Toll R&D and Short Run Compounding Services

In situations where a pre-made plastic compound won't do, or further fine-tuning is required to develop the right final product, our R&D services are the answer. With an open-door approach, our clients are encouraged to bring their own research and development team to have a real time hands on presence in the development of the materials. By using our modern equipped facility, we're able to offer zero down time and the ability for our customers to modify control methods as needed.

A lot of our clients have opportunities to grow new segments of their business, but are sometimes limited by resources and most importantly the time it takes for R&D. We understand this can mean high costs and limited resources for some companies in the early stages, or for companies wanting to expand into new areas but need the flexibility of a separate laboratory. We believe in innovation and our R&D services assist to reduce time to market and offer a safe and certified lab.

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What is a Plastic Pilot Plant?

A plastic pilot plant is a pilot facility that can help plastic manufacturers to research and run short-run plastic part productions without interfering with their regularly scheduled large run production.

Do you find your business passing up seasonal business?
Birch Plastic can help you produce short-run productions without breaking into large production runs of existing products. Our team is here to help you fill that gap and be your one-stop-shop for less than truckload (LTL) toll manufacturing.

Research and development services

Birch Plastics is taking a refreshing new approach to help you develop your products. We have an open-door policy that encourages our customers to be on site and an active part of the development of their materials. This hands-on approach allows our clients to make real time modifications to the process and material characteristics directly on the line. This allows us to reduce the developmental cost and your time to market.

How to get started

First and foremost, we start with a nondisclosure agreement and move forward from there. Our laboratory scale facilities can produce multiple short runs of material that your business needs to research and develop its products. You can schedule our facility by the day, week, or month. This will include staff support and full access to all of our equipment and full access to our laboratory.

Pilot Plant and Scale Up Equipment:

Our lab and equipment are housed in a 67,000 SQFT building in Houston, Texas.

  • Comac Co-Rotating Twin Screw Extruder 43 mm, 32 to 1 L/D
  • 8 zones, vented with vacuum, DSM Dose Feeder, and Strand Cut Pelletizer.
  • 2 High Intensity Powder Mixers
  • Post Blender up to 4000lb Batches
  • Certified Scales
  • Small Injection Molding Machine
  • Melt Index Equipment
  • Notch Izod Testing
  • Ash Testing
  • Life Cycle Testing

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