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MATERIALS: The Problems with Single-Point Data, Part 7
The industry can choose between continuing to perform DTUL tests that provide single points that are part of a curve never seen, or perform the test that provides the entire curve. More (+)
MATERIALS: The Problems with Single-Point Data--Part 6
Data sheets can be limited in the information they provide on how the material performs at elevated temperatures. More (+)
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Testing & Quality Control


There are a wide variety of instruments used to maintain part quality in processing. Materials companies and compounders typically use rheometers, tensile testers and other laboratory instruments that help predict how its material will behave in the real world once it is made into a part. Compounders and processors alike rely on color-matching and formulation devices to keep quality consistent.

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