Thermal analysis and XRF instruments for polymer manufacturing

Research and development, process and quality control, and RoHS compliance verification 

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Analysis across the polymer lifecycle

Reliable, accurate and ultra-sensitive analysis is essential in ensuring polymer products that are used in industries such as electronics, consumer goods, food, pharmaceutical, and automotive are safe and reliable, and meet stringent specifications. For waste polymers and rubbers, analysis plays a crucial part in sorting them for recycling and reprocessing.

We produce a range of analyzers to help polymer manufacturers, recyclers and researchers meet increasing demands, while maintaining the highest product quality standards and RoHS directives. Our range of thermal analyzers deliver excellent baseline performance and sensitivity for materials verification and thermal behavior characterization and our XRF analyzers are ideal for compositional measurements within a polymer matrix.

Thermal analysis products for polymer verification

Our range of thermal analyzers for polymers have an unsurpassed level of baseline stability, world-class sensitivity and advanced STA (TGA/DSC), DSC, DMA and TMA capability. They are optimized to detect minute changes within polymer matrices, while being robust, reliable and easy to use.

Product quality is crucial to the success of your business. With exceptional baseline stability and sensitivity across the range, Hitachi thermal analyzers give you uncompromised quality control and enable you to reach the next level in research and development. Seeing is believing with our unique RealView® technology, which allows you to visually capture what is happening in your furnace in real time, giving you greater insights than with standard thermal analysis data alone.

NEXTA DSC range for accurate materials characterization

NEXTA DSC range for accurate materials characterization

Designed for accurate determination of melting point, glass transition and crystallization temperatures, the NEXTA DSC range of differential scanning calorimeters deliver excellent sensitivity and baseline flatness. This high sensitivity means that you can be confident in capturing all the critical information you need to achieve your goals.

NEXTA STA for comprehensive materials verification and thermal characterization

NEXTA STA for comprehensive materials verification and thermal characterization

TGA baseline drift and stability of less than 10µg, with innovative furnace and balance design deliver ultimate precision and accuracy, even when measuring trace amounts of additives like plasticizers within your polymers.

DMA7100 for high performance viscoelastic analysis

DMA7100 for high performance viscoelastic analysis

Engineered for ultra-low noise and high sensitivity, the DMA7100 delivers high performance viscoelastic measurements of polymers. Ideal for production and research, the DMA7100 includes intuitive software that aids getting the right results every time, interpreting DMA results and is delivered with extensive functionality, including TTS-DMA master curve capability.

TMA range for polymer deformation analysis

TMA range for polymer deformation analysis

With a wide temperature range, options for multiple furnaces and adaptable software, Hitachi’s range of TMA instruments deliver precise results on expansion and shrinking of polymers. With a complete range of modules included with the instrument, specialized analysis, such as softening point determination of thin laminated layers and coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE), is easy. 

Compare thermal analysis products: DSC, STA, TMA and DMA











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Reaction (curing polymerization)

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Sublimation, evaporation, dehydration

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Thermal decomposition

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Study of thermal history

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Evolved gas analysis N/A ★★★ N/A N/A
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XRF analyzers for polymer composition analysis

These XRF instruments are designed for rapid analysis in a fast-paced production environment. Ideal for verifying  the content of catalyst residue during polymerization, additives and fillers during the compounding process, and for incoming material verification prior to component production or industrial waste reprocessing.

LAB-X5000 benchtop XRF analyzer for fast process and quality control.

LAB-X5000 benchtop XRF analyzer for fast process and quality control.

The LAB-X5000 is built to perform 24/7 in fast-paced production environments. A high-resolution detector and advanced software features allow for precise and accurate measurement of a wide range of elements.

X-Supreme8000 benchtop XRF analyzer for high-volume analysis

X-Supreme8000 benchtop XRF analyzer for high-volume analysis

The X-Supreme contains a high-resolution detector and sample changer for the automatic measurement of up to 10 samples at once, making high-volume analysis easy.

X-MET8000 handheld XRF analyzer for chlorine, bromine  and metal content analysis

X-MET8000 handheld XRF analyzer for chlorine, bromine  and metal content analysis

The X-MET8000 is a ideal for checking raw polymers as well as finished products for chlorine content, to give an indication of the presence of PVC (and potentially phthalates) in the materials being used. You can also use it to determine bromine content in polystyrene waste. To separate HBCD from other brominated compounds sample preparation is needed. X-MET also makes it easy to measure metal content in plastics.

Compare benchtop XRF products: LAB-X and X-Supreme

  LAB-X5000 X-Supreme8000
Element range (elements suite depends on application) Na-U Na-U
Sample changer No Yes (10-position)
Operation Touch screen Touch screen and integrated keyboard
High resolution detector Yes Yes
Automatic atmospheric compensation (for repeatable analysis of light elements Na – Cl in air path) Yes No
Helium purge for improved performance of Na-Cl Yes Yes
One-touch to start measurement Yes No
SmartCheck software for customised analysis checks Yes (basic) Yes (advanced)
Automatic data storage Yes Yes
Cloud-based data backup with ExTOPE Connect Yes No
Factory Calibrations for selected applications Yes Yes
Sample Spinner for optimum repeatability of powders, granules and irregular shapes Yes Yes
Safety window to prevent sample leakage in the analyzer Yes Yes
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Analyzers built for today's polymer production

  • Hitachi analyzers are designed for production environments, meaning they are easy to use, durable and deliver reliable results, time after time.
  • Advanced technological features ensure that minute levels of elements and material can be analyzed accurately.
  • Automated data handling options make it easy to integrate results into a quality management system or customer reports.
  • Our global network of service hubs offers a full range of technical support to keep you up and running.

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