Testing Instruments – Plastic & Film Industry

Testing Instruments – Plastic & Film Industry

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.

Testing Instruments for the Plastic & Film Industry

Coefficient of Friction Testers

Model: C0055-M1 – Standard

Model: C0055-M2 – Variable Speed

Model: C0055-M3 – Variable Speed & Heated Platen

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.

friction testing machine
Air permeation tester for plastic testing

Air Permeability Tester for Plastics

Model: A0004

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.

Coefficient of Friction Tester – Incline Plane

Model: C0045

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.

friction testing instrument
Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion Tester

Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion Tester

Model: C0007

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.

Cross-Hatch Adhesion Tester

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.

cross hatch adhesion tester - coating thickness measurement kit
Beating Pulp Testers or Schopper Riegler

Beating Pulp Testers / Schopper Riegler

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.

Digital Micrometer

Model: D0011

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.

Digital Micrometer
Coating Thickness Measurement Gauge

Coating Thickness Measurement

Model: CTG-300

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.

Clicker Press – Test Sample Preparation

Model: C0056 Series

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.

swing arm clicker press machine
Colour Check Cabinets

Colour Check Cabinets

Model: C0048 Series

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.

Din Abraders

Model: D0008

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.

AS 1683.21 testing instrument or machine
DuPont Impact Tester

DuPont Impact Tester

Model: I0007

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.

Cutters – Test Sample Preparation apparatus

Model: C0024 – Cutting Dies (Tool Steel)

Model: C0025 – Cutting Dies (Ruller Type)

Model: C0038 – Cutting Dies (Flat Crush Test Cutter)

Model: C0022 – Cutting Dies (Cutting Press)

Model: C0034 – Cutting Templates – Stainless Steel

IDM Instruments has a wide range of Testing sample preparation devices as per testing standards including cutting presses, cutting dies & templates.

Testing sample preparation
Digital & Analogue Durometers


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.

Falling Dart Impact Tester

Model: F0008

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.

Falling Dart Impact Tester
Ink resistance testing equipment

Ink Rub Testers

Model: I0001 (Single Arm)

Model: I0002 (Twin Arm)

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.

Film Free Shrink Tester

Model: F0006

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.

shrinkage testing instrument
Flexseal Leak detection test


Model: F0022

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.

Flexible Modulus Tester

Model: F0019

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.

Flexible Modulus Tester
Elmendorf Tear Testers

Elmendorf Tear Testers

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.

Glow Wire Tester

Model: G0003

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.

Glow Wire Tester for plastic heat testing


IDM supply a range of Guillotines to suit various applications. Benchtop and free standing units are available.

Fogging Tester

Model: FT-150

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.

fogging tester
Gardner Type Impact Tester

Gardner Type Impact Tester

Model: G0001

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.

Water Vapour Permeation Analyzer

Model: W300 Series

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.

Water Vapour Permeation Analyzer
Gelbo Flex Tester for plastic testing machine

Gelbo Flex Tester

Model: G0002

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.

Thickness Gauge Digital Indicator with Stand

Model: T0013

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.

Thickness gauge for paper
Hot Tack tester for plastic quality testing

Advanced Hot Tack Tester

Model: H0005

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.

Gloss Meter – Multi-Angle

Model: ETB268-F2

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.

gloss meter for plastic
Laboratory Heat Sealers for plastics and films

Laboratory Heat Sealers

Model: L0001-PRO (2 x Heated Bars)
Model: L0001-PRO-S (Heated & Silicone Bars)

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 Indexer – Manual

Model: M0004

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.

Melt Flow Indexers are dead-weight extrusion plastometers
Rebound Resilience Elasticity Testing machine

Rebound Resilience Elasticity Tester

Model UA-2207

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.

Precision Balances

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.

Precision Balances - laboratory balances - measurement devices
printed/coated materials from rubbing testing instrument

Rub Proof Tester

Model: I0005

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.

Spencer Impact Tester

Model: 60-2006

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.

impact resistance of plastic films testing machine
plastic bottle testing machine

PET Bottle Pressure Tester

Model: PEBT-4000

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.

Laboratory Heated Presses

L0002 & L0003 Series

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.

Laboratory Heated Presses L0002 & L0003 Series
Water Vapour Transmission Tester

Water Vapour Transmission Tester

Model: PVA/4

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.

Static Volt Meter

Model: SVM2

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.

Portable handheld electrostatic voltmete
Universal Testing Machines

Universal Testing Machines

Model: F0025

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.

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