a wide variety of applications, including packaging, bottles, and textiles.
  • Thermosets cannot be melted or remolded after they have been set. They are commonly used for automotive parts, adhesives, and coatings.

Mechanical Plastics Tests

There are also many different categories of plastic applications that may require mechanical tests including:

  • Plastic films and sheets need tests to measure tensile strength, tear resistance, and puncture resistance. Applications include food packaging films, trash bags, and geomembranes.
  • Plastic pipes and tubes are used for plumbing pipes, automotive hoses, and electrical conduits.
  • Plastic bottles and containers such as beverage bottles, detergent bottles, and cosmetics containers.
  • Plastic structural components are tested for flexural strength, compressive strength, and fatigue resistance. Applications include automotive parts, building materials, and furniture components.
  • Plastic cellular rigid foam and insulations are used in building insulation, packaging materials, and appliance components applications.
  • Plastic as a whole is commonly used in medical devices such as catheters, implants, and syringes. 

Common Mechanical Tests of Plastics

  • Tensile tests measure tensile strength, modulus of elasticity, and elongation at break. These values are critical for understanding how a plastic material responds to tensile forces as they serve packaging, pipes, and structural component applications.
  • Compression tests measure compressive strength and modulus of elasticity which are relevant for plastics under compression like rigid insulation foams or structural components.
  • Creep tests measure the deformation of a plastic under load over time which can be critical for long-term performance evaluations, especially at elevated temperatures such as pipes, and engine parts. 
  • Flexural tests measure flexural strength, modulus of elasticity, and deflection. These tests characterize how a material bends under load and are important for beams, automotive parts, and other items experiencing bending forces.
  • Shear tests measure shear strength and modulus of elasticity which is important for fasteners, adhesives, and manufacturing processes.

Get a Complete Test System for Your Test Application

Completing your material test system is easy. Simply start by choosing a test machine, choose your accessories, and select your controller software. We are your one-stop shop for all your application testing needs.

Let us help you choose the right machine for your specific application.

Plastics Testing Machines

Choose from a wide variety of test machines for all your plastic testing applications. Each machine is configured to match your application requirements.

Plastics are rate-dependent materials, and so require test machines that feature a constant rate of crosshead movement, load, or strain rate control. Most standard plastic tests require a constant rate of crosshead movement or a CRE test machine.

Newton Test Controller

From simplified test setups to an intuitive controller software interface and pre-configured methods for industry standards - this innovative technology ensures that your test application are conducted seamlessly and with precision.

Accurate & Repeatable Test Results

  • Simple test setup, operation, and reporting
  • Flexible and scalable software packages - Get what you need now with room to grow!
  • Prebuilt test methods for many of the most common application-specific testing standards
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Newton Software

High-performance and easy-to-use controller with logical workflow design

With an intuitive interface, Newton makes it easy for users to navigate through various options and settings, ultimately enhancing the overall user experience. By streamlining complex procedures into user-friendly steps, this software serves both experienced test engineers and beginners alike to conduct tests with confidence and accuracy.

Due to the massive selection of products that we offer, it can be difficult to narrow down what you need. Let us help you select and configure based on your testing application.

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Custom 5 Gallon Pail Crush Test System

One of the largest pail manufacturers in the industry came to us for a test system that would be versatile enough to test various styles and combinations of caps and pails.

The Solution

  • Crush pails up to 6,000 lbs
  • Determine the capping force and failure force of a single pail
  • Compression platen for testing the seal on the pail lid
  • Determine failure force of stacked pails for storage and shipping information
  • Large dual column design for testing stacked pails
  • Accommodates various styles, sizes and combinations of caps and pails

Our trial testing results and low prices made us the best choice. Due to the success of the 1st system, they are putting a system in each of their manufacturing locations.

Plastic pail crush tester 

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Plastic Testing Accessories

General Purpose Accessories for Plastics Testing

Choose from 100's of standard plastics testing accessories as well as engineered solutions. All of our plastic testing fixtures will fit any brand of test machine through the use of an adapter. Need an adapter? Just ask!

Specialized Plastics Testing Accessories

In addition to our general purpose accessories we have fixtures specifically designed for testing plastics.

Use the tables below to search for the fixture that matches your test or sample type the best. Can’t find what you are looking for? Contact us. We are confident we have what you need.

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Plastics Testing Standards

There are numerous plastics testing standards available. Some of the most common plastics testing standards include:

  • ASTM D638 Tensile Properties of Plastics
  • ASTM D882 Tensile Testing of Thin Film & Sheet Plastics
  • ASTM D790 Flexural Properties of Plastics
  • ASTM D7774 Flexural Fatigue Testing of Plastics
  • ASTM D695 Compressive Properties of Rigid Plastics

Plastic Testing Standards Sorted by Standards Organization:

If you have a specific standard that you will be using, please refer to this table to find and learn more about the products we recommend for that particular standard.