STOCKHOLM—Nynas A.B. has opened a new laboratory to enhance its testing capabilities in the field of tire and rubber manufacturing.
According to a Nov. 30 statement, the lab features an intermeshing 1.5-liter rubber mixer and an open mill, as well as instruments for measuring viscosity, curing behavior, physical and dynamic properties, aging, abrasion and set.
"Our new in-house rubber compounding and testing laboratory will enable us to gain additional hands-on application and formulation knowledge," said Dr Mika Lahtinen technical manager, Nynas Naphthenics.
These capabilities, Lahtinen said, will help the company support customers in finding the best oils for their applications by demonstrating the technical value of the process oils. For example, he said this can be done by "formulating and fine-tuning rubber compounds, estimating the potential of new materials, identifying optimized processing conditions and in general providing a second opinion on the compounding of rubber."
By better evaluating the performance of its oils in rubber, Nynas said it also will improve sales support and accelerate approval processes in the tire, rubber and thermoplastic elastomer industries.