Many rubber or plastic materials make repeated contact with various surfaces in their service environment, so it’s crucial to assess wear characteristics in the product development stage. Abrasion testing can be used to measure and predict overall durability of the material as it may perform in real world applications.

Our experts use a variety of techniques and instruments to test both vulcanized test plaques and actual products:

Rotary Drum Abrasion (DIN Abrasion)
This test method measures the volume loss due to the abrasive action of rubbing a test piece over a specified grade of abrasive sheet. The result can be reported as a relative volume loss or an abrasion resistance index.

Taber Abrasion
This test method is used to determine the resistance to abrasive wear of plastics or rubber under the action of abrasive wheels. We can offer a wide range of abrasive wheels, speeds and test loadings.

NBS Abrasion
This test method is used to determine resistance of rubber by applying a downward force. This method is most commonly used for evaluating abrasion resistance in footwear, such as rubber soles and heels.

Pico Abrasion
In this test method, rubber or plastic samples are pressed against two metal blades and rotated at a specified speed to help determine resistance to abrasion.

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About the Labs

Our laboratories offer a wide range of abrasive wheels, speeds, and test loadings. Our experts have years of experience conducting standardized tests and designing custom protocols to meet your needs.

We have extensive sample preparation facilities, including on-site moulding, thickness reduction capabilities, and a CNC machine, which gives us the flexiliby to test a wide variety of materials and product forms.

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ASTM D1630 ASTM D5963 / ISO 4649