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Smithers provides consultative insight, supported by materials testing and analysis, to identify the root causes of failures. We also offer support with corrective recommendations and can conduct a hazard analysis and identify any critical control points.
While polymer based materials are extremely versatile materials, they are not without their limitations. To reduce the likelihood of product failure, designers and engineers need to understand:
Failure Analysis Services include:
We have a dedicated team of polymer product specialists with many years of field experience. Our team has a fundamental understanding of polymer behavior, how polymer products and parts perform in service, extensive experience of failure modes, and a practical appreciation of design and processing.
We have undertaken tens of thousands of polymer and rubber failure investigations, including plastics, TPEs, fibre, adhesives, coatings and paint systems.
All guidance is supported by comprehensive testing facilities
Our ISO 17025 accredited facilities are on-hand to support any failure investigation with an extensive range of testing and analytical services. Our experts are able to:
Common polymer based products we analyze include: