5 Laboratory Instruments For Wax Lab Tests

Posted: November 15, 2017

We use various laboratory instruments to properly test each wax blend and ensure consistent quality.

Lab equipment

1. Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)

This tool measures wax melt point. Melt points vary depending on the wax blend. Different melt points are ideal for different applications. The DSC measures the difference in the amount of heat required to increase the temperature of the wax sample compared to a reference sample.

2. Brookfield Viscometer

This piece of lab equipment tests viscosity of a wax blend. Viscosity is a measure of a liquid’s resistance to flow. For example, water has a lower viscosity than honey.

3. Lovibond Colorimeter

This instrument measures color in natural waxes, including soy, candelilla and carnauba waxes. Wax color can indicate quality and can affect the look of the finished product. The colorimeter gives an unbiased color reading free of operator and environmental differences.

4. Needle Penetrometer

This tool determines the hardness and softness of waxes by measuring the extent of penetration of a needle into the wax.

5. Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) Machine

This machine detects trace elements in wax, which is important because trace elements present in the wax could affect how it reacts as it is blended.

If you are interested in learning more about our on-site laboratory, the equipment we use and how we can help you, please contact us.

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