IDM Instruments Pty Ltd. has a wide range of testing instruments suitable to test the quality of materials within the plastic & film industry. These testing instruments are made to satisfy industry-wide testing standards like ASTM, EN, ISO, and many more. Various properties of plastic and film can be tested using these machines like air permeation, impact testing, coefficient of friction testing, adhesion testing, color assessment, abrasion testing, and more.
The standard C0055-M1 unit can measure Static COF (peak) from a resting position and continue to move testing surfaces in a relative motion to give an accurate kinetic COF (dynamic) result. The C0055-comes with the addition of variable speed from 50 – 300mm/min using a stepper motor for acuate variable speed control. With variable speed, touch screen operation & in-built heated platen, model C0055-M3 is most ideal for plastic film testing.
The Digital Air Permeability Tester determines the air leakage of plastic films. It is manufactured to enable samples to be inserted at the front, with a sample opening of 5mm as well as a 45˚ lead-in on sample opening. It features two safety activation switches for clamping so that the operators are using both hands to ensure optimum safety.
This instrument is used to determine the coefficient of static friction of most packaging materials by measuring the angle at which one test surface begins to slide against another inclined surface as the incline is increased at a constant and prescribed rate. As the plane rises at a rate of 1.5° ±0.5°/s, the first sign of movement from the sled is detected by a micro switch, stopping the plane movement and recording the relevant angle of the incline. The test is frequently referred to as a slide angle. The coefficient of friction is numerically equivalent to the tangent of that angle.
The Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion Tester is used for determining the linear change of a refractory caused by a change in temperature and to ascertain the reversibility of these characteristics.
The Elcometer 1542 is ideal for measuring the cross-hatch adhesion of coatings up to 250μm (9.8mils) on flat surfaces and test panels. Measure on large or small panels by quickly changing the position of the guide wheel using the hexagonal wrench provided.
Kits are available with three different cutter spacing (1, 2 & 3mm) for a range of coating thickness. Each cutter wheel consists of 8 cutting faces. When one face becomes worn, rotate the cutting wheel to the next face.
The Schopper Riegler testers are used for the determination of drain ability of pulp suspension in water. It is applicable to all kinds of pulp in aqueous suspension. The drain ability is the measurable index of the refining degree of pulps.
The Digital Micrometer is used to measure the thickness of paper, plastic, tissue, and other sheeted material, these units automatically cycle up and down, providing an accurate and repeatable thickness reading at the end of each cycle.
The Coating Thickness Gauge, equipped with aerodynamic levitation measuring head, provides a computer-enhanced method of rapidly assessing lacquer film weight of both internal and external coatings on beverage and food cans and also tinplate.
The Swing Arm Clicker Presses are used for a wide variety of die-cutting applications. The most common uses are cutting soft to semi-rigid materials such as gaskets, leather, cork, rubber, elastic, foam, and other like materials. The SE 25 is completely hydraulic and is made of strong casting material to ensure powerful yet quiet running.
Used to assess colour changes under different light sources, to determine the suitability of materials for industrial applications where there is the need to maintain colour consistency and quality. Fluorescent daylight, incandescent and optional black light may be used either individually or in combination.
The Din Abrader is primarily for use in determining the resistance of vulcanized rubber to abrasive forces using a cylindrical type drum. It may however be used to determine the resistance to abrasion of other types of materials such as certain plastics.
The DuPont Impact Tester has been designed to test the endurance of coated material, when impacted by a falling weight at specified points. The purpose of the test is to see if test specimens can resist the effect of rapid impact testing. The DuPont Impact Tester can also be used on paintings with coated materials.
IDM Instruments has a wide range of Testing sample preparation devices as per testing standards including cutting presses, cutting dies & templates.
IDM supply a range of analogue and digital Durometers which are designed to measure the hardness of materials including rubber and plastic. Durometers consist of 3 types: Type A for medium hardness, Type B for high hardness and Type E for low hardness. Constant Pressure Load set-ups include a Durometer and stand, which utilizes a stepper motor driving system for more precise testing.
This unit covers the determination of the energy that causes Polyethylene Film to fail under specified conditions, with the impact of a free-falling dart. The unit employs a dart, with a 38mm diameter hemispherical head, dropped from a height of 660mm. This unit may be used for films whose impact resistance requires masses of approximately 50gms to 2 kg to fracture them.
Units designed to determine the quality of adhesion, and scuff resistance of ink to paper surfaces, plastic and aluminium film. The method of operation is that a 2 or 4 lb weight with a clean white board is swept across the test piece for a set number of times, and then closely examined. Heated weights are also available.
The Film Free Shrink Tester consists of a small, circular aluminum block, electrically heated and controlled by a temperature controller. Using aluminum foil discs with silicon oil, the test piece is placed into it to accelerate shrinkage at selectable temperatures.
The Flexseal® is an advanced leak detection system designed for monitoring the seal performance of flexible and semi-rigid packages. It provides the user with a valuable visual method of determining the integrity of the package and seal using a simple and easy process. It allows for rapid detection of failures and enables early corrective action to be taken.
