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Polymers and plastics

Flexible and easy analysis

Polymers and plastics

Looking for a flexible and easy-to-use analytical tool for the analysis of polymers and plastics?

PANalytical provides X-ray solutions for the complete polymer chain starting with virgin polymer through plastics to final recycling. Recent developments in biopolymers and blends with petro-polymers have increased the focus on REACH, RoHS-2 and on the analysis of toxic heavy metals and bromine. PANalytical benchtop XRF spectrometers are an essential tool for development and production control of polymers and plastics, and comply with the ASTM F2617 method.

Quantification of additives, fillers and catalysts

How to quantify functional additives, fillers and catalysts in polymers and plastics?

PANalytical offers several unique solutions for the whole value chain: from research and development to production, process control and recycling. X-ray fluorescence (XRF) is used for the characterization and quantification of plastics, functional additives, toxic heavy metals and other restricted materials in plastics. From virgin polymers to recycled plastics, XRF analysis is essential for quality control.

The Epsilon benchtop XRF spectrometers are the systems of choice. The excellent performance of the benchtop systems, especially the sensitivity for light elements, is demonstrated by their capability to analyze fluorine. Furthermore, these benchtop spectrometers are perfect backups when main-line systems are in service/maintenance.

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Toxic elements, REACH and RoHS-2 compliance screening

How to quantify restricted toxic elements in compliance with ASTM F2617?

In production and process control, reliability as well as accuracy and precision are essential. XRF, a non-destructive analytical method is ideally suited for polymer research and development. Ease of use also for less experienced operators and an excellent service is what industry expects.
Epsilon 1 and Epsilon 3X comply with the ASTM F2617 method for the quantification of the RoHS-2 restricted elements cadmium, chromium, lead and mercury as well as bromine in the PBBs and PBDEs. Once properly set up using the unique reference materials, XRF analysis with PANalytical benchtop systems is not more than a push-button operation.

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Identification of polymer types

How to distinguish different types of polyolefins?

Many different types of polyolefins (PE and PP) are not easily distinguishable with the naked eye. However, this is easy with PANalytical’s Epsilon benchtop spectrometers and FingerPrint software. The software module uses principal component analysis (PCA) and cluster analysis to distinguish and recognize several different PP and PE types and grades. This is useful for distinguishing if polymers are produced by the same or different producers, supporting claim acceptance.

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