Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Micro Epsilon Offers Masterbatch Testing Services

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Micro Epsilon has launched a high-tech testing laboratory for plastic manufacturers in the Middle East.

Lebanese manufacturer Micro Epsilon has begun offering in-house masterbatch and additive testing services, as part of a two-phase expansion of its plastics testing laboratory.

In-house testing will significantly speed up customer approval and ensure quality control of the plastics raw material.
Plastic manufacturers use Micro Epsilon masterbatches and additives to produce specialty films, home appliances, household wares, electronics, wires, cables and more.

Tony El Chayeb, Micro Epsilon Operations Manager, explains,
"Our main objective is to become a technology center for plastics manufacturers in the region. Till now, very few masterbatch producers are able to provide the quality and technical support that customers need."

Micro Epsilon's lab expansion includes two phases: first, commissioning and installation of sampling and testing equipment; second, introduction of elemental analysis and microscopic imagery services.

Phase 1: Sampling & Testing Equipment

In the first quarter of 2007, Micro Epsilon installed new equipment to sample, test, and validate the quality and color matching of masterbatches:

Phase 2: Elemental Analysis & Microscopic Imagery

After the second expansion phase, which is expected to be operational in mid-2007, Micro Epsilon will begin offering elemental analysis and microscopic imagery services.

Through elemental analysis, masterbatch or additive molecules are analyzed for their elemental composition. The service:
  • Ensures consistent quality between production runs
  • Reduces validation lead-time with effective product sampling
  • Identifies & analyzes problems encountered during production
  • Confirms product aging
  • Tests new blends for product development
"Elemental analysis will give us an edge over competitors in the Middle East", confirms El Chayeb.

Using microscopic imagery, on the other hand, Micro Epsilon checks the dispersion of additives, as well as the layers distribution and surface condition of end products. As a result, customers can verify the masterbatch effectiveness.

Upon completion of phase two, Micro Epsilon will be the only plastics laboratory in the Levant and Egypt to provide these masterbatch testing and analysis services.

Interested parties may request quotes online for masterbatches and additives from Micro Epsilon.

Company Background
Micro Epsilon was established in 2003 as a division of Masterpak sal. Based in Lebanon, Micro Epsilon produces raw materials for plastic manufacturers: white and colored masterbatches, anti-block additives, anti-oxidant additives, polymer processing aids and UV stabilizers. Products are destined for the local market, as well as Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.

Tony El Chayeb
Operations Manager
Micro-Epsilon (division of Masterpak sal)
Zouk Industrial Zone
Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-209 001 Ext. 3629
Fax: +961-9-209 002

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