Anyone who tests polymer materials or components must be able to rely on the measured results. Plastics exhibit complex mechanical properties that must be determined over a wide range of different loading and environmental conditions, as well as processing history.
ASTM, ISO and many national standards deriving thereof establish the methodology and the framework parameters without which good reproducibility of the properties among testing laboratories as well as suppliers and customers is not possible. In the characterization of molding materials, the ISO 10350 (single-point data), ISO 11403 (multipoint data) and ISO 17282 (design data) standards provide a useful framework that is further detailed by the individual standards in terms of specimen production and testing.
ZwickRoell operates in close partnership with the plastics industry. Our specialists are actively involved in national and international standards committees, including the occupation of various leading positions. This allows us to be at the source of important information and understand discussions and background information in detail, which is then integrated in the development of standard-compliant and reliable test equipment, ultimately benefiting our customers.
Overview of important standards in plastics testing