Research and Development

Polvin Compounds utilises a full in-house Polymer Laboratory for product testing, development and colour matching.  Our well equipped laboratory includes but is not limited to:

  • Shore A/D and BSS hardness testers, and associated testing methods
  • Relative Density Determination
  • Light box for colour determination, with 6 light sources, including UV and Infra Red
  • Vicat sotening point apparatus
  • HPMV accelerated weathering testing
  • Natural weathering testing capabilities
  • High accuracy impact testing utilising Gardiner, and two types of ASTM testers
  • Charpy tensile impact tester
  • High accuracy digital tensile and elongation at break tester
  • Limiting oxygen index analysis
  • Brabender rheology testing for Rigid compound development
  • Oil resistance analysis
  • Laboratory scale high speed mixing facility for small batch production and analysis
  • Small scale mill for accurate colour matching and sample preparation
  • Laboratory extruder with various dies
  • Laboratory press, for pressing samples and accurate sample preparation
  • Plasticiser extraction analysis apparatus
  • Cold bend analysis
  • Wallace ageing ovens for Electric cable compound analysis
  • Testing to Australian, ASTM and DIN standards
  • Loss in mass (volatility) analysis
  • Heat shock testing equipment
  • Insulation resistance analysis (volume resistivity) with the latest digital equipment