Sun Chemical has opened a new coatings laboratory in its Carlstadt, New Jersey, US research and development facility.
The 11,000 square foot investment has equipment and analytical support for studying migration, adhesion, permeability, and other performance-related coating phenomena.
SEM microscopy, atomic force microscopy, IR surface mapping, sophisticated surface energy measurement and many other techniques are used extensively to advance the fundamental understanding of key coatings performance attributes.
A variety of equipment has been added to the new laboratory, including gas transmission rate analyzers, glass bottle testing instrumentation, and coatings spraying equipment to develop new and improved water, solvent, and energy curable primers, inks and coatings.
A laboratory laminator will be added in 2017 to help study the interaction between ink, substrate, primers, overprint varnishes and laminating adhesives.
The laboratory is the fourth of its kind worldwide, joining similar ones located in the UK and DIC R&D centers in Japan.