Smithers Rapra upgrades mixing technology in Akron

Smithers Rapra has launched new mixing technology at its lab in Akron, Ohio. The new MXI 1L Lab Kneader Mixer, installed at the company’s analytical laboratory, allows for higher precision and more efficient mixing of custom compounds.

James Popio, vice president of North America Smithers Rapra, said: “At Smithers, we pride ourselves on providing the most up-to-date technical expertise and testing capabilities, while maintaining the most accurate results available in the marketplace. We are continuously validating and investing in new and improved technologies to ensure that our testing service portfolio remains in line with the needs of our clients. In this case, our clients required greater precision and flexibility for their custom, small batch development.”

Utilizing laboratory-sized mixers allows clients to accurately and cost-effectively perform studies on rubber compounding. Mixers aid in new raw material development, new compound development, benchmarking the effect of additives and verifying that switching raw materials will not harm the properties of a compound.

Smithers Rapra operates laboratories in North America, Europe and China, covering a wide variety of testing and consulting services.

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