Laboratory Capabilities

  • Solution Analysis:
    • pH measurements
    • Conductivity measurements
    • Chemical concentration
    • Total and free alkalinity ratios
    • Total and free acidity ratios
    • Water hardness test
    • Total dissolved solids (TDS)
    • Specific Gravity
    • Viscosity
  • Paint Film Thickness
  • Flash Point Determination
  • Phosphate Coating Weight Determination

  • Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
    • Photography of surfaces at magnifications from 15 X to 100,000 X.
    • Allows for photography of fine surface details.

  • Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (EDS)
    • Provides qualitative and semi-quantitative elemental analysis.

  • Atomic Absorption & ICP Plasma Methods
    • Quantitative elemental analysis.

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Testing Capabilities

  • Salt Spray Testing
    • Salt spray testing indicates the corrosion resistance of a particular finish.
    • The salt spray cabinet is maintained to meet ASTM B-117.

  • Humidity testing
    • Humidity testing determines the resistance of a particular finish to the penetration of moisture.

  • Adhesion Testing
    • Cross hatch and tape pull method determine the tenacity of the bond between the finish and the substrate.

  • Impact Testing
    • Impact determines the brittleness of the paint film.

  • Conical Mandrel Testing
    • Conical mandrel tests determine the flexibility of the paint film.

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PRODUCTION LINE MODELING

  • Pretreatment Modeling: American Chemical Products is equipped with a configurable washer system that can model many types of immersion or spray production pretreatment environments.
  • Powder Coating Modeling: American Chemical Products is equipped with a fully functional powder paint application system and controlled cure oven.
  • American Chemical Products has the capability of simulating nearly any pretreatment system and powder system coupled with the testing capabilities listed above to provide the highest level of confidence in developing and testing a finishing system for our customers.