Product News: FP 115-S Material Test Chambers with Mechanical Convection from BINDER Carry Out Demanding Quality Testing

03 Oct 2012

BINDER units are in used around the clock, 356 days a year at UL International's Thermoplastic Testing Center in Krefeld, Germany. The APT.lineTM technology with mechanical convection, developed by BINDER, ensures short drying times and particularly rapid heat-up times

UL TTC offers service from one source

The leading international supplier for compounding, test specimen production and testing and certification of innovative plastics has relied on material test chambers from BINDER GmbH for years. The accredited testing center headquartered in Krefeld-Uerdingen, Germany, conducts over 200 test procedures on standard and high-performance plastics for a wide range of applications. Fully automatic injection molding machines are used for the specimen forms, where about 100 different test specimen forms for nearly all test requirements in accordance with ISO, ASTM, UL and CAMPUS are used. "We offer all services from one source and distinguish ourselves by our high capacity and short processing times," emphasizes Guido Peters, Project Engineer at UL TTC.

FP 115-S meets customer-specific requirements

In collaboration with UL TTC employees, the BINDER FP 115-S test chamber has been tailor-made for the customer-specific requirements of the testing center. Calibration of the temperature and air change rate has been simplified and accuracy increased. The concept developed for measuring the air change rate is unique and has been specifically designed for these test requirements.

"When testing, it is particularly important that temperature accuracy throughout the heating chamber remain constant while adhering to a defined air change rate," explains Guido Peters. "Because we work in accordance with specific, demanding standards such as IEC 60216, ASTM D5423, ASTM D5374, high temperature accuracy and the calibrated air change rate are absolute musts." The APT.lineTM technology with mechanical convection, developed by BINDER, ensures short drying times and particularly rapid heat-up times. As a result, materials such as polyolefins and high-performance thermoplastics can be accurately tested in a qualified manner.

Material test chambers give it their all
The units normally run 365 days a year, where the storage times of the materials can be up to 7,000 hours. Because of the long storage times, material testing involves certain costs, which is why any failure of a test means more costs and time. This can be extremely frustrating for both UL TTC employees and for the customer. For this reason, the company takes no chances and only works with high-quality, reliable equipment. UL TTC employees especially value quick and uncomplicated service calls from BINDER.

Easy operating philosophy

The ease of operation of the material test chambers is a plus and contributes in making the application even easier and more convenient for the user. An integrated weekly program timer and digital temperature setting ensure quick and easy programming. Automatic data collection and documentation of temperature, unit status (ON/OFF) and error messages clearly document the test results. All relevant data is stored at the testing center in digital form. Testing center employees continuously monitor a large number of units from their workstations, allowing them to continuously review the test procedure and quickly intervene in case of emergency.