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BASF Engineering Plastics

Design Capabilities: Testing Services

BASF Engineering Plastics possesses extensive analytical and mechanical, standard and customized testing capabilities. We have access to a broad range of analytical services, including nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) imaging and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. We conduct both industry-standard and industry-specific testing, including ISO, ASTM, Automotive Weathering and Underwriters Laboratories flame testing. Our laboratories are accredited to ISO 17025 by the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation. In addition to standardized testing, BASF Engineering Plastics can perform customized testing.

End-Use Testing
Our end-use testing lab is a torture chamber for plastic parts, products and assemblies. This is where we simulate 100,000 miles worth of wear on an automotive component; the day-in day-out impact of gravel and sand on a gas-powered edger's housing; or 50 years of exposure to water, fuel, oil and blazing sunlight on an outboard motor housing. We evaluate:

Chemical exposure
Moisture resistance
Electrical properties
Life cycle performance
Wear, scratching and marking

At BASF Engineering Plastics, our testing begins in the lab and goes beyond its four walls. End-use testing complements laboratory testing and establishes performance in the real world, working under actual conditions, but in a controlled environment with measurable results. We're not bound by existing tests. We look at a customer's requirements and, if a standard test to measure the required performance doesn't exist, we devise our own test to validate performance in the real-world conditions the product will face. Real parts demand real tests.