Israel Plastics & Rubber Center

facilities & equipment

The IPRC has over 2,500 m2 of modern laboratory and production facilities, equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation. These facilities are divided into polymer synthesis and processing, where polymers can be synthesized, modified, processed (melt and solvent) and fabricated, and into characterization facilities, where equipment dedicated to chromatography, spectroscopy, microscopy and physical testing is available. We use a combination of technologies, instruments, analytical techniques, and methods suitable for each project and client needs. Among the available instrumentation are:

  • Twin screw compounding
  • Batch Compounding with rheometry and compounding (HAAKE)
  • Injection molding
  • Film blowing (multilayer)
  • Cast extrusion (multilayer)
  • Sheet extrusion
  • Pipe extrusion
  • Extrusion blow molding
  • Thermoforming
  • Compression molding
  • High speed mixers
  • Bambury
  • Roll mill
  • Monsanto rheometer
  • Spin coating
  • Electrospinning
  • Solvent casting
  • UV curing
  • Freeze-dryer (Lyophilizer)
  • Horn and bath sonicators
  • Mortar and pestle mill
  • 3D CAD product design software
  • Melt processing simulation software and analysis
  • Stress and failure modeling software and analysis
  • Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS)
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
  • Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC, SEC with
  • Viscometry and Static Light Scattering)
  • Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC – high temperature)
  • Ultraviolet-Visible Spectrophotometry (UV-Vis)
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy with attenuated total reflection (ATR-FTIR)
  • Optical microscopy
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) with
  • Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS)
  • Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)
  • Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) with SEM
  • Tensile Testers
  • Impact testers
  • Tear testers
  • Yerzley – oscillograph
  • Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)
  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
  • Modulated Differential Scanning Calorimetry (MDSC)
  • Thermal Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (TDMA)
  • Parallel plate rheometer
  • Capillary rheometer
  • Brabender Plastograph
  • Melt Flow Indexer (MFI)
  • Vicat Softening Point (VSP)
  • Heat Deflection Temperature (HDT)
  • Durometer – hardness
  • Abrasion tester
  • Ross flex tester
  • Compressive oscillating tester
  • Microbial Oxidative Degradation Analyzer (MODA)
  • U.V. weatherometer
  • Xenon weatherometer
  • Ozone chamber
  • Density column
  • Dielectric & loss constants
  • Thermal conductivity
  • Surface resistivity
  • Water vapor permeation
  • Oxygen permeation

Used for various types of organic reactions on grams scale. Polymer synthesis and polymer modifications are undertaken in these laboratories.

  • Class II biological hood
  • CO2 incubator
  • Fluorescent microscope
  • Plate reader
  • Microcentrifuge
  • Refrigerator
  • -80 °C freezer
  • Cryogenic storage

Melt processing equipment

  • Twin screw compounding
  • Batch Compounding with rheometry and compounding (HAAKE)
  • Injection molding
  • Film blowing (multilayer)
  • Cast extrusion (multilayer)
  • Sheet extrusion
  • Pipe extrusion
  • Extrusion blow molding
  • Thermoforming
  • Compression molding
  • High speed mixers
  • Bambury
  • Roll mill
  • Monsanto rheometer

Solvent processing equipment

  • Spin coating
  • Electrospinning
  • Solvent casting
  • UV curing
  • Freeze-dryer (Lyophilizer)
  • Horn and bath sonicators
  • Mortar and pestle mill

Product design and engineering

  • 3D CAD product design software
  • Melt processing simulation software and analysis
  • Stress and failure modeling software and analysis

Chromatography and spectroscopy equipment

  • Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS)
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
  • Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC, SEC with
  • Viscometry and Static Light Scattering)
  • Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC – high temperature)
  • Ultraviolet-Visible Spectrophotometry (UV-Vis)
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy with attenuated total reflection (ATR-FTIR)

Microscopy

  • Optical microscopy
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) with
  • Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS)
  • Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)

Elemental Spectroscopy

  • Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) with SEM

Mechanical, Thermal and Rheological Testing

  • Tensile Testers
  • Impact testers
  • Tear testers
  • Yerzley – oscillograph
  • Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)
  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
  • Modulated Differential Scanning Calorimetry (MDSC)
  • Thermal Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (TDMA)
  • Parallel plate rheometer
  • Capillary rheometer
  • Brabender Plastograph
  • Melt Flow Indexer (MFI)
  • Vicat Softening Point (VSP)
  • Heat Deflection Temperature (HDT)
  • Durometer – hardness
  • Abrasion tester
  • Ross flex tester
  • Compressive oscillating tester

Environmental stability and degradation

  • Microbial Oxidative Degradation Analyzer (MODA)
  • U.V. weatherometer
  • Xenon weatherometer
  • Ozone Chamber

Other Physical Properties Testing

  • Density column
  • Dielectric & loss constants
  • Thermal conductivity
  • Surface resistivity
  • Water vapor permeation
  • Oxygen permeation

Synthesis Lab

Used for various types of organic reactions on grams scale. Polymer synthesis and polymer modifications are undertaken in these laboratories.

Biomaterials lab – cell biology

  • Class II biological hood
  • CO2 incubator
  • Fluorescent microscope
  • Plate reader
  • Microcentrifuge
  • Refrigerator
  • -80 °C freezer
  • Cryogenic storage

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