The Flexible Modules tester is used to determine the flexural properties of reinforced and unreinforced plastics, including high-modulus composites and electrical insulating materials in the form of rectangular bars molded directly or cut from sheets, plates, or molded shapes.
Tear Testers quickly and accurately measures the tear resistance of sheet materials including paper, textiles, roofing products, film and foils. Various models are available: Electronic Mechanical and Heavy-Duty.
This unit simulates the effect of thermal stresses, such as glowing elements or overloaded resistors, in order to assess the fire hazard by a simulation technique. The glow wire is a specified loop of resistance wire which is electrically heated to a specified temperature. The glow wire is then bought into contact with the specimen under test.
The fogging tester is professionally designed for the fogging characteristics evaluation of volatile constituents of decorating materials used in cars and aircrafts, e.g. plastic articles, polyurethane, textiles, leather, adhesives, nonwovens and thermal forming elastomers at high temperature conditions.
The Gardner Type Impact Tester is used to rank materials according to the energy required to break flat, rigid plastic specimens, under various specified conditions of impact of a striker, impacted by a falling weight.
With the Gravimetric Method, these units test the water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) of packaging materials, such as plastic film, composite film, co-extrusion film, aluminum-plated film, aluminum foil, infusion bag, sheets, paper, paper board, solar battery panel, cellophane, ceramics and porcelain, and various containers such as bag, pouch, bottle, can, bowl, box, widely used in the industries of food, pharmaceuticals etc.
The Gelbo Flex Tester is used to determine whether certain laminations of plastic withstand repetitive strain. By attaching sample pieces of laminated plastic to the two circular clamping disks, via hose clamps, the specimen is twisted and turned to the specific movements. This process will show a visual result of pin holding and delamination.
Providing statistical results, this unit can be used on many different materials where an accurate measurement of thickness is required. Different options can be fitted to suit customer requirements including mm/inch gauge readout and special foot sizes.
The advanced system monitors seal performance of flexible and semi rigid plastic bags or tubes. The unit determines the capability of a heat-seal join to hang together when it is stressed, at a specified time interval while still hot from the sealing operation, but before it reaches ambient temperature.
A range of Gloss Meters are available to determine the specular reflection of various materials. Gloss Meters can measure in 20°, 60° or 80°, all in the one single unit, with results displayed instantly, including the difference, pass/fail and statistics on display.
Laboratory Heat Sealers are designed to be used for development work to help determine the sealing properties and characteristics of plastic and laminated materials. The Heat Sealer is electrically heated and temperature controlled with adjustable sealing pressure, controlled by a timer.
Melt Flow Indexers are dead-weight extrusion plastometers. Consisting of a thermostatically controlled melting chamber (the barrel) in which the polymer under test is heated and from which it is extruded through a standard die under standard conditions of load, which is made up of the combined weights of the extrusion piston and the loose weights.
Used to determine resilience elasticity of elastomers, soft elastic foams, and similar during shock loading calculation of median value. The resilience elasticity is defined as the ratio of the regained energy in relation to the applied energy. This ratio of energy corresponds with the quotient of the height of the resilience and the height of the drop of the pendulum.
IDM supplies a range of precision balances that offer all the features and durability found in high-end laboratory balances. Their advanced applications simplify even the most complex laboratory measurements.
Used to evaluate the ink transfer from printed/coated materials from rubbing. Dead loads are placed on top of the upper disc to achieve a known pressure. The S/S sample holders are manufactured to enable dry or wet rubs and a digital cycle counter stops the test at the pre-set value.
The Spencer Impact Attachment was developed for use with Thwing-Albert’s Elmendorf Tear Tester. It provides a convenient method for determining the impact resistance of plastic films and packaging materials under conditions that closely approximate the strain rates that the material is subject to in end-use applications.
The PEBT-4000 PET Bottle Pressure Tester is advanced testing equipment specialized for testing the PET bottles. It has been designed in conformity to the three international commonly used testing methods: (1) Ramp Fill Mode; (2) Burst Mode; (3) User-Defined Mode.
The machine uses a touch screen interface with automatic effusion, clamping the sample, and testing. The system is able to connect to the PC with professional CND-PEBT software displaying pressure and volume expansion curves.
For applications including molding rubber, plastic, and composites, IDM’s Laboratory Presses are designed for pressing or helping to form samples between two heated platens. Two digital temperature controllers enable the platens to be heated or cooled and even set process times for heating and cooling. A digital panel meter is used to display the compression force (kgf) enabling fast and accurate operation.
Used for the preparation of test pieces for the accurate measurement of the water vapour transmission rate flexible packaging materials, including parchment, wax paper, polyethylene, vinyl, cellophane, foil, laminates, and other materials.
Designed for the plastic film industry, the Static Meter is a handheld electrostatic voltmeter that measures essentially all the parameters associated with static electricity. Its principal function– measuring the voltage of a sample or surface without touching it.
IDM provides a range of UTM’s which feature multiple testing capabilities including compression testing and tensile testing. UTM’s eliminate the need of having multiple machines to perform various tests (i.e. compression and tensile). UTM’s offer versatility and the ability to set up dual tests to speed up test set up, production & ultimately reduces operator fatigue & possible setup errors.