There are several different models and makes of RPA. Rubber Process Analyzer systems can come in different sizes and model designs with the selection of the optimal equipment for any application based on several different factors.
In rubber manufacturing, testing and in research and development facilities, the ability to test raw elastomers or the finalized mixed rubber materials is critical. With the RPA rubber materials can be easily and continually tested in-house. This allows for continual assurance of quality control at all points in the production cycle.
With the more advanced types of RPA systems, it is possible to measure the raw materials before the production, during the production and after the curing processes. This information is invaluable in detailing optimal production and end results and in addressing possible variations in a final product that may be very difficult to be able to trace without this continual testing feature.
Considerations in Purchasing Equipment
When you are considering the right model and manufacturer for the RPA rubber testing should be a focus for the manufacturer. This is a highly specialized type of device that has to be designed specifically for the analysis of the materials that need to be tested.
Look for companies specializing in rheology systems with a top reputation for dependable, reliable and accurate systems. There are only a few companies with the experience, expertise and the scope to produce the equipment. Take the time to compare the different features and the reporting ability of the equipment.
Verify that the system has the ability to meet your testing needs with regards to sample numbers. You will also need to know the specific software systems and the reporting, integration and compatibility features with current laboratory and testing equipment.
Finally, look for an RPA that simplifies the testing process. Different systems can provide fully automated processing of samples, something that may be important to ongoing testing needs.