Minneapolis, MN : Minnesota Rubber and Plastics (MR&P) announced the design and installation of an advanced custom rubber compound mixing laboratory and testing capabilities to serve all of the MR&P rubber molding facilities. As a contract manufacturer of FDA Class 1, 2 and 3 products, MR&P provides a unique science-based approach making it a preferred manufacturing partner for industry leaders in North America, Europe and Asia.
MR&P’s new laboratory and testing facilities include an automated rubber process analyzer. This system is the latest dynamic mechanical rheological test instrument designed to measure the properties of polymer and rubber compounds before, during and after the cure. Up to 100 different compound samples can be tested quickly without operator intervention. When required by customers, this allows for 24/7 testing which is very important to MR&P global molding operations.
The new MR&P system has many additional advantages over traditional rubber test methods because of its ability to test under conditions of variable strain frequency and temperature, which reveal important differences in rheological, rheometric and dynamic viscoelastic properties.
The versatility of this system allows for polymers and components to be comprehensively characterized, especially in terms of intrinsic material properties, processability characteristics, and end product performance. MR&P works with over 3,000 different compounds to meet a wide variety of customer requirements. The mission of the new facilities is to ensure that every elastomer formulation developed by the MR&P design and research teams is mixed correctly and that batch consistency is strictly maintained to guarantee the highest quality products at all manufacturing facilities.
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