RTP Company, a global engineered thermoplastics compounder, has invested in a state-of-the-art quality assurance (QA) laboratory at its Winona, Minneosta manufacturing facility. According to the company, the new 3,500 sq. ft. QA facility provides the company with streamlined operational efficiencies and expanded material testing capabilities necessary to meet the needs of global OEM users of specialty compounds.
Growing its testing capabilities to the growing industry requirements, the recent acquisitions include fully automated robotic mechanical testing, elastomer-specific mechanical testing, and specialized analytical testing. Further, new analytical capabilities include equipment to conduct infrared spectroscopy and ionic purity analysis, which allows RTP Company to characterize materials even further than standard properties commonly found on product data sheets. The new facility's workflow improvements allow QA engineers to service the testing needs of manufacturing, research and development, and technical service departments all within a single area. The testing is broken down into individual and easily identifiable stations while the layout is made keeping in mind visitor-friendliness.