With so many plastic materials to choose from as a product designer, so many
plastic materials to distinguish between as a recycler, and so many possible plastic materials that
a competitor might have used, pretty much all facets of any industry can make use of a good plastic
Identification means determining the base plastic material (i.e. ABS, Polycarbonate, PVC, PLLA, etc.) in a finished part, raw resin, or compounded material.
Deformulation involves identifying the base plastic material
and identifying/quantifying other ingredients such as colorants, UV inhibitors, filler materials, and other additives that may have concentrations in fractions of a percent or part per million.
It makes NO SENSE to turn to a third party testing laboratory that cannot defend its testing and analytical practices during an independent audit.
Organizations such as The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) perform regular checks on their members' general laboratory practices and, where appropriate, specific areas of expertise which some refer to as a lab's Scope of Accreditation.
Beware the labs which talk about prices before quality of service, or you may find yourself at the mercy of an old addage: "You Get What You Pay For..."
Contact a Qualified Polymer Testing Lab with a request for information and receive a response from a trained, friendly Technical Account Manager within one business day.
Any laboratory can generate data, but a good polymer testing lab makes its clients feel comfortable with the data. Qualified polymer labs pride themselves on providing accurate, timely data in a manner that everyone can understand and its technical team stands ready to explain its findings at every step of the plastic identification process.
"Thank you your fast, attentive service. The data provided by your analysis proved invaluable in our
recent decision to switch resin suppliers. Alliance Technologies has earned our business!"
"We will continue to turn to labs like Polymer Solutions for future plastic identification projects. The combination of expertise in the science of identifying plastics plus excellent people skills makes them a pleasure to work with."
"When we called Chemir Analytical Solutions, we knew NOTHING about the material in our possession and even less about testing it. By the end of the identification process we had a firm grasp of the material's identity and a good, albeit simple, understanding of the testing process for future reference. We came out
of the process feeling educated and informed."