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Polymer Product Testing Services
In view of their versatile properties polymers are called wonder materials. They have substituted traditional materials such as metal, glass, wood & concrete either fully or partially in most of the end use applications.
Polymer synthesis involves several aspects of synthetic chemistry. In order to develop polymers of desired characteristics, control of process parameters are very important specially when the product is meant for health care and food industries. MSD undertakes projects for the synthesis of novel materials for various applications or develops alternate materials for different applications.
Development of Bone Cement
Bone cement is used to fill the gap between bone and prosthesis. Bone cement has been prepared on laboratory scale and physico-mechanical properties were found to be conforming to the international standard.
Development of Dental Cement
Material Science Division has the competency to characterize the polymer and blends/compounds to identify major constituents in polymeric compositions. Highly competent manpower with state-of-the-art equipment for characterization of polymers help the industry in the following ways:
Physical & Mechanical Characterization
Based on the desired performance criteria and applications, experts of SRI can design special polymer compounds. Sufficient experience and expertise exists for compounding of various resins of PVC, PP, PE, PS, ABS, PC and rubber blends with various additives such as plasticizers, stabilizers, lubricants and specialty additives etc. for development of various products:
Pilot Plant of Material Science Division is well equipped with major polymer processing equipment which are used for optimization of process parameters of various polymeric materials such as:
Assignments for finalizing the process parameters, based on which suitable products can be developed, using different types of polymeric substances. The expertise can be used not only for developing processes for new products but also for making the cost-effective formulations using alternative raw materials.
Polymer modifications are at times necessary to generate certain specific functionalities in the standard materials. Using the expertise and the knowledge, the scientists of SRI can help the users by modifying the polymers as per the needs of their applications. Methods of tailor making of polymers for various end applications in which SRI has enough experience are listed below:
Polymers have to perform in a variety of hostile conditions which varies from very cold to very hot & humid. J.K.LABORATORY has infrastructure and expertise to carry out weathering studies in artificially simulated conditions of exposure to ultraviolet rays.
Medical products Polymers are the most important and largest family of materials being used in medical applications. Polymers have various advantages such as lightweight, easy processability and reproducibility, non-toxicity, biocompatibility and good aesthetics. Because of these advantages, polymers are used in the various medical devices such as artificial limbs, wound dressing, artificial skin, blood bag, CAPD bag, bioprosthetic heart valve, various replacement joints, bioabsorbable suture, contact and intraocular lenses, orthodontic devices, tissue adhesive, bandages and drug carrier & implants.
Major R&D Projects J.K.LABORATORY has successfully developed various polymer based products for medical applications.
Specialty Chemicals J.K.LABORATORY undertakes research for the development of specialty chemicals, which finds numerous applications in different areas, which include process technology, green technology and formulation development The application areas are:
Adhesives Adhesives are used to bond two similar or dissimilar surfaces to achieve the desired strength. Material Science Division takes up assignments on the development of various hot melt, solution and water based adhesives for different applications as per the requirement of the customer
Major R&D Projects Some coating formulations developed by SRI are as follows:
Surface coating formulations for wood laminates Acrylate based high performance electron beam curable surface coating formulation for wood laminates/boards has been developed which offer superior combination of properties and versatility of performance.
Herbal Products Material Science Division is actively involved in the area of herbs with medicinal value and economic benefit.
Major R&D projects
Several projects related to the quality evaluation of herbal products are being actively pursued by the Drug and Pharmaceutical section of Biology Division of SRI.
Renewable Resources In view of the excessive utilization and continuous depletion of petroleum reserves, J.K.LABORATORY is involved in the development of products based on renewable natural resources as substitute of petroleum derived products. These include:
Major R&D Projects Some of the projects based on renewable sources undertaken by J.K.LABORATORY include:
Anti-oxidants from natural source J.K.LABORATORY has successfully isolated natural antioxidant gum guaiac from Guaiacum officianale plant. Antioxidant effectiveness of isolated gum guaiac in fats/oils was found comparable with commercial antioxidant.
Major R & D Projects J.K.LABORATORY has worked on following radiation-based technologies:
Shelf-life enhancement of fruits Optimization of gamma radiation doses for shelf-life enhancement of apples has been carried out. Irradiation increases shelf-life by delaying the ripening process.
Plastic WasteThe rapid rate of industrialization and urbanization has led to increasing amount of industrial as well as municipal waste, which poses great difficulties in its disposal. Keeping in view the environmental hazards associated with the plastic, there is an urgent need to develop eco- friendly ways for utilization of such type of waste.
Agro Waste J.K.LABORATORY has been undertaking projects for utilization of various agro wastes. Some of the projects undertaken are:
Precipitated silica from rice husk ash Rice husk ash poses environmental problem while disposed off. SRI has developed technology to make silica from this waste material.
Technology Business Incubator
J.K.LABORATORY is in the process of setting up a Technology Business Incubator shortly. Since there are plenty of small scale plastic and rubber processing industries as well as new entrants are coming up who do not have adequate technical backup but have financial strength and zeal to start a new industry, there is a need to setup a TBI that can provide suitable infrastructure as well as know how to these industries. Besides promoting new entrepreneurs, it is essential for the existing industries to regularly upgrade the knowledge of their man power. The proposed TBI will become a centre for technical training to the personnel working in industries.
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