Materials must be evaluated under a wide variety of conditions to understand the full implications of applying it to a product or packaging design. How the material withstands environmental exposure, various forces, or interaction with fluids or other materials will determine final selection. Smithers' expertise covers a wide range of materials commonly used in product development.  Commonly, testing material properties involves any number of industry standard tests. ASTM, ISO, SAE, and others provide a framework from which to benchmark and compare performance. However, our team of experts are commonly called upon to assist development teams in evaluating custom testing protocols or benchmarking programs. This consultative approach provides a wider view of a specific material's performance characteristics and how it could be applied to the end use. Our teams have many years of combined expertise in several key end use markets: