A US company is working to market a machine that it said could compare the thermoformability of various resins.
The Technoform testing device was developed by Texas-based Transmit Technology Group (TTG). The firm said it offered rapid, quantitative and repeatable information about a materials' ability to thermoform as a function of temperature, pressure, and vacuum under controlled speed.
Technoform uses small-size samples, eliminating the need for expensive and time consuming field trials, the company said.
It added that Technoform is a cost-effective tool for quality control, material development and process optimisation. TTG designed a smaller version of the device in the early 2000s, president Amit Dharia told PRW's sister title, Plastics News.
The device has been used by several major resin makers, as well as by consumer products firms. Dharia is now looking for a partner to expand the market for Technoform.
“I'm seeking either a manufacturing partner who is willing to invest with me, or a company with resources to purchase the entire package for a one-time fee,” said Dharia, who founded TTG in 1999 and who has almost 30 years of industry experience, including stints at materials firms Borealis Group, Solvay, Teknor Apex and LyondellBasell.
“In my early market study, we had estimated about 800 companies, academic and research institutes which can use [Technoform],” Dharia added.
TTG is a contract R&D firm that offers a variety of testing service to small and medium-sized plastics firms.