Research & Development

Formac offers its customers extensive knowledge of thermoplastic resins with a focus on technopolymers and modified superpolymers and the relative transformation processes, such as moulding, extrusion and blow moulding.

The Research & Development and Quality Control departments are supported by a modern laboratory and by dedicated extrusion lines that allow you to oversee the entire process of creating a new product as well as compliance of the finished product with the agreed technical specifications.

Our laboratory is equipped to carry out independently and in compliance with the ISO 9001: 2015 certification, all the physical-mechanical characterisations to absolutely guarantee the confidentiality and traceability of the information shared with our customers.

In particular we place suitable instruments at the disposal of our customers to set up:

3 pilot extrusion plants with identical configuration of the production lines, guaranteeing the greatest possible consistency between sample and finished product.

3 injection presses dedicated to test piece production

1 calender

Our laboratory tests

Mechanical Testing

  • Impact resilience IZOD ISO 180 from room temperature to –40°C
  • Impact resilience CHARPY ISO 179 from room temperature to –40°C
  • Flexural properties ISO 178 from –60°C to 150°C
  • Tensile properties ISO 527 from –60°C to 150°C
  • Resilience test: DYNSTAT DIN 53435
  • Shore D ISO 868″

Thermal Testing

  • VICAT A ISO 306
  • VICAT B ISO 306
  • HDT A ISO 75
  • HDT B ISO 75
  • HDT C ISO 75
  • Ball pressure test IEC 60695-10-2
  • Thermal ageing test in oven and accelerated OIT”

Physical-Rheological Testing

  • Density ISO 1183
  • Apparent density on granules and powders – standard ASTM D 1895
  • Determination of humidity content with thermo balances
  • Melt Flow Rate and Melt Volume Rate ISO 1133
  • Determination of filler and/reinforcement content ISO 3451″

Prove Flame Resistance Testing

  • UL 94: VerticalHB, 5V
  • LOI
  • HWI
  • Needle flame

Identification tests

  • DSC
  • TGA
  • FTIR

Colorimetric Tests

  • Colour Spectrophotometer (C.I.E.L*a*b* system)
  • Light Cabin
  • Gloss reading with 60° angle

Thanks to constant Research & Development activities FORMAC has created a broad range of ABS, PA6, PA66, PA4.6, PA12, POM HOMO-COPO compounds and high temperature formulas for PPS and PEEK.