Intertek Expands Film and Flexible Polymer Testing Services

  Intertek Expands Film and Flexible Polymer Testing Services

     New Permeation and Packaging Testing Capabilities Deliver Time- and
                       Cost-Efficiency to Manufacturers

Business Wire

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- February 18, 2014

Intertek, a leading provider of quality and safety solutions serving a wide
range of industries around the world, today announces the expansion of its
film and flexible polymer testing capabilities at its Pittsfield, Mass.,
location. This allows material engineers and scientists to better understand
how material permeation characteristics respond to external stimuli such as
moisture, temperature, humidity and thickness in commercial, industrial, food,
medical and pharmaceutical applications.

Intertek has long provided manufacturers with film and flexible polymer
testing that helped them better understand physical and mechanical properties.
The newly added capabilities will help manufacturers to determine barrier
properties of their materials and meet applicable requirements such as ASTM
3985 for Oxygen Barrier Resistance, and ASTM F1249 for Water Vapor
Transmission Rate.

“Listening to our customers and closely monitoring industry trends allows us
to provide the services that help manufacturers be more successful,” said
James Galipeau, Director, Intertek Pittsfield. “This recent investment in
testing equipment that will deliver fast and accurate data aligns with
Intertek’s overall mission of adding value to our clients’ products and

Galipeau explained that the new flexible polymer packaging equipment acquired
allows for Gelbo Flex, Hot Tack and Package Burst/Creep testing to evaluate
end-use seams and heat seals. This complements Intertek’s existing portfolio
of durability test services including impact resistance, peel, tear, tensile
and bond strength.

The new Mocon PERMATRAN 33/3 MG Plus permeation equipment can measure water
vapor transmission rate data that is useful for a number of applications, such
as quantifying the breathability of clothing, barrier protection of building
materials, and determining the shelf life of packaging. The Mocon OX-TRAN 2/21
ML can determine oxygen transmission rate and valuable insights on shelf life.

For more information on Intertek’s flexible packaging materials test
capabilities, visit

About Intertek

Intertek is the leading quality solutions provider to industries worldwide.
From auditing and inspection, to testing, training, advisory, quality
assurance and certification, Intertek adds value to customers’ products,
processes and assets. With a network of more than 1,000 laboratories and
offices and over 36,000 people in more than 100 countries, Intertek supports
companies’ success in a global marketplace. Intertek helps its customers to
meet end users’ expectations for safety, sustainability, performance,
integrity and desirability in virtually any market worldwide. Visit


John Clark, (734) 582-2950
Marketing Manager, Transportation Technologies
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