Measurement Equipment

The MCF has measurement capabilities that provide customers with the information required to understand and ensure robust and reliable web handling processes and performance. Leveraging our services will give you confidence that your roll-to-roll process will perform and deliver the products you require.

Measurement Capabilities

Quality Requires Precision Measurement

Optimation has measurement capabilities that provide customers with information required to understand and ensure robust and reliable web handling processes and performance. Leveraging our services will give you confidence that your roll-to-roll process will perform and deliver the products you require.

We can provide mechanical measurement services for existing web products. Precise measurement of key web properties for new products is required to ensure that the product has been designed properly for web handling. Our services are suitable for engineers and technicians at all levels.

Wide Selection of Measurement Capabilities

Optimation has the experts that can utilize the measurement information to provide your team with practical steps to optimize equipment and to eliminate waste and increase reliability.  

  • Web/Roller Friction
  • Sled Friction
  • Tensile Properties Including Young’s Modulus
  • Tensile Stress Relaxation
  • Stack Modulus
  • Stack Stress Relaxation
  • Tear Resistance
  • Bond Strength
  • Seal Strength
  • Penetration
  • Adhesion Properties
  • Thickness Measurement
  • Customized Tensile and Compression Testing
  • Roll Telescoping
  • Surface Roughness
  • Sidewall Gauge
  • Nip System Diagnostics
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    Optimation MCF Measurement Capability Specification Sheet

    Download cut sheet with matrix of capabilities, methods, descriptions and web handling impacts and benefits

    CAPABILITY 

    METHOD

    DESCRIPTION

    WEB HANDLING IMPACT / BENEFIT 

     

    Web/Roller Friction

     

    ASTM G143

     

    Standard Test Method for Measurement of Web/Roller Friction Characteristics (web/web or web to roller – 90 degree)

     

    Impacts traction enabling:

    improved tension control

    improved lateral web tracking

    avoidance of slips/scratches

    avoidance of creases/wrinkles

    reduced risk of tear offs/web breaks

    Impacts winding enabling:

    improved winding roll integrity

    improved post wound roll integrity

    prevention of winding/wound roll defects such as cinching, telescoping, dishing, etc.

    Impacts product/process design:

    key product parameter that must be measured and controlled to insure machine runability with minimal risk of waste and downtime

    impacts winder design options

    Sled Friction

     

    ASTM D1894

     

    Static and Kinetic Coefficient of Friction of Plastic Film and Sheeting

    (web/web or web to standard test surface or other surface - flat)

     

    Impacts friction force enabling:

    improved sheet handling

    improved machine runability, control and measurement

    Tensile

    Properties

    including Young’s

    Modulus

     

    ASTM D882

     

    Test Method for Tensile Properties of Thin Plastic

    Sheeting

     

    Impacts all aspects of machine runability by enabling:

    establishment of web handling tension set points including lamination

    reduced risk of tear offs/web breaks

    establishment of machine set up including roller level and tram

    understanding of winding roll stresses which impact roll and web defects

    Tensile Stress Relaxation

     

    Lei, H., Cole, K.A., "Winding of Interleaving Material," Proceedings of the International Web Handling Conference 2005, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, June 2005

    Standard Test Methods for Stress Relaxation Tests for Materials and Structures (ATSM E328)

     

    Impacts wound roll/web defects by enabling:

    understanding of wound roll time dependent stresses which impact roll and web defects

    Stack Modulus

     

    Cole,K.A. ,"Modeling Air Entrainment and Temperature Effects in Winding", JAM, Vol. 70, Nov. 2003

    Stackwise compression modulus of web materials for interlayer pressure and tension in a winding process

     

    Impacts winding robustness by enabling:

    understanding of winding roll stresses which impact roll and web defects

    differentiation between webs

    Stack Stress Relaxation

     

    Cole,K.A. ,"Modeling Air Entrainment and Temperature Effects in Winding", JAM, Vol. 70, Nov. 2003

    Stackwise compression stress relaxation modulus of web materials for interlayer pressure and tension in a winding process.

     

    Impacts wound roll/web defects by enabling:

    understanding of wound roll time dependent stresses which impact roll and web defects

    Tear Resistance

     

    ASTM D1004

     

    Standard Test Method for Tear Resistance (Graves Tear) of Plastic Film and Sheeting

     

    Impacts web line runability by:

    quantifying tear off/web break risk

    identifying need to add cut off devices to the web line

    Bond Strength

    ASTM F904

    Test Method for Comparison of Bond Strength or Ply Adhesion of Similar Laminates made from Flexible Materials

    Impacts selection of laminate and masking materials by providing quantitative bond force data

    Seal Strength

     

    ASTM F88

     

    Test Method for Seal Strength of Flexible Barrier

    Materials

     

    Impacts selection of sealing technologies/materials for packaging and handling applications

    Penetration

     

    ASTM F1306

     

    Test Method for Slow Rate Penetration Resistance of Flexible Barrier Films and Laminates

     

    Impacts selection of materials to meet physical strength requirements for packaging and handling applications

    Adhesion Properties

     

    ASTM D3330

     

    Test Method for Peel Adhesion of Pressure Sensitive Tape

     

    Impacts selection of laminate, masking and splice tape materials by providing quantitative peel force data

    Thickness Measurement

     

    Cole, K.A., "The Effects of Nonideal Webs on Roll Winding," Proceedings of the International Web Handling Conference 2003, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, June 2003.

     

    Web thickness level and uniformity impacts selection of winding process set points to enable robust winding/wound roll quality and to avoid non-uniform thickness induced wound roll web defects

     

    Customized Tensile and Compression Testing

    Call to discuss

     

    Tensile and compression testing of products and/or components

     

    Call to discuss

     

    Roll

    Telescoping

     

    Operating procedure for Validator Roll Telescoping Force Gauge (12-17-1997)

    Measurement of telescoping force, a function of interlayer pressure and face to back coefficient of friction as a means of quantifying roll hardness and integrity

     

    Enables characterization of wound roll integrity after winding and subsequently due to the impact of shipping and handling

     

    Surface

    Roughness

     

    Rice, B. S.,

    "Reduction in Web-to-Roller Traction as a

    Result of Air Lubrication," PhD Thesis, University of Rochester, 2003

     

    Surface roughness of webs and rollers for use in winding and roller traction models

     

    Impacts traction enabling:

    improved tension control

    improved lateral web tracking

    avoidance of slips/scratches

    reduced risk of tear offs/web breaks

    Impacts winding enabling:

    improved winding roll integrity

    improved post wound roll integrity

    prevention of winding/wound roll defects such as cinching, telescoping, dishing, etc.

    Impacts product/process design:

    key product parameter that must be measured and controlled to insure machine runability with minimal risk of waste and downtime

    impacts winder design options

    Sidewall Gauge

     

    Roll and Web Defect Terminology, 2nd

    Edition, R. Duane Smith, Chapter 3

    Measurement of roll straightness using pin gauge or stylus profilometer

     

    Enables characterization of wound roll geometry after winding and subsequently due to the impact of shipping and handling