Thin Sheeting & Plastic Film Testing

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Thin Sheeting & Plastic Film Testing

Thin sheeting and plastic films are considered any flat plastic material of 1 mm (0.040 in) or thinner. test samples are all cut as parallel straight lines rather than as dumbbell shaped, like thicker molded products. Plastic film is a thin continuous polymeric material. “sheet” is thicker than film. Thin plastic membranes are used to separate areas or volumes, to hold items, to act as barriers, or as printable surfaces. Plastic films are used in a wide variety of applications and used to package food, carry our groceries home from the store, and to cover vegetables plants outside. Film packaging is also common in the medical industry.

Test Machines for Thin Film Plastics

Test machines for thin films and sheet feature are used to test samples with thickness below 1 mm. Typically these are low force testers since thin film plastics are usually tested at ratings up to 2.2 kN (500 lbf). Thin film samples are constant width straight line which require mechanical or pneumatic vise grips with line contact jaws. A dual column load frame is ideal when you need to add a thermal chamber, however, some single column frames are compatible with special temperature chambers.