Malvern Focuses on Polymer Characterization Tools at ANTEC 2011


Malvern, UK: Materials characterization company Malvern Instruments is focusing on tools for polymer characterization as part of its exhibit at this year's Annual Technical Conference for the polymer industry (ANTEC 2011, May 1-5, Boston MA, USA). Highlights include Malvern's Viscotek gel permeation chromatography (GPC) systems for measuring polymer architecture and the company's range of capillary rheometers for determining polymer processability.

The Viscotek TDAmax from Malvern is a GPC system that incorporates multiple detectors. The system consists of three unique and complementary components - the Triple or Tetra Detector Array (TDA), the TDAmax integrated solvent and sample delivery module, and OmniSEC software. Its combination of refractive index (RI), viscometer, and light scattering detectors enables real-time measurement of polymerization processes, for a better understanding of structural and branching behaviours, as well as molecular weight and molecular weight distribution data. This ability to build a more complete picture of a polymer's architecture and formation processes enables polymer engineers and scientists to define optimum conditions for production and a better quality product.

Malvern's range of capillary rheometers, available as floor-standing or benchtop models, has the capacity to simulate the high shear rate conditions in many processing operations such as injection molding, extrusion, blow molding and others. By measuring polymer processability under test conditions, polymer manufacturers can avoid the need to problem solve on the shop floor, saving a great deal of time and effort.

Malvern Instruments has strong links in the polymer industry and is a corporate member of the Society of Plastics Engineers. The company actively wishes to share understanding about the improvements that materials characterization can bring to the production, performance, lifetime and disposal of polymer products.

Further information on Malvern Instruments and its products can be found at: www.malvern.com

About Malvern Instruments

Malvern Instruments is a market leader in measuring performance controlling material properties. These include particle size, particle shape, zeta potential, molecular weight, size and conformation, rheological properties and chemical distribution. Malvern delivers the systems, support and expertise that ensure the analytical integrity and productivity needed to drive research, development and manufacturing.

Malvern's measurement solutions for scientists, technologists and engineers advance continually through customer collaboration. Complementary materials characterization systems deliver inter-related measurements that reflect the complexities of particulates and disperse systems, nanomaterials and macromolecules. Combining intelligently implemented technologies with in-depth industry applications knowledge and support, Malvern provides customers with the competitive advantage they demand.

Headquartered in Malvern, UK, Malvern Instruments has subsidiary organizations in all major European markets, North America, China, Japan and Korea, a joint venture in India, a global distributor network and applications laboratories around the world. www.malvern.com

For press information, please contact:

Trish Appleton, Kapler Communications

Knowledge Centre, Wyboston Lakes, Great North Road,

Wyboston, Bedfordshire, MK44 3BY, UK

Tel: +44 (0)1480 479280; Fax: +44 (0)1480 470343 trish@kapleronline.com

USA contact:

Marisa Fraser, Malvern Instruments Inc.

117 Flanders Road, Westborough, MA 01581-1042 USA

Tel: +1 508 768 6400 Fax: +1 508 768 6403 marisa.fraser@malvern.com

Please send sales enquiries to:

Alison Vines, Malvern Instruments Ltd

Enigma Business Park, Grovewood Road, Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 1XZ UK

Tel: +44 (0) 1684 892456; Fax: +44 (0) 1684 892789 salesinfo@malvern.com

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