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Mocon, Inc., a manufacturer of permeation instrumentation, has developed a new oxygen transmission rate test instrument that measures barriers to 5x10-4 cc/(m2 x day), at reportedly 10 times lower than previous levels. The OX-TRAN Model 2/21 10x system measures films or packages at precise temperature and relative humidity conditions.

PlasticsToday Staff

November 21, 2013

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Mocon launches new oxygen transmission rate for high barrier applications

Mocon, Inc., a manufacturer of permeation instrumentation, has developed a new oxygen transmission rate test instrument that measures barriers to 5x10-4 cc/(m2 x day), at reportedly 10 times lower than previous levels. The OX-TRAN Model 2/21 10x system measures films or packages at precise temperature and relative humidity conditions.

MOCONOX-TRAN22110x.jpegThe company says the system is ideal for a variety of applications that require increasingly better oxygen barrier. Film and resin manufacturers, converters and packagers in industries such as electronics (OLED and thin film), solar, vacuum panel, food, pharmaceutical and medical device could benefit from the system's greater sensitivity for measuring ultra-oxygen transmission characteristics of films and packages.

Improved material barrier systems have created a demand for increased testing sensitivity. Brand owners and suppliers require accurate and repeatable results in order to make sure performance criteria are being met, the company stated.

"There are a number of improvements engineered into the OX-TRAN Model 2/21 10x Module to take oxygen permeation testing to a new level, Doug Lindemann, vice president of Mocon, in a news release. "The most important is the improved proprietary COULOX coulometric sensor which counts every oxygen molecule permeating through the film.  This is the reason why MOCON has the only system which complies with ASTM D3985."

Additional improvements incorporated into the system include improved electronics to reduce system "noise" level; new TruSeal film cell design to eliminate edge-leakage; and improved temperature stability.

Each module contains two test cells and is available in master and satellite configuration. The 10x module connects with all other modules in the OX-TRAN 2/21 family of transmission rate test systems.

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