Formulations & Development Labs

PCC Chemax's R&D and quality control laboratories are located on site in the Company’s headquarters.  The R&D space is divided into five separate laboratory areas, one for product research/synthesis, three for product development, and one for quality control. 

The Company has a full service state-of-the-art analytical laboratory that supports production by documenting reaction conditions and providing scale up batch quantities to substantiate performance attributes prior to full scale production.  Its capabilities include a Fourier Transmission Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR), Gas Chromatographs (GC) and High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC).  In 2006 PCC Chemax invested in a new FTIR and an HPLC which have greatly increased capabilities of more precisely defining synthesized products as well as evaluating competitive materials in the industry.

These precision instruments allow for accurate and expeditious data generation. The quality control laboratory can provide molecular weights and moisture content by Karl Fisher, in addition to traditional surfactant testing which includes acid, alkali and amine values.  The laboratories utilize programmable automated titrators for acid-base measurements.  Material color is measured by both Gardner and APHA methods.  Additional instrumentation includes a refractometer, microscope, centrifuge and Retsch sieve particle size analyzer.

Our Product Development Labs include equipment for testing lubrication properties and performance, wetting speeds, emulsifier stability, foam tests, surface resistivity, static decay, polymer film production, extractions, and many other performance testing capabilities.  Our labs are staffed with experienced experts in the markets and products that we represent, and we are always looking for new challenges.

As you look through our web site you will more detailed information for each of our labs.  Please let us know if you have any questions, we look forward to working with you to provide your specific needs.