IAPMO R&T Lab, a long-trusted name in independent testing, research and technical services for the plumbing and mechanical industries, announced Monday it will soon introduce a new capability, Cell Class Testing, to its already comprehensive menu of services.
The new battery of tests evaluate the integrity of raw materials used in the extrusion or injection molding of plastic pipes and fittings. These various materials include, but are not limited to, ABS, PVC and Polypropylene.
Granulated samples of resin are sent to the Lab and molded into the appropriate test specimens, which are conditioned prior to testing. The tests evaluate the plastic resin against the appropriate ASTM standards. Some of the tests included are impact strength, deflection, tensile stress, elasticity and specific gravity of the molded materials.
The addition of Cell Class Testing complements IAPMO R&T Lab’s existing material-evaluation protocols, including those for testing the content of various types of metals, chlorine testing of flush valve flapper materials and for NSF/ANSI 61 toxicity.
“These new capabilities represent a significant investment for IAPMO R&T Lab in order to further expand our ability to serve clients as a one-stop shop for all of their product testing needs,” said Ken Wijaya, senior laboratory director.
The lab expects to launch the new testing process on Jan. 1, 2008.
IAPMO R&T Lab is an independent testing, research, and technical service agency for the plumbing and mechanical industries. IAPMO R&T Laboratory is part of The IAPMO Group’s family of companies.