Sabic Plastics

Sabic Plastics - Thousands of pounds of a variety of different materials were donated by SABIC. Students at UW-Stout use these materials to manufacture parts using multiple processes as well as for characterization studies.

RTP Company Plastics

RTP Company Plastics - Thousands of pounds of a variety of different materials were donated by RTP Company. Students at UW-Stout use these materials to manufacture parts using multiple processes as well as for characterization studies.

 

Arizona Instruments Computrac MAX 4000XL Moisture AnalyzerArizona Instruments Computrac MAX 4000XL Moisture Analyzer - Used to determine the amount of moisture present in your plastic material.

 

Melt Flow Indexers

Melt Flow Indexers - These are used to compare the melt flow index of material from batch to batch. 

 

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MTS QTest/50LP Mechanical Testing Unit - This equipment is used to characterize the mechanical properties (tensile, flexural, and compression) of plastics.

 

Optical Coordinate Measuring Machine (OCMM)Optical Coordinate Measuring Machine (OCMM) - Measures parts using optics similar to that of a microscope.

 

 

 

Rotational RheometerRotational Rheometer - A rotational rheometer allows us to find important material parameters used in processing such as viscosity. This particular machine is an AR 2000ex made by TA Instruments.

Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC) - This machine has the ability to find both the glass transition temperature (Tg) and melting temperature (Tm) of a polymer as well as many other useful material specifications such as % crystallinity. This particular model is a Q20 by TA instruments.


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ThermoThermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA) - Most commonly used to find the decomposition temperature of a certain material. It can also be used to find certain percentages of additives or colorants in a material. This model is a Q50 by TA instruments.